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The MSc in Finance and Private Equity is ideal for those seeking a generalist finance master’s with an integrated specialisation in private equity. This unique programme offers unparalleled access to leading private equity researchers and practitioners who actively participate in the development of the field.
The programme is built upon the highly successful MSc Finance (full-time) programme, with the addition of a dedicated course taught by the Programme Director of MSc Finance and Private Equity. You will focus on topics including the structure of private equity (PE) funds and how PE can be used in start-ups, in scaling-up cash flow businesses, and in restructuring firms facing financial distress.
As well as lectures, discussion and case studies, you will benefit from regular
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2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline and good quantitative skills, at least to A level Mathematics (or the equivalent)
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers you the opportunity to study the social sciences in an institution with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities of one of the world’s greatest capital cities.Read more
LSE has impressed upon me the certain truth that knowledge should never be the exclusive to the wealthy. All stand to benefit from broader learning, greater challenges and improving their wider knowledge, allowing them to pursue their chosen careers. At LSE we have been given the opportunity to meet a variety of students and academics, and we are encouraged to exchange our knowledge and resources. Through the opportunity LSE has given me I now have the ability to reach my potential and inspire others to do the same.
I chose the MSc Finance & Private Equity at LSE because there were more options available for students than comparable programmes. The best way to study a vocational subject like Finance is to practice it, and compared to similar courses at other top universities, the course had much more of a practical, case-based aspect. Undertaking a Master's degree in Finance, particularly if you have a STEM background, can be a challenge but a thoroughly rewarding one, and the things you learn at the LSE will help you for the rest of your career.
As part of my undergraduate degree, I completed two six-month internships: the first one as an assistant project manager at BMW Group in Munich, and the second one as a financial analyst in the Private Wealth Management division at Goldman Sachs in San Fransisco.
It's amazing how much we've learned in a relatively short period of time on the programme. One of the highlights was the training day at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Supervised by actors and communication coaches, we enhanced our knowledge of effective communication by exploring how to use voice and body to positive effect in a professional business setting.
After graduation I will intern in the Corporate Sale division at J.P. Morgan in London, and afterwards will join the M&A and Strategic Advisory division at Lazard in Frankfurt for a second internship.
Having interned at BNP Paribas; Harris Williams & Co., and in BlackRock's private equity team, I realised that I required a more in-depth understanding of the finance industry in order to pursue a career in the field.
Through my own research and word-of-mouth, it quickly became clear that the MSc Finance & Private Equity programme at LSE is the best Master's in Finance available. Not only are my classmates some of the generation's most distinguished individuals, but they are also among the most well-rounded, articulate, hardworking, and fun people I have had the chance to come across - the faculty is equally impressive. I would advise each prospective student to truly make full use of the platform that these programme offers you. Make sure you go to Brighton for the Graduate Weekend and attend the training day at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Following graduation, I will pursue an internship within the Global Corporate & Investment Banking division of Bank of America Merill Lynch.
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