The MSc Finance and Economics is an interdisciplinary degree taught jointly by the Department of Finance and the Department of Economics, allowing students to study in two of the most highly rated departments in their subject areas in the world. The programme draws on the School's strengths in economics, finance and econometrics to impart a rigorous and deep understanding of financial markets, grounded in financial economics and econometric methods.
Students will learn about investments, asset pricing, derivatives, portfolio management and corporate finance through the coherent lens of financial economics. The programme provides a thorough exposure to econometric methods, including time series analysis, with applications to financial models and data.
Students who are interested in doctoral research will have the opportunity to transfer to the MSc Finance and Economics (Research) programme once they complete the introductory course in August. All applications must be made to the MSc Finance and Economics programme in the first instance as entry to the Research programme is only considered once students are registered at LSE.
The MSc Finance and Economics is an ideal preparation for a variety of careers in the global financial services sector, with the emphasis on financial economics being particularly attractive to investment banks, the financial services sector more generally and to consulting firms. The programme (the research track in particular) also provides a rigorous training and preparation for doctoral research in the area.
One of the key strengths of this Master's programme is its intensity. It ensures that students can prepare for challenging careers in a wide variety of fields, whilst also allowing each student to gain considerable knowledge within a short space of time. Having studied here before, I knew what an LSE course is all about: difficult courses and talented students and teachers. LSE is a great place to develop both personally and professionally. The LSE is also a great place to realise career ambitions – especially in banking, finance and consulting. Through attending events by the LSE Business Society, and meeting with the Careers Service, I was able to improve my interviewing skills and learn about my career options in much greater detail. I have now secured an Analyst role in the Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory division of Lazard (the specialist Investment Bank).
I have long aspired to be a student at LSE, which is a truly outstanding academic institution. It equips students with knowledge, skills and importantly – also the mindset, necessary to succeed in today's turbulent times and the tough job market. Moreover, its urban location in the heart of Europe's capital makes it unique, offering the vibrant lifestyle of a Londoner, exceptional links with employers and a truly multi-cultural perspective. The blend of knowledge, experiences, relationships and career opportunities I have gained during my programme have made me realise - nothing is impossible.
I would like to thank everyone at Deutsche Bank and LSE who made possible this scholarship, which now also includes a mentorship scheme and internship opportunities. I think it is a truly exceptional initiative, which hopefully, will continue to exist and have a tremendous impact in the coming years.
A 2:1 or overseas equivalent in a quantitative subject such as economics, maths, physics, engineering, finance or business, including at least one year of calculus and a semester of linear algebra. A GMAT or GRE score is required from all applicants. English standard level.
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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