This is the world’s only finance master’s degree with an integrated specialisation in the study of private equity. This unique programme, supported by The Abraaj Group, offers you unparalleled access to leading private equity researchers and practitioners who have actively participated in the deals which are studied.
The foundation of the programme is built in the first term with the study of Asset Markets and Corporate Finance. In the second term, you will deepen your specific knowledge of private equity by taking a dedicated course taught by the School's Abraaj Group Chair in Finance and Private Equity. This will explore 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. It explores the link between PE and venture capital on the one hand and public securities markets on the other.
The programme involves a number of case studies and is taught in conjunction with a range of practitioners in the field via a weekly additional PE practitioner seminar.
A significant proportion of graduates join either investment banks or boutique corporate finance firms as analysts as a first step in their careers into the world of private equity, however, some have been hired directly upon graduation by private equity or venture capital firms. Following a similar structure to the generalist MSc Finance, the programme also prepares students for various roles in investment banks, consultancies, hedge funds and asset management firms, or to pursue further study. In addition, having met on the programme, students have worked together on entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups.
This programme is not intended as suitable preparation for the PhD Finance at LSE (if you are interested in PhD study, please see MSc Finance and Economics).
I was awarded the London School of Economics, Lord Dahrendorf scholarship for an MSc in Finance and Private Equity, which has allowed me to attend LSE and given me the opportunity to learn alongside some of the most engaging people from around the world. 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.
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.
Through the opportunity LSE has given me I now have the ability to reach my potential and inspire others to do the same.
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 any discipline. Good quantitative skills, at least to Maths A level (or equivalent). GMAT is required for all applicants without a UK degree, and for applicants with a UK undergraduate degree who are not expected to achieve a first class degree. English standard level
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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