Imperial College London

The Imperial College London MSF Program is a popular university for those overseas and within the US. With great placements year in and year out, as well as being located in the international financial capital, Imperial is a tough school to beat. I’ve decided to try and focus more on overseas schools as I have seen an increase in interest so this is the first of many posts directed at filling this need.

The program has a class size of around 80 students, with nearly an even split between male and female students. It is a one year program that provides a solid foundation in graduate level finance as well as real world applications. Ranked 15th in the world among pre-experience master in finance programs by the Financial Times, Imperial provides both a relevant and internationally recognized graduate education.

Placements for the 2012 class* look great and include all the bulge bracket investment banks. Around 90% of graduates were employed within six months of completing the program.

  • Goldman Sachs – Alternative Investments
  • McKinsey – Consultant
  • Nomura – Investment Banking
  • Morgan Stanley – Fixed Income
  • Citi – Trading
  • Societe Generale – Leveraged Finance, Media and Telecoms
  • EDF Energy – Retail Energy Hedging Analyst
  • Credit Suisse – Investment Banking
  • ICBC – Corporate Finance
  • CICC – Investment Consultant
  • Bank of England – Associate, Financial Stability Directorate
  • Standard Life – Global Leadership Associate
  • HSBC – Commercial Banking
  • Boston Consulting Group – Consultant
  • UBS – Investment Banking
  • Deloitte – Risk Management Analyst
  • KPMG – Investment Advisory
  • JP Morgan – Equities Prop Trading
  • Fidelity – Fixed Income
  • Barclays Capital – Sales
  • Macquarie – Investment Banking
  • Barclays Wealth – Wealth Management
  • European Investment Bank – Trainee
  • JP Morgan – Sales, Trading & Research
  • London Stock Exchange – Graduate Programme
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Debt Capital Markets
  • Griffin Capital Management – Analyst
  • Jefferies – Investment Banking
  • Nomura – Equity Derivatives
  • Norges Bank – Investment Management
  • Lloyds Banking Group – Corporate Finance Advisory
  • Crédit Agricole – Structuring
  • Morgan Stanley – Sales & Trading, Emerging Markets
  • Bloomberg – Analytics & Sales
  • BlackRock – Fixed Income Portfolio Management

*I am not sure if this is a year old or if this is the currently graduated class that started in 2012

Imperial College is also accepting applications for their new MSc in Finance & Accounting that will begin this year. They expect placements to be in similar financial and accounting fields.

Something of interest I found on their website seems to indicate that a GMAT or GRE are not necessary. If you have the relevant math skills and good undergraduate grades, you can apply without sitting for the test. This might be an attractive feature of the program.

I will work on getting a student review of the program as I think these are invaluable when making a decision. Until then check back and as I plan on adding more content on these amazing international Master in Finance programs.