MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management
Florian chose the Business School after hearing positive feedback from alumni. He chose MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management as it gave him the opportunity to take the CFA® level I and II examinations alongside of his degree, and has already secured a job at Citibank as an Investment Banking Analyst after he graduates.
Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?
I learned about the University of Exeter early on during my undergraduate studies, I joined the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme as part of a Fast-Track agreement between the University of Exeter and its partner institution, the ESB Business School in Germany.
My decision to choose the University of Exeter was based upon the positive feedback reported by alumni, as well as by the guest presentations at EBS. After spending time here, I can confirm without a doubt, this University really stands out in many ways.
What were you doing before you started your postgraduate studies at Exeter?
I am from Germany and prior to my studies in Exeter I obtained my bachelor’s degree in International Business at ESB Business School in Germany.
Why did you pick MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management?
I chose to apply for the MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme, as the curriculum included modules, I felt to be very useful for my future career plans. Additionally, the possibility to work towards CFA Level I and II examinations over the course of the programme provides additional motivation to delve into the details of each module.
Working towards CFA qualifications in addition to a Masters degree is an ambitious undertaking, therefore the Business School and the programme coordinators provide you with valuable support, ranging from professional CFA training sessions to organising travel to and from the testing venue.
How have you found the teaching, research, lecturers, course content?
Modules are tailored to accommodate a major share of the CFA curriculum, whilst at the same time highlighting critical thinking and the application of theoretical concepts to real world scenarios. This might involve deriving optimal portfolio allocations, drafting an equity research report or advising real clients as part of an applied dissertation in cooperation with a fund manager.
How have you found the support services and the facilities?
Whether it is career support, student well-being services or clarifying that one question you had during the office hours of our lecturers, academic staff are very approachable. This overall contributes to the genuinely supportive study environment the Business School is known for, and within which we as students can really make the most out of our time on campus.
Have you used the Career Zone? How has it benefited you?
The University of Exeter Business School is well known name to some of the world’s most prestigious employers in finance. I enjoyed attending employer drop in sessions, networking events and workshops throughout the recruiting season.
Do you feel your postgraduate course will enhance your employability?
I believe the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme provides students with a solid theoretical foundation but also with a realistic view on the potential career pathways lying ahead. It also demonstrates how the knowledge we have acquired might be applied in a work environment. This is supported by frequent visits by alumni and finance professionals highlighting the practical side to finance and current industry trends. In addition, the CFA qualification provide an additional edge when applying for graduate positions
What is it like studying here as an international student?
Exeter is a quiet, charming place located close to the coast and only a few hours away from some of the UK’s most beautiful places, like Dartmouth, Dartmoor National Park and Durdle Door to name a few. You will find everything you need for student life either directly on campus or in the centre of town. Settling in was very easy, the three-week induction unique to the FAFM programme is geared towards increasing group cohesion and provides a comprehensive overview of what lies ahead.
From my undergraduate studies I was used to an international study environment and I really enjoy the international flair on campus.
What has been the biggest highlight of studying at Exeter?
My highlight has been competing in the Global CFA Research Challenge against the best UK universities as part of a small team and making it to the UK finals in London. Moreover, we obtained insight into the profession of an equity research analyst and met inspiring finance professionals along the way.
Are you a member of any societies, volunteering, or hold any part-time jobs?
I am currently the student staff liaison committee representative of the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme. In committee meetings academic staff and Business School postgraduate students try to collectively improve the programme experience by responding to direct student feedback. It is a great initiative to be involved in and ensures the overall learning environment is continuously improved, which is very much to the benefit of incoming students.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering your course and Exeter Business School?
Be open to new experiences, be ready to work hard and make sure you find time to enjoy yourself when the works pays off.
Whether it is the friendly and open people you encounter in any instance, the wealth of activities and societies you could possibly engage in, and most importantly, the variety of applied teaching methods, delivered to students by inspiring lecturers, anybody seeking for an intercultural, thought-provoking study experience within state-of-the-art teaching facilities, will find a master’s degree at the University of Exeter Business School to be worth all the time and effort.
What do you want to do when you graduate?
I am very keen on starting my position as an Investment Banking Analyst with Citi in London after graduation. I will be joining the financial institutions group which facilitates mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions in the financial services space. My studies at Exeter and the connections I made during my time here helped me a great deal in securing this graduate role.
Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:
Great programme, great people