Cambridge Master of Finance (MFin) programme was ranked first in the Financial Times 2016 ranking of post-experience master of finance courses worldwide. The strength of our career outcomes has been a key contributing factor to our position in the rankings, with over 91 per cent placement success on average (three months out) over the last three years despite the challenging job markets in financial services.
Below are some of the career metrics where the Cambridge MFin ranked first.
- Career progress based on seniority and company size.
- Placement success in terms of the effectiveness of our careers service in supporting student recruitment, as rated by alumni.
- Aims achieved, with 85 per cent of our responding alumni saying they fulfilled their goals or reasons for doing a masters.
Additionally, the Cambridge MFin has a number of ties to the finance industry, which is clearly exhibited in the rich portfolio of corporate sponsored projects our students undertake every year and the broad range of senior city speakers we bring in on campus every week to share their professional insights with the class.
What to expect
From your first week with the Cambridge MFin, you will be encouraged to take steps to develop your career in finance. Here we outline the career service students rely on during and after MFin.
Individual support with professional and personal development
Our regular one-on-one coaching sessions and workshops provide the tools to leverage our exclusive alumni and professional network and advance the students’ prospects in finance. These activities also help boost students' networking confidence and hone their communication skills. Additionally, to keep the students on track with their professional goals, the MFin Executive Director runs individual benchmarking sessions at the end of each term.
Engagement with world’s leaders in finance in and outside the classroom
Our City Speaker Series brings the world’s authorities in finance to the MFin classroom. Students meet industry leaders, ask questions and share ideas with them over dinner arranged in different colleges. In the classroom, the students are navigated through the programme by the faculty, who have each made a significant mark in their fields.
Project work with top finance practitioners
MFin offers students numerous ways to present their skills to the leading finance organisations. During the Group Consulting and Equity Research Projects, the students have the opportunity to work in small groups with a range of financial institutions, tackling real industry issues for tangible results
Our Career Coaching Model
Achieving your career ambitions means building a deep understanding of your abilities, interests and strengths. While these are the most important criteria in choosing and changing your career, the overwhelming majority of people react to purely external factors. Our coaching approach will help you navigate through those factors and leverage them to your best interest.
The career coaching model helps you to structure your career planning and job search efforts in manageable steps. It begins with understanding who you really are and why your career vision is unique to you. You then move on to identifying your strengths, enablers and challenges; evaluating the risks and constraints before moving on to framing your options, clarifying your personal story and developing your own action plans. On this solid foundation, you can then explore new opportunities confident that you are putting your best foot forward toward the rest of your professional life.
We have an experienced coaching team available to support you as you explore the best way to optimise your investment in the Cambridge MFin programme.
Our Careers Coaches partner with students to help you identify personal strengths, talents, and values, and help you build your ideal career path based on these fundamental factors. Our coaches can help you with:
- job search strategy - help students to think about their strengths and preferences
- CVs - work on an individual career story to explore options and opportunities
- cover letters
- interview preparation and technique
- networking, presentation, management and other essential 'soft skills'.
End of Term review clinics
To complement the coaching provision offered to you during the year, all MFin students will be offered a benchmarking/review session with the programme’s Executive Director at the end of every term.
The purpose of these sessions is twofold: to review your progress to date relative to the career plan you have drawn up with your career coach and to provide guidance regarding suitable next steps to take to help you achieve your career goals during the remainder of the MFin year.
A significant benefit of the Cambridge Master of Finance programme is the opportunity it provides to engage with bright, ambitious and creative people from a variety of backgrounds. This interaction enables you to build exceptional lifelong networks.
The University of Cambridge has a thriving community of world class faculty, students, powerful alumni groups, and committed corporate supporters:
Finance professionals and experts
Cambridge Judge Business School and MFin programme have strong networks with the corporate world, including specific links with the banking and finance industry. Practitioners will play a central role in the delivery of the programme through teaching, seminars and involvement in various practical MFin projects. During the programme you will attend guest lectures within MFin City Speaker Series. The series bring the world’s authorities in finance to the MFin classroom. Students meet industry leaders, ask questions and share ideas with them over dinner arranged in different Cambridge colleges.
Cambridge Judge Business School's alumni network allows you to keep in touch with your fellow students and the School after graduation. This growing network also offers mutual support for students at the School. We hold a number of networking events throughout the year, with alumni currently working in finance.
There are over 300 MFin alumni working in more than 40 countries around the world. Our alumni work in a large number of different finance areas, functions and top global companies. MFin helps organise various local alumni gatherings around the world. For more information please see our Meet us page.
The School attracts the highest calibre of people from a range of different backgrounds, thus, fostering the atmosphere of global collaboration and providing unique opportunities for discussion and learning. MFin is a boutique programme, so students attend lectures together which makes it easier to build relationships throughout the course. Please see our latest class profile.
Resident and visiting academic faculty from disciplines such as Finance, Mathematics, Economics, Law and Land Economy, many of whom are leaders in their field of expertise.
The Master of Finance City Speaker Series provides a further stream of practical financial expertise to the degree. It also provides students regular networking opportunities with finance professionals. The speakers are experts in their fields working at the daily cutting edge of applied finance.
- Perry Boyle, Managing Director | SAC Capital Advisors
- Adam Cohen, Senior Director | Societe Generale
- Anne-Marie Fleurbaaij, Senior Vice President | GIC
- Tirad Mahmoud , CEO | Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
- Mark Fitzgerald , Managing Director - Global Markets Strategy Group | Blackrock
- Kristine Braden, Managing Director, Head of Europe Global Subsidiaries Group | Citi
- Chris McHugh, Investment Banking Europe (IBEU) | HSBC
- Adam Sorab, Head of Investor Relations at CQS | CQS
- Paul Tucker, Partner at Egerton | Egerton Capital
- Richard Evans, Chief Risk Officer, Institutional Clients Group | Citibank
- Charles Sherwood, Partner | Permira
- Rick Lacaille, Global Chief Investment Officer | State Street Global Advisors
- Ewan Kirk, Founder | Cantab Capital
- Pierre Cherki, Managing Director of RREEF | Deutsche Bank
- Randall Dillard, Partner and CIO | Liongate Capital Management
- Dania Seiglie, Managing Director, Energy | Societe Generale, Corporate & Investment Banking
- Jamie Walton, Managing Director, Head of global macro quants | Morgan Stanley
- Andrea Traversone, Partner, Wireless Telecommunications sector | Amadeus Capital Partners
- Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance Ratings group | Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
- Tom Hall, Equity Partner and Co-Head of the Media team | Apax Partners UK
- Philip Yates, Partner | Perella Weinberg Partners
- Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny, Managing Director and Head of Global Private Equity Investments | Northgate Capital
- Gerhard Grueter, Managing Partner | Sapia Partners
- Alan Brown, Senior Advisor | Schroders
- Omar Askari, Portfolio Manager | Reech REIM LLP
- Nick O'Donohoe, CEO | Big Society Capital
- Chris Eagle, Head of European Foreign Exchange Sales | Jeffries
- Helen Steers, Partner | Pantheon Ventures
The Master of Finance degree is a CFA Programme Partner. This means that the CFA institute recognises that the MFin curriculum incorporates a large part of the CFA level 1 curriculum.