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Career Service

Career service overview

The Cambridge Master of Finance (MFin) programme was ranked second 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 scored highly:

  • Average salary increase of 82 per cent.
  • Average salary of $138,132 (USD).
  • Eighty-eight per cent employed three months out.
  • 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. This 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, 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 the MFin programme. 

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 students’ prospects in the finance industry.

These activities also help boost networking confidence and communication skills. To keep the students on track with their professional goals, the MFin Executive Director runs individual benchmarking sessions at the end of each term.

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Engagement with world-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.

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Project work with top finance practitioners

The MFin offers students numerous ways to present their skills to leading finance organisations. During the Group Consulting and Equity Research Projects, students have the opportunity to work in small groups with a range of financial institutions, tackling real industry issues for tangible results.

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Career support: Personal and professional development 

At Cambridge Judge Business School, we are committed to helping you focus on your professional future. To support you with achieving your professional objectives, we work closely with you throughout the programme, helping you identify career goals and design action plans to meet them. 

On the MFin programme, we provide opportunities for you to learn about the broader finance industry and its various sub-sectors. Throughout the year there will be opportunities for you to interact and network with senior finance professionals and alumni. We strongly encourage you to make use of these opportunities to build your own professional network which should be at the heart of your job search endeavours throughout your MFin year and beyond. 

The MFin careers service is designed to help you gain the insight and skills to manage your career, both while you’re a student at Cambridge Judge Business School and after graduating from the MFin programme. The careers programme encompasses various workshops, seminars, on-line resources as well one to one coaching sessions designed to help students with their career planning and job search endeavours, as well as to strengthen soft skills such as negotiation, networking and presentation skills and interview technique.

The key aims of the MFin careers service are to help you:

  • assess your professional and academic background, skill sets, strengths and weaknesses. 
  • keep informed about the latest sector developments and defining your career goals.
  • build a toolkit of skills to help you with ‘marketing’ yourself effectively.
  • interview successfully
  • analyse, negotiate and accept a job offer.

The MFin programme works closely with a professional careers consultants as well as a range of external careers professionals who come in regularly to deliver tailored personal and professional development workshops and provide career guidance as well as one to one coaching. 

Networking: Leverage our networks and meet our alumni

My network grew exponentially throughout the MFin year. The number of opportunities to meet senior finance executives and fellow professionals was extremely valuable. The Cambridge name opens doors.
Paul Kelly, MFin 2014

A significant benefit of the 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 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 which brings the world’s authorities in finance to the MFin classroom. Students can meet industry leaders and experts, ask questions and share ideas with them over dinner in a Cambridge College.

Alumni

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.

The MFin programme team helps to organise various local alumni gatherings around the world. For more information please see our Meet us page

Peers

The School attracts the highest calibre of people from a range of different backgrounds, which fosters an atmosphere of global collaboration and provids unique opportunities for discussion and learning. All MFin students attend lectures together which makes it easier to build relationships throughout the course. Please see our latest class profile.

Academic faculty

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.

MFin graduation

Watch the interviews of our MFin students on their graduation day.

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Class profile

Find out more about the 2016/17 MFin class.

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Career outcomes

City speaker series

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.

We aim to cover a wide range of subjects, institutions, product areas and roles. The subjects will be determined by the speakers themselves, with a focus on topical themes, deals and business problems that they have faced.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, and a small group of students will accompany the speaker to dinner.

Recent speakers

  • Adam Cohen, Senior Director | Societe Generale
  • Anne-Marie Fleurbaaij, Senior Vice President | GIC
  • Tirad Mahmoud , CEO | Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Kristine Braden, Managing Director, Head of Europe Global Subsidiaries Group | Citi
  • Chris McHugh, Investment Banking Europe (IBEU) | HSBC
  • Paul Tucker, Partner at Egerton | Egerton Capital
  • 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
  • Alan Brown, Senior Advisor | Schroders
  • Chris Eagle, Head of European Foreign Exchange Sales | Jeffries
  • Helen Steers, Partner | Pantheon Ventures
  • Laurence Hopkins, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Kevin Gardiner, Managing Director, Rothschild & Co
  • Jan-Peter Onstwedder, Managing Director, Citi
The City Speaker Series and dinners have been a wonderful chance to meet and engage with a wide range of industry professionals from all fields of finance. We were able to get advice and recommendations for job applications as well as our career development.
Aytac Aydogan, MFin 2011

CFA Programme partner

The CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes standards in the investment industry and offers educational and career resources for investment professionals. It has branches around the globe and over 100, 000 members worldwide. 

The Cambridge MFin degree is an accredited CFA programme partner. This means that the CFA Institute recognises the MFin curriculum incorporates a large part of the CFA level 1 curriculum and enables students to gain a well-rounded understanding of a broad spectrum of finance disciplines - ranging from Asset Management to Venture Capital. MFin students also have access to wide range of CFA resources including webinars, the latest financial research publications and access to CFA society events. 

To become a member of the CFA Institute, students follow a programme of self-study covering a prescribed curriculum, and take exams, at CFA levels 1, 2 and 3.

CFA scholarships

The partnership provides a small number of scholarships to MFin students each year. This covers the cost of registering with the CFA Institute and entering the CFA level 1 exam only. Scholarship recipients also benefit from access to study resources.

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Why the Cambridge MFin?

The Cambridge MFin focuses on the theory and practice of finance, drawing upon the University of Cambridge's long heritage of excellence in teaching and research. We are one of only a few Master of Finance programmes in which 100% of the class has existing work experience in finance.

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Admissions for September 2018 are now open.

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