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Masters in Finance Ranking 2021, Global Top 50

Durham’s Masters in Finance has been re-confirmed as a global top 50 programme by the Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking 2021, with a rise of three places to 46th. This success continues with the School’s careers provision and employment outcomes.

Graduate rating of the School’s Careers Service has continued its upward trend in recent years and is now ranked 3rd in the UK and 17th globally. This perhaps is no surprise given the excellent support provided by the International, Engagement and Careers (IEC) team. This service includes:

  • one-to-one careers consultancy
  • a Career Development Programme designed to help students achieve career goals and develop the skills employers are looking for
  • Career Insight sessions delivered by external professionals.

Joint top in the UK for employability

This level of careers support has a complementary effect for the School’s Masters in Finance graduates with 97% finding employment within 3 months of finishing the programme, placing Durham joint-highest in the UK, level with Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. The Employed at 3 Months criteria also positions the School joint 12th globally.

Sebastian Marland who graduated from the MSc Finance (Finance and Investment) in September 2020 and who now works as an Equity Research Analyst at AFS Group, Amsterdam said, “Durham University Business School taught me not only to think independently and prepare me for a career in the stock market but also provided me with invaluable advice. The alumni talks, which were a definite highlight of my time in Durham, coupled with the expert industry knowledge of the career consultants made searching for a job a more fulfilling experience. Moreover, our professors were always on hand to offer guidance and steer us in the right direction throughout the academic year.”

Commenting on the result Tim McCollum, Careers Consultant, said: “We are delighted to see the success of our MSc Finance students in gaining employment so soon after finishing their courses. Our students benefit from individualised support from our dedicated Masters’ Careers Consultant, Ally Heslop, who works closely with them throughout the year to prepare for competitive recruitment processes. Our team also ensure a variety of global guest speakers and events, allowing students to expand their network and knowledge of international opportunities.”

Overall satisfaction

Although a measure only recently introduced in 2020 and not counting towards the current rankings, overall satisfaction for the School’s Masters in Finance graduates was an enviable average of 9.17 out of 10, among the top 15 globally for overall satisfaction.

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