The Financial Economics Master’s programme is unique among Russian economics graduate programmes and features:
· Professors with PhDs from leading universities in Europe and the US
· Visiting professors from international universities including London School of Economics (LSE) and Oxford University
· Courses entirely in English
· Examinations monitored by international experts appointed by the International Academic Committee (IAC) of the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF)
· Opportunities for international mobility
The programme meets all the requirements of the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Graduates receive a Russian Master’s degree and an official letter of validation from LSE Director certifying successful completion of a programme that meets international quality standards.
Programme duration: 2 years
Programme requirements: 15 core courses and 6 electives, internship, Master’s thesis
Core courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Mathematics for Economists, Financial Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance, Financial Econometrics, Research Seminar
Electives: Corporate Valuation in Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking, Investment Management, Risk Management in a Commercial Bank, International Trade and Development, Programming and Applications to Finance, Market Microstructure, Derivatives, Fixed Income, Risk Management, International Finance
Two-thirds of students in the programme come from economics backgrounds. Other students come from different academic backgrounds, for example, mathematics and physics, and possess a sufficient knowledge of mathematics to be able to master contemporary economics and finance.
Contemporary finance relies heavily on mathematics, and all graduates have the skills they need to be competitive on the international job market. Thirteen of our graduates work in London today; seven of them found jobs there right after graduation.
Graduates have successful careers in the following professional spheres:
· Finance: Many graduates become involved in corporate finance and business assessment. They work at investment banks, in business evaluation departments at Big Four accounting firms, and at private equity funds. Some specialize in quantitative finance, working at the same investment banks and hedge funds, but doing more programming and advanced calculations.
· Consulting: The top employers are the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company.
· Academia: Every year, several of our graduates go on to PhD programmes at LSE, Oxford, MIT, Cambridge, UC Berkeley, London Business School, Imperial College London, Carnegie Mellon, Bocconi University and others.
The Admissions Committee may call the candidate for an interview in order to clarify the information provided. Interviews for international candidates are conducted via Skype and last 15-20 minutes. The interview is aimed to ascertain interests, plans for the future and preferences of the candidate. An applicant can be asked with regard to his/her previous academic papers or some questions on Economic theory or Mathematics but only within the minimum requirements for MSc programme applicants. The final decision on the points attributed to the portfolio is based on the interview results.
All interviews are by invitation only. Please do not contact the ICEF MSc Admission Office to request an interview.
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