Aston Business School’s MSc in Investment Analysis was rated the 48th finest Masters course in Finance worldwide by the respected Financial Times Global Masters in Finance rankings. The course features in the list alongside programmes ran by the likes of HEC Paris in France, MIT Sloan School of Management in America and Imperial College Business School in the UK.
The rankings table rates the best full-time finance programmes for students with little or no prior experience of the financial industry. It is based on a survey of business schools as well as students who graduated in 2012, taking into account how successful they have been in terms of salary, seniority and achievements in the three years since graduating, according to Aston University.
To be eligible for the Financial Times rankings, programmes must have run for at least four consecutive years. Nearly 5,000 Finance Masters graduates from across the world were surveyed by the newspaper in order to calculate the ratings table.
Aston’s Investment Analysis programme prides itself on providing students with knowledge, understanding and the skills appropriate for careers in the financial sector. The course, directed by ABS academic Colin Chapman, has a strong focus on the practical application of finance within a trading or corporate setting – with students learning how to undertake security valuation and portfolio management as well as learning about key techniques used by financial traders.
Graduates from the course frequently proceed to successful careers in the financial, insurance and corporate sector, in positions such as finance and investment analysers, stockbrokers, market traders, investment and commercial bankers and corporate financiers.
It is the second time in recent months that Aston Business School’s Finance programmes have been recognised for their excellence. LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social network, rated Aston the seventh best UK university for student career progression into the finance professions.
The LinkedIn University Rankings are based on the career outcome data of more than 313 million LinkedIn members, providing students with a detailed picture of universities and their respective graduate career progression records.