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University of Exeter Business School is UK’s most improved in FT rankings


The University of Exeter Business School has made great progress in the Financial Times 2021 Master’s in Finance rankings, jumping eight places to break into the UK’s top 10 Business Schools.

The FT 2021 Master’s in Finance pre-experience ranking is designed to give insight and comparison of postgraduate Finance degrees offered by universities world-wide.

The Business School’s MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management (FAFM) programme for students was named the UK’s 9th best and joint 43rd globally.

The eight-place jump in the rankings table is the most improved showing by a UK Business School.

It affirms the University of Exeter Business School’s standing as a strong and rapidly improving global force among Schools offering MSc Finance programmes.

The Business School came 11th globally for career progress, a ranking of how graduates have managed to secure senior positions and gone on to work at the biggest firms, with 86% in employment after three months.

It also scored well on diversity, with 40% of faculty and 42% of students being female and international students comprising 69% of the student body.

Professor David Allen, Dean of the Business School, said: “Our greatly improved position in this global ranking is testament to our world-class Department of Finance and vibrant student and alumni community.

“We are proud that the FT has recognised the steps we are taking to improve diversity, as well as the way that our graduates are making progress in their careers, something that we feel is down to providing an academically rigorous curriculum that is supported by practical experiences.”

The University of Exeter Business School this year launched a new research centre, the Exeter Sustainable Finance Centre, reflecting the growing importance of sustainability as a factor in financial decision-making. 

The MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management offers a rigorous foundation in advanced financial theory, combined with extensive practical application. The one-year full-time programme is designed specifically for students wishing to pursue a career as an investment analyst or portfolio manager. 

Students are supported in their study towards levels I and II of the CFA qualification, alongside their master’s degree, and also benefit from a tailored professional development and careers module and an industry dissertation module, allowing students to work on real world problems with financial institutions.

As well as the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management the Business School offers 12-month Master’s programmes in Financial Technology (Fintech); Money, Banking and Finance; as well as programmes lasting nine or 12 months in Finance and Investment; Finance and Management; and Finance and Marketing.

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