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We are pleased to announce that the Masters in Financial Analysis brochure is now available to download on our website. If you are thinking of applying it will help you in your research to make sure this is the right programme in the right environment for you.


You will be able to find out more about the course content, including how the programme is structured around five key finance pillars; Corporate Finance, Asset Management, Account, Financial Markets and Financial Econometrics. This programme will equip you with the skills necessary to launch a successful career in finance and the choice of electives which will allow you to customise your MFA experience.




This brochure will also give you a deeper insight into the practical and experiential learning environment you will experience, an understanding of how you will put classroom theory in practice during Business Immersion Week, and showcase how you can develop your global business outlook by taking part in a Global Immersion Field Trip.

There are many ways to get involved beyond the classroom, with the various student clubs, conferences, career treks and events which allow you to share experiences with fellow MIF, MIM and MBA students. You will have access to recruitment stats for the recent Early Career MiM2014 class, and get an idea of how our career centre will guide you through your job search and help you secure your first job in Finance.

Finally it will provide you with information regarding the next steps you should take to be part of the MFA2017 class!

We are holding an information session on Campus on Tuesday 15th December starting 18.30, so please register here if you would like to find out more information about the programme and the School.

If you are unable to make it at this time, we hold weekly drop-in sessions every Friday between 15.00- 16.00. Please note you do not need to register for these sessions, all you will need to do is report to the Sainsbury’s reception on campus.

Should you have any further questions or queries please do contact the me at mfa@london.edu.

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When applying to business school, you have to submit a CV. How much effort will you put into this relative to your application essays? Think about what other applicants might have on their CVs – think about how to stand out from the crowd. Your CV is often your first opportunity to sell yourself to the Admissions Committee!
A good CV:
·         Highlights your achievements
·         Identifies what you excel at
·         Creates excitement and differentiates you from others
Before starting your CV, think about yourself as a person:
·         Who you are
·         What drives you
·         Your personal achievements
And then think about:
·         What you have done
·         Which skills are relevant
·         Your professional achievements
Writing a CV using the LBS format
If you are selected to join the Programme the LBS format CV is the CV you will be using when you arrive on campus. All students use the same format. This helps recruiters identify the students they want to meet from the hundreds of applications they receive. In compiling one now you will be ready to talk to prospective employers as soon as you arrive in London!
An example of an LBS CV is attached: CV sample.
The LBS format CV is designed to highlight your experience, your achievements and your skills in an easy to read layout. Irrespective of how long you have been working, the information you provide should not exceed one page and should be broken down into EDUCATION / WORK EXPERIENCE / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
Recruiters have very little time to look at CVs for their first cut, sometimes no more than 6 seconds. Therefore, your CV must have immediate impact, describing your attributes in as succinct a way as possible.
· Make sure you fill the whole page, but avoid using too much information.
· Company descriptions should be short and not exceed one line.
· Aim to have between 12 and 15 bullet points to describe your achievements.
· Ideally, bullet points should be one-and-a-half to two full lines long and one continuous sentence.
· Your bullet points should be achievement based backed by skills or competencies.
· Use impact verbs to start each bullet point – examples include: accomplished, achieved, advised, analysed, assessed, coached, communicated, compiled, completed, convinced, created, defined, demonstrated, developed, enhanced, evaluated, executed, expanded, focused, generated, identified, implemented, improved, increased, initiated, invested, mentored; motivated, negotiated, organised, participated, performed, persuaded, planned, presented, produced, proposed, raised, recommended, recruited, represented, researched, revised, shaped, solved, succeeded, transformed, won!
· Try to demonstrate competencies that recruiters look for throughout your CV - examples include: accountability, analytical thinking, client focus, commercial acumen, commitment, communication, creativity, decisiveness, endurance, enthusiasm, entrepreneurship, independence, influence, initiative, innovation, leadership; modelling, motivation, negotiation, networking, people management, persuasion, project management, problem solving, quantitative ability, risk management, stakeholder management, strategic thinking, team working, transaction experience, valuation.
· Additional information should, where applicable, demonstrate that you are a rounded person with outside interests, mentorship and leadership skills (e.g. captaining a sports team), compassion (e.g. charitable work) as well as work-related information that is related to the role you are applying for (e.g. own portfolio, knowledge of Bloomberg, regular contributor to finance blogs).

Finance at Work

Last week saw the launch of this year’s Finance@Work series and it was down to corporate finance professor James Dow to kick things off with a bang (it happened to also be Bonfire Night), moderating a discussion on ‘Implications of low (or negative) interest rates for investment’.

“With the lecture theatre packed full of current students, prospective students, staff and alumni, there was a palpable air of anticipation, to hear from industry experts and LBS alumni.

The event was enjoyable and well moderated, and the panel provided some compelling answers to questions that ranged from the implications on investors and issuers of debt through to predictions regarding further devaluing of the Yuan.  The general consensus seemed to be that whilst this low interest rate environment is likely to remain for some time, there are still opportunities for unconstrained investors. This definitely provided us with some food for thought and interesting conversations ensued in the networking session after the event as well as over subsequent days.” Daniel Needleman | MiF 2016

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Sao Paulo Brazil and Santiago de Chile as part of London Business School’s worldwide information sessions.

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The first stop was Sao Paulo, where I spent a few days having one to one meetings with those who are interested in studying our Masters programmes. The main event was our information session held at the Intercontinental Hotel, where we made a presentation on the School and hosted a Panel of our fantastic MBA, MiF, Sloan MSc and EMBA-Global alumni based in the city.

We were also very privileged to be joined by Niro Sivanathan who is an Associate Professor at London Business School. Niro specialises in negotiation and bargaining and presented a sample of his teaching to the audience so that they could have a taste what to expect from the learning at LBS.

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Following our information session we were invited to attend an event hosted by the Brazil Alumni Club where we were able to meet a huge number of LBS alumni based in Sao Paulo. The event was very well attended and it was great to see the community spirit of LBS continuing to be strong years after the students have graduated.

The next morning I was on a plane to Santiago in Chile to host another information session at Club El Golf.  Our 2nd international information session in 24 hours was another great success with a large turnout of candidates interesting in studying at the School, as well as alumni of the MBA, Sloan and Masters in Finance programmes.

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As in Sao Paulo the Chile alumni club had an event of their own following our information session, when the hosted a Casino night for their many members. Playing cards with MBAs, MiFs and Sloans recently graduated and veterans from classes many years ago were a lot of fun.

The time in Chile was all too short but the flight home did offer an incredible view of the Andes in all their glory.


Increasingly, business success depends on your ability to get people to follow you, not because they have to, but because they want to.

Conquer the leadership challenges at each stage of your career

By choosing London Business School, you will study alongside a hand-picked group of talented, high-achievers from a wide range of industry sectors and cultures – learning directly from some of the most stimulating faculty and business practitioners in the world. We understand the importance of research when considering the right business school for you. Join Linden Selby (Senior Recruitment Admissions Manager, EMBA-Global and Sloan MSc programmes), alumni and students from our EMBA, EMBA-Global and Sloan MSc programmes at our next Online Panel Session on Thursday 29 October at 1pm UK time. You can sign up for the sessions here.

Whether you want to move into a new industry, function or geographic location; have ambitions to branch out on your own; or to simply do things differently, now is the time to invest in your future.

Are you looking to transform your career?

By studying our Executive MBA London or Dubai you will learn to lead with impact, create value for your organisation and build high-performing, internationally diverse teams. You will be able to apply all of this learning directly to your workplace and experience the benefits from day one. – part-time (20 months) – study while working full-time – choose to study in London or Dubai – International Assignment opportunities

Do you have transnational responsibilities?

Gain unique exposure to global business perspectives by studying EMBA-Global Americas and Europe or EMBA-Global Asia programmes. You will get the opportunity to study in the world’s most important economic regions – the Americas, Europe and Asia. – part-time (20 months) – study while working full-time – electives in London, New York, Hong Kong – International Assignment opportunities.

Are you a senior manager looking for your next step?

Taught over 12 months with flexible options, our Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy programme delivers the latest business practice and research to enhance your leadership skills, sharpen your strategic thinking and enable you to lead change in your organisation. – full-time (7-12 months) – students with over 16 years’ experience – International Assignment opportunities – more than 70 electives to choose from.


The suspense has come to an end! The Financial Times ranking was released earlier this week and we are pleased to announce that the EMBA-Global Americas & Europe programme has been ranked number four this year, which means that the programme was ranked in the Top Five Executive MBA programmes in the last ten years.

This ranking is a testament to the transformative power of the EMBA-Global Americas & Europe programme and the combined network of two top-tier business schools. Students not only graduate with an international network and a global mind-set from the programme, but they report a high increase in their salaries within three years of leaving the School.

View the full Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking here.


London Business School’s second MOOC will start tomorrow 7 October, with the title Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour. This new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A certificate of completion can also be acquired for a nominal fee.

Led by brand expert Nader Tavassoli, Professor of Marketing, discover how a brand sustains itself in this hyper-connected, global, digital world with the alignment of business, brand and behaviour – the three Bs.


Challenge your perception of traditional brand thinking and gain insights in five key areas:

  1. Learn how to build brands from a broad organisational perspective – do you have the right structure and processes in place to deliver the brand promise?
  2. Manage a brand-led culture change with human resource practices at the core
  3. Build brands within multi-brand companies, across cultures and geographies
  4. Measure brand health in new ways, both internally and externally – how smart are your metrics?
  5. Value and capture returns on brands across the organisation. Introduce the new concept of employee-based brand equity.

Read more about the course and sign up here.


We recently held a Q&A session on LinkedIn with Nader Tavassoli, who answered questions in relation to the upcoming course and around the theme of branding. Some of the highlights were.


Ian:  Nader – some say “a brand is a promise” but promises get broken (trust me I know this is a fact), should we use another word to describe a brand – other than brand obviously?!

Mike:  Nader – one of my favourite descriptions of what a brand REALLY is (as opposed to what’s ‘promised’) is ‘It’s like what people say about you after you’ve left the room’. How could this thought apply to any of your MOOC content? Is there a way that those perceptions of a brand can, for instance, be instilled by employees?

Nader: “From the firm’s perspective, a brand is an identity or trademark. From the customer’s perspective it is an image, or a set of associations that are linked to this trademark in the mind. A strong brand is one where the relevant audience has high awareness of the identity and a set of positive associations linked to this.

In relation to this, Ian mentions the word “brand promise”. This comes both from the firm – in terms of the customer value proposition communicated, sometimes even by the name itself (e.g., “Mr. Clean” or “Shop ‘n Save”) but what really matters is what customers expect, and this is probably more based on past experiences – including with other brands and categories – and word-of-mouth.”


Doug:What are some innovative things that companies can do to make sure that their external brand promise authentically reflects their internal core values?

Nader:Doug also mentions the “brand promise” and how this relates to internal core values. Whether you are in services or packaged goods, B2B or B2C, the values and internal eventually shine through. You will see that the sub-culture of the Dove and Axe team at Unilever are very different and they need to be.

I use the term brand integrity in my MOOC to describe this. A hypocrite is someone whose espoused beliefs are belied by their actions. Integrity is when the actions reflect beliefs. As such, I think strong brands are not just “authentic” (where the internal culture is consistent) but have “integrity” such that brand behaviours reflect internal values.


Anne Gro: Hi Nader, how do you teach young marketeers how to create a brand in a world where the brand is no longer controllable? What are the main brand elements that needs to be created and watched over?

Richard:Picking up on Anne Gro Gulla’s interesting idea – what are best recovery strategies for a brand “in trouble” or “out of control” ?

Nader: “Richard asked a related question to Anne Gro’s, namely on recovery strategies. I mentioned the idea of “brand integrity” earlier. I believe strong brands have a strong underlying purpose – this is different from positioning – and that acting with this purpose and the internal values that Doug mentioned in mind is an essential starting point. Around this – on the business side – you then require the right structural support to react with speed. But however you react, the response has to have integrity and be authentic”


Last weekend something special took place. The Student Association launched ‘LBS for London’ - an initiative that gave the opportunity to over 200 students, staff, faculty and administrators to contribute to the broader London community. We helped a number of charities through various activities such as gardening, cleaning the homes of vulnerable families and redecorating an incubator for disadvantaged start-up entrepreneurs. The goal was to ‘foster stronger engagement with the broader London community’.

Together with one of my colleagues, a current MBA student and two MBA alumnae, I went to L’Arche Gardens where we spent the afternoon making improvements to compost heaps. It was such a beautiful day for being outdoors and doing something useful.



“When you are doing something for a good reason, it helps you to stay humble and pure in your heart. I really enjoyed this experience and am very grateful to LBS for providing exposure to so many different people. I hope that more and more representatives of the LBS community will take part in similar events.” Ekaterina Zorina (MBA2014)


“Along with a group of three MBA2017 students I had the opportunity to participate in the LBS for London campaign at the John Evelyn Community Garden.  It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with London and the local community.  Students helped clean two areas of the garden to help prepare the area for new vegetation.  The John Evelyn staff were welcoming and even prepared some fruits and vegetables for the volunteers to take home.”  Victoria Hanau (MBA Recruitment & Admissions Manager)



Another group of volunteers went to North London Cares…



…while 20 members of the Men’s Rugby Club helped Habitat for Humanity refurbish a playground.


“ It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience,  I volunteered with some of the Community Action Group members so it was really nice to get to know them better and I also got to meet some great new people. I didn’t think painting a wall could be so much fun! Most importantly you could tell it meant a lot to the Fourth Feathers Youth Centre, as any sort of support they get from volunteers and initiatives such as LBS for London helps relieve pressure on their limited resources”  Sammy Engele (Student Activities Manager)




You can see more pictures from volunteers on Twitter, under #lbsforlondon.

At London Business School, we believe it’s important to give something back to our local community and this video showcases some examples of how we do this.



There is an abundance of choice in the world. When it comes to making a decision about pursuing postgraduate education how do you narrow down your choices so you achieve the career that you want?

At London Business School we recognise that individuals want to study for a multitude of reasons. Some see it as a chance to build their career with a solid foundation of knowledge and practical experience. Others want to complement their existing experience to ensure their next career steps will be maximised and fruitful. Equally some have a burning desire to bring their entrepreneurial ambitions to life but need a bit more guidance and knowledge beforehand.


In the Early Careers space we have the luxury of being able to help guide individuals to what programme best suits their talent and ambitions. Our Masters in Management has recently enrolled its sixth class of talented international individuals, all ambitious and motivated to begin a successful career. The strength of this programme has been recognised by the Financial Times Masters in Management rankings, moving four places up to sixth.

Alongside this we have our first cohort of Global Masters in Management students who will be spending their first year at London Business School before decamping and spending a second year at Fudan School of Management in Shanghai. We recognise that talent, now more than ever needs to be globalised and be able to work across borders and cultures. Our new Masters in Financial Analysis will allow for finance orientated individuals to build and shape their financial toolkit before embarking on the rigours of a job in the finance industry. Again, we recognise that providing choice for students to specialise and differentiate themselves amongst the graduate pool is important.

Our Early Career programmes are geared towards graduating students or for those who in the infancy of their careers. I have explained the differences a bit further below:


Masters in Management (MIM) – A one-year programme that provides individuals with theoretical knowledge and practical experience across a range of management subjects. You also develop your soft skills and sharpen your career potential through cross-generational learning, international experiences and coaching from our Careers Centre.


Global Masters in Management (GMIM) – A two-year programme that enriches individuals with a global outlook on business. Studying the Masters in Management at London Business School combined with a second year at Fudan School of Management in Shanghai on the MSc in International Business allows students a unique perspective of two global cities and two different business practices.


Masters in Financial Analysis (MFA) – A one-year programme for finance focused individuals to sharpen their financial knowledge and develop their technical and soft skills. Taught in one of the financial capitals of the world, students gain exposure to companies, key recruiters and world-renowned academics.

We want to help you navigate the path to the right programme that suits your skill set and ambitions. Our recruitment team work with individuals on a one -to-one basis to help understand the programmes in depth and what the next steps should be. If you want to understand your own path better please contact Sapna Shah if you are interested in the MiM/GMiM at mim@london.edu and Camille Vironda if you are interested in the MFA at mfa@london.edu. We hope we can help you choose the right path at London Business School.

The programme officially commenced on 6 September with both the London and Dubai streams coming together in London for Orientation.

The new Executive MBA class includes a range of high calibre professionals from Chief Executive Officers, Managing Directors (IT and Investment Banking), Chief Financial Officers to family business owners and a picture book publisher. This year’s cohort also consists of one of the largest intakes of female candidates, adding to the programmes’ already rich diversity.


The upcoming application deadlines for the January intake are:

  • 5 October
  • 2 November
  • 30 November


The timetable for the January 2016 intake can be viewed here. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact us via emba@london.edu.