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The Faculty and Teaching
A major strength of London Business School (LBS) is its Finance faculty with their wide range of financial backgrounds. They are consultants to leading banks, associate editors of prestigious academic journals and board members of advisory boards for international finance organisations. As a student of the School, you will be put at the centre of global finance. You will gain access to the latest finance research and techniques, master a wide range of financial tools and fill crucial gaps in your knowledge with the Masters in Finance.
The Class Room Experience
Class visits offer a unique insight into the strength of London Business School’s faculty and teaching. I had the pleasure of sitting in class on 29 October to witness the learning experience. Dr Chris Higson, Associate Professor of Accounting Practice delivered the seminar that looked at a case study of Body Shop. Students analysed financial information on the company’s past performance and had to draw inferences about its future prospects.
From my experience it was great to see so many talented individuals sharing their financial knowledge and even question the analysis methods that were shown in class. The class encouraged students to share their findings and how they came to their inferences. I was really impressed with the diverse discussions within the class room as students worked together to present their findings, a truly communal atmosphere.
Is the Masters in Finance Right for you?
Class visits are a great way to meet informally with current MiF students. Students will have similar financial backgrounds so discussing the programme in detail can prove extremely useful. There will be a member of the Admissions Team present on the day so it’s a great opportunity to discuss the entry requirements of the programme and to ask any burning questions.
Financial Accounting & Analysis – What does it cover?
Financial Accounting & Analysis is one of the core courses featured on the MiF and it looks at the ability to use financial information in various decision-making settings. You will analyse financial information and judge a firm’s prospects based on performance, patterns in their financial statements, profit drivers, assets and obligations. On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- use financial information in various decision-making settings
- develop the skills and techniques necessary to analyse financial information and to draw inferences about a firm’s past performance and future prospects
- read and analyse a company’s financial statements, to measure company profitability and identify the drivers of profitability, and to assess the adequacy of the company’s assets to meet its obligations
- understand the main sources of reporting choices and creativity in accounting practice, and to know how to control for this when analysing, valuing and comparing several firms.
Come Join Us!
Come and take part in a class. We have eight Saturday dates when you can join the part-time MiF Investments or Corporate Finance core course either in the morning (09.00-11.45) or in the afternoon (12.45-15.30):
* includes the option to join the class for lunch
At London Business School we pride ourselves on being a truly global institution and the Masters in Finance (MiF) programme is no exception. The makeup of the class is very diverse with 52 different nationalities in the current class. The MiF offers some unique global opportunities such as full term exchanges, block week exchanges and the Global Business Experience (GBE) to Boston and New York.
The Global Business Experience gives students first-hand exposure to the asset management industry and the new challenges facing the industry in light of the recent economic developments and regulations.
‘It was a fantastic eye-widening experience I got from the Global Business Experience trip. It gave us opportunities to learn industry knowledge and trends as well as to discuss various issues with leading asset management companies and world renowned economists. My clients were amazed when I shared notes of what I heard in the US with them. GBE is definitely a must-go if you’re trying to get hands-on knowledge about the asset management business.’ Zhen Zhang, MIFPT2016
‘The trip was packed full of company visits, lectures, and guest speakers all set in the stunning locations of Boston and New York. Company visits included Numeric Investors, AQR, General Atlantic and Norm Champ where students heard from Norm Champ himself! We visited Harvard and MIT where we heard from renowned faculty.’ Bryony Murdoch, MiF Senior Programme Manager
Last year’s GBE was led by Francisco Gomes, Professor of Finance and Richard Portes, Professor of Economics. The objective of the trip was to give students first-hand exposure to the asset management industry. They analysed the new challenges facing the industry in light of recent economic developments and regulatory changes.
‘I was most inspired by Professor Andrew Lo’s talk on how financial engineering can cure cancer. It was so interesting to hear how we can apply finance in a healthcare context to create an innovative way to raise funds for cancer drug development. The week was also a fantastic way to meet people at LBS from both the MiF and MBA programmes. It was one of the highlights of the MiF programme so far’ Margarita Economides, MiFPT2016
‘The trip also included some social activities including the all American experience – a baseball game and an exclusive boat trip taking in the sights of New York at sunset. A beautifully perfect ending to a phenomenal trip’. Bryony Murdoch, MiF Senior Programme Manager
If you are looking to gain more global exposure then the GBEs offered at London Business School are perfect ways to immerse yourself in an international business environment. GBEs provide opportunities for you to build on your academic frameworks and to test your knowledge in dynamic financial markets.
The Masters in Finance (MiF) 2016 intake began their Orientation Week on Monday 15 August with a packed day of activities at the prestigious Banking Hall opposite the Bank of England. The students arrived extremely motivated and excited to begin their LBS journey.
After a welcome from the School’s Dean and the MiF Programme Director, the Programme Team briefed the students on what they can expect during the course of their studies. Guest speakers Joseph Liu and Ben Hardy spoke on building personal brands and how students can make the most of their studies.
The students participated in a highly interactive icebreaker called the ‘Trading Game.’
“… we got energetic introductions to our classmates during a trading game, which had us running around the hall for nearly an hour!” (John Stone MiF PT2018).
Students had the opportunity to showcase their finance talents by trading information, money and other (virtual) valuables with the other teams. Despite some rather suspect trading, the game proved a huge success!
The day was capped off with a drinks reception. All in all it was a most enjoyable day and a great way for the students to start their studies.
“Introduction day highlighted that MiF LBS students represent 52 countries. When the Programme Director started the aircraft engine in an imaginary round the world tour to demonstrate all our origins, I could not be prouder to represent Malaysia. The pride was almost like bearing the Malaysian flag at the Olympics when Brandon and I stood up.” (Zehan Mohamed Saleh MiF FT2017)
For the rest of the week they were in class focusing on ‘Personal Assessment and Development’. The full-time students started ‘Preparatory Accounting Class’ and were introduced to the Career Centre.
“Career Centre sessions through the week were serious business; getting the CV ready as recruiters are coming on campus as soon as next month and being part of LBS, means we will get ahead of the pack.” (Zehan Mohamed Saleh MiF FT2017)
The part-time students also had an intensive week of teaching with ‘Data Analytics for Finance’ course being the main focus in the classroom. “Not to disappoint those of us looking to improve our quant skills during the MIF, the remainder of the week featured an intensive crash course on Data Analysis and Statistics.” (John Stone MiF PT2018)
After a full week of studies the MiF students were treated to an early start on Saturday morning with an action packed day at Gilwell Park. Despite the day starting off very wet, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the new class. Raft building, rock climbing and trapeze jumping were just a few of the activities that the MiF students took part in, with some conquering their biggest fears!
The Away Day also proved extremely useful in terms of the study groups getting to know one another, as the activities required lots of communication and teamwork. The weather improved in the afternoon and we eventually got some much needed sunshine. To finish the whole week off the students were treated to a BBQ and some well-earned drinks!
“Orientation week ended exactly how I thought it’d be and more. It truly summed up the LBS brand, the exact reason why I chose to come here – for its diversity and strong network within the finance industry.” (Zehan Mohamed Saleh MiF FT2017)
I had tremendous fun participating in many of the activities with the students. I really enjoyed meeting the new class and admired their determination to make the day a huge success. Feedback from the students was extremely positive and I’m looking forward to seeing them succeed on their Masters in Finance journey.
“Overall the class had a great first week and we are all looking forward to what is on the menu for the rest of the year!” (John Stone MiF PT2018)