Masters in Finance: Concentrations explained

by Lucky Singh, MiF Recruitment Manager

Year after year, the ability to follow concentrations within our Masters in Finance (MiF) programme proves highly popular with our students and it’s something prospective students often ask us about. We therefore decided to shine a light on them, putting together some information on what they entail as well as collating some insights from current students who are pursuing them. 

What are Concentrations? 

“Concentrations are a great way of signaling to recruiters and potential employers that you have specialised in a particular area of finance. Students achieve a concentration by taking the practitioner courses and choosing from a list of electives that correspond with the concentration.” 
Anna Shoemaker, MiF Programme Director 

We offer four concentrations on the MiF: Investment Management Analysis, CFO, Corporate Finance, and Risk Management and Derivatives. It isn’t necessary to decide before the course if you wish to do a concentration. Students are able to decide when they are on the programme, and often find that towards the end of the programme, simply by pursuing their specific interests, they have already taken several electives that correspond with a concentration. Therefore, they only need to select one or two additional electives in order to achieve a concentration.  

It’s important to note that MiF students are not required to do a concentration and can freely choose up to 10 electives from our list of 40 electives.  

If, however you decide to do a concentration and complete the electives and practitioner courses to do so, this will be shown in your transcript and the Programme Office can also write a letter to support this should you wish to flag it to the attention of potential employers. 

See below the practitioner courses required for each of the concentrations:  

Concentration Practitioner Course to achieve Concentration 
Investment Management Analysis The Business of Asset Management 
CFO The Business of Corporate Finance  
Corporate Finance The Business of Corporate Finance 
Risk Management and Derivatives Applied Risk Management and Derivatives 

Why choose a concentration? 

Vartan Indjeian (MiF Part-time 2021) reveals why he decided to opt for the CFO and Corporate Finance concentrations:  
“Based on my experiences and my long-term goal to be a CFO of a Private Equity or Venture Capital firm, I’m seeking to obtain the CFO and Corporate Finance concentrations. Completing the elective coursework for both concentrations will help me expand my technical finance skills to be in a better position to transition into this type of role, as well as build my leadership and people management skills which are crucial to meet my goals.” 

Tim Bekenov (MiF Part-time 2020) is completing the Investment Management and Analysis concentration and shares his experience so far:  
“My goal going into the programme was to break into a buy-side investment management firm so I thought this would be relevant when I apply for roles in the industry. I found this to be a useful guide to navigate what courses I should take to help me stay on track with my plans. However, I do know several students who did multiple concentrations or didn’t plan to do any so it’s really personal choice.” 

Michael Coombs (MiF Part-time 2020) sheds light on the MiF practitioner courses:  
At first, I was concerned about selecting electives that would ensure a concentration aligned with my professional goals, but I quickly realised that most people’s course choices naturally align with the concentrations that they are interested in anyway! The most helpful part of pursuing the concentration were the practitioner courses, which really draw materials from your syllabus and compares and contrasts it with what people are truly doing in the market day-to-day.” 

Interested in applying to the MiF? 

If you have any questions about the MiF programme you can reach out to me or my team by emailing or calling us on +44(0)207007505. You can also submit your cv for an informal review of your profile and fit for the programme.  

To get more insight into the MiF student experience and programme content, feel free to reach out to our Student Ambassadors

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