Category Archives: Admissions

Why MFin students are a good fit with central banks

Central banks, which are the most important financial institutions in most countries, have typically employed lots of economcs graduates in the past. They might benefit from adding a few finance graduates in future. Central banks have responsibility for controlling inflation and influencing the wider economy. In some nations they also have responsibility for regulating the financial… Continue Reading

The limits of standardised tests

Globally, applicants to MBA programmes take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Those applying to other sorts of graduate school often take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). If you want to enter a US college you usually need to take the SAT (originally called Scholastic Aptitude Test). These standardised tests are all American in origin.… Continue Reading


The Cambridge MBA uses GMAT as one criteria for selection, the MFin does not. Why? GMAT is a standardised test aimed at management students. It is supposed to test a range of skills or aptitudes suitable for the varied course content of an MBA or similar management course. The GRE is a similar test used… Continue Reading

The new class

Another year begins…  While most people think of a year as starting in January, the cycle in Cambridge gets going in September (when the new MFin and MBA students arrive) and fully in October (when official term starts and the 11,000 undergraduates turn up). Our 33 new students arrived on Tuesday – well actually one… Continue Reading

Serial masters degrees

One reason we reject some candidates before interview is because they recently did another masters degree, including an MBA. On occasions the applicants are doing one masters while applying for another. This might seem as if we’re rejecting people with lots of academic credentials but there is such a thing as being over-qualified. If you… Continue Reading

Front, middle and back office

The work experience requirement is central to the MFin. But what counts as “relevant”? There are three criteria. One, did it provide the candidate with some real finance learning opportunity, even if it was in only one specific area? Two, did it provide the candidate with a broader opportunity to show achievement, efficiency and ambition?… Continue Reading