Master of Finance graduate
PhD student at HEC, Paris
Having completed my undergraduate degree majoring in mathematics at Otago I was very keen to pursue postgraduate study. The excellent quality of teaching and pastoral care offered to students on campus meant that enrolling in the Master of Finance (MFinc) was an easy choice. The MFinc is a challenging 12-month program. Throughout the required coursework and the research project I developed a strong understanding in a number of interesting areas of modern finance ranging from corporate governance to stock market anomalies. One of my biggest challenges throughout the MFinc, that also provided the greatest learning opportunities, was adapting to the shift from learning using textbooks to learning by reading and critiquing academic studies. Most importantly, the skills acquired throughout the MFinc allowed me to pursue novel research in my thesis, which has also inspired and encouraged my aspirations to complete my PhD.
After completing the MFinc at Otago I applied to and received an offer to study for my PhD in Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris. I am already putting many of the skills developed in the MFinc into use solving pressing issues regarding the role of purposeful leadership in business. I would highly recommend the MFinc to anyone looking to develop a greater understanding of both academic and applied finance in a supportive and collaborative environment.