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Master of Finance graduate

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Prime Broker at Jarden Investment Bank

The Master of Finance degree is a challenging and rewarding programme of study that develops an in-depth understanding of key financial concepts, including corporate governance, capital market valuation and asset pricing. The course also offers additional exposure to statistical software and coding, regular group presentations and academic research. The curriculum is designed to develop understanding and communication skills, differentiating Otago graduates, and making them in high demand by employers.

The challenge of writing a thesis exponentially improves your research skills. The individual research projects used for the thesis component of the MFinc allow students to undertake an in-depth analysis of a specific issue in Finance and gain expert knowledge. Students learn how to source data, identify appropriate methodologies, undertake analysis and write up the results. These skills are constantly drawn on in the contemporary workplace.

Small class sizes foster a collaborative group learning environment. These experiences develop critical thinking and presentation skills, ensuring that graduates are trained to speak confidently with industry professionals once employed in a corporate setting. Teaching opportunities that incorporate regular data from institutional and fund managers as well as interactions with market investors contribute to the practicality of the learning experiences. I am currently working at Jarden as a prime broker, involved with a variety of financial products and institutional clients. The financial modelling and arbitrage trading strategies taught in the MFinc at Otago are a large part of my role.