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What universities open doors to high paid finance roles?

Published: Saturday, 22 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Finding high paying roles in the financial sector can be a tough ask for graduates, but some universities are far better than others at providing ideal preparation.

Emolument, a firm that evaluates pay data, looked into the 15 institutions from across Europe that helped propel financial students into the highest paying roles.

Essentially, the data reveals the universities where highly ambitious students will want to focus their attention. 

Of the 15 universities nearly half were based in the UK, while even the average salary among graduates from the lowest placed institution on the list was still £47,000.

For the purposes of the study, the salary information for 700 London finance professionals who graduates after 2011 was collated. While it included those with BA, BSc or Masters degrees, it did exclude those who did a Masters in Business Management (MBA).

French universities also hold dominant positions on the list, following in the footsteps of the UK with seven institutions featured. One university from Italy completed the 15.

The major differences between the French and British institutions are in terms of pricing and course lengths.

British business students will pay more for their courses when compared to their French counterparts but they are also able to graduate faster.

While the average French course lasts five years, those going to university in Britain can be working after just three years.

Alice Leguay, from Emolument, revealed that many French schools include extensive internships as part of the longer syllabus.

Ecole Polytechnique in France produced the best paid individuals in finance, with an average salary among graduates of £74,000.

This was significantly ahead of the second placed London Business School where the average salary was £66,000.

Ecole Centrale Paris and HEC Paris, both in France, as well as Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Italy completed the top five.

Most of the UK institutions placed further down the list, with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in ninth and tenth place respectively.

Imperial College London, Cass Business School, Birkbeck College and the London School of Economics were the other UK institutions to feature.

Wages among graduates in finance varied at these institutions from £54,000 and £47,000, suggesting they all provide a welcome boost to those looking to enter the sector.

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