UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s Masters in Finance ranked 41st across the world and 35th in Europe in the Masters in Finance Pre-Experience 2020 category. This was part of the Financial Times’ annual ranking reports published on the 14th of June 2020.

The Financial Times’ rankings assess the performance of business schools across the globe and are independently adjudicated in accordance with strict criteria. The criteria for the ranking of UCD’s MSc. in Finance include ‘value for money’, ‘career service’, ‘international mobility’ and ‘international experience’ on the course. 

UCD’s Smurfit School Masters in Finance programme did especially well in the ‘value for money’ category, ranking 27th in the world. Currently, the one year programme costs EU students €18,205 and Non-EU students €23,950. The programme ranked 43rd globally with regards to ‘career services’ while also scoring 90% in the ‘aims achieved’ category. The last assessment done by the Financial Times was in 2018, since then the programme experienced advances in international mobility and international course experience.

The top three Business Schools as ranked by the Financial Times this year were HEC Paris, ESCP Business School and Skema Business School respectively, all of which are based in France.

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, established in 1908, is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre. They offer a wide range of postgraduate business programmes that “equip students to become the business leaders of the future”. UCD states that the Smurfit’s MSc. in Finance programme is designed to give you advanced specialist knowledge and a practical understanding of finance theory and practice relevant to the financial services industry.

The programme typically has 67 students with an average age of 25. The course is made up of 15 nationalities, 59% of the students being international. The class also has a relatively even gender balance with 46% of students being female and 54% being male.

Ahmed Jouda – Reporter