Cass Business School - Specialist Masters Programmes 2011/2012

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For anyone who is looking to study at Cass Business School from September 2011…

As for myself, I have accepted a place on the MSc in Banking & International Finance.

Very much looking forward to it!


Congrats. Me too. Same course. Did u apply any where else or was cass the only place?


Hey, congrats! I have also applied to Cambridge, but I had to respond to Cass by the end of February… As I am more than happy to study at Cass I just accepted the offer - studying at Cass seems to suit me more than the Cambridge MPhil anyway… even if it isn’t as convenient!

Any other applications for yourself? How old are you?


I applied to LSE but got rejected. Have offer from Warwick but 99% sure on choosing CASS partly because it is in London. Better networking ops. I’m 22. Cambridge would had been cool…no?


Oh don’t get me wrong, I would be more than happy studying at Cambridge, but I live in Cambridge and I think I will benefit more from living in London and networking in the City etc.
Do you know what you’re doing regarding accommodation?


I actually live in West London so I don’t really need accommodation. It like a 30-40 minute commute on the underground.


Hi all

I’ve been looking at the various different post graduate opportunities at Cass so would welcome the opinions of those already studying there. I’m looking at doing an MSc but there are so many different courses I’m not 100% sure where to start! I am leaning towards doing the pure MSc in Finance but notice that there are many different varieties available. Does anyone know if the MSc in Finance is harder than the others or anything else that I should take into account?
Also I didn’t study undergraduate at Cass, will this set me back or are there any specific undergraduate courses that fall in line more with the MSc courses? Also the business school seems to have excellent links with industry for example with business consultancy and I think this will be very beneficial so am wondering how good these structures are in reality?
Sorry for the massive amount of questions and good luck to those starting their courses this month!


Hi Stella

It is a good few years since I was at CASS but I will try and advise. I have moved on from there to a Professor of Business Management so I think I can assist on some issues.
Firstly when I was studying there, when I arrived my undergraduate degree was from Queen’s Belfast so there was definitely no relation. I do not think that it is important that the masters degree should be from your Alma Mater. Indeed I would say that it can hold you back as you are not facing a whole new agenda of fresh challenges.
Now you asking is an MSc in Finance more difficult than other degrees. The answer is it depends on the student. Every degree is set with the same degree of difficulty so it is the ability of the student that will determine if it is difficult. No university will have a course that ranks as more difficult than another.
As for industry links each university and business school in particular will have a particular set of contacts and CASS has always had good contacts with management consultants.
What I can say is that a Masters from CASS will stand you in good stead at any point of time in your career.


Thank you, Wise Old Head! It’s good to know that the school is in strong demand and I am now exploring some of the more specialist Masters courses such as those linked with logistics as I think this will add a practical side and maintain my interest. Of course there are risks associated with this as I guess I will be more appealing to specific employers if I take that role. With so many very good quality students coming through the ranks I feel setting myself apart could be one of the key factors to achieve success!


Hi Stella

I am interested in the principal of “setting myself apart”.

It is a good approach to try and make yourself stand out from others and one that I think it would be helpful if you could try and help a little more on. The impression I glean from your post is that by approaching the study of logistics this will help in the ‘setting aside process’. Whilst I have no specific knowledge of logistics I am sure that like yourself there are a number of people who are interested in this area. Is it that you think that by studying a narrow subject that you will be able stand out more?
My own approach is that one sets ones self apart b,y not only results, but by the quality of dissertation and also the theme of the dissertation.
Please so understand that I am not saying you are wrong, far from it, just that I think for the benefit of all of the forum readers, it would be good to hear more from you on your thinking.


My main thoughts in terms of setting myself apart is that by studying a specialist course or by undertaking certain units that are focused on a particular type of business this will immediately limit the amount of competition that is available for certain roles. For example if I choose to study specifically focused on logistics and a vacancy arises with a logistics company I would hope that my CV would immediately appear more impressive than somebody who has shown less focus and has undertaken a wide variety of more general topics. Obviously there is a risk attached to this kind of show progress towards a specific industries is then difficult to back down and apply to different industry.
Personally I’m quite concerned by the numbers of individuals that are undertaking postgraduate degrees and I think showing focus on a specific area or industry will on the whole be beneficial when ensuring that a CV stands out a bit to the manager faced with making a decision between several different CVs that may look like carbon copies of each other.
Hope that makes sense!



I think there are two sides to this.
The first is that the approach of studying a specific subject, as in your case, will certainly give you a sound basis for entering that industry, and lets make no bones about it, that industry has grown apace over the last few years. With major PLCs now using central distribution depots and with the growth of cross border movements of goods in say the EU, the skills that are required are ever developing.
However my second point is that a broader approach may well be more beneficial than the narrow approach of specialisation. Logistics will involve the need for an understanding of accounting and marketing techniques and thus a more general business degree may be of use.
It will very much, as I think you are indicating, depend on the desires of the recruitment manager and the companies’ policy.
Nonetheless I would wish you well in a growth area.