Gurleen Singh



By Gurleen Singh

Alumni perspective: why I chose Oxford and the MSc in Financial Economics

Gurleen Singh is a consultant in the Economic and Financial Consulting practice at FTI Consulting, an independent global business advisory firm.

I grew up in India and decided to study abroad, but I wanted a subject that would offer me opportunities in different careers. I chose the MSc in Financial Economics because while it offered a rigorous education into financial economics, the elective modules allowed me to pick and study subjects that equipped me with the technical and practical skills that I needed for the job market.

I applied to Oxford due to its excellent reputation, the professors you get to learn from, the depth of the research, and the global network you have access to. I was amazed at the sheer breadth of academic offering in the university. A few of my closest friends were reading atomic and laser physics on one hand and theology on the other. It helped me learn so much beyond my own academic interest in financial economics.

The learning is fantastic, but it is certainly hard work and challenging. Classes tend to run through most of the day and networking sessions usually take place in the evenings. Studying and applying for jobs was a balancing act. However, there is good support available through the programme team and your fellow students.

As a consultant I advise clients, providing analysis of the economic and financial issues they are facing. I regularly apply the technical knowledge I gained on the programme. For instance, I recently prepared a valuation model to price a patent, directly using tools I learnt about on the corporate finance module and in the Finance Lab.

I loved my time at Oxford and the programme has played a major role in my professional success.

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