Country of origin: Russia
Senior Associate, Deloitte
The course which Dmitry studied, MSc Financial Analysis, is no longer available. It has been superseded by MSc Advanced Financial Analysis.
Before coming to Lancaster University Management School, I was studying Management of Organisations at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. During my studies, I completed a four-month internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Having completed my internship, I felt the urge to deepen my knowledge of accounting and finance in order to enhance my career prospects.
One of the main reasons why I chose to study the MSc Financial Analysis at Lancaster was its partnership status with the CFA Institute. Only 14 universities in the UK have this status. Recognition as a CFA Programme Partner meant that the University curriculum was closely tied to professional practice. In June 2012, I passed the CFA Level I exam, and I am already registered for the Level II exam. High-quality standards of teaching in Lancaster and the integrated CFA training module helped me to find the Level I exam extremely easy.
The most interesting thing about the MSc Financial Analysis is its unique mix of accounting, finance and investment modules. A wide scope of financial topics is included in the curriculum. The choice of elective modules is extremely broad. You can even change the title of your degree, as I did. Initially, I was accepted to the MSc Accounting and Financial Management programme.
My course at Lancaster was very intense and diverse. It was stressful, but also a lot of fun and very rewarding. Choosing LUMS is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Lancaster is an outstanding environment to be in whilst studying for your degree. All the teaching staff and faculty members were very open and supportive. I am extremely pleased to be a graduate of the “Business School of the Year, 2012”.
I can now say with certainty that the choice of MSc Financial Analysis from Lancaster University Management School was the right one for me. Shortly after graduating from LUMS, I secured a graduate position with Deloitte, UK as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) trainee in their audit department.