Anatoli Monastirski

Country of origin: Germany

Analyst, Transactions & Restructuring, KPMG (Luxembourg)

During my Bachelors degree in International Business I discovered an interest in finance and economics, whilst also enjoying intercultural experiences and the possibility to practise foreign languages. When looking for an appropriate Masters degree to further specialise in these fields I chose the MSc in Money, Banking and Finance because Lancaster is renowned for the quality of its research and teaching and also enjoys high visibility in major university rankings.

The greatest strengths of this twelve-month programme are the academic rigour, a fair amount of theoretical foundation and the possibility of applying the latter in practical course work. One of my personal highlights was the module “International Banking and Risk Management”, taught by Dr Paul Gower, which later on proved to be indispensable for me to get a job in the area of fund restructuring in one of the Big Four companies in Luxembourg.

The programme has a relatively long period of almost four months dedicated to the dissertation, but this gives students the time to thoroughly work on a complex and demanding topic – in my case “financial contagion”. It was a test of our organisational skills, perseverance, time management, and the capability to grasp difficult issues such as econometric models autonomously. Looking back I also have to thank my supervisor, Dr Marwan Izzeldin, who made the dissertation time not only very demanding but also extremely rewarding through continuous feedback and suggestions for personal improvement.

At the same time Lancaster also offers a rich social life where, notwithstanding the small size of the town, there is always a good party going on! Moreover, as most Masters students live in the same college building it is easy to socialise when going to the Gradbar to have a beer or two, just around the corner. Furthermore, the campus offers a host of outdoor sports activities and a newly built, state-of-the-art indoor sports centre. Those who like travelling will be pleased to hear that Lancaster is well connected by train with destinations such as Manchester, Liverpool, York, Edinburgh, Glasgow and even London within the reach of a 1-3 hours journey.

All in all, I remember my time at LUMS as enriching and stimulating. I was also lucky enough to be accepted for the, as far as I know, unique Post Masters Experience programme which allows students to study one additional semester at one of the partner universities in a relaxed atmosphere – in my case the Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain