Min Xiao

Country of origin: China

Management Trainee, HSBC

Before I came to Lancaster to study the Quantitative Finance MSc, I studied investment and risk management at Cass Business School. During this time I was extremely interested in finance with quantitative analysis and I decided to apply for several quantitative finance courses for my postgraduate study. After taking all possible factors into consideration, I choose to go to Lancaster.

After several months of campus life in Lancaster, I knew that I had made the right choice.

The MSc Quantitative Finance programme provided me with a structured knowledge of finance, applied mathematics, as well as computer programming. The Management School also offered lots of opportunities for students to improve their employability. I represented LUMS in the Global Investment Challenge, sponsored by the CFA UK society, which has proved to be a valuable experience for job hunting.

I found the most interesting part of the programme to be the summer project. During this time, I developed my analytical and modelling skills and gained much practical experience. I would like to give my special thanks to my supervisor, Dr Zhan Pang, who advised me to combine financial modelling with operational research. The project and the course were demanding but very rewarding.

The departmental staff were always very supportive; Dr Jill Johnes, the programme director, had fortnightly meetings with all students to solve any problems we might have. Also, the living conditions on campus were excellent, and with GradBar just round the corner we had a very full social life.

Now, I work as an Operations Analyst on a UBS project. I would definitely recommend the MSc Quantitative Finance programme at Lancaster University to anyone who is considering a career in financial modelling.

Since writing this profile, Min has joined the management scheme of HSBC in China.