Tips for writing a strong Bayes MSc in Global Finance application

Posted by Bayes Business School on 28-Feb-2020 08:54:04

A good understanding of Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) and the MSc in Global Finance is key to making a successful application for the course. 

Read our step-by-step guide to make sure you submit the strongest application you can and increase your chances of receiving an offer to study with us.

1. Check you meet the entry requirements

To apply for our MSc in Global Finance you will need:

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area, equivalent to a UK 2.1 or higher
  • Strong communication skills including a well-balanced IELTS score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in writing for applicants whose first language is not English
  • University transcript and confirmation of professional qualifications
  • Good levels of financial literacy and numeracy are essential, and some knowledge of the finance industry will be beneficial to your application.

2. Prepare your personal statement

You’ll have around 500-600 words to convey to our Admissions Team why you’re a good fit for the MSc in Global Finance. Use this word count wisely, and be sure to carefully select the key points that will give the team the information they’re looking for. This should typically include:

  • Why you chose Bayes Business School and the MSc in Global Finance
  • Your career goals
  • Your extra-curricular achievements
  • Your soft skills, such as teamwork and leadership.

What is it specifically about Bayes Business School and the MSc in Global Finance that has motivated you to apply? Mentioning the specifics around how you feel Bayes Business School and the course will benefit you in your future career and personal development will demonstrate to our Admissions Team that you’ve taken the time to gain a good understanding of Bayes Business School and the MSc in Global Finance. 

Tell the Admissions Team about yourself. What makes you stand out as an applicant? How do you believe the course will help you in your future career? Your career ambitions should make up the greatest part of your personal statement, so be sure to highlight these well.

The MSc in Global Finance presumes you are proficient in a range of quantitative disciplines. Most applicants will have gained this proficiency during their undergraduate studies, but we are also happy to look at any postgraduate qualifications you may have.

Any professional experience should also be included in your application, especially if your role requires a high level of ability in quantitative areas. Explaining your experience in this area will help us be sure you're ready for the challenge of studying on the MSc in Global Finance. 

Let us know if you have experience in a finance role or the financial industry, as this will be beneficial to your application. If you've not yet started your professional career, but have done internships in relevant roles, how did they help you develop your interest in finance?


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3. Prepare your CV

It might seem obvious, but it’s essential to include in your CV your personal details, such as your full name and email address as a minimum, so our Admissions Team can get in touch with you with the outcome of your application.

Provide details about your higher education in your CV, including start and end dates of your degree and details of any exchange programmes you may have participated in. If you’ve completed your degree, include your final grade and specify the grading scheme (such as out of GPA 4).

If there’s anything unusual about your degree (for example, if you transferred university half-way through), make sure it’s clearly stated in your CV. Doing so will make it much easier for the Admissions Team to understand your academic background, and reduce the chances of delaying your application.

Include in your CV details of any work experience or internships relevant to the course you’re applying for. These details should include:

  • Name of your employer
  • Employment basis (e.g. full-time, part-time, etc.)
  • Your job title
  • The country in which you were working
  • Dates of employment

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If you have any other relevant qualifications, such as ACCA, GMAT or an English proficiency score, don’t forget to include details of these in your CV, along with relevant dates. If you’re planning to take a professional exam, include your intended test date in your CV.

It’s also a good idea to include in your CV brief details about your personal interests and key skills.


4. Select two referees

You’ll need the email addresses of two referees to submit your application for the MSc in Global Finance.

Your referees will be called on to give our Admissions Team key insights about you and your suitability for the programme. That’s why it’s important you choose referees who know you personally in a work capacity, such as line managers, heads of departments, or previous clients.

5. Consider applying for a scholarship

Bayes scholarships are open to self-funding students admitted onto the MSc in Global Finance.

Your suitability will be assessed on the following broad criteria:

  • Your personal profile. 

  • Your ability to demonstrate alignment with Bayes Business School’s core aims which are "To cultivate a persistent sense of curiosity rooted in knowledge and practice, to develop creative approaches to problems, and transform practice."

  • Your ability to demonstrate clear passion for your subject and a desire to make a positive difference in both the business world and the Bayes Business School community.

To apply, you'll need to attach a scholarship statement to your MSc application to accompany your personal statement. This should outline how you meet the criteria in no more than 500 words.

6. Gather your supporting documents

To apply for our online MSc in Global Finance, you'll need to submit:

  • Your university transcript/interim transcript (if you're currently studying)
  • Your final year module list (if you’re currently studying)
  • Your personal statement
  • Your CV
  • Your scholarship statement (if you're applying)
  • Email addresses of two referees
  • Your English language qualification score reports (if English isn't your first language)
  • Confirmation of your professional qualifications.

7. Submit your application online

Before submitting your application, check your personal statement and CV for spelling mistakes or inconsistencies, and make sure there are no gaps in the information.

Once you have all your documents ready, you can go ahead and submit your application online. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to give you plenty of time to prepare for the start of your course.

It will then be processed by our admissions team, who will endeavor to get back to you via email with a decision within five working days. 

Good luck with your application! 

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