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Alumni Insights

Our Alumni are the ultimate ambassadors of the UCD Smurfit School learning experience. They provide the most concrete proof of the excellence that typifies our School. Watch the video below to learn more about the MSc in Finance as our Alumni share their stories and discuss the role that this Masters has played in their career progression. Or visit our MSc Alumni Stories page and Video Gallery to learn even more about the experiences of our graduates.


Lauren Mellon

MSc Finance 2019, Investment Banking Manager at Numis

"After obtaining my undergraduate degree in Global Business at DCU and Northeastern University, I chose to study the MSc Finance at UCD Smurfit School as I wanted to gain further expertise in Finance ahead of pursuing a career in the field. While interviewing at different banks, it became clear that the MSc Finance at UCD Smurfit School are highly regarded by top organisations, including those in London where I focused on applying. The interaction between the MSc Finance, MSc Quantitative Finance, and MSc Aviation Finance courses provided for great exposure to a diverse group of individuals as well as the ability to gain varied technical skills and knowledge. Despite a steep learning curve and heavy workload, the year was challenging, but equally rewarding as I felt I had a strong baseline knowledge and was prepared for a fast-paced dynamic role in Investment Banking when I started my career at Numis in London."

Jagriti Sapra

MSc Finance 2020, Senior Tax Consultant at PwC Ireland

"I chose the programme as it offers well designed core modules that combine both financial theory and application to real-world situations through multiple projects using industry leading software such as Bloomberg Terminals and MATLAB. The course is taught by world-class academics with extensive professional experience and the cultural diversity of my classmates allowed me to understand and acclimate to different working styles in an international environment. I am thankful to UCD for bundling vast knowledge in a short span that gave me an employability edge and helped me secure my current role at PwC. Overall, I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is eager to grow a career in Finance."

UCD Business Alumni Network

UCD Business Alumni comprises a global network of over 98,000 graduates in over 100 countries. The key focus of UCD Business Alumni is to help our business graduates keep in touch with colleagues, classmates, academics and the wider business community through a range of alumni activities and supports. Our goal is to create a strong alumni community and network, with the school as the focal point.  We are focused on building a life-long mutually beneficial relationship with graduates to ensure that they are constantly informed and engaged through regular events, reunions and communications. 

Find out more about the UCD Business Alumni Network and how you can become involved.

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