Graduates from the University of Edinburgh are highly sought after globally. Transitioning into a future career after achieving a degree is a priority for our students. We therefore have specialist support available.

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Graduate employment

Potential roles available to graduates of this programme are varied across the finance sector, particularly in organisations exploiting big data. Examples of roles include:

  • Data scientists
  • Financial product developers/managers
  • Financial/investment analysts
  • Portfolio managers
  • Quantitative regulatory analysts

Student Development Team

Our dedicated Student Development Team works with you to develop your global employability; the skills, knowledge and experiences that you will need to enter, thrive, and progress in competitive job markets across the world.

Career Development is a life-long activity that requires self-awareness, personal responsibility and planning. To get this right, our students need support and tools that are tailored to each individual’s needs and aspirations.

The Student Development Team will be an integral part of your student experience from day one, helping you become equipped to maximise your potential in the global market.

This forms part of the strong coaching culture you’ll experience within your Master’s Programme. It creates an environment that supports you to become more successful in both your professional and personal lives.

Below are a few examples of some of the activity that we host to support you in your career development journey.

Employability and Careers Expo

This is one of our flagship events - a fantastic opportunity to develop your practical employability skills, gain business insights and network with professionals who are currently in the types of roles you may wish to pursue.

The Employability & Careers Expo: Through a series of workshops, panels and discussions, students can equip themselves with new skills and insights to help reach their long term career goals.

Edinburgh Award in Global Employability

As part of your MSc programme you will have the opportunity to further enhance your employability credentials by taking part in the Edinburgh Award.

By proactively working on your own individually tailored development plan, you can gain official recognition through the Edinburgh Award in Global Employability. You will choose 3 core skills to develop during your year. As a participant you will also be offered one-to-one coaching, peer networking opportunities; workshops on topics such as leadership, time management and advanced presentation skills as well as access to a ‘Skills Vault’.

In addition to receiving an official certificate from the University, completing the Award will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

One-to-One Coaching: How can you benefit from Coaching?

You can benefit from coaching to lead you towards success at the University of Edinburgh Business School and beyond.

Skills, Opportunities and Networks


The above examples of activity are just some of the opportunities you will have to develop your skillset out with the classroom. Across your academic year you can benefit from a series of sessions - run by the Student Development Team - that cover a range of topics including:

  • Presentation skills
  • Resilience
  • Networking
  • Job search strategies
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Self awareness

For specific and tailored career advice and coaching you can book 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the Student Development Team to discuss:

  • Tailored CV and application advice
  • LinkedIn profile reviews
  • Careers guidance
  • Interview or assessment centre practice


All our MSc programmes also offer various built-in opportunities to engage with companies and alumni; an important step in your networking skills development but these opportunities also allow you to find out more about different career paths. Examples of programme-specific opportunities include:

  • Career and Employability Treks (please note these may be in and around Edinburgh or further afield and may have limited places)
  • Guest Lectures
  • Alumni Panel Discussions
  • Career Lounges
  • Company Sponsored Dissertations

Edinburgh Innovations

Edinburgh Innovations run a dedicated enterprise service for students and recent graduates.

Students can:

Students in this programme are given opportunities to interact and learn from members of the EFI FinTech and Financial Services Advisory Panel. Depending on the year, these include a Careers Lounge event typically held in the Autumn and, in certain cases, guest lectures and masterclasses by panel members'.

More information about Edinburgh Innovations


Through an ongoing partnership with Refinitiv, students on this programme have the opportunity to participate in an annual inter-university hackathon. This event, held every May, allows students to apply their knowledge in fintech, programming, data analysis, and product management. It's a great way to put the skills learned in the FTP degree into practice.


The Student Development Team is on hand to help you build your confidence in networking skills. We do this by running events that give you the opportunity to practice your networking skills in a supportive environment. Throughout your time at the Business School you will also have the chance to grow your own network via students, staff, alumni and industry contact.

In addition to the Student Development team, there are many other services and societies across the university which may help with your professional development, such as:

Industry opportunities