MSc of Finance at SSE, or why 13 is a lucky number

The first time I considered applying to a business school, SSE came up on top of my list. It was 3.5 years ago, and I was looking for a BSc program in Economics. My first impression after googling SSE? “It’s one of 20 best European business schools!”

I have to admit, with Financial Times rankings, explaining my choice of university has been a piece of cake. Usually, it’s enough to say I study for MSc in Finance at SSE, the program ranked 13th in Europe.  Yep, after that kind of intro, my “Why SSE?” story never gets told. People just nod in understanding, and ask no more questions.

Here’s the great thing about writing a blog: you don’t get interrupted that early on. Now, I’ve finally got a chance to say that there’s much more to my choice than the Financial Times ranking. Of course, SSE web-site has it all structured and nice, but I’d like to get a bit more sentimental, if not completely irrational about my 13 reasons for studying Finance at SSE:

…When you leave a computer lab at 12.30 am, there still are people staying on.

…Corporate presentations are up every day, sometimes twice a day. Hey, free dinner, and sometimes, lunch, too! Isn’t that exciting?

… Most Nobel Laureates in Economics have visited SSE at some point. In other words, there’s a strong correlation between presenting your research at SSE and winning a Nobel Prize in Economics. But no pressure, no pressure whatsoever.

… Submit your investment banking applications like a pro. Well, most of your course-mates are pros at that!

…Eager to see the King of Sweden? Not a problem! The likelihood of meeting His Royal Highness is higher if you study at SSE Riga though.

…Hungry for some contemporary art? Welcome to SSE! We’ve got a pretty interesting piece in the Atrium now.

…You’ve got a case about H&M? IKEA? Volvo? 90% chance that their C-level managers graduated from SSE.

…Stuck in Sweden for 2 years? Not at SSE! The only continent you can’t go on exchange to, is Antarctica.

…Study hard, party harder! Note: a lot of parties start with a sit down banquet. So be ready with your tuxedos, gentlemen.

…We’ve got amazing professors! But judging them by the number of publications in peer reviewed journals is too mainstream. I’m counting real stuff: like making it on time for the lecture after the sprint to get the mac connector cable.

…Your course mates might have worked for Barclays, interned at European Parliament or climbed Everest. In the end of the day, no boring talks at parties – guaranteed!

…The guy/girl ratio is 4/1. Ladies, are you still hesitating?

…A case study a day keeps us awake. Naah, this time it’s only two cases a week. Relax, man!


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  • Ellen Qu • 11 Mar 2015 at 5.38 pm Reply

    Hi Marta! Thanks for sharing such useful information! Given that I am an international student, will Swedish be a problem when I hunt for a part-time job during my study in Stockholm?

    Looking forward to your kind reply!

    Best regards

  • Edwin • 20 Nov 2014 at 4.43 pm Reply

    Hi, it is very interesting posting. I come with one question. Is it possible to have part time study in SSE? So, we also can work while studying.


    • Marta Khomyn • 20 Nov 2014 at 8.06 pm Reply

      Hello, Edwin!

      To the best of my knowledge, SSE doesn’t offer part-time programmes at MSc level. It is possible to work part-time during studies though, and a lot of students do. However, you should be aware that the study programme requires strong commitment, so 10-20 hours/week is the possible time one could realistically allocate to a part time job.

      I hope this helps and best of luck!


  • Faisal Munir • 20 Nov 2014 at 7.28 am Reply


    I want to study Business Education (any Finance related master program) from Sweden. Anyone tell me about this and other thing my financial position is not good. i have done my master education from my home country Pakistan but if you are foreign qualification then you get a good job, if i get qualification from Sweden, my future is good. Please help me.
    if someone help me i will be great thankful for him.

    Faisal Munir

    • Marta Khomyn • 20 Nov 2014 at 8.22 pm Reply

      Hello Faisal!

      You can find out more about the available scholarships for studying in Swedish universities here:
      There are also a number of scholarships that SSE offers. More information about those here:

      Please, note that you can become eligible for a scholarship only after getting admitted to the University of choice. So first, you have to apply to the University, and then you can apply for a scholarship.


  • Yohannes Melaku • 19 Nov 2014 at 9.51 pm Reply

    please send me the detail information .what is required for application? What is the fee per semester.

  • Raghuraman
    Raghu • 19 Nov 2014 at 8.49 am Reply

    Finance has a ratio in favour of the guys, marketing more than makes up for it though 😀

    lovely post!

  • R.Rangarajan • 18 Nov 2014 at 10.30 am Reply

    Interesting reasons to choose SSE!

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