About Us

World leading education in finance

Part of the triple-accredited Henley Business School and top 1% University of Reading, the ICMA Centre has a global reputation for its excellence in undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education in finance, as well as professional and policy development research and consultancy.

Based in University of Reading’s award-winning Whiteknights campus – a short train ride from London, the financial capital of the world – the ICMA Centre is the product of the first active collaboration between the securities industry and a university finance department.

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Our community

At the ICMA Centre, our focus is always on student experience. The first thing you’ll notice when visiting the Centre is the sense of community amongst our staff and students. Whether you’re an undergraduate, master’s, PhD, or Executive Education student, everyone that enters our doors becomes a part of the ICMA Centre family.

Throughout the year students and staff enjoy social events together, such as our famous Christmas party and leavers’ BBQ, as well as professional events designed to further industry and academic experience, such as our guest lectures and Henley Challenge.

And the community extends beyond your studies. When you graduate you’ll join Henley Business School’s global alumni network of 70,000 graduates from over 150 countries around the world. Our regular in-country events and alumni opportunities mean you’ll be part of the ICMA Centre and Henley community wherever you end up next.

Our practical teaching approach

In an increasingly competitive job market, students need to know more than just theory to stand out to employers. The ICMA Centre has developed courses that balance core theory and practitioner experience, whilst investing in world-class facilities to give our students an edge over peers.

Our courses offer the opportunity to use the latest trading simulation software in our dealing room that house over 100 terminals. Students are also able to access both Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg databases, which provide an accurate glimpse into the software and systems used by professionals in the industry.

Our faculty expertise

Our diverse and reputable faculty members bring both industry and academic expertise from across the globe. We have over 20 full-time academics teaching a range of topics in finance, as well as visiting professors and guest speakers.

9 out of 10 of our academics hold PhDs, with most also qualified Higher Education Academy (HEA) members. Our academics are often sought-after by media outlets both nationally and internationally to comment on key financial events, such as the EU referendum and Panama Papers.

Our industry impact

The ICMA Centre is internationally renowned for its research in financial markets. Research from our academics and postgraduate researchers have directly impacted industry. We regularly provide consultancy and training to professionals like Bank of China and FCA, as part of our ICMA Centre Executive Education programmes.

Our research has also been covered on several occasions by leading media and industry outlets, including the Financial Times and Times Higher Education (THE).