Why choose the ICMA Centre?
The ICMA Centre is among the pioneers in finance education and renowned for its strong links with the financial services industry.
The Centre was ranked in 2018 among the UK’s top 10 for its Masters programmes (Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking). It is also part of Henley Business School – among an elite group of 75 business schools in the world to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.
The Centre’s unique practice centred approach includes a number of finance education innovations aiming to provide students with a solid grounding for a career in the industry and a skill set that sets them apart from graduates of other finance programmes. Our student employability track record is also bolstered by an in-house comprehensive career development programme as well Reading’s close proximity to the world’s top financial centre (25 mins from London Paddington). Several leading professional bodies including the CFA, CISI, GARP and ICS validate our programmes and offer exam exemptions to our students.
Being part of one of the top schools of finance in Europe, students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technology and are taught by world-renowned faculty and industry experts. Our innovative teaching and learning environment, including trading and financial analysis simulations, the latest financial data and programming software and three dealing rooms –one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world – provides an ideal setting for understanding how businesses and markets function in practice.
Study & life
The ICMA Centre's unique combination of finance theory and practice provides students with a skill set, which sets them apart from graduates of other finance programmes.
The thing which sets ICMA apart: the uncontested access to practical study facilities. Having three separate dealing rooms and access to Bloomberg and Reuters terminals has enriched my learning experience here more than I could have imagined.
Our students’ learning experience is a top priority for academic faculty and administrative staff at the ICMA Centre, reflected in the latest student satisfaction rates in the PTES and NSS student surveys.