If you've recently left university and you're looking for a course that will transform your earning power in finance, French business schools appear the places to choose.
The Financial Times' latest 'pre-experience business school rankings' (for students who've just left university and haven't worked yet) for Masters in Finance courses features five business schools that are either entirely or partially based in France in each of the five top slots. Three years after graduation, Masters in Finance graduates from the schools earn between €86k and €133k.
Top of the ranking is HEC Paris, where Masters students earn an average of €133k three years after graduating and achieve a 94% increase in salary.
Second, comes ESCP Business School, where Masters students earn an average of €113k three years after graduating and achieve a 55% increase in salary.
Third is Skema Business school, where Masters students earn an average of €93k three years after graduating and achieve an 84% increase in salary.
Fourth is Essec, where Masters students earn an average of €102k three years after graduating and achieve an 84% increase in salary.
And in fifth place is Edhec, where Masters students earn an average of €86k three years after graduating and achieve a 55% increase in salary.
While HEC, Essec and Edhec are entirely based in France, ESCP and Skema have campuses in France and elsewhere in Europe. According to the most recent employment report for its Masters in International Finance, 40% of HEC's graduates find work in London and only 14% remain in France.
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