Ruben Cox

Ruben Cox

When you finished the MScBA Finance and Investment programme, you have a very broad understanding about the way financial markets work, how financial products are designed and how companies decide about their capital structure. If you then read through the Financial Times, you understand the complexity of modern financial markets. You also see the many interesting managerial aspects that emerge from it.   

At the end of the MSc programme you have a wide variety of possibilities and good career prospects; for example you can become a specialist by doing post-graduate studies or a PhD, or take a more generalist career path by with an MBA afterwards. 

My master programme help me to achieve my career objectives in an unexpected way. I now work as a PhD candidate at the department of Finance of RSM. I never anticipated pursuing a PhD after my master’s. Eventually I hope to find a job in the financial industry combined with an appointment at the university. I like to work at the intersection between theory and practice. 

The best part about the MScBA was the Honours class in Finance and Investments, where you’re knowledge is extended to the boundaries of current knowledge. You discuss working papers written by RSM professors or articles that recently appeared in top-tier journals. It provides you with a wealth of potential thesis topics and gives you a competitive edge once you enter the job market. 

The most challenging part was getting my thesis done in time with a reasonable chance of a high grade. I wrote my master thesis in the same area as my current PhD research and I wanted to make sure that it at least reflected some of my knowledge and research potential in that area. 

My best memory is of the numerous of wonderful people I met; both in class, in the bar, but also those in programme management, and the Student Advisors who I met as an Ambassador for RSM. 

Ruben Cox
The Netherlands 
Graduated in 2009 
PhD candidate in Finance & Investments (RSM)