Although the headline ranking figures show the relative postions of each institution, the pattern of clustering among the schools is equally significant. Some 180 points separate the top programmes, HEC Paris, from the schools ranked joint 49. The top 10 participants, from HEC Paris to University St Gallen, form the top group of pre-experience Masters in Finance providers. The second group, headed by Imperial College Business School, spans schools ranked from 11 to 42, a range of some 85 points in total. Differences between schools are small within this group. The remaining 8 schools headed by University of Exeter Business School make up the third group.
1. An average of salaries three years after graduation. The figure shown is in US Dollars, based on purchasing power parity equivalency.
2. The rank is calculated using alumni salaries three years after graduation and course costs. The length of the course is also taken into consideration.
3. The career status of alumni three years after graduation. Progression is measured according to level of seniority and the size of company in which they are employed.
4. The extent to which alumni fulfilled their goals or reasons for doing a Masters in Finance. This is measured as a percentage of total returns for a school.
5. Alumni who used the careers service at their business school were asked to rank its effectiveness in their job search.
6. The percentage of the most recent graduating class that were in employment three months after graduation. The figure in brackets shows the percentage of the class for which the school was able to provide employment data.
7. Percentage of faculty whose citizenship differs from their country of employment.
8. Percentage of students whose citizenship differs from the country in which they are studying.
9. Percentage of the board whose citizenship differs from the country in which the business school is based.
10. A measure based on changes in the country of employment of alumni between graduation and today.
11. Weighted average of four criteria that measure international exposure during the Masters programme.
12. Number of additional languages required on graduation from the Masters programme.
13. Percentage of faculty with a doctoral degree.
14. The length of the Masters programme.
15. The percentage of the last graduating class that completed company internships as part of the Masters programme.