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Meet the academic: Dr Christos Mavis

Dr Christos Mavis, Programme Director for Surrey Business School's MSc International Financial Management programme, tells us what is so important about gaining a postgraduate qualification in the financial world.

Please introduce yourself – perhaps you could tell us something that isn’t on your staff profile page?

As well as my interests in corporate finance (with the fifth most-read article in European Journal of Finance), I am a keen tennis player. I currently hold the four-time Mixed Doubles Champion title at Surrey Sports Park.

What’s your favourite memory of being a student?

The first day I enrolled at university, with the anticipation of great challenges ahead and the desire to learn more, but also to meet other fellow students with the same interests.

Why did you become a professional academic?

What fascinated me the most throughout my student career was the engagement I had with tutors who were talented in transferring their knowledge. Working as an academic provides me with the opportunity to build on this knowledge and disseminate it through my research outputs and teaching activities.

What excites you about your current role?

The constant challenges of the dynamic and complex international financial environment, and investigating these in the postgraduate programme to develop the next wave of financial leaders. 

What is your particular area of academic expertise, and why are you passionate about it?

I specialise in mergers and acquisitions, which have become more prominent in the developing economies during the last decade. Keeping abreast of current market takeovers and dissolutions in the daily news feeds my interest in the capital structures of these organisations, as well as the current trends in the M&A market.

What fascinated me the most throughout my student career was the engagement I had with tutors who were talented in transferring their knowledge. 

Why should people study international financial management at postgraduate level?

A postgraduate qualification in International Financial Management will enable our students to differentiate themselves from other graduates as they will have enhanced their undergraduate degree with a Masters qualification in a specialist field from one of the top schools in the country.

What are you looking for in a postgraduate student?

We are looking for highly motivated students who are seeking to explore their potential and achieve success in the area of financial management. 

What is the highlight of your time at Surrey?

I have won the teaching award in Finance and Accounting twice and was thrilled to be recognised in this endeavour, which highlights the great connections that Surrey academics have with their students.

Discover more about our MSc International Financial Management postgraduate degree and our other accounting and finance courses.

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