Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum here. I am an international student from Hong Kong who now studies at high school in the UK. I am fortunate to get offers from both LSE and Imperial for Maths with Economics and Maths with Stats for Finance respectively. Problem is, I'm very stuck between the two universities.
I have visited both universities and like them equally and am very interested in both courses. After i graduate, i don't intend to stay in Europe at all. I am interested however, in working internationally and preferably in places such as the far east or north America. I am not sure however, which field i want to work in, whether it be business or investment banking.
Money/finance isn't really an issue for me, so my real questions is which university generally has a better brand name, is more well known internationally, has more prestige, reputation and more of a wow-factor?
In order to keep your options open, it must be Imperial, I'll explain further down.
Both Imperial and LSE have a strong Chinese community / societies, so you'll feel at home straight away.
Imperial offers by far the more comprehensive maths course, with Maths, Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Stats, Numerical, Mathematical Physics and Maths with Business.
In your first year at Imperial, you actually do not specialise but follow a general course covering all the basics. Afterwards, you get a limited choice in your second year but total freedom in the third, assuming you've chosen the pre-requisites in the second year.
So essentially, you might want to do maths and stats now but once you've started at uni, perhaps Applied might be more appealing or Pure.
You won't have that possibility at LSE because they don't offer Applied Maths, Numerical or Mathematical Physics so your choices are limited. One course they do have that Imperial don't is Discrete Maths.
If everything about the two unis are IDENTICAL (which of course is not) but money is not a problem, I suggest Imperial anyway because living in Kensington is something most people can only dream of!
There's Harrods, King's Road, Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens all nearby.
Obviously you can live in Kensington and still attend LSE but that involves commuting and the London underground is not like the HK MTR!
It's expensive and unreliable with disruptions constantly.
If you eventually intend to return to HK or Singapore for work (and I assume it'll be in finance), both are equally well-known in the Far East.