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    I'm graduating with a BSc Physics degree from Royal Holloway next year. I got a 2:1 in both first and second year. Now since my final year is 2/3rds of my grade, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get a first (I didn't work hard at all in my first and second year). I have decent extra-curriculars, volunteering experience, one internship at a small company, and I got a scholarship worth £10,000 in first year.

    I'm applying for MSc Applied Statistics and Mathematical Finance, both of which are very competitive courses. Would they be put off by my 2:1s in first and second year? If yes, how would I convince them I can get a first by the time I graduate?

    Also, I'm a non-EU international student and I read somewhere that it's easier for us to get in since we're paying a lot more money than home students. Will this increase my chances?

    Applying doesn't hurt (well you just have to pay the £50-100 application fee).
    I graduated with a 2:1 from a much worse university than yours and got offers for my masters from Cambridge, UCL, and Durham (and got rejected from Manchester for some reason, wtf?). One thing to note is that my CV is outstanding for someone my age, which is probably why I got offers from those prestigious universities with an average academic background.

    Good luck!

    If you meet the entry requirements and have a strong application otherwise you will be fine. As the poster above said, it doesn't hurt to apply and find out.
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