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Hi all,

I'm an international student and I'm currently hold MSc Finance offers from UCL and Warwick. As I know from this forum UCL is overall a strong uni, but Finance is not such a strong programme as the rest, while Warwick maybe is not so respectable overall, but MSc Finance is one the best programmes there. So, can you, please, advise me, what uni to choose? Of course, the advantage of the UCL is that it gives an opportunity to study surrounded by the largest companies, but is it enough? Are there students who studied at these programs and can tell how interesting or useful were the subjects from the courses? I would like to work in the sphere of investment banking and I'm completely confused, because I like the UCL program a little more, but everyone says that Warwick is much stronger. Please help me with an advise.

Also, I'm thinking (but not sure yet) about PhD in the US, will your advise change with this information?

Thanks!
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It's best to check their reputations in your home country. However as far as IB is involved I think leading London unis have an edge over others, except Oxbridge tho.
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As a Warwick undergrad, hopefully, I can give some insight. I think you are right on aggregate UCL is better than Warwick; but when you look at business, economics, and maths Warwick has a considerable advantage. The Msc. Finance programme at Warwick is meant to be a top 10 programme globally. Also in terms of banking, I think UCL and Warwick are largely on par if you look at IBD intake roughly 9% of the intake is Warwick and 9% is UCL; but Warwick's intake is mostly compromised of their strong subjects (econ, business & maths) whereas UCL's comes from everywhere. If I were you, I would pick Warwick especially if you want to study further. As an undergrad it is common to hear peers being accepted into oxbridge and some into top ivy leagues for masters programmes. That being said, UCL is in London and london is a lot nicer than coventry.
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(Original post by 9forty)
... IBD intake roughly 9% of the intake is Warwick and 9% is UCL ...
Can you post the link to such info? I'm interested.
Thank you.
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bit old (1.5 years) but here: https://news.efinancialcareers.com/u...morgan-stanley
(Original post by V944817)
Can you post the link to such info? I'm interested.
Thank you.
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Hi all,

I'm an international student and I'm currently hold MSc Finance offers from UCL and Warwick. As I know from this forum UCL is overall a strong uni, but Finance is not such a strong programme as the rest, while Warwick maybe is not so respectable overall, but MSc Finance is one the best programmes there. So, can you, please, advise me, what uni to choose? Of course, the advantage of the UCL is that it gives an opportunity to study surrounded by the largest companies, but is it enough? Are there students who studied at these programs and can tell how interesting or useful were the subjects from the courses? I would like to work in the sphere of investment banking and I'm completely confused, because I like the UCL program a little more, but everyone says that Warwick is much stronger. Please help me with an advise.

Also, I'm thinking (but not sure yet) about PhD in the US, will your advise change with this information?

Thanks!
While I acknowledge that the MSc Finance program at UCL is newer compared to Warwick's, the department of economics at UCL is the leading one in Europe regarding research and it was made in conjunction with them so that gives you a bit more confidence that they know what they do.

In terms of the actual course and module structure, they have very strong teachers and gurus in their field. A lot of the courses you will be studying are practical examples of work done at IBs or corporate finance team so gives you a really good prep when applying to these jobs.

I personally believe your uni name carries much more weight than your degree.
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