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    FIVE OFFERS

    EDINBURGH(AAA), EXETER (A*AB) MANCHESTER AAB, NOTTS INDUSTRIAL (AAB) QMUL ACCOUNTING (320 UCAS POINTS)

    Not sure which to firm and insure, any advice guys ?
    Would be a bit wary of Exeter as the Econ department have been in the news recently with exam issues - it's worth Googling as I have an offer myself - difference is my offer is A*A*A!!! Manchester is strong for economics (and is recognised internationally). Edinburgh And Notts are good as well. Guess it depends how confident you are in getting AAA or AAB. Hope this helps
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    Hello all,
    I may not be a student anymore but thought I'd give my views on this issue based on my experience.
    I've studied econ at LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge (did BSc at LSE, Masters at Oxon and PhD at Cantab). If one is to decide between the three consider the following:
    1) If you're looking at this from a pure academic perspective, then doing the undergraduate econ at Cambridge followed by MSc and PhD at LSE is THE optimal career choice. I personally did not like Oxford's econ department: teaching was mediocre as were the facilities. LSE and Cambridge were superb but LSE's econ department is a step ahead especially for postgraduate work.
    2) If you're looking at social life, then personally I had the best years of my life at Cambridge: beautiful city (ok a bit biased cause I'm from there) but college life was fantastic. My life at LSE was actually not that bad, and I ended up socialising a lot with people from LSE as well as UCL and KCL. Oxford, on the other hand, was a nightmare- I even suffered from depression when I was there. It is very hard to integrate in social scene at Oxford in my view.
    3) For IB, I'd definitely go with LSE and Cambridge again. LSE edges it slightly. UCL is also fantastic and has an amazing economics department, but I would favour LSE and Cambridge slightly. In my case, these two names in particular helped me
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    Hello all,
    I may not be a student anymore but thought I'd give my views on this issue based on my experience.
    I've studied econ at LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge (did BSc at LSE, Masters at Oxon and PhD at Cantab). If one is to decide between the three consider the following:
    1) If you're looking at this from a pure academic perspective, then doing the undergraduate econ at Cambridge followed by MSc and PhD at LSE is THE optimal career choice. I personally did not like Oxford's econ department: teaching was mediocre as were the facilities. LSE and Cambridge were superb but LSE's econ department is a step ahead especially for postgraduate work.
    2) If you're looking at social life, then personally I had the best years of my life at Cambridge: beautiful city (ok a bit biased cause I'm from there) but college life was fantastic. My life at LSE was actually not that bad, and I ended up socialising a lot with people from LSE as well as UCL and KCL. Oxford, on the other hand, was a nightmare- I even suffered from depression when I was there. It is very hard to integrate in social scene at Oxford in my view.
    3) For IB, I'd definitely go with LSE and Cambridge again. LSE edges it slightly. UCL is also fantastic and has an amazing economics department, but I would favour LSE and Cambridge slightly. In my case, these two names in particular helped me

    Hey thanks so much for this!! Will be a lot of help for people! Do you mind me asking what you are doing now??
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    (Original post by BnThereDnThat)
    Hello all,
    I may not be a student anymore but thought I'd give my views on this issue based on my experience.
    I've studied econ at LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge (did BSc at LSE, Masters at Oxon and PhD at Cantab). If one is to decide between the three consider the following:
    1) If you're looking at this from a pure academic perspective, then doing the undergraduate econ at Cambridge followed by MSc and PhD at LSE is THE optimal career choice. I personally did not like Oxford's econ department: teaching was mediocre as were the facilities. LSE and Cambridge were superb but LSE's econ department is a step ahead especially for postgraduate work.
    2) If you're looking at social life, then personally I had the best years of my life at Cambridge: beautiful city (ok a bit biased cause I'm from there) but college life was fantastic. My life at LSE was actually not that bad, and I ended up socialising a lot with people from LSE as well as UCL and KCL. Oxford, on the other hand, was a nightmare- I even suffered from depression when I was there. It is very hard to integrate in social scene at Oxford in my view.
    3) For IB, I'd definitely go with LSE and Cambridge again. LSE edges it slightly. UCL is also fantastic and has an amazing economics department, but I would favour LSE and Cambridge slightly. In my case, these two names in particular helped me
    Quite a CV you have there... what areas did you specialise in for masters and phd? And what cam college were you at?


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    (Original post by tomixox)
    Hey thanks so much for this!! Will be a lot of help for people! Do you mind me asking what you are doing now??
    No worries you're welcome.
    I'm currently based in Canada, where I'm acting as a senior economic advisor to the Canadian government on a one-year contract. I've also taught econometrics at Cambridge itself for a year and taught part-time at University of Toronto in addition to teaching mathematics at a high-school part-time for a year. I also worked as an advisor for the European Commission during my PhD. At the moment, I'm unfortunately going through a rough time in my personal life (depression) and once my contract expires I'm in the process of publishing a book and am thinking of going back to the UK or taking at least a few months off to tend to myself.
    IMO, a degree in economics gives you a lot of flexibility and if you know how to market yourself you will make it. It is very difficult as you may already know so my advice to you and it took me years of liaising with career advisors at my 3 unis to figure this out is to treat yourself as a portfolio and invest in hard and soft skills: languages, computer skills, presentation skills, volunteer work etc… When I taught maths at a high-school it was actually for free as a volunteer, and that helped me grow so much. I also left for Canada to try and get some international experience. I'm finding all this very helpful, and it is only unfortunate that I'm going through a rough time now and need some time off but I don't regret my career path and choosing econ as a major.
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    (Original post by EHZ17)
    Quite a CV you have there... what areas did you specialise in for masters and phd? And what cam college were you at?


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    Thanks- I specialised in development economics during my masters and did political economy for my PhD; it was a great choice as Cambridge is renowned for its history when it comes to political economy (Marshall, Keynes etc…). My Cambridge college was Pembroke: best college ever I loved each and every day being there. Like I said: best 3-4 years of my entire life.
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    (Original post by Economics96)
    Would be a bit wary of Exeter as the Econ department have been in the news recently with exam issues - it's worth Googling as I have an offer myself - difference is my offer is A*A*A!!! Manchester is strong for economics (and is recognised internationally). Edinburgh And Notts are good as well. Guess it depends how confident you are in getting AAA or AAB. Hope this helps
    wow A*A*A is really high! Where else are you considering ?

    I want to go to the university that will open up the most opportunities in the banking industry( hoping to work in asset management or M&A), also reputations play a large part. Which one would you say has the better reputation edinburgh or exeter and is better for banking ?
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    (Original post by Browns97)
    wow A*A*A is really high! Where else are you considering ?

    I want to go to the university that will open up the most opportunities in the banking industry( hoping to work in asset management or M&A), also reputations play a large part. Which one would you say has the better reputation edinburgh or exeter and is better for banking ?
    Edinburgh is known internationally. In terms of IB, I'd go with Notts.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Edinburgh is known internationally. In terms of IB, I'd go with Notts.

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    Are you taking into account that my offer at notts is industrial economics not pure economics
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    (Original post by BnThereDnThat)
    Thanks- I specialised in development economics during my masters and did political economy for my PhD; it was a great choice as Cambridge is renowned for its history when it comes to political economy (Marshall, Keynes etc…). My Cambridge college was Pembroke: best college ever I loved each and every day being there. Like I said: best 3-4 years of my entire life.
    Ahh nice, do you know if the masters at Cambridge is similar to how they lay out the BA in Econ L100?


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    wow A*A*A is really high! Where else are you considering ?

    I want to go to the university that will open up the most opportunities in the banking industry( hoping to work in asset management or M&A), also reputations play a large part. Which one would you say has the better reputation edinburgh or exeter and is better for banking ?
    Definitely not considering Exeter any more after that A*A*A offer haha.
    Personally I would choose Exeter if you want to do IB, closely followed by Edinburgh - I think IB firms target these unis for graduates more than the others you listed - could be wrong though
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    Ok so this is slightly different to the usual questions on this thread.
    To get a job at a world recognised international institution eg: IMF, OECD etc you need a masters degree (or post grad degree if you want to go to the USA).
    I was just wondering how competitive is it to get onto a masters course at Cambridge for Econ or post grad degree at universities such as Yale, Princeton, Stanford.
    Do you have to attend an undergrad degree at a uni such as oxbridge or LSE to have a realistic chance or can you still get in when from the likes of Warwick, Durham, Bath etc?????
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    (Original post by groovyd97)
    just firmed LSE and insured Warwick
    Woo I just insured warwick too seems so real now
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    (Original post by NinjaPandaa)
    Woo I just insured warwick too seems so real now
    Insuring A*AA is such a big move
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    (Original post by Browns97)
    Are you taking into account that my offer at notts is industrial economics not pure economics
    Doesn't matter.. You go to the same careers fair.

    I mean, seriously, do you expect an employer to scoff at a resume because it says 'Industrial Economics'? Notts sends more people into IB than the other unis you have offers from - regardless of the subject.
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    (Original post by Economics96)
    Definitely not considering Exeter any more after that A*A*A offer haha.
    Personally I would choose Exeter if you want to do IB, closely followed by Edinburgh - I think IB firms target these unis for graduates more than the others you listed - could be wrong though
    Bruh, it goes Notts then Edinburgh then Exeter for IB

    Literally scoured linkedin the other day, I am legit.
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    Insuring A*AA is such a big move
    Decided I didn't want to go to Leeds and that was my only non-a* offer so yeup bit edgy now

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    This topic must have come up a thousand times, but I have unconditional offers (as a gap year student) from Warwick, UCL and Durham (St Aidans) for straight Econ. I am thinking of firming UCL, but as an international student from central Europe, I don't feel very confident in my decision due to limited knowledge. Besides the obvious differences like town vs campus vs global city location, is there anything I should know about these universities, especially in terms of department strength and reputation (both in the UK and international)? My plans after the BSc would be either graduate studies or working in IB or economic consulting (or potentially management consulting, but I'm more ambivalent about that). Any relevant and current insight and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    For those of you interested in Investment Banking (I'm not personally but I know a lot of Econ applicants are) , I found this on the internet.

    "Most students securing positions in banks attend 'target' universities which include; Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Warwick, UCL, Imperial and Durham (in that order). Occasionally Nottingham or Bristol feature. 80% of the positions filled in the Banks Spring week 2011 programme were from the named 7 universities."
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    (Original post by NinjaPandaa)
    Decided I didn't want to go to Leeds and that was my only non-a* offer so yeup bit edgy now

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    A* in maths should not be a big deal for you
 
 
 
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