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    (Original post by Ineedaplace)
    Hmmmm should I be considering UCL economics more then. I totally disregarded it in favor of imperial college and Warwick..... Tarutaru do you go to UCL or applying there?
    Dude, I doubt you will be admitted because you seem to not have a clear idea of what you want to do and not understand the course.

    If you like Finance, I would suggest Warwick Msc Economics, MSc Economics and Finance or Cambridge Mphil Economics.
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    I have received a few unconditional offers already. It is just i did not realise UCL was considered one of the top 5 super elite universities.

    I thought it was

    LBS, Oxbridge, LSE, Imperial, Warwick, UCL in that order.

    I got to hedge with upside in case one university turns out to be spectacular. I have not researched course content a lot since I have not had time but I was wondering if you went to UCL since sometimes people are bias towards the university they went to.
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    (Original post by Peaches182)
    I know what you mean about the course content at LSE. My degree was all about finance and investment banking and when I compare the content of that with the MSc at LSE, I'd prefer mine if it was soley about the course.

    If Imperial was the same price as Warwick (just tuition, not London expenses), I'd probably go for imperial almost certainly. But with the fact that Warwick grads seem to have the same, if not more opportunities, it seems that extra £7000, and then living in London, almost isnt worth it. I've also herd on a number of occasions that almost a quater of the people fail at Imperial!!

    Out of curiosity, are you from the UK? I ask because I am, and because of that, I have not taken the GMAT. So i didnt apply to oxford MFE, and got rejected from LSE cos, even though I got a first, I've herd they really want the GMAT.
    The LSE course looks just quite restrictive - I would like a fair bit of non-quantitative stuff, but Maths is what I'm good at, and what I enjoy the most - it's the combination of those two things that would make doing the MSc valuable to me. I wouldn't be surprised if people fail at Imperial due to the numerical element. And yes - I'm from the UK - I don't have GMAT either (I really did not have time to prepare for it, and it costing $200 is hardly attractive!), but took a punt on LSE - I was hoping the prestige factor of Oxford with an undergrad Masters (just an expected 2.i though!), plus the fact I'm doing an obviously quantitative subject might outweigh the need to take it, though, as I've said, I'm completely prepared for a rejection, whether on that basis or otherwise. I'm just happy that I have Warwick!
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    Very interesting numbers in the pdf-document.
    I'm actually doing my MSc at Warwick next year in Marketing & Strategy, which now seems less competitive than I thought looking at the numbers.
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    (Original post by henryt)
    The LSE course looks just quite restrictive - I would like a fair bit of non-quantitative stuff, but Maths is what I'm good at, and what I enjoy the most - it's the combination of those two things that would make doing the MSc valuable to me. I wouldn't be surprised if people fail at Imperial due to the numerical element. And yes - I'm from the UK - I don't have GMAT either (I really did not have time to prepare for it, and it costing $200 is hardly attractive!), but took a punt on LSE - I was hoping the prestige factor of Oxford with an undergrad Masters (just an expected 2.i though!), plus the fact I'm doing an obviously quantitative subject might outweigh the need to take it, though, as I've said, I'm completely prepared for a rejection, whether on that basis or otherwise. I'm just happy that I have Warwick!
    I know what you mean about the GMAT. Someone told me that cos I'm from the UK, and I'd like to think that i'm good at maths , that I should easily do well in the GMAT. They basically implied the fact that cos I'm from the UK I should have no problem with getting a750 with no practice on the first attempt . Like you said, I just dont have the time to prepare, and $200 dollars ago just seems a bit silly for one uni.

    So you went to Oxford? nice. You looking to do investment banking, or are you going for the PhD route?

    I'm happy that I've got Warwick too. I think I'm just gonna give my deposite tomorrow. If I get an offer from imperial, and decide to go for that, I might just write the £1000 off, cos what's an extra £1000 of what I'm gonna pay back on top of the Imperial fees anyway. But I'll have to wait and see
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    (Original post by Peaches182)
    90% and got rejected?? That's insane. I applied to Warwick, pretty much when they opened. My plan was to get Imperials and Warwick in at the same time so I could choose (should I get an offer ) between their offers, but imperial only opened in december, so I'm in the same boat as a lot of people.

    In terms of my profile. I got a first from the ICMA Centre in International Securities, Investment and Banking. Its a real mouth full telling people what I studied at uni. Sometimes I just tell people finance and investment banking (which is what the course is called now), but then say its a shortend name for it........and end up telling them the full name of the course anyway.It begs the question, why the f*** dont I tell 'em what it is in the first place

    I've already graduated and am working at a HSBC up north. So at the very least, I'll have 9 months work experience in a decent company should I not get an internship this time round.

    In terms of extra-curricula’s, Investment Club, American football (line backer) ............. long walks on the beach, curling up with a good book and a glass of wine (the first two are true )

    General info about my degree. There were some genuine extenuating circumstances in my second year, although, everyone will say that . But my second year average was 57% and my third year average was 82%, so hopefully you can see that there was something a bit iffy with me. But I'm not making excuses, and I still made sure I got a first, which was what I wanted in the beginning.

    Good luck on your apps btw. I imagine you'll do pretty good. Out of curiosity, what uni are you at? if you dont mind me asking (i understand if you'd rather not).
    wow dats a great profile... working at a company like HSBC should count for a lot... Well I am currently studying at Uni of Liverpool... got a first year avg of 83 and a second year avg of 81.. Done two internships... one at Standard Chartered in Relationship Banking, and another at one of the leading Conglomerates in Sri Lanka (that's where I am form!! ) where I was in charge of a Project Proporsal for a new factory, with a group of other... Havn't got any working experience with regard to IB tho.. ..
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    (Original post by Ineedaplace)
    Hmmmm should I be considering UCL economics more then. I totally disregarded it in favor of imperial college and Warwick..... Tarutaru do you go to UCL or applying there?
    UCL has got a killer economics dept.... much better than for example Cambridge, where the Economics dept is on a decline... So if its Economics that you want to do, then UCL is a fair bet.. though like Tarutaru has been saying, sometimes the overall reputation of the uni does matter... especially outside the UK...
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    (Original post by henryt)
    The LSE course looks just quite restrictive - I would like a fair bit of non-quantitative stuff, but Maths is what I'm good at, and what I enjoy the most - it's the combination of those two things that would make doing the MSc valuable to me. I wouldn't be surprised if people fail at Imperial due to the numerical element. And yes - I'm from the UK - I don't have GMAT either (I really did not have time to prepare for it, and it costing $200 is hardly attractive!), but took a punt on LSE - I was hoping the prestige factor of Oxford with an undergrad Masters (just an expected 2.i though!), plus the fact I'm doing an obviously quantitative subject might outweigh the need to take it, though, as I've said, I'm completely prepared for a rejection, whether on that basis or otherwise. I'm just happy that I have Warwick!
    Just out of curiosity.. did u look at the course in Financial Maths at LSE... It looks highly Mathematical, and is exactly the course some one who is looking to break into the IB sector, but is a mathematician by nature would do..
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    (Original post by kuzelle)
    Just out of curiosity.. did u look at the course in Financial Maths at LSE... It looks highly Mathematical, and is exactly the course some one who is looking to break into the IB sector, but is a mathematician by nature would do..
    Yep - put it as second choice! I'd prefer to do a more general degree, though, just with a Maths-y element (hence putting Finance as first choice!).
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    (Original post by Peaches182)
    I know what you mean about the GMAT. Someone told me that cos I'm from the UK, and I'd like to think that i'm good at maths , that I should easily do well in the GMAT. They basically implied the fact that cos I'm from the UK I should have no problem with getting a750 with no practice on the first attempt . Like you said, I just dont have the time to prepare, and $200 dollars ago just seems a bit silly for one uni.

    So you went to Oxford? nice. You looking to do investment banking, or are you going for the PhD route?

    I'm happy that I've got Warwick too. I think I'm just gonna give my deposite tomorrow. If I get an offer from imperial, and decide to go for that, I might just write the £1000 off, cos what's an extra £1000 of what I'm gonna pay back on top of the Imperial fees anyway. But I'll have to wait and see
    Yep - am still at Ox - in my fourth year - currently undecided about PhD or job. I've not any practical experience in banks, though, so I suppose the Masters will inform me, in some sense - I think, regardless of pressure or hours, I'd genuinely be happy in any job that is challenging, (cliche, I know!), but the finance courses that I've been able to take have always been of the most interest to me, and I'm writing my dissertation this year on 'Modelling Financial Decisions over a Lifetime', which is interesting enough!
    I'd probably have to live at home if I plumped for Imperial, which has the upside that I don't have to arrange or pay for accommodation, and I'm lucky to be central, but then living with my parents full-time might feel like a loss of independence. I suppose the only thing that would definitely sway me would be a lower offer - Warwick want 65% this year, which is fine, but things can always all go wrong on the day! But I won't get an offer from Imperial before the deadline, so I may have to do the same - write off the £1000!
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    is the ranking like this for you people.


    MSc Finance LSE
    Mphil finance cambridge
    MSc Finance Imperial
    MSc Finance Warwick
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    (Original post by Ineedaplace)
    is the ranking like this for you people.


    MSc Finance LSE
    Mphil finance cambridge
    MSc Finance Imperial
    MSc Finance Warwick
    For me it would be:

    MFE - Oxford
    MSc Finance LSE
    Mphil finance cambridge
    MSc Finance Warwick
    MSc Finance Imperial
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    (Original post by Tarutaru)
    If you have the money, I would certainly recommend Imperial, one of the five super elite universities in the UK. As mentioned by people here, thequality of the two courses are probably the same. But the name of "Imperial College" carries far more prestige than that of Warwick.
    In where? In the business community? Amongst the academics? I honestly don't think so. In fact, most, if not all, rankings of business schools would say that Warwick has a far superior name than Imperial's. Imperial is only more prestigious to those who seek to become engineers and scientists. But for those who seek to join in the business community or the corporate world, the reverse is true. Like I said, even Cranfield and Manchester are more regarded than Imperial.
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    (Original post by Ineedaplace)
    is the ranking like this for you people.


    MSc Finance LSE
    Mphil finance cambridge
    MSc Finance Imperial
    MSc Finance Warwick
    For the program alone, I'd put Oxford's MFE number 1, followed by LSE then Cambridge and Warwick then Imperial.

    For the prestige of the institutions, Oxbridge, then slight gap LSE then Imperial then Warwick then Cranfield.

    However, in the business community and corporate world, it's Oxbridge then slight gap LSE then Warwick = Cranfield = Manchester, then Imperial then Cass and so on.



    Therefore, if you're concerned about the prestige of your university but not so much of your program and how that program would lead you to the business community / corporate world later on, then Imperial would perhaps be the superior choice. Otherwise, I'd pick Warwick and Cranfield as the superior business schools.
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    (Original post by henryt)
    Yep - am still at Ox - in my fourth year - currently undecided about PhD or job. I've not any practical experience in banks, though, so I suppose the Masters will inform me, in some sense - I think, regardless of pressure or hours, I'd genuinely be happy in any job that is challenging, (cliche, I know!), but the finance courses that I've been able to take have always been of the most interest to me, and I'm writing my dissertation this year on 'Modelling Financial Decisions over a Lifetime', which is interesting enough!
    I'd probably have to live at home if I plumped for Imperial, which has the upside that I don't have to arrange or pay for accommodation, and I'm lucky to be central, but then living with my parents full-time might feel like a loss of independence. I suppose the only thing that would definitely sway me would be a lower offer - Warwick want 65% this year, which is fine, but things can always all go wrong on the day! But I won't get an offer from Imperial before the deadline, so I may have to do the same - write off the £1000!
    Its interesting Warwick want 65%?! Not quite a first, but better than 60. I figured they would just want a 2:1. I've just sent off my deposit for Warwick. I figured I wouldnt hear from Imperial, then make a decision about either warwick or imperial, before the deadline so why wait. At least that means I've secured my place at a great school.

    Since you’re at oxford, have you looked at the mathematical and computational finance programme? I just saw it the other day and it looks great. They've got an admissions test. ATM, I would have no chance of passing it. But i considered really hammering my past math modules to give it a shot. I dunno if thats what interested you saying you've already done maths and want to specialise in finance.

    Ha, I know what you mean about the challenge part of a job too. That’s all I’ve wanted, and as you said, it just appears to be part of that massive cliché.
    You applying for internships this year?? I’ve just done the Barcap test. I felt it went pretty good (touch wood), the maths one that is. It use to throw me when they give you a 18Qs in 25mins instead of a 21 in 21, but I quite liked it.
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    (Original post by kuzelle)
    UCL has got a killer economics dept.... much better than for example Cambridge, where the Economics dept is on a decline... So if its Economics that you want to do, then UCL is a fair bet.. though like Tarutaru has been saying, sometimes the overall reputation of the uni does matter... especially outside the UK...
    Indeedaplace seems to not to understand economics in general and economics in relation to finance in particular.

    As I said, if you want to do finance stuff, UCL is not a good choice at all. Its Macroeconomics (e.g. time series, financial economics) is very bad. Even worse than places like Nottingham or Birkbeck. 90% of the economists there are not macroeconomists and it has only 1 professor specializing in finance.

    For those people who can proceed to MPhil/Mres, they can take a few economic modules at LBS for free, including time series econometrics for financial economics.
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    hey there..
    it would be great if any one who’s received an offer from warwick could share their profile (Just trying to weigh my chances)

    I plan to apply immediately after the vacations for the MSc Finance Program.

    To give a brief about my profile I have completed my Bachelors (First Class) and Masters (Higher Second Class) in computer science and working in the presales division of a software company in the BFSI domain for the past one and a half years.

    Have some experience in capital markets, corporate lending and retail lending.
    Planning for a change in the career. Any chances i get a place in the program????
    any help is greatly appreciated
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    (Original post by kalpak)
    hey there..
    it would be great if any one who’s received an offer from warwick could share their profile (Just trying to weigh my chances)

    I plan to apply immediately after the vacations for the MSc Finance Program.

    To give a brief about my profile I have completed my Bachelors (First Class) and Masters (Higher Second Class) in computer science and working in the presales division of a software company in the BFSI domain for the past one and a half years.

    Have some experience in capital markets, corporate lending and retail lending.
    Planning for a change in the career. Any chances i get a place in the program????
    any help is greatly appreciated
    Hey m8,

    My profile is on the bottom of the 2nd page on this thread. I got an offer on the December 10th. Sent my deposit today. Good luck with your app.
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    (Original post by Peaches182)
    Its interesting Warwick want 65%?! Not quite a first, but better than 60. I figured they would just want a 2:1. I've just sent off my deposit for Warwick. I figured I wouldnt hear from Imperial, then make a decision about either warwick or imperial, before the deadline so why wait. At least that means I've secured my place at a great school.

    Since you’re at oxford, have you looked at the mathematical and computational finance programme? I just saw it the other day and it looks great. They've got an admissions test. ATM, I would have no chance of passing it. But i considered really hammering my past math modules to give it a shot. I dunno if thats what interested you saying you've already done maths and want to specialise in finance.

    Ha, I know what you mean about the challenge part of a job too. That’s all I’ve wanted, and as you said, it just appears to be part of that massive cliché.
    You applying for internships this year?? I’ve just done the Barcap test. I felt it went pretty good (touch wood), the maths one that is. It use to throw me when they give you a 18Qs in 25mins instead of a 21 in 21, but I quite liked it.
    Yep - I was a little surprised, though hardly upset, that they specified an average. And I'd imagine that they'd probably even be flexible if I missed it, not that I'm willing to put that to the test!
    I did have a look at the MCF programme - interesting, but not exactly where I want to be! I want a broad course, not just the Maths, so I've not applied to any Mathematical Finance programmes (except at LSE, where I just put it as 2nd choice, and added a little bit in my Personal Statement to fit). Also, am not entirely convinced by the Mathematical Finance dept. here - the research is good, but the teaching I had last year when I did Financial Derivatives was terrible. And he continues to teach it every year despite getting the worst teaching questionnaires ever. Not sure if everyone is as bad as that lecturer, but it's hardly a good sign!
    Have applied for a few internships, though, I've done it so late it's not going to even be an even vaguely competitive application. From what I've seen I'd really like to do something at Credit Suisse or Citi. But if I don't get an internship in a bank, that's not to say I can't get one, say, in the investment branch of an actuarial firm. Hardly ideal, but better than nothing!
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    tarutaru their is no need for sly jibes. I do have a understanding of economics and of finance. I do understand exactly the difference between finance and economic courses. Although I have not done so thorough research as some since I have professional exams coming up. You have made implications about "top 5 super-elite universities" and I was just questioning this phrase as like most people here in the FINANCE thread would consider UCL sub-par to Imperial and Warwick. If you can read I have applied to both economics and finance courses simply because I do not know whether to stay in the investment banking industry or want to be in a central bank. Also economics gives a broader spectrum of exit routes. It is absolutely ridiculous making an outright claim that I don't understand economics at all considering I graduated in the top 1% of my class, done more extra curricular things then you have thought of and attended post graduate economic modules at Harvard University. So please if you have something to say that is useful then do so, otherwise I would appreciate. Kalpak my profile is:

    top 1% at rank 12 university. undergraduate BSc Economics.
    GPA 3.8 across modules at Harvard post graduate
    1 month as risk analyst
    will have just under a year in corporate finance at start date.
    taught undergraduate 1year 4 months
    age 22
    CFA level 1
    CISI certificates

    I got the MSc offer from Warwick but probably won't go, not sure yet.
 
 
 
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