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    This autumn I am sure that I will apply for 2006-admission at Cambridge’s course in Economics. My second priority is University of Copenhagen, which ranks 15th in Europe. As stated in the title of this thread, I’m very interested in gaining a career in Investment Management in London or Zurich.

    I don’t know whether I also should apply for LSE or if it would be best just to focus only on Cambridge in my UCAS PS.

    I must admit I don’t know much about LSE, besides what I’ve learned during a visit at their website.

    My question is: Is a B.Sc. from LSE very, very good and extremely academic (in the same league as Cam.)?

    Or

    Would it be more beneficial (assuming I was rejected by Cam.) to save the money and go for an Oxbridge master’s after my bachelor’s degree at a free university in my home country.
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    If you can afford it, going to England will probably be a fantastic experience.

    A BSc from LSE is definitely in the same league academically as one from Cambridge. In the financial world, LSE's name recognition might even be greater. You will definitely get at least the same level of academic rigour at the LSE as you would in Cambridge. Besides, the LSE is not called the London School of Economics for naught.

    However, getting a Bachelor's for free in your home country is not that bad an idea.
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    Do you study in the UK at the moment? Do you have an impression of, how international LSE is?

    I mean, in undergraduate classes, are there many students from other EU-countries, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, etc. ?

    Btw. Is it true that A-levels from Singapore, Malaysia or Hong Kong are some of the best in the world?
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    I have taken a bachelor's degree in Copenhagen myself and I am going to LSE in september. Furthermore I have been a study counsellor at copenhagen business school, so I might be able to answer your questions.

    If you want a career in investment banking or other financial services, I think LSE would be a far better choice than oxbridge. That is why I chose LSE. My academic requirements for admission at LSE only with a 3-yr bsc was GPA of 10.5 (13-scale). If you take your bachelor's degree at KU, you have to perform that well to get admission.

    Also, if you take bsc in copenhagen you owe yourself to consider HA(mat.) at CBS.

    If you have more questions, feel free to talk to me
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    Academically LSE may almost (but not quite) be on par with Cambridge. I wouldn't tailor your Personal Statement to one particular university, this could be very dangerous. Talk about yourself and your enthusiasm for the subject rather than the structure of the course at a particular university.

    If it was me I would chose Cambridge. Purely because it is the best in the country, is a lovely city, has a worldwide reputation and you will be with the best people in your subject.
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    A degree from Cambridge holds greater weight than one from LSE.

    Oxbridge (Cambridge and Oxford) are known to be among the top uni's in the world.. such as Harvard/ Columbia/ MIT etc.

    Although LSE is close, its not THAT close, as in the difference is NOT negligable.

    Ppl would prefer to see a Cam degree over LSE's any day, even for Economics.. i cant say whether its a fair judgement, but they do do that since Oxbridge still carries a prestige topped by none.
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    Hmm, I'm not so sure about the two previous posts. Having studied at the LSE, and currently at Cambridge, I would say that for a number of reasons LSE is better to get an I-bank job...for one, LSE and the City are practically neighbours...

    Also, like Cambridge, the jobmarkets will be filled with the big names, BUT, also all the LSE societies are sponsored and interact with all the big names in the City of a level and with a frequency that simply cannot be matched by a uni that is not in London, and has not made this direction one of its specialisations.

    Also, having travelled to NY for job opportunities, and as well looked into job-opportunities in the city....hehe, and yr gonna laugh now, they considered LSE students much more motivated, down to earth, and simply brilliant....haha, at numerous occasions I have heard that Cam students were considered a bit snobby, and wanted to talk only with their alumni etc (if I'd heard this only once, I would not have said it, but I even heard a similar comment in the US!!!)

    Academically and 'name-recognition with the common people' (if you care about the last factor), Cambridge has the edge I think. Although there are quite a few rankings (specialised in social science for instance), where LSE is placed above Cambridge, but I will not be the one that says LSE is better, they are both really good, and due to its history and broader portfolio I think Cambridge has the edge. Name-recognition on the streets is nice, but in the circles of people who matter, that is where you are looking for jobs, LSE is simply great, and especially for the field you want to continue in, I think better than Cambridge, despite the posts above.
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    By the way, I agree with you – despite its length, this essay doesn’t contain much sophisticated analysis or interpretation. I don’t hope I sound to be arrogant by saying this, but the level in my essays written in Danish is way beyond this level. Thus, I hope I will be allowed to submit one English essay and an authentically translated Social Studies essay, when applying for admission at university.
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    Christian, the LSE is very international. It is safe to say that the LSE is probably the most international university - or one that matters, anyway - in the world.

    As for the GCE "A"-levels in Asia (I can only speak for Singapore), I am proud to say that yes, I have heard that the "A"-level in Singapore is probably one of the best in the world. It is certainly very rigorous.

    Cambridge has the name recognition, for sure. However, in the financial world, I'd reiterate that LSE has the same, if not greater, name recognition.
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    Christian, I think as far as name recognition goes, Cambridge is way ahead because of the Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge thing. But I think after either university you would want a job with an elite organization and I think they would probably look at it as the same thing since the ranking between the two schools is so close. I am sure the World Bank will basically see Cambridge and LSE as the same thing. But the common people would probably always recognize Cambridge instead of LSE.................
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    Yes, I think the difference lies with the "common people".
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    (Original post by Wings_cp)
    A degree from Cambridge holds greater weight than one from LSE.

    Oxbridge (Cambridge and Oxford) are known to be among the top uni's in the world.. such as Harvard/ Columbia/ MIT etc.

    Although LSE is close, its not THAT close, as in the difference is NOT negligable.

    Ppl would prefer to see a Cam degree over LSE's any day, even for Economics.. i cant say whether its a fair judgement, but they do do that since Oxbridge still carries a prestige topped by none.
    For talking in your local pub with some fellow chavs fair enough, but for IB jobs in the city it's rubbish.

    If anything, amongst employers for IB jobs in london, LSE is arguably the best in the world. It's reputation is ridiculously good with common sound bites being '1/4 of all eco nobel prize winners ever,' and recently been labelled a 'Meyrl Lynch factory' by the FT (and lets not even go into league tables, as LSE wipes the floor on those department so it must be inaccurate.) :rolleyes:

    Everything else, including overall rep, Cambridge owns LSE though... well, we also get the location award.
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    (Original post by tiantang)
    For talking in your local pub with some fellow chavs fair enough, but for IB jobs in the city it's rubbish.

    If anything, amongst employers for IB jobs in london, LSE is arguably the best in the world. It's reputation is ridiculously good with common sound bites being '1/4 of all eco nobel prize winners ever,' and recently been labelled a 'Meyrl Lynch factory' by the FT (and lets not even go into league tables, as LSE wipes the floor on those department so it must be inaccurate.) :rolleyes:

    Everything else, including overall rep, Cambridge owns LSE though... well, we also get the location award.
    well whatever, thats YOUR opinion.

    What i wrote was the opinion of someone who graduated from LSE with an Economics degree, and someone from LSE with a finance degree. One works for a major japenese firm and the other for UBS. Both my uncles. I take their word over yours any day since i rarely ever believe the crap that comes from your mouth tain tang lol
    When i say something, i dont make trash up like u do (believing myself to be the fountain of all knowledge) but rather i try to actually get info from ppl who DO know things, not just pretend to
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    Your gonna make a great lawyer with the aforementioned post. Make up trash? Half of the stuff i said was fact (i.e. amount of noble prize winners, and quote from FT) and certainly not anymore opinionated then your first post. Try a bit harder next time chris, and don't make up trash.

    Maybe you can use lines like 'chill winston' which went down a real treat last time on TSR; or maybe make up for more facts about amount of LSE students in LSE halls, or what unis i got rejected from last time you decieded to have a go at me.

    Here's tip for the future, if you don't want to act like a complete jerk, and god forbid even win an arguement. Try and keep away from petty personal jibes. I don't mind a debate or discussion but i can't be pissed to have a ****gin match with you so on that note i'll leave you to you personal opinions and fountains of knowledge.
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    (Original post by Wings_cp)
    well whatever, thats YOUR opinion.

    What i wrote was the opinion of someone who graduated from LSE with an Economics degree, and someone from LSE with a finance degree. One works for a major japenese firm and the other for UBS. Both my uncles. I take their word over yours any day since i rarely ever believe the crap that comes from your mouth tain tang lol
    When i say something, i dont make trash up like u do (believing myself to be the fountain of all knowledge) but rather i try to actually get info from ppl who DO know things, not just pretend to
    To be quite frank Wings, you seem to be a minority on this forum who believes Cambridge is significantly better.
    I shared your opinion, and I had my heart set on going to cambridge due to the prestige factor ( and also I am stubborn). But, the huge numers of people I spoke to in the city that say LSE is better made me re-think. I know a number of Cam students in their 3rd Year for Eco, who dont have a job, and will be bums when the graduate, and lots of LSE students (present and past) who have great jobs/ job offers in IB's.
    And if you talk to someone in the US, they might have heard of Cambridge ( but most probably they will ask if your talking about Cambridge, Massachusets where Harvard is) but they most certainly have heard of LSE.
    And finally, your uncles (I am assuming here) are not that young, thus their views are dated. Maybe 20-30 years ago, yes, Cambridge was still a long way off, but now not really.

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    well my uncles are 30 and 38 ish.
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    (Original post by tiantang)
    Your gonna make a great lawyer with the aforementioned post. Make up trash? Half of the stuff i said was fact (i.e. amount of noble prize winners, and quote from FT) and certainly not anymore opinionated then your first post. Try a bit harder next time chris, and don't make up trash.

    Maybe you can use lines like 'chill winston' which went down a real treat last time on TSR; or maybe make up for more facts about amount of LSE students in LSE halls, or what unis i got rejected from last time you decieded to have a go at me.

    Here's tip for the future, if you don't want to act like a complete jerk, and god forbid even win an arguement. Try and keep away from petty personal jibes. I don't mind a debate or discussion but i can't be pissed to have a ****gin match with you so on that note i'll leave you to you personal opinions and fountains of knowledge.

    as i implied b4, what u say just goes in one ear to me and out the next.

    have fun
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    Look there is NO difference. I think Cambridge may be slightly more prestigious but when it comes to getting a job it makes NO difference whether you went to LSE or Oxbridge as employers realise the difference between the uni's is negligible. Plus LSE economics is more mathematical than at Cam.
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    (Original post by Splinter)
    And if you talk to someone in the US, they might have heard of Cambridge ( but most probably they will ask if your talking about Cambridge, Massachusets where Harvard is) but they most certainly have heard of LSE.
    I didn't know what LSE was actually until I read this thread, mainly because I'm an Arts person living in the north :rolleyes: I would say Cambridge and Oxford have better reputations internationally generally, but obviously I couldn't comment on economics in particular. Since as you'll have probably realised by now, I know nothing about it :p:
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    (Original post by Jenni_Kitten)
    I didn't know what LSE was actually until I read this thread, mainly because I'm an Arts person living in the north :rolleyes: I would say Cambridge and Oxford have better reputations internationally generally, but obviously I couldn't comment on economics in particular. Since as you'll have probably realised by now, I know nothing about it :p:
    Ignorance is bliss, eh. If you turned on the ol' wireless and listened to 'The Today Programme', 'Thought for the Day', and any number of intellectual debates - you'd see that LSE gets decent media exposure. Flick through the broadsheets and you'll struggle to find a day go by when you don't read an article, prefixed by the words "Researchers at the LSE"/"A thinktank based at the LSE"/"A study carried out by researchers at the LSE". If you look at the genius invention that is Google News (and search for 'London School of Economics' or 'LSE') - the LSE feature stories all originate from the past 21 hours - compare that to any other university in this country, even Oxbridge (who, as it happens, have feature articles from days ago on the header page).

    If you had read today's paper, the overwhelming likelihood is that you would have stumbled across the thing they call "LSE"; on the second page of the Sunday Times there is an article on the ID card debacle, which finds its roots in a study by... the LSE.
 
 
 
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