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    Hello.

    Am i thinking right that LSE would be better because it is specialized in Economics when Oxford has only economics department?

    What kind of career opportunities could LSE BA and Masters give me?


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    genius thinking.
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    How is LSE more specialised in economics? We only have 1 economics department as well... (ok fine, we also have an economic history department, but meh).

    I guess there are subtle things like some maths questions being based off economics examples where as I'd imagine, at other universities, examples would tend to come from physics. But that's certainly no reason to be picking LSE over Oxford.

    Both LSE and Oxford are sufficient to get to the interview stage for IB. Worry more about the specific course and the non-academic differences between LSE and Oxford (e.g. LSE is in the capital, where as Oxford is... not).
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    (Original post by Swayum)
    How is LSE more specialised in economics? We only have 1 economics department as well... (ok fine, we also have an economic history department, but meh).

    I guess there are subtle things like some maths questions being based off economics examples where as I'd imagine, at other universities, examples would tend to come from physics. But that's certainly no reason to be picking LSE over Oxford.

    Both LSE and Oxford are sufficient to get to the interview stage for IB. Worry more about the specific course and the non-academic differences between LSE and Oxford (e.g. LSE is in the capital, where as Oxford is... not).
    I could have sworn you were doing maths? What happened?
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    (Original post by Extricated)
    I could have sworn you were doing maths? What happened?
    Lost interest in pure maths, so decided to do Maths and Economics at LSE instead of real Maths at Imperial.
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    (Original post by Swayum)
    Lost interest in pure maths, so decided to do Maths and Economics at LSE instead of real Maths at Imperial.
    Oh, good luck getting into investment banking!
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    (Original post by abrkPL)
    Hello.

    Am i thinking right that LSE would be better because it is specialized in Economics when Oxford has only economics department?

    What kind of career opportunities could LSE BA and Masters give me?


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    I'm not sure where you're going with this but either will do the job. As Swayum said, you're in the top-tier for IB interviews although I personally believe that Oxford opens other doors and opportunities that LSE may not.
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    (Original post by The_Libertarian)
    I'm not sure where you're going with this but either will do the job. As Swayum said, you're in the top-tier for IB interviews although I personally believe that Oxford opens other doors and opportunities that LSE may not.
    Based on?
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    Doesn't matter. Both are top tier and target schools. If you've managed to get offers from either or both, congrats. Choose whichever is more of a fit for you, then get some relevant work experience or do something interesting that will jazz up your resume.
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    (Original post by epc)
    Based on?
    Which part do you object to? The top tier or different opportunities?

    LSE/Oxbridge being on par for IB jobs is not a stunning revelation, so I'll assume it's the latter.

    The different opportunities I speak of aren't necessarily careers or IB based. There are certain careers that still have a heavy Oxbridge-bias though; this isn't a new revelation either.
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    (Original post by The_Libertarian)
    Which part do you object to? The top tier or different opportunities?

    LSE/Oxbridge being on par for IB jobs is not a stunning revelation, so I'll assume it's the latter.

    The different opportunities I speak of aren't necessarily careers or IB based. There are certain careers that still have a heavy Oxbridge-bias though; this isn't a new revelation either.
    why are you being so cryptic?
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    (Original post by i_hate_teeth)
    why are you being so cryptic?
    I'm not saying anything that the majority of people on here don't know already (even if some would rather not admit it). If you want to me elaborate just tell me.
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    (Original post by The_Libertarian)
    I'm not saying anything that the majority of people on here don't know already (even if some would rather not admit it). If you want to me elaborate just tell me.
    I'm having trouble understanding what this means:

    (Original post by The_Libertarian)
    The different opportunities I speak of aren't necessarily careers or IB based.
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    (Original post by i_hate_teeth)
    I'm having trouble understanding what this means:
    OK. I believe that Oxford provides far better extra opportunities for its students than LSE; the undergraduate life is more cohesive (the university dominates the town whereas LSE students simply diffuse into London after classes/lectures), making friends can be easier (less language/age barriers than LSE due to high foreign/postgraduate makeup of the school) and the tutorial system provides significantly more support during the course of your degree. There is also the fact that Oxford is broadly considered to be better for undergraduate study.

    Also, career-wise, Oxford tends to edge LSE for most things but particularly in the more old-fashioned and cliquey fields like Consultancy and Law. I'm also skeptical as to LSE's alleged equality/dominance in IB - I personally think that LSE gets more people into Banking because it's students are so obsessive about it.

    This isn't a slur to either university; I'm an LSE student.
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    What he's saying is that LSE might be reputable but is rather commercialised. In a way it's like nouveau riche vs old money. Most (economics) LSE students are geared towards City jobs while Oxbridge has a more holistic approach and lots of history. This opens doors where people would, at best, laugh at an LSE graduate. The application process alone tells you that.
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    Pretty much. Since this is an IB thread aimed at getting people into this sector and maximising their chances, an LSE/Oxbridge debate isn't really valid or necessary (particularly when there are people from other universities with more genuine concerns about their chances). In other respects though, there are striking differences that one should consider.
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    (Original post by The_Libertarian)
    Pretty much. Since this is an IB thread aimed at getting people into this sector and maximising their chances, an LSE/Oxbridge debate isn't really valid or necessary (particularly when there are people from other universities with more genuine concerns about their chances). In other respects though, there are striking differences that one should consider.
    Exactly. Besides, this has been debated way too many times anyway and what's generally been undervalued in this forum is that fact that the candidate him-/herself is the most crucial variable in securing a(n IB) job. Chances to develop and broaden your horizon might be easier to acquire in Oxford (due to the College/tutoring system etc.) but if you want to, LSE and London provides more than enough opportunities to do so on your own there. Thus, both are fine to "have a chance". What you make out of it is a different matter.
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    (Original post by The_Libertarian)
    Pretty much. Since this is an IB thread aimed at getting people into this sector and maximising their chances, an LSE/Oxbridge debate isn't really valid or necessary (particularly when there are people from other universities with more genuine concerns about their chances). In other respects though, there are striking differences that one should consider.
    Actually this is an IB thread about the differences between Oxford and LSE, but thats neither here nor there.

    I agree with grt, it's down to the individual, and what they want to get out of their time at university. I'm good friends with quite few Oxbridge graduates and I think the opinions you expressed in your post The_Libertarian, are based on a perceived notion of the grass being greener, rather than actual fact.
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    (Original post by i_hate_teeth)
    Actually this is an IB thread about the differences between Oxford and LSE, but thats neither here nor there.

    I agree with grt, it's down to the individual, and what they want to get out of their time at university. I'm good friends with quite few Oxbridge graduates and I think the opinions you expressed in your post The_Libertarian, are based on a perceived notion of the grass being greener, rather than actual fact.
    Fair enough. One of my closet friends in at Oxford though and from my observations of the students there (weighing the best I've seen at LSE and the best there), they still seem to be significantly better at personal development, being entrepreneurial and leveraging their opportunities. I appreciate the subjectivity of this experience though, and have personally never believed that university is the sort of rigid barrier to achievement that so many on TSR seem to think it is.
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    You should go to the LSE so that you can leverage activities in financial markets and entrepreneurship
 
 
 
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