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Title says it all.

I'd like to know what the top 5 courses for getting placements in Investment Banking are at Warwick.

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I would guess:

Mathematics
Morse
Economics
Physics

Yeah I know this is 4 but I can't think of any more sorry
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I would guess:

Mathematics
Morse
Economics
Physics

Yeah I know this is 4 but I can't think of any more sorry
Accounting & Finance, or no?...
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Accounting & Finance, or no?...
Yeah I've looked at it and it does look good. That'll be fine.
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Yeah I've looked at it and it does look good. That'll be fine.
Thanks for your swift reply. Would you put all 5 courses on roughly the same level or are there any ones that stand out for IBD analyst positions on the sell-side?
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Thanks for your swift reply. Would you put all 5 courses on roughly the same level or are there any ones that stand out for IBD analyst positions on the sell-side?
The other 4 seem (Maths, Physics, Economics, MORSE) seem to be more prestigious courses than A&F.
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Thanks for your swift reply. Would you put all 5 courses on roughly the same level or are there any ones that stand out for IBD analyst positions on the sell-side?
That's ok. I wouldn't put them on the same level. I think that accounting and finance and the economics are probably the most important if you wish to pursue a career in something money related. Either of them would put you in a good position to work in this industry. Next is Morse. Lastly it's maths and physics
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Thanks, guys.

What percentage of Warwick grads from Econ go to IBD? What about Accounting & Finance?
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Thanks, guys.

What percentage of Warwick grads from Econ go to IBD? What about Accounting & Finance?
I dont know. Try looking somewhere around here

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/s...gems/external/
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Id say maths and morse are probably better for IB than accounting and finance...
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MORSE is probably the most tailored course for an Investment banker, as in years 3 and 4 you can specialise in financial mathematics, but the pure maths degree is the most broad which can give you a career in many other fields if IB doesn't work out
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I'd say MORSE or Maths too. I know people who shifted from Engineering into IB as well.
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Pretty much anything that isn't early childhood studies/film/theatre.

I assure you now that the majority of MORSE students at Warwick don't have the personality to land a FO role in IBD.
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all of the maths courses:

Mathematics (G100)
Mathematics (MMath) (G103)
Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC)
Mathematics and Economics (GL11)
Mathematics and Philosophy (GV15)
Mathematics and Physics (BSc/MPhys) (GF13/FG31)
Mathematics and Statistics (inc. MMathStat) (GG13/GGC3)
MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics) and MMORSE (GLN0/G0L0))
Discrete Mathematics (G190)
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All science, engineering, economics, finance and maths related degrees.

Most of the things in IB you learn on the job, IB front office requires much less of a math presence than back office. The harder the degree, the more respect a BB will have for you. As Warwick is a target school, just aim for high grades in the above degrees.

http://www.mergersandinquisitions.co...banking-major/
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Pretty much anything that isn't early childhood studies/film/theatre.

I assure you now that the majority of MORSE students at Warwick don't have the personality to land a FO role in IBD.
What do you mean by personality? What type of personality would you need?
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What do you mean by personality? What type of personality would you need?
Front Office is what brings in the business...its similar to sales to an extent. You need to be academically brilliant and socially brilliant aswell. Your back office and mid office is where you are most likely to find MORSE and MATH students as they deal with the really meaty number crunching. Although this assumes that math and MORSE students are not as socially adept as those in other courses.
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Front Office is what brings in the business...its similar to sales to an extent. You need to be academically brilliant and socially brilliant aswell. Your back office and mid office is where you are most likely to find MORSE and MATH students as they deal with the really meaty number crunching. Although this assumes that math and MORSE students are not as socially adept as those in other courses.
Ahh okay. My friend who just left uni (I'm in second year this year) got a job in Investment Banking (an a bunch of internships last year too) and she told me you don't need much maths experience to actually do the job. She apparently gave up on maths before GCSE's and hasn't done much since. Is this the case or is she wrong? I'm only asking because I'm terrible at maths too, but she seems to be doing brilliantly with a full-time job already?
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Ahh okay. My friend who just left uni (I'm in second year this year) got a job in Investment Banking (an a bunch of internships last year too) and she told me you don't need much maths experience to actually do the job. She apparently gave up on maths before GCSE's and hasn't done much since. Is this the case or is she wrong? I'm only asking because I'm terrible at maths too, but she seems to be doing brilliantly with a full-time job already?
It all depends on the job. IB has many roles in which different skills are needed. In the end though,most of it is relatively basic math but its the ability to see patterns in data and respond to it which is important. Advanced math isnt vital but degrees in math/science/finance(due to high content of math in bsc courses) shows employers that you are analytical and have critical thinking at your disposal. I dont have much information about your friend so I can't really comment much, although they do teach you everything, a degree is to show your core transferrable skills, nothing more unless you study a vocational course(ie medicine).
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This question really doesn't make any sense because the competition for top paying jobs these days is so high that most employers want to see an outstanding CV which these days means either securing internships or doing something which demonstrates that you really know the job inside out. E.g. if you did music degree and started an equity portfolio (virtual) on day 1 and managed to increase that by 3000% over 3 years, you'll be able to compete with a Cambridge maths graduate with just a passing interest in finance thinking that is all s/he needs is his degree. Academic degrees (apart from improving the way you think) have little bearing on the job and in practice become just a talking point with your banking colleagues and that's it.

Seriously, I'm a maths grad. at Imperial College and there has been an explosion in the quality of finance societies at London universities, a global finance soceity called GIUPstudents has even started up 2 years ago pushing the standards at these London universities even higher, and they're already way ahead of most non-london universities, however, GIUPstudents I think will be a game changer because they allow any student in the UK to receive exposure to the kind of stuff we London students see all the time at our finance societies.
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