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    I really want to find out (particularly from people already in the industry like Citigroup_trader) if doing geography with economics at LSE will allow me to get a job at the IBD in the top banks - MS, GS, Citi and so on. I've asked a few people but their opinions tend to vary significantly. I'm rather confident of getting at least a good 2:1 but I read somewhere in this forum that Geography is a "crap" degree and I'll be better off doing something more quantitative. I'm doing both geography and economics however, so i don't know if this qualifies as another "crap" degree. Any advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

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    thanks alot for your advice- greatly appreciated. im looking to enter M&A, rather than the more quantitative-grounded departments like fixed income/derivatives.. but I'm also wondering if i could actually make it in the equity research department of say, Morgan Stanley.

    if i were to apply to these banks with a geography and economics 2:1 or above, would they strike me off immediately without even granting me an interview? i know it depends alot on the competition but im still very curious of my chances.

    if it were down to me versus some guy with an economics degree from a slightly less renowned university than LSE, would i be at a severe disadvantage? would i still be given the opportunity to at least be interviewed?

    please also give me your opinons on the following courses that i will be taking at LSE.. like, are they too qualitative and what can i do to show these banks that i am highly interested in working for them? i am definitely joining the finance and investment societies at LSE and do some research on my own, but i would really like to take this initiative one step further.

    (the ones in bold are the ones i'm thinking of taking)

    First year:
    Environment, Economy and Society
    Either Methods in Spatial and Social Analysis or Contemporary Europe or Elementary Statistical Theory
    Economics B
    Mathematical Methods

    Second year:
    One core course (listed below under 1.)
    Either Microeconomic Principles I or Microeconomic Principles II (more mathematics involved)
    Two Geography/Environment options (listed below under 2.)

    Third year:
    Applied Location and Spatial Analysis
    Macroeconomic Principles
    Two from a prescribed list of options (listed below under 2.)

    1. Second year core courses:

    Environment: Science and Society
    Location and Spatial Analysis
    Political Geographies, Policy and Space
    Economy, Society and Space

    2. Options:

    Research Techniques (Spatial, Social and Environmental)
    Economic Analysis of the Environment
    Environmental Assessment and Management
    Environmental Politics and Policy
    Environmental Risk Management
    The Geography of Gender: Global Perspectives
    Introduction to Development in the South
    Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Planning
    Applied Location and Spatial Analysis
    Geographical Information Systems: Applications in Social Science
    The Political Geography of Development and the South
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