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Hi guys,
What do you think is the best degree in the financial field?
These 3 were what initially came to mind..

Economics VS Finance VS Business Management..


Which one of these three degrees are better in terms of:

1.Job prospects
2.Salary
3.Respect
4.Workload
5.World wide flexibility

Thanks !
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anyoneee????
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Given that there seems to be a lot of university targeting in the financial/business field, the university itself is an important factor. The closest thing you'll get to a finance-related degree at Imperial, for example, will be "Maths with Statistics for Finance", but you'd probably stand a far greater chance that way than if you did Economics at a less frequently targeted university like, say, Nottingham.

You'll find people saying it doesn't really matter what degree you did, as long as you're at one of the top few targeted universities, that you'd be better off doing History at Oxford than Economics at Exeter, simply because the university is targeted, and the specific degree content is not necessarily required for the job.

However, a quantitative degree is generally said to be your best bet - subjects like Economics, Maths, Physics, Engineering and Computer Science are good choices and see a lot of people into finance.

Within the same university I would personally argue that it does matter what course you do - when employers say they target a set of universities, what it seems to mean is that once they've finished looking at those universities, they generally have enough people hired. That is not to say, however, that every degree at a specific targeted university is equally regarded by employers.

If we take LSE as an example, although it is a targeted university, there are some courses which are highly competitive, and others which aren't. Doing BSc Economics (A*AA) says something very different compared to doing Social Policy with Criminology (AAB).

To answer your question, Economics is probably the most highly regarded and 'best' according to your criteria, and Finance and Business are broadly similar. However, the university will also matter, and doing Finance at LSE is probably going to put you in a much better position than doing Economics at Edinburgh.
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When are you looking to apply?

The Nuffield Foundation has recently funded 15 Q-Step centres across the UK Universities - to provide training in quantitative research methods due to shortage of grads with those skills. So if you're looking for a quantitative degree with good career prospects it could be worth a look.

The Sheffield Q-Step centre, within University of Sheffield, has a inter-disciplinary approach across departments including economics and management, which could be of interest if you're not sure which subject interests you the most.

Hope this helps.
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