LSE vs. Oxford MFE Watch

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Hello all,

So I got through the MSc. in Financial Economics programme at the University of Oxford, and I have also applied to the MSc. in Finance and Economics programme at the London School of Economics, although I'm still waiting to hear back from LSE.

Both courses have similar course structure and curriculum (from what I could tell), and let's avoid factoring in the cost differences. That is, I just want to compare the two courses purely in terms of the academic ranking, reputation with future employers, and recruitment guidance and opportunities, especially for careers in front-end investment banking roles.

Also, does being closer to the financial district (as LSE is) really help one's career prospects in the initial stages, as opposed to studying and living in Oxford?

I'd really appreciate any inputs/experiences that you guys could share.

Thanks a lot!

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Depends, how much networking have you done so far and how much work experience? LSE being in the city does help because it's easier for you to go to events, meet people etc. but Oxford has the edge in prestige in the long run, assuming you leave finance at some point.
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Hello all,

So I got through the MSc. in Financial Economics programme at the University of Oxford, and I have also applied to the MSc. in Finance and Economics programme at the London School of Economics, although I'm still waiting to hear back from LSE.

Both courses have similar course structure and curriculum (from what I could tell), and let's avoid factoring in the cost differences. That is, I just want to compare the two courses purely in terms of the academic ranking, reputation with future employers, and recruitment guidance and opportunities, especially for careers in front-end investment banking roles.

Also, does being closer to the financial district (as LSE is) really help one's career prospects in the initial stages, as opposed to studying and living in Oxford?

I'd really appreciate any inputs/experiences that you guys could share.

Thanks a lot!

-vkb
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Depends, how much networking have you done so far and how much work experience? LSE being in the city does help because it's easier for you to go to events, meet people etc. but Oxford has the edge in prestige in the long run, assuming you leave finance at some point.
My networking so far is limited to only my home country, so I'll have to start from scratch in London. I do have more than two years of combined work experience (back-end) at a leading investment bank and then a hedge fund. And I've completed the CFA programme.
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My networking so far is limited to only my home country, so I'll have to start from scratch in London. I do have more than two years of combined work experience (back-end) at a leading investment bank and then a hedge fund. And I've completed the CFA programme.
So you are a charterholder or just finished the exams? CFA is masters level so I personally wouldn't bother doing a masters. Either try to find a job now or MBA last resort.
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