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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LSE is great for career prospects. In terms of masters, do look carefully at similarities and differences between the two. I study at LSE and FE is probably the toughest programme here. You need very strong maths background or understanding to do well as some courses are at a level of first year PhD. I guess it's similar for Oxford but I do not have that experience so I cannot say with certainty. As for reputation, for finance and economics I think many will prefer LSE but obviously Oxford has better overall reputation (if you care what man on the street would say). When I had to make a decision, several professors recommended LSE, although I later made a decision based on some other reasons.

For Investment banking, both schools will give you good background, I would say the difference is minimal. LSE has the advantage of being in London, very close to the City so it's very convenient for bankers to stop by and they often hold presentation, workshops, networking events, etc. but I know they also go to Oxford to do the same. I've done IB interviews and I've always seen people from both LSE and Oxford so I guess they're pretty similar in terms of placements.
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