Need help choosing a university and a course for post-graduation in Finance

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saleh_21
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Hello everyone,

I am a student/professional working in Ernst & Young. I have completed my ACCA qualification and have upper second BSc (Hons.) in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University.

I am interested in studying a postgraduate course (full time) in London. I need help in choosing a good university with an appropriate course (one closely linked to Finance) that would benefit my interests in Investment Banking. I specifically chose London as it will be very cost effective for me, so i don't want to choose a uni out of it.

Can someone help me in picking out a university without regard to its fees. Just a reputable one which can help boost up my chances of getting in a good Investment Bank.

Thanks in advance.
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Think you'll have to go for LSE at minimum or one of the major business schools. Investment banking hardly requires a masters degree and they don't really like to take people much over 25 (less childish about making big money, less indoctrinable, can't do late nights). You would have to come up with something pretty special to get their interest.

Better way to do it would be to network your way into the corporate finance arm of EY or anywhere else you can get experience working on deals. (Assume you have been doing audit). Even that's a long shot as it'll take a while, you'd have had a better chance if you'd networked your way over during your ACCA as then you could get in there for a year and still be about 25.

If you just want to "work in an investment bank", i.e. back or middle office, you have more chance but still I would say you would have to come up with a course that's pretty special (and specialised) for it to trump carrying on at EY in some other department.

Wayyyy better, if you want to study, would be to carry on at EY and then do an MBA in a few years' time - an MBA is usually seen as a chance for business professionals to rebrand themselves and have a second chance if their career has stalled or is going off their preferred course.
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Thankyou for your reply. I get what you are saying and agree with the steps that you have advised me to follow. I work in the transaction advisory services dept. in EY and that is very closely linked with some of the services offered by investment banks.

However, i am planning for a postgraduate course in fall 2015 when i will be 24 exactly. So i guess i meet the below 25 criteria. I dont want to pursue a PG course just because i want to get into an Investment bank, PG and CFA are two options for me to enhance my knowledge levels as well. PG would also help with alot of the material one studies while going for the CFA certification.

As for LSE, its not really easy to get into that. But its not like i wont try for it. I want to have other options open to me aswell if in case i am unable to get into LSE. I think its better to know about some other 3-4 unis good for a PG course in Finance which are based in London. I have Imperial and City on my list as well. They offer quality programmes in Finance. Apart from these, could you recommend any others that in your opinion are worth considering?
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(Original post by saleh_21)
Thankyou for your reply. I get what you are saying and agree with the steps that you have advised me to follow. I work in the transaction advisory services dept. in EY and that is very closely linked with some of the services offered by investment banks.

However, i am planning for a postgraduate course in fall 2015 when i will be 24 exactly. So i guess i meet the below 25 criteria. I dont want to pursue a PG course just because i want to get into an Investment bank, PG and CFA are two options for me to enhance my knowledge levels as well. PG would also help with alot of the material one studies while going for the CFA certification.

As for LSE, its not really easy to get into that. But its not like i wont try for it. I want to have other options open to me aswell if in case i am unable to get into LSE. I think its better to know about some other 3-4 unis good for a PG course in Finance which are based in London. I have Imperial and City on my list as well. They offer quality programmes in Finance. Apart from these, could you recommend any others that in your opinion are worth considering?
Hi mate,

To be honest with you, IBD is bloody difficult to break into. I'm assuming you want to work in M&A as you have prior experience in TAS at EY? Taking that into assumption on top of your preference of studying in London, your best bets would be 1) LSE; 2) Imperial 3) Cass. Outside of London 1) Oxbridge (although Mphil is mainly theory and pre-requisite is less than 1 year work experience) - would still pick LSE/Imperial over them due to their connections to the city and the fact its much more practical/case-based; 2) Warwick. Outside of UK 1) HEC; 2) SSE; and then the rest.

Quote me if you want a reply.

Good luck!

EDIT: Depending on how many years of FT work you have under your belt, then perhaps you should consider MBA/networking as MSc won't help you much. Being of age doesn't help to an extent but then again, a lot of people with MBA switch into IBD as Associates and they still have to work 80-100 hours/week.
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