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Hi everyone,

I have got offers from Warwick for Accounting&Finance and KCL for Business Management.

I chose A&F at warwick because it's part of the business school which is very well recognized internationally, and also because it's the course with the most mathematics in the WBS.
However, after some research on the internet, I have found that Economics would be a better choice if I wanted to study a business-related course with a substantial amount of mathematics.

I will probably ask for a course change from A&F to Econ, but I am still hesitating because of several reasons:

1) I know Econ is probably an academically better course than A&F, but is the Econ department better than the Business school, as the WBS has several accreditation etc..

2) When it comes to banking (IB, Trading) I heard that Banks look at the university and the degree (1st or 2:1) and not really the course itself. As A&F seems to be slightly easier than Economics, it would be easier to have a 1st. Therefore, isn't it better to stick to AF and get a 1st? I'm not saying that I wouldn't work for a 1st in Econ, I'm just saying that even though I'd work hard, perhaps I would end up with a 2:1 instead of a 1st.

3) Again for Banking, It seems to me that I would have a better knowledge of the Banking sector and would be better prepared for interviews with an A&F course. Am I wrong?


Ultimately, is it "possible" to transfer from A&F to Economics? Do people frequently ask for a transfer between both courses?
Thanks.
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At my uni, a&f and econ are both part of the business school and as they are both MA courses, students can switch between the two anytime during their first year, or before their second year grace period ends, very easily. Not sure how it works at other unis though.

I study a&f and have done economics classes as part of my degree. I loved economics, but I wouldn't say economics is any harder than accounting and finance. Finance is quite maths based and economics is useful for that, so if you can, I'd recommend doing economics and finance if you want to go into investment banking. Assuming your finance classes would be similar to the ones I've done, that experience and knowledge would be very useful for investment banking, so I'd definitely recommend finance, whether it's with accounting or economics.

A lot of people think accounting is incredibly easy and then drop out when they realise it isn't just plugging numbers into certain places. I love my course, but it does require work and understanding of the principles of why you're doing something, rather than just memorising how to do it. You'll never get good grades if you don't do that.

Ultimately, I'd say choose whichever course you think would make you happiest as either of those are good options to go into investment banking, but don't choose a&f on the assumption that you won't have to work as hard to get a first, because it's simply not true. I'm on track for a first, but I work my butt off to get those grades.
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Thank you very much for your answer. There are no joint economics and finance degree at Warwick, so I have to decide between economics and A&F. However, I have noticed that with A&F I can study a lot of Economics with my elective modules and there is also an "Economics for Business" core module...

Any other opinions?
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(Original post by Diamondo)
Thank you very much for your answer. There are no joint economics and finance degree at Warwick, so I have to decide between economics and A&F. However, I have noticed that with A&F I can study a lot of Economics with my elective modules and there is also an "Economics for Business" core module...

Any other opinions?
Yeah most a&f courses will have economics modules in them. I'd highly recommend a&f for your career plan. Economics would still lead you there, but the knowledge of financial markets, institutions and regulations that you'll get from the finance aspect of your course will be incredibly useful .
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Warwick is a target uni for IB, it'll help you get that interview then the rest is down to you.
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Hi everyone,

I have got offers from Warwick for Accounting&Finance and KCL for Business Management.

I chose A&F at warwick because it's part of the business school which is very well recognized internationally, and also because it's the course with the most mathematics in the WBS.
However, after some research on the internet, I have found that Economics would be a better choice if I wanted to study a business-related course with a substantial amount of mathematics.

I will probably ask for a course change from A&F to Econ, but I am still hesitating because of several reasons:

1) I know Econ is probably an academically better course than A&F, but is the Econ department better than the Business school, as the WBS has several accreditation etc..

2) When it comes to banking (IB, Trading) I heard that Banks look at the university and the degree (1st or 2:1) and not really the course itself. As A&F seems to be slightly easier than Economics, it would be easier to have a 1st. Therefore, isn't it better to stick to AF and get a 1st? I'm not saying that I wouldn't work for a 1st in Econ, I'm just saying that even though I'd work hard, perhaps I would end up with a 2:1 instead of a 1st.

3) Again for Banking, It seems to me that I would have a better knowledge of the Banking sector and would be better prepared for interviews with an A&F course. Am I wrong?


Ultimately, is it "possible" to transfer from A&F to Economics? Do people frequently ask for a transfer between both courses?
Thanks.
I doubt it is possible to transfer as they are different schools and if I remember correctly Warwick A+F has slightly lower entry requirements than Warwick Econ. Though, the latter depends on your own grades + subject choices.

Either way, I wouldn't bother switching. WBS has a great reputation in investment banking, the course will be more applicable to the career you want to do and will probably allow you to have more outside time - for applications, extra-curriculars and socialising.
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