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    I have an offer for physics at Warwick and i know Warwick is a target university but does doing a course that isnt finance related like physics put me at an advantage compared to someone who did economics or accounting and finance? And the fact that Warwick is not in london is that a bad thing in terms of employability and do the banks favour guys from LSE,UCL and imperial more because i really want to work in a london bank.
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    (Original post by AwaisAli)
    I have an offer for physics at Warwick and i know Warwick is a target university but does doing a course that isnt finance related like physics put me at an advantage compared to someone who did economics or accounting and finance? And the fact that Warwick is not in london is that a bad thing in terms of employability and do the banks favour guys from LSE,UCL and imperial more because i really want to work in a london bank.
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    Won't make any difference at all. Go study physics at Warwick
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    (Original post by AwaisAli)
    I have an offer for physics at Warwick and i know Warwick is a target university but does doing a course that isnt finance related like physics put me at an advantage compared to someone who did economics or accounting and finance? And the fact that Warwick is not in london is that a bad thing in terms of employability and do the banks favour guys from LSE,UCL and imperial more because i really want to work in a london bank.
    All answers are appreciated.
    Have you ever done any financial mathematics? It is largely taken from physics. For any quant role in IB, physics is the ideal undergraduate course.
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    That makes sense thank you. And regarding the location of Warwick would it put me at a disadvantage if my uni is not in london?


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    (Original post by AwaisAli)
    That makes sense thank you. And regarding the location of Warwick would it put me at a disadvantage if my uni is not in london?


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    Yes, its a disadvantage. In one year at UCL I've had guest lecturers that include head of risk from Nomura, operational risk modelling team from Barclays, Head of UK risk for Santander, Partners from PWC and EY, hedge fund managers, BofE, FCA. I could go on. I don't think you could get these kind of things outside of london.

    However, whats most likely to get you a job is your ability and passion, so I don't think that should get you down too much.
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    Yes i understand that target universities in London enjoy more lectures but does that make it harder for me to get a job in London? Because my family lives in London and working in a bank in coventry is not an option for me.


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    (Original post by AwaisAli)
    Yes i understand that target universities in London enjoy more lectures but does that make it harder for me to get a job in London? Because my family lives in London and working in a bank in coventry is not an option for me.


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    It makes in harder in the sense that you don't have access to those people so you don't pick up on trends in the financial sector that are being talked about, you have less opportunity to network, its more effort to travel back and forth to interviews etc.

    But in reality, a solid mathematical background from a strong uni is the most important thing in my opinion. You aren't going to get turned away just because you aren't living in London. Banks want the best and brightest. If thats you, then the rest isn't really relevant.
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    Thanks a lot and i think i will try to transfer to UCL physics in the second year as i don't think i can survive 3 years in coventry no matter how great Warwick is 😓


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    Thanks a lot and i think i will try to transfer to UCL physics in the second year as i don't think i can survive 3 years in coventry no matter how great Warwick is 😓


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    That's not a good idea, it would be a waste to go to Warwick for a year if you know you want to drop out. Where else do you have offers for? Can you take a gap year and reapply?
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    No im just considering it Warwick is better for physics than UCL anyway my offer is A*AA while my friend got a offer from UCL physics for AAB so i "might" transfer for the sake of going to London and not because of academic reasons and thats if i get the opportunity to and thats a big "if" and i think i was just exaggerating there im sure i will be fine for 3 years outside London😂.


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