Turn on thread page Beta

Degree choice confusion for finance/investment banking watch

Announcements
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    I am experiencing a dilemma for which courses to apply for. I want to work in finance/banking and have considered either an Economics degree or a management/finance degree.

    Here is where my question kicks in. I do lack A Level mathematics, so I would have to do a BA in Economics, my choices would be:
    1) Manchester Economics and Finance BA
    2) Durham Economics BA (With Foundation year)
    3) Nottingham Industrial Economics BSc (no need for A Level Maths)
    4) Sussex Economics BA/BSc

    Maths is not my strongest subject, hence I did not do A Level, but if I put in the required work I am sure I can achieve the required level. If I chose economics I would face a bigger challenge.

    So my other choice is to apply for a degree in something like management or finance which is more practical rather than theoretical like Economics and is less maths orientated and would probably be more comfortable for me.

    1) Durham Finance BSc
    2) CASS Business School Investment and Financial Risk Management BSc
    3) Warwick Management BSc
    4) UCL Information Management for business

    My A Levels are Russian Language, Business Studies, Economics and Information and Communication achieving AAAA at AS Level.

    I need some advice on which path to take.

    Thank you!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    bump
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Uni is more important than degree taken, so prospects will be best from UCL & Warwick, followed by Durham then Notts, then Manchester or Cass, and Sussex a definite last place.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    you realise that mechanical engineering majors are more sought after than business related majors for IB.
    Simply because of the difficulty of the subject/ the great deal of logic it takes to pass.

    I.e. A guy with first class mechanical engineering degree from Imperial college london, would more likely to get in than a guy with a first class business degree from Imperial College London. this is for the guy that said uni>degree. Degree matters to some extent dude.
    For you OP, just stick to any mathematical based degree from a Russell Group Uni and you will be good to go
    Offline

    22
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by LY1997)
    you realise that mechanical engineering majors are more sought after than business related majors for IB.
    Simply because of the difficulty of the subject/ the great deal of logic it takes to pass.

    I.e. A guy with first class mechanical engineering degree from Imperial college london, would more likely to get in than a guy with a first class business degree from Imperial College London. this is for the guy that said uni>degree. Degree matters to some extent dude.
    For you OP, just stick to any mathematical based degree from a Russell Group Uni and you will be good to go
    I don't think you are contradicting what he was saying, to be honest, although I may be wrong.

    Would a first class business degree from imperial beat a first class mech. eng. degree from London Met?
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Zacken)
    I don't think you are contradicting what he was saying, to be honest, although I may be wrong.

    Would a first class business degree from imperial beat a first class mech. eng. degree from London Met?
    uni > degree however if in the same uni the degree has importance to some extent.

    for example lets say you gained a first class business degree from imperial
    and i gained a first class mech eng degree from imperial.
    I would most likely get the place because mech eng is much more analytical and mathematical than business.
    now do u understand where im going with this?
    Offline

    22
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by LY1997)
    uni > degree however if in the same uni the degree has importance to some extent.

    for example lets say you gained a first class business degree from imperial
    and i gained a first class mech eng degree from imperial.
    I would most likely get the place because mech eng is much more analytical and mathematical than business.
    now do u understand where im going with this?
    I completely agree - I was simply pointing out that the previous poster didn't disagree with this. He simply said uni > degree, he didn't say anything about the same uni and different degree. You assumed he meant that the degree doesn't have an importance, I'm pretty sure the poster does this the degree has some importance. That's all.

    You never answered: business degree at Imperial v/s mech. eng. degree at London Met, which one is better?
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by LY1997)
    uni > degree however if in the same uni the degree has importance to some extent.

    for example lets say you gained a first class business degree from imperial
    and i gained a first class mech eng degree from imperial.
    I would most likely get the place because mech eng is much more analytical and mathematical than business.
    now do u understand where im going with this?
    lol mate, have no idea where the hell you're getting this from.

    Only roles that express a preference for specific degrees are some specific trading/quant roles that are more mathematically inclined, but the quant roles tend to look for masters candidates and for a summer analyst/grad positions in trading you are not hired for specific desks, so there'll be no preference between mech eng and accounting & finance for example (they would have a preference for sciences over arts though)
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Zacken)
    I completely agree - I was simply pointing out that the previous poster didn't disagree with this. He simply said uni > degree, he didn't say anything about the same uni and different degree. You assumed he meant that the degree doesn't have an importance, I'm pretty sure the poster does this the degree has some importance. That's all.

    You never answered: business degree at Imperial v/s mech. eng. degree at London Met, which one is better?
    Business @ imperial
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by MAINE.)
    lol mate, have no idea where the hell you're getting this from.

    Only roles that express a preference for specific degrees are some specific trading/quant roles that are more mathematically inclined, but the quant roles tend to look for masters candidates and for a summer analyst/grad positions in trading you are not hired for specific desks, so there'll be no preference between mech eng and accounting & finance for example (they would have a preference for sciences over arts though)
    ahhhh, thanks for clearing that up. this means every1 has an equal shot!
    • TSR Support Team
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    (Original post by LY1997)
    Business @ imperial
    They're a STEM uni for undergrad...

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by MAINE.)
    lol mate, have no idea where the hell you're getting this from.

    Only roles that express a preference for specific degrees are some specific trading/quant roles that are more mathematically inclined, but the quant roles tend to look for masters candidates and for a summer analyst/grad positions in trading you are not hired for specific desks, so there'll be no preference between mech eng and accounting & finance for example (they would have a preference for sciences over arts though)
    Just cause a job doesn't express a specific preference doesn't mean it's not there.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by LY1997)
    you realise that mechanical engineering majors are more sought after than business related majors for IB.
    Simply because of the difficulty of the subject/ the great deal of logic it takes to pass.

    I.e. A guy with first class mechanical engineering degree from Imperial college london, would more likely to get in than a guy with a first class business degree from Imperial College London. this is for the guy that said uni>degree. Degree matters to some extent dude.
    For you OP, just stick to any mathematical based degree from a Russell Group Uni and you will be good to go
    That's bs. Degree doesn't matter as long as it's respectable. Definitely uni>degree
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Mike_123)
    That's bs. Degree doesn't matter as long as it's respectable. Definitely uni>degree
    2 imperial graduates with the exact same credentials, extra-curriculars, work experience etc. but one has an engineering degree and the other has a business studies degree - who would you choose?
    • TSR Support Team
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    (Original post by bulf)
    2 imperial graduates with the exact same credentials, extra-curriculars, work experience etc. but one has an engineering degree and the other has a business studies degree - who would you choose?
    Imperial doesn't do business studies and those situations never happen.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Imperial doesn't do business studies and those situations never happen.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    lol mr pedantic, i'm obviously talking about a hypothetical case. we all know the engineer/physicist/mathematician/economist/computer scientist is a much better bet than the business studies dude
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by bulf)
    2 imperial graduates with the exact same credentials, extra-curriculars, work experience etc. but one has an engineering degree and the other has a business studies degree - who would you choose?
    depends who interviews better - i.e. personality, cultural fit, experiences
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by bulf)
    lol mr pedantic, i'm obviously talking about a hypothetical case. we all know the engineer/physicist/mathematician/economist/computer scientist is a much better bet than the business studies dude
    completely incorrect, read the answer below.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Mike_123)
    depends who interviews better - i.e. personality, cultural fit, experiences
    if you had to choose one of the candidates to give an interview to.

    or if they both interview the same, who would you offer the job?

    keep dodging the question. i don't see why do people feel the need to lie to themselves here, obviouslythe engineer is in a better position -who are you trying to fool

    (Original post by welcometoib)
    completely incorrect, read the answer below.
    sure
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by bulf)
    if you had to choose one of the candidates to give an interview to.

    or if they both interview the same, who would you offer the job?

    keep dodging the question. i don't see why do people feel the need to lie to themselves here, obviouslythe engineer is in a better position -who are you trying to fool

    sure
    you seem somewhat clueless. business is alot more practically applicable to the scene of investment banking (assuming ibd) than would be physics or engineering, although a range of factors is taken into consideration, most notably your university, the role required and your suitability towards it and the various unstated pre-requisites needed to obtain an interview.

    rather than spouting nonesense, for someone who has probably never worked in the industry, i'd advise you read, learn and pick up information in order to help progress your own understandng, if it's a path you show interest in.
 
 
 
Poll
Cats or dogs?
Useful resources

Articles:

Guide to investment bankingGuide to consultancy

Featured recruiter profiles:

Deutsche Bank logo

Deutsche Bank is recruiting

"Thrive in an international banking environment"

Quick link:

Unanswered investment banking and consultancy threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.