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MSc Economics - UCL, Trinity College Dublin or Edinburgh? watch

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    As the title says, I have offers from all 3 for MSc Economics.

    Obviously I'm inclined to go with UCL, but I'd like to know a bit more about TCD and Edinburgh; would going to one of those hinder my future career opportunities in any significant way? I'm 90% sure I don't want to go on and do a PhD.

    Do Edinburgh and TCD lose out significantly in the employer reputation/prestige department? Would I be shutting some doors to some of the more selective economic consultancies or finance firms if I went their instead of UCL?

    I'm currently waiting to hear from Warwick, but seeing as Warwick is so expensive (something like 23k+ compared to 18k for UCL), I don't think I'd even consider it

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    Undergraduate degree at a top 5 uni for economics (however only half my course was in economics)
    Currently working as a professional economist since graduating a couple of years ago


    Can't comment on Edinburgh but recruiting isn't great in Dublin. Only Morgan Stanley recruits on campus at Trinity while Goldman Sachs does a Dublin presentation targeted at both TCD and UCD. Credit Suisse did a presentation in Dublin this year (first time) but it was basically to sell their new Dublin office which focuses on Prime Brokerage. UBS, JPM and BAML all host networking dinners but you must be selected to attend these. It's a far cry from UCL where all the major banks recruit on campus, or run in house networking events at their London offices. Not sure if any economic consulting firms target Irish universities, albeit I have seen listing from Frontier Economics on our careers page.

    I'd definitely take UCL over Trinity or Edinburgh. If you do get Warwick factor in the costs of living in your choice. London is expense, the 5k difference will be easily eaten up by the substantially higher cost of living in London.
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