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    Hello all, I have applied for these two universities with its respective masters:

    Coventry:
    -MSc Global Finance as first option(https://www.findamasters.com/search/...#ProgDescTitle)

    -MSc Professional Accounting as second option (http://www.coventry.ac.uk/culc/study...ng-programmes/)

    South Bank:

    -MSc International Finance as first option
    (http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course...al-finance-msc)

    -MSc Applied Accounting as second option
    (http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course...y_requirements)

    My confusion comes at the point where Coventry is in general at 15th position in rankings and South Bank 107 (guardian based). I am aware that rankings fluctuate each year but as I know Coventry is renowned compared with South Bank.
    However, if we consider the rank by subject (Accounting & Finance)...South Bank is ranked 25th in UK and Coventry 49. Additionally, the advantage choosing South Bank is that they provide work placement while LSBU not. On the other hand, Coventry prepares (not sure if there are any exemptions) for CFA exam while Coventry not.

    I am a bit confused and don't really know what is my best option, can you please give me your opinion?


    P.S: Do not really know the difference between international and global finance. I would really appreciate if someone could tell me this.


    Thank you for your time
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    (Original post by Alexcm1987)
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    I can't offer any insight on the courses specifically, but I can give you a caution about taking any notice of league table scores.

    Some universities invest very heavily in manipulating their league table scores. They know people take notice of them (especially parents and overseas students) and they invest accordingly. The problem with this strategy is that it is incoherent - manipulating your investment of money and staff so that you get good scores on the league table metrics isn't the same as being a good university.

    It is also only as stable as the editorial preferences of the newspapers or the League Table makers. League tables are made as a business proposition, ie they need to make the table make money, either as a standalone product, or to sell more newspapers. They only have value if they hold interest, ie the story changes - hence the Guardian league tables being so unusual and volatile - they do that on purpose to create sales and increase their profile. So as soon as your league table tells the same news as last year or confirms the same result as someone else's - you change the metrics - and then certain universities change their investments - and soon enough the university strategy is defined by some completely different business strategy.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    I can't offer any insight on the courses specifically, but I can give you a caution about taking any notice of league table scores.


    Some universities invest very heavily in manipulating their league table scores. They know people take notice of them (especially parents and overseas students) and they invest accordingly. The problem with this strategy is that it is incoherent - manipulating your investment of money and staff so that you get good scores on the league table metrics isn't the same as being a good university.

    It is also only as stable as the editorial preferences of the newspapers or the League Table makers. League tables are made as a business proposition, ie they need to make the table make money, either as a standalone product, or to sell more newspapers. They only have value if they hold interest, ie the story changes - hence the Guardian league tables being so unusual and volatile - they do that on purpose to create sales and increase their profile. So as soon as your league table tells the same news as last year or confirms the same result as someone else's - you change the metrics - and then certain universities change their investments - and soon enough the university strategy is defined by some completely different business strategy.
    Thank you for your time and opinion! However I am wondering the quality of the University and this is why I am asking,
    Is anything wrong with South Bank? Which one do you prefer?
    Thanks
 
 
 
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