LSE this year or reapply to Oxbridge next year?

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Hi I am a recent graduate from Durham University with a First Class Honours in Economics (70).

As an international student, Oxbridge is always my dream uni. I had applied to Oxford mfe, Cambridge mphil finance and LSE Msc
Finance last year but I only got the offer from LSE. Therefore, I am wondering is it worth to study in LSE finance and is it worth to reapply for Oxbridge?

My profile is as follows:

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- First class Honours in BA Economics (70)

Working experience
- A diverse Internship experience, ranging from catering corporation, Law firm and commercial bank (all local firms)

Extra-curricular activities
- Founded three student societies (two in Hong Kong and one in my university) during my undergraduate period to raise the students' economics, social and political awareness.

The choice:
1. Study in LSE
2. Defer the LSE offer to next year (but they may reject my deferral request) and reapply to Oxbridge

Can anyone give me some suggestions?

Thank you!!
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(Original post by yat121)
Hi I am a recent graduate from Durham University with a First Class Honours in Economics (70).

As an international student, Oxbridge is always my dream uni. I had applied to Oxford mfe, Cambridge mphil finance and LSE Msc
Finance last year but I only got the offer from LSE. Therefore, I am wondering is it worth to study in LSE finance and is it worth to reapply for Oxbridge?

My profile is as follows:

Result
- First class Honours in BA Economics (70)

Working experience
- A diverse Internship experience, ranging from catering corporation, Law firm and commercial bank (all local firms)

Extra-curricular activities
- Founded three student societies (two in Hong Kong and one in my university) during my undergraduate period to raise the students' economics, social and political awareness.

The choice:
1. Study in LSE
2. Defer the LSE offer to next year (but they may reject my deferral request) and reapply to Oxbridge

Can anyone give me some suggestions?

Thank you!!
What if you get rejected from ucl

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If they rejected you this year what makes you think they'll accept you next year? What will you do to improve your application?
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I understand the Oxford MFE is a post-exerience qualification like the MBA of atleast 2 years experience.

The MiM at London Business School is available immediately after graduation yet the MiF and the MBA are both post-experience, just like the Cambridge MFin is post-experience (Cambridge equivalent to the Oxford MFE).

Harvard is the only school you can apply to the MBA immediately after graduation from bachelors, guessing this is because it is the U.S. just like you can apply to the Princeton MFin immediately after graduation with no substantial experience.

Cambridge MPhil Finance, LSE MSc Finance are courses to look to for immediate study after graduation. If you have the offer from LSE and you really want to go to Cambridge then I don't see why you can't go to them to consider you for MPhil Finance based on your LSE offer, as you might have applied to the wrong programme, the MFin, hence getting rejected from Oxford and Cambridge.

You have a fantastic degree, I think you could get some experience before and really consider your career path before specialising with a masters. When you are so busy, time really flys and LSE and UCL are like revolving doors with banks in the City, as you could apply for work now, be making an application to masters in October!

I understand you can defer a masters place, so talk to LSE about this possibility.

You either go for Oxford 2 year MPhil Economics, Cambridge MPhil Finance or LSE or UCL.

or.. 2-3 years time go for Oxford MFE, Cambridge MFin or London Business School MiF.

My personal choice would be to work at the Bank of England or/and then Treasury and gain some experience of the macroeconomic mechanisms

..and then go for a post-experience qualfication in finance and go on to work for Goldman, Deutsche, etc in global locations like New York and Hong Kong and Zurich etc.

A radical thought is Munich which offers a 2 years masters for 117 euros tuition fee a semester - 60 euros of which is for the bus ticket to and from campus.
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LSE is excellent. World-class. Make your application to defer, but if it was rejected, really REALLY think of all the positives of LSE before rejecting it to try again for Oxbridge.
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If they rejected you this year what makes you think they'll accept you next year? What will you do to improve your application?
I think there are two rejecting reasons

First, I don't have enough relevant working experience as I only did one internship related to finance. Therefore, I may not as competitive as the candidates who have worked for several years, especially for the Oxford mfe Programme.

Second, I made the application too late. While most candidates submit their Oxbridge applications in Nov, I submit mine in early Jan, just on the day before the deadline.

To improve my application, I think what I can do is to work in the relevant sector during this period. Apply early, better in Septemeber. And try to answer better, especially in the career path section in the application form.

Since I have already obtained my final grade, when applying to the Mphil Programme, I have an advantage than most of the final year students who only got their second year result.
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I think there are two rejecting reasons

First, I don't have enough relevant working experience as I only did one internship related to finance. Therefore, I may not as competitive as the candidates who have worked for several years, especially for the Oxford mfe Programme.

Second, I made the application too late. While most candidates submit their Oxbridge applications in Nov, I submit mine in early Jan, just on the day before the deadline.

To improve my application, I think what I can do is to work in the relevant sector during this period. Apply early, better in Septemeber. And try to answer better, especially in the career path section in the application form.

Since I have already obtained my final grade, when applying to the Mphil Programme, I have an advantage than most of the final year students who only got their second year result.
You have Economics from Durham, brilliant. You have so many doors open to you already just because of that, you don't even need to think about postgraduate in all honesty. If finance is where you want to go then I would go work for Schroders, JP Morgan, Citi or whoever for 2-3 years and then go for the post-experience MFin or Mif.. if you were working with J.P. Morgan they could transfer you over to New York and with the sabbatical to study for the Cambridge MFin which would go further in being recognised internationally in the New York office.

You could find that working and getting yourself thinking about international opportunites you might end up studying at NYU, Dartmouth, Brown or Cornell than in the UK.
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