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I am graduating with BSc Econ and Econometrics from Exeter. High first class. Reasonably heavy courses in math and econometrics. Have previous working experience for one year plus one summer internship - both related to economics/finance.

I thought my Personal Statement was good (Lol) and described my areas of interest within Economics.

I thought I had everything (academics, work experience, personal statement). Yet I have got rejections from LSE (MSc Econometrics), Cambridge (MPhil in Economics research) and UCL (Msc Econ). Still waiting for Oxford. Any idea why?

What other universities are good in MSc Econ? I am interested in real, hardcore economics and not finance or markets. I am thinking of applying to Warwick. Any other universities worth thinking about?
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You applied to some of the most competitive courses at those universities. It's not like you did anything wrong!

Try Warwick. If you wanna take a step down, you couldn't do wrong with places like Bristol or Manchester.
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Thank you.

I should have mentioned that there is a good possibility I might want to go on to a PhD in the US or in other good universities in UK/Europe.

Does it make sense to consider any European masters programs in Econ? I don't know anything about any of them. Any pointers to start me off would be helpful.
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(Original post by oribaba)
Thank you.

I should have mentioned that there is a good possibility I might want to go on to a PhD in the US or in other good universities in UK/Europe.

Does it make sense to consider any European masters programs in Econ? I don't know anything about any of them. Any pointers to start me off would be helpful.
Don't really know the ins and outs of EU master's in Econ... sorry

To flesh out my previous response a wee bit... it's possible that you were a jack of all trades... of sorts. Maybe you weren't quantative enough for LSE or research-driven enough for Cambridge? A lot of people can fall into the trap of doing a bit of work experience, a bit of research-related stuff, but not enough of either!
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Did you tailor your personal statement to each university you applied to (i.e. to their research strengths, expertise or facilities etc)?
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That’s scary because I intend to study in one of those institutions too but MSc Finance instead of economics and knowing you’ve got a high first along with meaningful working experience and nonetheless you didn’t manage to get a place frightens me to be honest especially because I’m aiming to finish with a first as well, I go to Birkbeck which might not even be as reputable as Exeter..
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I had taken quite a few quant/econometrics/math courses and my degree itself if Econ+Econometrics.

Looking back, I think the shortcoming might have been that my personal statement was not sufficiently tailored to cite each uni's research, etc. I am trying to correct that for Warwick and others.

I got a feeling by talking to an LSE (Economics and Econometrics) alumnus that a lot of people in that course were not straight out of undergrad, but had several years of work experience or even PhD in Physics, etc. I don't know how valid that statement is.
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