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    Do any LSE students have any insight on whether Maths and Economics is a better/superior course to Straight L100 Economics or whether it is worse or pretty much the same deal?
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    better in terms of what?
    LSE Economics has a better reputation/prestige
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    Your question is pretty vaguely worded. They will be equal as far as "prestige" goes for getting a job in banking or some similar nonsense, since they by far and away care about the name of the university in that realm and not the specific course.

    For getting a PhD (and either remaining in academia or pursuing e.g. quant roles in finance) I would venture the Maths/Economics combined courses are better preparation for the "top" PhD programmes in Economics - certainly in the US they would be, in the UK it depends more on the specific project but it can only be a benefit to have a better understanding of the fundamental mathematics that will underpin any quantitative work you're doing (assuming you do real analysis anyway).
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    Both equal for career opportunities etc etc

    LSE offers more choice with the econ course for picking modules you like though, it's also easier apparently

    If you want to go into further study beyond undergraduate maybe maths and econ is better.
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    (Original post by dinglebells)
    better in terms of what?
    LSE Economics has a better reputation/prestige
    How come? and is math and eco at lse better than ucl eco?
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    (Original post by mattchaamp)
    Both equal for career opportunities etc etc

    LSE offers more choice with the econ course for picking modules you like though, it's also easier apparently

    If you want to go into further study beyond undergraduate maybe maths and econ is better.
    do you know if you can switch from maths and eco towards just eco?
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    Your question is pretty vaguely worded. They will be equal as far as "prestige" goes for getting a job in banking or some similar nonsense, since they by far and away care about the name of the university in that realm and not the specific course.

    For getting a PhD (and either remaining in academia or pursuing e.g. quant roles in finance) I would venture the Maths/Economics combined courses are better preparation for the "top" PhD programmes in Economics - certainly in the US they would be, in the UK it depends more on the specific project but it can only be a benefit to have a better understanding of the fundamental mathematics that will underpin any quantitative work you're doing (assuming you do real analysis anyway).
    do you know if you can switch from maths and eco towards just eco?

    Also im looking to do investment banking so i guess maths and eco is better?
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    do you know if you can switch from maths and eco towards just eco?
    Yes you can
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    (Original post by mattchaamp)
    Yes you can
    That is brilliant to know. So I think I will start with Maths and Econ, get a taste for it and if I wish swap.
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    How come? and is math and eco at lse better than ucl eco?
    LSE Economics is just special cos its the London School of Economics and the economics department is the most highly regarded department at LSE, whereas the maths department isn't renowned.
    however, i'd say Maths+Econ is one of the top 5 courses at LSE in terms of "prestige".
    obviously, this doesn't mean that LSE Economics is "better" than LSE Maths+Econ, just that it probably would get more "wow"s.
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    do you know if you can switch from maths and eco towards just eco?
    you can, but it's unlikely because it's usually full
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    Also im looking to do investment banking so i guess maths and eco is better?
    They would be about the same for investment banking. For some complex trading roles, Maths+Econ may have a very slight advantage.
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    That is brilliant to know. So I think I will start with Maths and Econ, get a taste for it and if I wish swap.
    Don't count on being able to swap. It's not guaranteed at all.
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    (Original post by dinglebells)
    LSE Economics is just special cos its the London School of Economics and the economics department is the most highly regarded department at LSE, whereas the maths department isn't renowned.
    however, i'd say Maths+Econ is one of the top 5 courses at LSE in terms of "prestige".
    obviously, this doesn't mean that LSE Economics is "better" than LSE Maths+Econ, just that it probably would get more "wow"s.
    Interesting, what would the other 4 of the top 5 be?
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    do you know if you can switch from maths and eco towards just eco?

    Also im looking to do investment banking so i guess maths and eco is better?
    In theory you should be able to switch between the two in first year provided you take the proper optional modules to ensure you take the core modules for both (this is specifically I think, straight econ would need to take Introduction to Abstract Mathematics) - however this would be at the discretion of the university/course leaders.

    If you're interested in a more quantitative programme in Economics but not so interested in abstract/pure maths, the Econometrics and Mathematical Economics course might be of interest. However this can only be transferred into after you start (or at least, they've not recruited any applicants into it via UCAS for the last couple years as I'm aware), but the same advice as above applies.
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    (Original post by JickDee)
    Don't count on being able to swap. It's not guaranteed at all.
    OK. Regardless I think M+E is slowly becoming the superior option. Only thing scaring me a bit is if it is much harder than ECON at UCL as I wish to maintain a healthy work/ life balance.
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    Interesting, what would the other 4 of the top 5 be?
    Economics, Law, Finance, EME
    (my opinion)
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    OK. Regardless I think M+E is slowly becoming the superior option. Only thing scaring me a bit is if it is much harder than ECON at UCL as I wish to maintain a healthy work/ life balance.
    UCL econ is pretty quantitative from what ive heard.

    Regardless, if you're serious about getting into banking then that balance will be pretty hard given how much time you need to give to other stuff

    Im firming M+E at LSE too, and have spoken around to lots of students who say the same
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    (Original post by Econowizard)
    OK. Regardless I think M+E is slowly becoming the superior option. Only thing scaring me a bit is if it is much harder than ECON at UCL as I wish to maintain a healthy work/ life balance.
    if you're good at maths, then i don't think it is any harder than UCL Econ.
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    (Original post by mattchaamp)
    UCL econ is pretty quantitative from what ive heard.

    Regardless, if you're serious about getting into banking then that balance will be pretty hard given how much time you need to give to other stuff

    Im firming M+E at LSE too, and have spoken around to lots of students who say the same
    Of course, I was talking in regards to during university. Regardless by 'life' I simply meant keeping fitness on track and having time for say one social per week.
 
 
 

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