LSE Msc Applicable Mathematics or WBS Financial Mathematics

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Am looking to break into quantitative finance (currently finishing up an undergrad in maths). Any idea on which would be more sought after?

My mindset is LSE> Warwick but Warwick Maths > LSE Maths, so not entirely sure which to go for.
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(Original post by CaiusMartius)
Hi,

Am looking to break into quantitative finance (currently finishing up an undergrad in maths). Any idea on which would be more sought after?

My mindset is LSE> Warwick but Warwick Maths > LSE Maths, so not entirely sure which to go for.
First, congratulations on your offers!

You hit it on the head.

Warwick is one of the "Big 4" Mathematics research departments in the UK (Alongside Oxbridge and Imperial) and have one of the more capable and prolific research groups in Quantitative Finance (See their Stochastic Finance research group). You have to bear in mind that the hiring managers typically have PhDs from top mathematical/statistical research departments and they, much like yourself, will view Warwick as being better than LSE.

Checking this particular LSE course, there is little coverage of applied areas of finance and few modules to even study. For example, it is possible for you to focus on time-series analysis, however you would have to sacrifice studying econometrics. You can say the same for Stochastic-related items or Risk. Given that Quant interviews can vary massively in topic (XVA Quant vs Market Risk Strat vs Quant Trader etc...) I would not recommend going for a course with such limited scope unless you already know what you want.

In my own Quant interviews, the vast majority of (UK) candidates are from Oxford, Imperial and Warwick with UCL coming closely behind and Cambridge thereafter. LSE does not have any strong representation, however that doesn't necessarily mean they are bad. It can equally be a reflection of their limited spaces on their Quant-related courses compared to the others.

I am sure you will do well whichever course you end up choosing regardless.

Hope that helps,

Paragon
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First, congratulations on your offers!

You hit it on the head.

Warwick is one of the "Big 4" Mathematics research departments in the UK (Alongside Oxbridge and Imperial) and have one of the more capable and prolific research groups in Quantitative Finance (See their Stochastic Finance research group). You have to bear in mind that the hiring managers typically have PhDs from top mathematical/statistical research departments and they, much like yourself, will view Warwick as being better than LSE.

Checking this particular LSE course, there is little coverage of applied areas of finance and few modules to even study. For example, it is possible for you to focus on time-series analysis, however you would have to sacrifice studying econometrics. You can say the same for Stochastic-related items or Risk. Given that Quant interviews can vary massively in topic (XVA Quant vs Market Risk Strat vs Quant Trader etc...) I would not recommend going for a course with such limited scope unless you already know what you want.

In my own Quant interviews, the vast majority of (UK) candidates are from Oxford, Imperial and Warwick with UCL coming closely behind and Cambridge thereafter. LSE does not have any strong representation, however that doesn't necessarily mean they are bad. It can equally be a reflection of their limited spaces on their Quant-related courses compared to the others.

I am sure you will do well whichever course you end up choosing regardless.

Hope that helps,

Paragon
Hi Paragon,

Thanks a lot for your response (echoed a lot of internal thoughts that I had that I wasn't sure on).

Much appreciated!
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Hi guys,
Just to add to the above discussion, would you have the same view on the MSc Business analytics course as well at both the universities?
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