Applying for masters with a joint degree! (Econ and Maths)

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Hi all,

I’m currently searching for a masters course to apply to for 2021/2022.

As could have guessed from the title, I am currently studying Econ and Maths. The trouble is when applying for a masters course (eg financial maths, applied maths) is that the entry requirements tend to only want maths, engineering, physics or compsci students! I do feel as if I’m trapped from doing a joint degree when it comes to postgrad.

I wanted to ask whether anyone wants to share their experiences of getting into a masters course with a joint degree. I’m scared to get turned down from financial maths / computational finance courses as only half my degree is maths (though some may argue econ is applied maths)!

Are the entry requirements for top unis really as strict as they seem? Or would I have to show my knowledge in interviews? After emailing some unis, this is the response I tend to get:

It is difficult to comment on the eligibility of a candidate without seeing the full application.

Insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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(Original post by gooey99)
Hi all,

I’m currently searching for a masters course to apply to for 2021/2022.

As could have guessed from the title, I am currently studying Econ and Maths. The trouble is when applying for a masters course (eg financial maths, applied maths) is that the entry requirements tend to only want maths, engineering, physics or compsci students! I do feel as if I’m trapped from doing a joint degree when it comes to postgrad.

I wanted to ask whether anyone wants to share their experiences of getting into a masters course with a joint degree. I’m scared to get turned down from financial maths / computational finance courses as only half my degree is maths (though some may argue econ is applied maths)!

Are the entry requirements for top unis really as strict as they seem? Or would I have to show my knowledge in interviews? After emailing some unis, this is the response I tend to get:

It is difficult to comment on the eligibility of a candidate without seeing the full application.

Insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
You have to make the applications and see - your strength has to be compared to the strength of the rest of the applicant pool in order to judge how competitive you are. I'm afraid that is the problem with taking Joint degrees, especially if aiming for competitive Masters courses. At least your two subjects have some overlap though.

Just make sure that in your applications you sell that as a positive in terms of what you can then do with the Masters afterwards, while demonstrating you have enough technical knowledge to complete the Masters itself.
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I would argue that you have a degree in Maths (...and Economics) and therefore fit the bill for a course asking for a Maths degree. If they are asking you to have either Maths or Computer Science, this suggests it isn't any element that is intrinsic to either of those courses that are essential, but that you have done a degree similar to this list.

If you want reassurance, I would always recommend looking for the course leader on the uni website and emailing them to ask their opinion
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(Original post by gooey99)
Hi all,

I’m currently searching for a masters course to apply to for 2021/2022.

As could have guessed from the title, I am currently studying Econ and Maths. The trouble is when applying for a masters course (eg financial maths, applied maths) is that the entry requirements tend to only want maths, engineering, physics or compsci students! I do feel as if I’m trapped from doing a joint degree when it comes to postgrad.

I wanted to ask whether anyone wants to share their experiences of getting into a masters course with a joint degree. I’m scared to get turned down from financial maths / computational finance courses as only half my degree is maths (though some may argue econ is applied maths)!

Are the entry requirements for top unis really as strict as they seem? Or would I have to show my knowledge in interviews? After emailing some unis, this is the response I tend to get:

It is difficult to comment on the eligibility of a candidate without seeing the full application.

Insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Firstly well done for doing a joint degree - its twice as hard keeping on top of two subjects. Perhaps its best you simply submit your application to a few universities you want to go to and see if you get accepted or not. Remember, universities are run more like businesses these days. and need to make money. As long as you are not applying for a specialist masters in maths having studied Spanish or History at UG then I am sure your application will be considered; universities are looking to include you rather than exclude you. The Covid issue means that applications from European students and international students are down so increases your chances of being accepted if you do apply.
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You have to make the applications and see - your strength has to be compared to the strength of the rest of the applicant pool in order to judge how competitive you are. I'm afraid that is the problem with taking Joint degrees, especially if aiming for competitive Masters courses. At least your two subjects have some overlap though.

Just make sure that in your applications you sell that as a positive in terms of what you can then do with the Masters afterwards, while demonstrating you have enough technical knowledge to complete the Masters itself.
Thanks so much!
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Firstly well done for doing a joint degree - its twice as hard keeping on top of two subjects. Perhaps its best you simply submit your application to a few universities you want to go to and see if you get accepted or not. Remember, universities are run more like businesses these days. and need to make money. As long as you are not applying for a specialist masters in maths having studied Spanish or History at UG then I am sure your application will be considered; universities are looking to include you rather than exclude you. The Covid issue means that applications from European students and international students are down so increases your chances of being accepted if you do apply.
Thanks so much! I do have to admit I’m guilty of picking more mathematical based econ modules so I don’t have to jump too far with either subject!

It was interesting seeing your take on how covid-19 will affect the popularity of postgrad. Fingers crossed for lower fees!
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I would argue that you have a degree in Maths (...and Economics) and therefore fit the bill for a course asking for a Maths degree. If they are asking you to have either Maths or Computer Science, this suggests it isn't any element that is intrinsic to either of those courses that are essential, but that you have done a degree similar to this list.

If you want reassurance, I would always recommend looking for the course leader on the uni website and emailing them to ask their opinion
Thanks so much! This is reassuring - I do get nervous when I read entry requirements specifically stating maths or physics! I forget I’m doing half a maths degree myself.
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