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Hi , Im a student in sixth form from the UK and was wondering which degree is a better option if you may later want to go into finance/banking/consultancy after university. Which degree is more employable/impressive.
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Hi , Im a student in sixth form from the UK and was wondering which degree is a better option if you may later want to go into finance/banking/consultancy after university. Which degree is more employable/impressive.
a finance degree
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a finance degree
I asked which was better out of material science and natural science
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I asked which was better out of material science and natural science
yes I know but if you want to do finance do a finance degree
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Hi , Im a student in sixth form from the UK and was wondering which degree is a better option if you may later want to go into finance/banking/consultancy after university. Which degree is more employable/impressive.
Hi 15AroraS
Im a second year materials science student at Oxford looking to go into Finance. Degree discipline doesn't matter for finance/banking (unless you want to go into quantitative finance then you'd need a maths/physical sciences/engineering degree) or consulting. I know people who've studied a variety of uncommon degrees and have entered both fields without any issues both industries - A quick search on Linkedin will show that this is the case. Both industries (especially consulting) are much more impressed by what University you go to (which is quite snobbish imo) than what degree you did as what university you go to roughly correlates to how productive/hard working you are (at least in there eyes). So e.g. someone studying Classics at Oxbridge probably has a higher chance of breaking into banking/consulting vs a student at a much smaller/less prestigious university all other things being equal. Id say pick the subject you think you're the most passionate about, work hard a get really good grades, then apply to the best universities for that subject (Oxbridge, Imperial, LSE, UCL, Durham etc.)
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Hi , Im a student in sixth form from the UK and was wondering which degree is a better option if you may later want to go into finance/banking/consultancy after university. Which degree is more employable/impressive.
Hi there,

As another commenter has suggested, the best option if you already know you want to go into banking/finance/consultancy after uni would be to do a degree in one of those fields. However, that was not your question

If you don't want to go into a career related to either NatSci or materials science/engineering, then it really doesn't matter which you choose! The best choice would be to go with the one that interests you the most, as then you likely achieve better grades and have a better uni experience. Having better grades from a good uni will make you more employable (as opposed to opting for a "more employable" degree and getting worse grades).

Another piece of advice would be to try and apply to universities that offer industrial placements. At Bath you can do a year long placement in your third year, and you can do finance/banking/consultancy placements is you study NatSci. These placements are almost always paid a salary, and will massively boost your CV - particularly if you want to go into banking/finance/consultancy. Please let me know if you have any questions about the Bath NatSci course or our placements

All in all, go for the course that genuinely interests you the most. You'll spend 3+ years studying it, and you want to maximise your chances of getting the best grades!

Jessica, a final year NatSci student
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yes I know but if you want to do finance do a finance degree
Evidence? Finance degrees are not a big thing in the UK. Maths with finance/ financial maths is a good option.
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Evidence? Finance degrees are not a big thing in the UK. Maths with finance/ financial maths is a good option.
What does this even mean
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What does this even mean
Do you have any evidence that Investment banks and similar institutions have a preference for finance graduate when recruiting in the UK - as opposed to economics/ maths etc? Can you point to high quality finance undergrad degrees which someone aiming at IB might select? I can only think of LSE (plenty of great options at masters level though).
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I asked which was better out of material science and natural science
Neither - do Economics
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It doesn't matter, provided you go to a "target" university, you could just as well do a degree in classics or sociology or whatever else you find personally interesting. As long as it's from e.g. Oxbridge, Imperial, LSE, UCL, etc, it won't be seen as better or worse than doing natsci or materials, because all of those options will tick the box indicating you have a degree, and it will be one from a "preferred" university that those businesses recruit from. Your degree subject is irrelevant as far as getting a job in that area goes. That said, it is essential if you want to go in that area that you get relevant work experience and internships before you graduate...
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They're definitely common routes for physics and engineering graduates, I guess it depends on what you'd specialise in if doing NatSci
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