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Hi everyone,

I'm 18 planning on going to uni in September. I have the chance to go to a top 5 uni but I'm going to a lower ranked russel group uni instead to pursue a degree apprenticeship style program in finance (Pwc flying start) as I think this is the best option for me personally.

In the future though I do have a masters degree or MBA on the agenda just incase I want to change careers or move to a management role one day.

I have decent GCSEs (5A* 5A 1B) and good A levels (3 A*s in bus, eco, maths) and I will try as hard to graduate with a first for my chosen degree.

So, my question is, what do top masters programs or MBAs at top unis (LSE, oxbridge, Warwick, Durham, UCL etc.) look for? Is it purely academic pedigree like university name, or do they take other factors into account like career progression or achievement in other areas like sports or entrepeneurship?

Would I struggle to get into a top masters program coming from a mid-russel group uni? Is it common for undergrads outside of the top 10 unis to get on masters programs at top 6 unis?
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(Original post by anonymous55532)
So, my question is, what do top masters programs or MBAs at top unis (LSE, oxbridge, Warwick, Durham, UCL etc.) look for? Is it purely academic pedigree like university name, or do they take other factors into account like career progression or achievement in other areas like sports or entrepeneurship?

Would I struggle to get into a top masters program coming from a mid-russel group uni? Is it common for undergrads outside of the top 10 unis to get on masters programs at top 6 unis?
Hi there,

Thanks for your questions!

When reviewing an application for an MSc at WBS the first aspect of the application we look at is your undergraduate transcript. If you are applying for a programme with a specialism we will firstly review your undergraduate transcript to ensure you have studied the relevant modules to the specialist MSc. We will then review your performance throughout your undergraduate degree. After reviewing your transcript we then go onto review the rest of your documents, your CV, personal statement and reference.

Although the academic background is the first aspect of an application reviewed, there are many applicants that meet the academic requirements and it is their supporting documents that differentiate them and support them in being successful in a highly competitive process. This is where achievement in other areas comes into play - any examples you can include in your statement will definitely be taken into account. We accept applicants from Russell group and non-Russell group universities in the UK.

I hope this is helpful! Please feel free to ask any further questions and I'll try to help
Eleanor

WBS Marketing Team
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It's extremely competitive. There can be 15-20 applications for each place. You need strong grades in a relevant course. Quantitative ability for courses like MSc Finance. Having relevant work experience and ECs help.

You need a strong profile to get in to the best places. If you're average or below average then you won't be getting in to the best places for the most competitive courses.
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