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Chances of admission to MSc Economics

Hi there, was wondering if you guys could help me with this.

I’ve been thinking of applying to an MSc in Economics in top tier unis (UCL, Warwick, Edinburgh), but I’m not sure if I’m up to scratch.

For background, I graduated from the LSE with a 2:1 in BSc Economics (65% average), but the thing is that my performance in some more maths-heavy modules have been relatively less than stellar (I got 2:2s in some maths-heavy modules).

I have been planning on doing an Econ MSc for a while, but I recognised that this might not have helped with applications to these unis, so I’ve taken a year out to gain relevant work experience and just improve in this area. I’m currently working as an Assistant Economist/Analyst within the Civil Service, and have been dealing with some technical work such as handling risk models and data analysis.

I know that these unis set a 2:1 as a minimum requirement for application, but I was wondering whether a) my undergrad performance in the modules would be a barrier and b) if my work experience would make up for it in some way.

Also just want to add that I might send in an application to Cambridge for it’s MPhil in Development Studies since I’m looking to specialise in Development Economics as well + it’s Cambridge.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

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