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Prospect Uni Choices

Hi, Im looking to apply to uni this year for something (likely PPE), with a future goal of Investment Banking. I will apply to Oxford, but what are the 'next best' options, that are still targets for major banks? (i.e. what can be my insurance)
Warwick, LSE, UCL, Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, and one other one that I'm forgetting are target universities for investment banking. The majority of investment bankers come from these universities. That's not to say that you can't break in from other universities (I did), but you should be aiming for these universities if your goal is to work in investment banking.

PPE as a course, however, might or might not be the best flagship at the other universities outside Oxford listed, I don't know. Warwick's pretty good, I don't know how LSE teaches it, York is excellent for PPE (but a low semi-target/non-target) ... But if you don't care about the course quality, then just stick with the above list.
Original post by wiseowlz72
Warwick, LSE, UCL, Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, and one other one that I'm forgetting are target universities for investment banking. The majority of investment bankers come from these universities. That's not to say that you can't break in from other universities (I did), but you should be aiming for these universities if your goal is to work in investment banking.

PPE as a course, however, might or might not be the best flagship at the other universities outside Oxford listed, I don't know. Warwick's pretty good, I don't know how LSE teaches it, York is excellent for PPE (but a low semi-target/non-target) ... But if you don't care about the course quality, then just stick with the above list.


thank you very much, not Exeter? surprising!
Original post by alpineskier
thank you very much, not Exeter? surprising!


Exeter is not a target university, it's a semi-target/low semi-target. Only the universities that I mentioned are 'targets', but again, you can break in from semis, it's not impossible, you just need to put in some extra work.
Original post by wiseowlz72
Exeter is not a target university, it's a semi-target/low semi-target. Only the universities that I mentioned are 'targets', but again, you can break in from semis, it's not impossible, you just need to put in some extra work.


thank you very much, very helpful
Original post by alpineskier
thank you very much, very helpful


No problem! Be very mindful though, don't think that just by going to a target you're a shoo-in. I know many people at UCL who haven't been able to secure anything because they've been lazy and not done extracurriculars, have poor interviewing skills, or something else. You need to still be very proactive and join societies and have leadership roles. In that vain, the target/non-target culture is much less prevalent in the UK than it is in the US - wherever you go, you need to put in the work. Just a bit easier coming from a target, but you'll find it not being too dissimilar from semis. For context, I went to a low semi-target (York) and had 5 Assessment Centres/Final rounds, two at BBs, one at a top Japanese bank.

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