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Choosing University

Hi guys,
I am struggling to decide on which uni to choose. I have achieved A* maths A Econ A Law and currently taking a gap year. I am not too sure my list of choice are realistic to be honest. I have chosen, UCL, LSE, Imperial (Econ-finance-data), Bath, Bristol. My main objective is Economics. What do you think of my chosen combination ?
(edited 1 year ago)
I think LSE is your best shot for Economics.
Original post by newbee23
Hi guys,
I am struggling to decide on which uni to choose. I have achieved A* maths A Econ A Law and currently taking a gap year. I am not too sure my list of choice are realistic to be honest. I have chosen, UCL, LSE, Imperial (Econ-finance-data), Bath, Bristol. My main objective is Economics. What do you think of my chosen combination ?

If you’re applying early then split your choices.
Apply to your top 3 or 4 now and wait until after Christmas (when you might have some decisions back) to decide whether to use your remaining choices for risky or safer options.
Reply 3
Original post by Expertessay
I think LSE is your best shot for Economics.


I dont think I have a chance to poke in LSE economics to be honest
Just remember that applying to all three of UCL, LSE, Imperial is EXCEPTIONALLY risky, The competition for Econ is insane and last year thousands (yes, thousands) who applied to these three Unis ended up in May with no offer at all from any of them. Thats leaves you with two other choices, both of which are two other mega-competitive for Econ. And you grades are not that spectaculaer for those sort of Unis.

My advice would be to drop at least one or even two of the London choices, and substitute safer choices, or/or to take PQs advice and wait to add your other choices later.
Reply 5
Original post by PQ
If you’re applying early then split your choices.
Apply to your top 3 or 4 now and wait until after Christmas (when you might have some decisions back) to decide whether to use your remaining choices for risky or safer options.

Thanks, that is actually a good idea to be honest. I will also try to avoid straight on Econ in big ones like LSE- UCL etc
LSE operate a gathered field iirr so no point in adding them as an early choice. They don’t start making offers for econ until after the January deadline
The other thing to be aware of is that LSE has a student population that is 67% overseas students - and most ot these are Chinese.
Nothing wrong with this of course - but it may have an impact on your overall 'student experience'.
Reply 8
Original post by McGinger
Just remember that applying to all three of UCL, LSE, Imperial is EXCEPTIONALLY risky, The competition for Econ is insane and last year thousands (yes, thousands) who applied to these three Unis ended up in May with no offer at all from any of them. Thats leaves you with two other choices, both of which are two other mega-competitive for Econ. And you grades are not that spectaculaer for those sort of Unis.

My advice would be to drop at least one or even two of the London choices, and substitute safer choices, or/or to take PQs advice and wait to add your other choices later.


Thanks a lot. I was thinking Geo with Econ for LSE, GEo and Econ for UCL and Imperial - Econ- fin and data; kings- bristol Econ. Do you think this is too challenging? I am debating myself with LSE and UCL (GEo-eco) combination since I did not take Geography in A level.
Reply 9
Original post by newbee23
Thanks, that is actually a good idea to be honest. I will also try to avoid straight on Econ in big ones like LSE- UCL etc


another thing is , I can apply one or two safe one now to see the result and apply the aspiration ones (london ones) later but how do we know that my safe ones will give the results quickly (in my case Bristol)
LSE looks at your personal statement alot apprently so prioritse that. For economics at LSE,UCL, you'll need further maths definielty to stand a chnace. I was told this by students at LSE itself. Geo and econ is a good idea if you think you'll enjoy it. Another option could be politics and econ/ppe (what I'm applying forr) goodluckk :smile:
Reply 11
Original post by Cant.be.asked
LSE looks at your personal statement alot apprently so prioritse that. For economics at LSE,UCL, you'll need further maths definielty to stand a chnace. I was told this by students at LSE itself. Geo and econ is a good idea if you think you'll enjoy it. Another option could be politics and econ/ppe (what I'm applying forr) goodluckk :smile:

I have applied and got into PPE- last year and studied for couple of weeks- God I could not go hold Philosophy- it was so abstract to me. I wont touch Economics on its own to be honest it is too much competitive.

Which Unis are you applying? what is your grade?
(edited 1 year ago)
Reply 12
Original post by newbee23
I have applied and got into PPE- last year and studied for couple of weeks- God I could not go hold Philosophy- it was so abstract to me. I wont touch Economics on its own to be honest it is too much competitive.


Which Unis are you applying? what is your grade?
Reply 13
Which Unis are you applying? what is your grade?
Original post by newbee23
I have applied and got into PPE- last year and studied for couple of weeks- God I could not go hold Philosophy- it was so abstract to me. I wont touch Economics on its own to be honest it is too much competitive.

Which Unis are you applying? what is your grade?

I've applied for Oxford, LSE, UCL, Warwick and Kings. All PPE except LSE (Economics and poltics because 4 years is unappealing to me cost-wise to not have even a masters after)
A Level predictions A*AA GCSEs 999999998

One of the PPE studnets at LSE i met a few weeks ago showed me his slides for the philosphy modules on the moraltiy of using torture and it seemed quite interesting tbhh. Mostly interested in politics and econ tho so will definielty be choosing modules to specialise in those 2 (as you can in the 4 PPE courses i chose)

Wby? Also what uni did you study PPE at last year, was it only the philosophy side you didn't like and how was econ compared to a level if you've done.
Reply 15
Original post by Cant.be.asked
I've applied for Oxford, LSE, UCL, Warwick and Kings. All PPE except LSE (Economics and poltics because 4 years is unappealing to me cost-wise to not have even a masters after)
A Level predictions A*AA GCSEs 999999998

One of the PPE studnets at LSE i met a few weeks ago showed me his slides for the philosphy modules on the moraltiy of using torture and it seemed quite interesting tbhh. Mostly interested in politics and econ tho so will definielty be choosing modules to specialise in those 2 (as you can in the 4 PPE courses i chose)

Wby? Also what uni did you study PPE at last year, was it only the philosophy side you didn't like and how was econ compared to a level if you've done.


Hi, I think you are quite keen to do PPE so good choice I think. I went to Manchester Uni. I did not take philosophy in my A level I had Maths-Eco-Law so I did not have the base and also I somehow did not align with the subject. I like economics since it got maths in it.
But think you will like it since you have already gone through the modules.

What subjects did you take in A level?
Reply 16
Original post by PQ
If you’re applying early then split your choices.
Apply to your top 3 or 4 now and wait until after Christmas (when you might have some decisions back) to decide whether to use your remaining choices for risky or safer options.


Can I apply for 2 early and wait for 2 months and then apply the rest 3? I think UCAS got just one submit button. Not too sure how does it work. Do you know?
Original post by newbee23
Hi, I think you are quite keen to do PPE so good choice I think. I went to Manchester Uni. I did not take philosophy in my A level I had Maths-Eco-Law so I did not have the base and also I somehow did not align with the subject. I like economics since it got maths in it.
But think you will like it since you have already gone through the modules.

What subjects did you take in A level?


currently doing maths, history and econ + epq

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