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what universities should i apply to for something involving economics/politics

I achieved 4 6 6 6 7 7 8 at gcse and am predicted AABB (B in mathematics) at A level. was wondering if anyone had any advice or suggestions? i want to work in finance in the future and want to stay in london
thanks :smile:
Original post by CharlieJJCole
I achieved 4 6 6 6 7 7 8 at gcse and am predicted AABB (B in mathematics) at A level. was wondering if anyone had any advice or suggestions? i want to work in finance in the future and want to stay in london
thanks :smile:


In order to work in finance, you would need connections and the right professional qualification (most of these won't even require any prior qualifications). A degree doesn't really help.

The right professional qualification would depend on the specific role that you want to apply for. For example, if you want to become a stockbroker, having an ACA won't help at all. Likewise, having all the investment management qualifications won't help you become a retail banker.

Should employers accept graduates, it's said that the subject of your degree has next to no relevance. It's more likely the employers would be targeting the university as opposed to the individual degree.

Should you want a degree in economics/politics, the most reputable uni in London to go to is LSE. UCL comes close second. QMUL would be third.

Looking at both universities for economics and politics degrees, I would consider the following:
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/degrees/history-politics-and-economics-ba
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/degrees/economics-and-business-east-european-studies-ba
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Economics-and-Economic-History
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Economic-History
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Politics-and-Economics (pay attention to this one in particular)
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Philosophy-and-Economics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Geography-with-Economics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Economic-History-and-Geography
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Social-and-Public-Policy-and-Economics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Environment-and-Sustainable-Development-with-Economics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Relations
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Relations-and-History
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Politics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-History-and-Politics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Politics-and-Philosophy
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Politics-and-International-Relations
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Social-and-Public-Policy-with-Politics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Relations-and-Chinese
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/finance/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-and-finance/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-and-international-finance/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-and-international-relations/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-finance-and-management/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-statistics-and-mathematics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-and-politics/ (pay attention to this one)
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/french-and-politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/german-and-politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/hispanic-studies-and-politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/history-and-politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/international-relations-with-business-management/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/international-relations/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/politics-and-international-relations/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/politics-and-sociology/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/politics-with-business-management/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/russian-and-politics/

Personally, I don't like the chances of LSE because they have a reputation for being picky, there being a lot of competition, and that they judge everything from your UCAS application (no interviews or further tests); your only chance of making an impression is via your university application. Whilst the A Level grade requirements might be a bit of a stretch, the GCSEs would be the thing that would likely let you down.

I would rather go for a degree in politics and economics outside of London to improve your chances of getting noticed by the finance firms.

You might want a second opinon on the above from those who do work in finance.
thank you so mucb!!! i was thinking about LSE, but
yes i agree its a bit stretch. i think queen marys is the best choice for me but ill look through the courses you linked. again, thanks so much :smile:

Original post by MindMax2000
In order to work in finance, you would need connections and the right professional qualification (most of these won't even require any prior qualifications). A degree doesn't really help.

The right professional qualification would depend on the specific role that you want to apply for. For example, if you want to become a stockbroker, having an ACA won't help at all. Likewise, having all the investment management qualifications won't help you become a retail banker.

Should employers accept graduates, it's said that the subject of your degree has next to no relevance. It's more likely the employers would be targeting the university as opposed to the individual degree.

Should you want a degree in economics/politics, the most reputable uni in London to go to is LSE. UCL comes close second. QMUL would be third.

Looking at both universities for economics and politics degrees, I would consider the following:
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/degrees/history-politics-and-economics-ba
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/degrees/economics-and-business-east-european-studies-ba
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Economics-and-Economic-History
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Economic-History
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Politics-and-Economics (pay attention to this one in particular)
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Philosophy-and-Economics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Geography-with-Economics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Economic-History-and-Geography
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Social-and-Public-Policy-and-Economics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Environment-and-Sustainable-Development-with-Economics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Relations
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Relations-and-History
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Politics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-History-and-Politics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Politics-and-Philosophy
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-Politics-and-International-Relations
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Social-and-Public-Policy-with-Politics
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/degree-programmes-2023/BSc-International-Relations-and-Chinese
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/finance/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-and-finance/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-and-international-finance/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-and-international-relations/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-finance-and-management/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-statistics-and-mathematics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/economics-and-politics/ (pay attention to this one)
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/french-and-politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/german-and-politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/hispanic-studies-and-politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/history-and-politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/international-relations-with-business-management/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/international-relations/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/politics-and-international-relations/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/politics-and-sociology/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/politics-with-business-management/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/politics/
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2023/russian-and-politics/

Personally, I don't like the chances of LSE because they have a reputation for being picky, there being a lot of competition, and that they judge everything from your UCAS application (no interviews or further tests); your only chance of making an impression is via your university application. Whilst the A Level grade requirements might be a bit of a stretch, the GCSEs would be the thing that would likely let you down.

I would rather go for a degree in politics and economics outside of London to improve your chances of getting noticed by the finance firms.

You might want a second opinon on the above from those who do work in finance.

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