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York vs Bath

Hi everyone,

I was here a few days ago asking a similar question. I was wondering what course I should pick? If I went to Bath I would study Politics with economics with a placement year and if I went to York I would study economics and politics. I understand Bath has better industry links and grad prospects however there would be more of a focus on Economics and more maths modules if I went to York e.g. Econometrics. What would employers care about more? And where do you think I would find it easier to get relative work experience to work in finance?
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Reply 1
hi! not a politics/econ student myself just someone that lives with multiple. i'm at york and know people who have internships in top consulting companies, and big four accounting firms, as well as graduate jobs with them. i can't speak on bath but i want to say it's fairly similar, through i know york's careers team is very helpful and the university offers their own internships specifically for york students in a whole range of industries.

as much as career prospects matters, please don't base your decision entirely on that! go to a university with modules you find interesting so you'll be engaged and able to achieve the high standard of grades that's going to get you a good finance job. pick whichever you see yourself at more.
Reply 2
Original post by Calmid
Hi everyone,
I was here a few days ago asking a similar question. I was wondering what course I should pick? If I went to Bath I would study Politics with economics with a placement year and if I went to York I would study economics and politics. I understand Bath has better industry links and grad prospects however there would be more of a focus on Economics and more maths modules if I went to York e.g. Econometrics. What would employers care about more? And where do you think I would find it easier to get relative work experience to work in finance?

You won't do anything quantitative in a "with economics" degree which puts you at a disadvantage in terms of some jobs. Econometrics is by far the most important and employable part of economics I'd really reconsider any course without it. Econometrics is the language of stocks, asset pricing, risk managment, forecasting etc. That said, bath is a significantly more respected university than York and you can probably compensate the lack of quantitive skills (which you need very little of for 80% of finance jobs) with placement year experience. For context an investment bank would certainly consider a Bath student on the merit they're a Bath student but hardly look at an application from York uni. I don't understand why you wouldn't just do straight econ unless you don't do maths A level.
Reply 3
Original post by Calmid
Hi everyone,
I was here a few days ago asking a similar question. I was wondering what course I should pick? If I went to Bath I would study Politics with economics with a placement year and if I went to York I would study economics and politics. I understand Bath has better industry links and grad prospects however there would be more of a focus on Economics and more maths modules if I went to York e.g. Econometrics. What would employers care about more? And where do you think I would find it easier to get relative work experience to work in finance?

i've applied to those exact same courses and i put bath as my firm and york as my insurance just because i really like the guarantee of a placement year at bath. lmk what you end up picking! 🙂
Reply 4
Hi, I firmed Bath!!! Hope you do well in ur results.
Reply 5
Original post by Calmid
Hi, I firmed Bath!!! Hope you do well in ur results.

omg exciting, i guess i'll see you there!! do you know if there's any group chats around for the course? i haven't been able to find any. and thank you, you too! 🙂

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