Durham vs Leeds vs Bayes

Hey everyone,

I'm having a tough time deciding between three universities in the UK for my undergraduate finance degree - Durham (Finance), University of Leeds (Banking and Finance), and BAYES (Investment and Financial Risk Management).

I've heard that Durham is a strong semi-target, whereas Leeds and BAYES are below Durham in terms of reputation and industry placement. What is the current industry sentiment on those universities? I know that both Durham and Leeds have highly regarded a&f courses, but obviously the reputation of the university itself is more important.

I would appreciate any advice or insights.

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zzfishstick, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would say Durham is better, then Bayes then Leeds. The advantage of Bayes is i) Live in London ii) it's a business school so it's well oiled in finance societies, events, classes, etc. Durham has the more "prestigious" name in the UK though. But living in London would be more fun.

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Durham consistently sends talent to banks such as Citi, JPM, BofA. I've seen intern classes with more Durham students than some other universities (Oxbridge e.g.). Then I would say Bayes/Cass is a very good school too, generally a semi-target, people from there do well in placements. Leeds I'd put last, it's an okay non-target, but I don't really see that many of them in the industry.

marcinw, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey, thanks for your reply. Did you go to Bayes yourself? If so, then how does placement in the industry look like? Could you tell me more about your experience there? Thanks!

lukadelic1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey im at Bayes rn, Msc Investment Management. The course is great - lots of practical application and our lecturers are generally 10/10 but icl two of them were so so shit at teaching.

In terms of career placement, its a semi-target meaning we get exposure to career events and some firms do come to Bayes for networking events etc…. Not directly recruiting but you get a chance to hear them speak and have a chat/ build relationship with them.

The alumni however is good, we have had countless events with alumni coming in that work in top BB. The career service centre is excellent.

Send a dm if you want to know more

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mo.golala, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's "Russell Group", not Russel. How about you get that first before you go around preaching like some sort of retarded Moses?

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lukadelic1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hahahaha - bingchaling doesn't have a clue. Bayes campus is in Moorgate which is a really nice and prestigious location - I think some companies come and present at Bayes just because of the location. 

bingchaling, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not for undergrad. You'll be in Northampton square majority of the time. Sorry for the misspell, didn't realise the spelling police was active on this forum!

lukadelic1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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