Seeking Advice: Pursuing Applied Math as a Foundation for a Finance Degree

Hello everyone,

I am currently a high school student in my final year,looking forward to pursuing an undergraduate degree in applied math in the Netherlands. I am extremely passionate about finance, and I believe that pursuing a degree in applied math before pursuing a Master's in Finance (MF) would be beneficial for me. I have a couple of questions that I would appreciate your insights on.

Firstly, do you think it is a good choice to pursue a bachelor's degree in applied math before pursuing a Master's in Finance? I believe that a strong foundation in applied math will provide me with valuable quantitative skills that will complement my interests in finance. I would love to hear your thoughts and any advice you might have.

Secondly, I am curious about the prospects of being accepted into a finance degree program at a top UK university after completing a bachelor's degree in applied math. Would having a quantitative background give me an advantage in terms of facing less competition? Additionally, would universities consider my GPA differently due to the rigorous courses I would undertake as a math student? I am interested to know if my mathematical background could potentially compensate for a lower GPA.

I am grateful for any guidance or personal experiences you can share regarding these matters. Thank you in advance for your help!

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