University of Manchester or Bristol for IB?

I have an offer from Manchester Alliance (Bsc Intl Business, Econ and Finance w/ placement year) and one from Bristol (Bsc Econ and Finance). I've scoured the web to figure out which one's better than the other, and Bristol does place higher than Manchester in most discussions. However, the offer I hold for Manchester does include a placement year. I was wondering if that changes anything and possibly gives it an edge over Bristol when it comes to finding jobs.

Am I better off graduating from Manchester with a year of work experience or from Bristol (Which also happens to be closer to London where I would have more internship opportunities)?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Intern in HF - EquityHedge
May 1, 2022 - 9:37am

1) Being near London makes 0 difference, you do summer internships during the summer break.

2) If you want to do IB, the aim is to have a job offer before you graduate, having a year in industry but no job at the end isn't going to massively help.

Sep 9, 2022 - 7:06am
HoganDufrense, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey there. Which one did you choose? I'm on placement for AMBS IBFE right now. 

For people who come across this thread in the future, I'll give my piece on Manchester and their IBFE course for Banking. 

Only top performers from non targets will usually secure a FO IB role, but IBFE is definitely a course that gives you a better chance in doing that because of what another user mentioned. The placement in IBFE allows you to apply to banks twice. My SA applications last year were very bad, no first rounds - received one offer for Commercial Banking. But I and 3 other IBFE students secured finance placements at two companies in the top ten of the S&P 500. You can leverage this and will have more practice with interviews and will just be a much better candidate for Banking the following year. 

Manchester is not a target but does have a solid alumni network and AMBS does attract BB employers to Campus each year. It is also a target for technology roles (their ITMB course is best in class). AMBS also has great connections with banks in Manchester (Houlihan Lokey, Rothschild, BNY Mellon). e.g. Last year was the first year of the AMBS Corporate Mentorship program, where AMBS undergrads could apply for a 3 month mentorship with BNY Mellon during term time. I was on the program and some members who really leveraged the mentorship actually went to the office multiple times a week and presented to senior staff. A bit of an anecdote but does show AMBS is a bonified business school in my opinion. 

Banks on campus last year:

Goldman Sachs (Discover GS - Manchester Alumni lead networking event)

JP Morgan (Amplify Trading Program) 

Credit Suisse (ITMB Networking fair) 

BofA (ITMB Networking fair)

BNY Mellon (Structured Mentorship program with AMBS Undergrads)

Oct 19, 2022 - 12:57am
afort12, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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