University Of St. Andrews experience? Opinions?

I spoke with a friend who suggested me if the application to the tier1 uni in London (LSE,UCL,Imperial, LBS) will not work. I have seen the website and the placement, over the programs.. look nice!
In other forum I have seen St.Andrews > Warwick/Kings etc.
Suggestions?
For MSc Finance and a BB future career

 

St Andrews is somewhat called the Oxford of the Scotland. Still keep in mind a fact that St Andrews is just a small Uni Town and it will be hard for you to adjust if you are from a big city.St Andrews is somewhat a Semi Target Uni for the Investment Banks. while Warwick is a target Uni. I would say that Networking is the key to get into BB and it will be better if you are from Kings (As its in London) but still Its all upto you.

I would say Warwick>St Andrews>Kings in terms of rep in UK and it drastically changes if you go outside EU due to the name of University of London, So it depends on where you wanna work as well.

Good Luck

 

St. Andrews won't give you a leg up in finance. It's simply seen as a "good" university, nothing less nothing more. The only UK "targets" if you will are:

Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick and Imperial. No particular order.

Outside of that you have a tail of good universities that don't give you a massive leg up but will not weigh you down either. This is stuff like Bristol, Durham, York, Nottingham, St. Andrews, Edinburgh etc.

 

For MSc, unless your credentials really aren't good/decent, you should definitely get offers from Warwick and Imperial, especially for Finance orientated subjects. LSE is also not difficult for certain less competitive MSc subjects. Of course, I have no idea about your credentials / background / grades etc., but generally everyone tends to make it sound as if it's incredibly difficult to get into some of those universities. As an example, LSE has so many degrees on offer at MSc so if you do some digging you can very quickly understand which ones aren't really too competitive if all you're after is the branding for future hiring.

Bocconi's good, but I personally wouldn't go outside of the UK for a London career if I'm honest. Do see some Bocconi people, but not too many. Way fewer from Rotterdam or SSE. In short, I'd say go after the Top 5 names and you'll definitely land an offer, especially Warwick / Imperial for their Management / Finance / Economics degrees.

 
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Steve Castle:
TheFamousTrader:

For MSc, unless your credentials really aren't good/decent, you should definitely get offers from Warwick and Imperial, especially for Finance orientated subjects. LSE is also not difficult for certain less competitive MSc subjects. Of course, I have no idea about your credentials / background / grades etc., but generally everyone tends to make it sound as if it's incredibly difficult to get into some of those universities. As an example, LSE has so many degrees on offer at MSc so if you do some digging you can very quickly understand which ones aren't really too competitive if all you're after is the branding for future hiring.

Bocconi's good, but I personally wouldn't go outside of the UK for a London career if I'm honest. Do see some Bocconi people, but not too many. Way fewer from Rotterdam or SSE. In short, I'd say go after the Top 5 names and you'll definitely land an offer, especially Warwick / Imperial for their Management / Finance / Economics degrees.

Great answer! Thanks @TheFamousTrader ..Anyway I'm 22 yrs old, will graduate in December from top 10 Italian uni (but public) with 2:1.
Studied 3 months in London for take the IELTS.
When I'll be graduate I will do an internship (I have proposals from EY, BDO etc.) and take the GMAT (hope to obtain >650). So I will wait 8 months from graduation to start the MsC.
Is good profile? I know it will depend mostly from the GMAT

Not sure what are the requirements if you come from non-UK universities but getting into Warwick/Imperial from another UK university (regardless of where it's "ranked") a 2.1 is plenty sufficient. You need to remember that some of these programmes are created as additional income and they just want to collect as much money as they can, so competition is not too stiff at new business schools like Imperial or at Warwick where it's very competitive for UG but not so much at masters level.

GMAT of >650 should be fine for non-Oxbridge/LSE. Having said that, I have no knowledge what's the average class GMAT, but I guess if we take Oxford's MFE programe as a proxy for the upper end, their latest class had an average of 734 for the GMAT. This shouldn't scare you though as that's definitely top end, complete guess / stab in the dark but I'd be amazed if Warwick's programmes amount to more than a 650 GMAT average.

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