1 year master vs 2 year master with little experience?

Hi,

I am currently in the last year of my bachelors in finance and I am hesitant to whether I should apply for  one-year masters or only two-year masters. My bachelor's is from a totally unknown university which is not well ranked in any kind of way. I have been at an exchange semester at one of the top schools in Europe (think St. Gallen, Bocconi, ESSEC, HEC). My previous work experience is within consulting (not a relevant field of consulting) and the insurance industry (within advisory/sales). I have also secured an IB internship at one of the largest Nordic investment banks during the spring. My GPA is around 3,75/4,0. 

There are many good schools such as London Business School, HEC, and Oxford which offer one-year masters. However, my main concern is that my prior experience will not be enough to get a good full-time job after a one-year masters. Especially since it will be hard to gain work experience during a one-year masters. My goal is to get into investment banking in London at a top-tier firm. Do you think that pursuing a one-year master's would be a bad decision compared to pursuing a two-year master's?

The problem with two-year master's is that there are not as many top-tier schools offering a two-year program.

Thanks in advance! 

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Nov 11, 2021 - 9:41am

Hi, if your goal is to go to London. Then, the best alternative is to go to LSE (MSc in Finance) or LBS (MSc in Management, Finance specialisation). They will have the biggest reputation to recruiters and at the end of the day they are the ones that will hire you.

A two year master is interesting but since you already have a bachelor in Finance there is no point. You can always ask at LBS or LSE to do an internship.  

Overall, nothing better than a top London university to end up in London, which seems quite obvious but still :)

Good luck!! 

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