BSc math

Hi,
I started my BSc in Math from Melbourne uni in 2006 and ending it in 2011.I got bullied in university and had other issues due to which my duration of BSc is 6 years.I want to become a quant in future.Should I do Honours year and get a 2.1 or should I do a MSc?I want to do Phd in future and want to work as a quant in London.Will I be safe for such a career and will I be able to get into goog job and in good uni for Phd.I will appreciate your concern.

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Nov 25, 2010 - 1:05pm

London is very competitive... and the bare minimum to work in a bank, yet alone as a quantitative analyst is 2.1 in a quantitative subject. Most employers (given the high competition for jobs) will hire mostly students who have acheived a first in a quant subject, from leading universities (imperial, lse, cass, oxford, cambridge).

You will definitely need a 2.1, and will need it also to get into any good MSc. I would suggest that you get your 2.1, and follow up with a masters in Financial Engineering at Imperial or Cass.. that should increase your chances. Also make sure to get some relevant work experience. Also, get a better story than just bullying for taking 6 years to complete a 3 year BSc degree... maybe you couldnt finance your education and had to work for 3 years, maybe you decided to travel// whatever it is it has to make you look good, not like a wimp

hope this helps :)

Nov 26, 2010 - 3:40am
Smooth_Nico:
London is very competitive... and the bare minimum to work in a bank, yet alone as a quantitative analyst is 2.1 in a quantitative subject. Most employers (given the high competition for jobs) will hire mostly students who have acheived a first in a quant subject, from leading universities (imperial, lse, cass, oxford, cambridge).

You will definitely need a 2.1, and will need it also to get into any good MSc. I would suggest that you get your 2.1, and follow up with a masters in Financial Engineering at Imperial or Cass.. that should increase your chances. Also make sure to get some relevant work experience. Also, get a better story than just bullying for taking 6 years to complete a 3 year BSc degree... maybe you couldnt finance your education and had to work for 3 years, maybe you decided to travel// whatever it is it has to make you look good, not like a wimp

hope this helps :)

I'm not trying to be pedantic here but if you give advice, make sure it's correct. To ensure your chances of getting into an IB in London are high, you need to attend: Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick or Imperial. Any school outside these top 5 are semi-targets. End of.

To be a quant, PhDs are your best bet. Don't worry too much about not achieving a 2.1 yet, as you'll be doing postgrad courses which can make up for it. I would go off and do a top MSc but without a 2.1 this will be tough. So, maybe look at Universities ouside the UK like ETH Zurich. They do entrance examinations so this should hopefully make up for it (a friend of mine had to sit these and said they are amazingly tough).

Nov 25, 2010 - 5:52pm

Ignore the first paragraph of the above post. It is a complete load of bollocks. For some bizarre reason, he has put Cass in the same sentence as Oxbridge and the LSE. To say that a quantitative degree is a fundamental requirement to enter a bank is appalling advice. Only a Cass guy could spout such shit. Although my UG was quantitative, my SA class last year was largely qualitative.

@ Smooth_Nico - why are you telling him to go to Imperial or Cass? Neither of those schools are appealing to a BB. If you are to do an MSc, it has to be at Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick or UCL.

Nov 26, 2010 - 6:31am

All three posters are lacking so much sense its hilarious

Reply no 1: Cass in that list? really? Cass is a good school but doesn't belong in a list with those

Reply no 2: It HAS to be at Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick or UCL?

Reply no 3: you NEED to attend Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick or Imperial?

So my BB FO class consisting of Exeter, Bristol, Durham, Nottingham, Manchester was a black swan?

OP, it increases your chances by a lot by going to what are considered to be the top 6 in the uK (Imperial, Warwick, LSE, Oxford, Cambridge, UCL) but by no means shuns you out of BB's.

Nov 26, 2010 - 6:46am

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Reply no 2: It HAS to be at Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick or UCL?

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When I say this, I don't mean it in the sense that it is an insurmountable pre-requisite for a BB. I mean that it has to be the best option if he is to pursue a MSc and wants to make things easier for himself (OCR opportunity). I worked on the premise that he is to choose a MSc programme and, as such, the best decision has to be to attend one of those schools.

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