Cambridge Law vs Land economics vs Philosophy

Between Law, Philosophy and Land Economics, which is better for Investment Banking, Also how are LSE PPE and UCL  econ considered? 

PS: I'm an international student

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  • Analyst 2 in PE - Other
Oct 12, 2021 - 9:09am

Previous Cambridge Econ undergrad: All four courses get you the job done. Although Land Econ doesn't have the best reputation due to its past (course for rich kids managing their daddy's real estate), its IB/EB placement is on par if not higher than other humanities degrees from Cambridge.  Law's IB/EB placement number is lower because people don't aim for Finance that often. LSE PPE is a four-year degree so you might want to take that into consideration. UCL Econ is solid (top course at target).

Oct 12, 2021 - 10:08am

I would echo what the above poster has said. You will be a very strong candidate from all 4 courses - there will largely be self-selection among students (e.g. Law students more likely wanting to apply to legal positions than finance). Cambridge Law has a very heavy workload from what I hear and the course is quite intense (relative to many other Cambridge courses) so I would take that into consideration as well. LSE Econ & Philosophy is top notch, may not be on par with PPE in terms of prestige but at least there isn't the opportunity cost of an extra year of studying (+ international tuition fees) and there won't be a significant difference to you getting a job in IB. UCL Econ is a very good course with a strong pool of alumni that tend to keep in touch with/support the people in the years below.

Oct 12, 2021 - 10:58am

One last question, As for Cambridge how is  philosophy for  IB ?, Will it be worse than Law? , I ask this because I'm going to apply for PPE at oxford and also because I'm way more interested in Philosophy than law.  

Oct 12, 2021 - 11:26am

Quite frankly, I dont think your chances of getting into IB will be significantly worse if you are studying philosophy rather than Law (at Cambridge/Oxford). I know people that have studied Classics, HSPS, History, Geography (as well as the usual Econs, Mathmos, Compscis etc) make it to front office roles at the top BBs (GS/JPM/MS). There are obviously fewer of the former at these banks, but thats mostly because they A) Are not as interested in finance B) Tend not to know as much about the technicals during interviews or what banks are looking for in CVs, Cover Letters etc (rather than HR rejecting them on the basis of their course subject)

I would pick whichever subject you are more interested in. Not sure where else you are applying to and for what, but try not to apply for many different types of courses (e.g. try to keep your Personal Statement relevant to all/most of your subject choices).

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