Imperial MSc Finance and Accounting vs. ESCP MiM vs. IE MIF

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Hi all,

I currently hold offers from the ESCP MiM (two years), Imperial MSc Finance and Accounting (one year) and the Master in Finance at IE (one year). After some research on all three, I am still hesitant as to which to choose.

My goal is to end up on a leveraged finance desk in London, although wouldn't mind working in Paris.

My profile:
-22yo US
-BSc in politics and economics from a top 4 London uni with 2:1 (63) & 680 GMAT
-fluent French and English
-6 months internship within the levfin division of a small European bank in Paris (although with a solid reputation in Paris) + a couple on small internships in equity research

I'm slightly leaning towards the ESCP MiM as the two-year structure would give me time to add another internship on my CV. Although, I've been told the Imperial and IE programmes place very well in the City and have the advantage of being much more focused on the technical skills I'm trying to develop.

Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated.

Comments (12)

Jun 11, 2018

Dang those are tough choices. I'd love to see what others think. And congrats!

Just my two cents, if you're focused on London you can't do wrong with Imperial and whatever your top 4 BSc was. Though that ESCP two year structure could set you up really well if you're confident in your internship apps.

Good luck, I'd love to hear after what you chose.

Jun 11, 2018

Thanks, will post an update when I'll be making my decision.

Imperial has the better brand/rep of the three in my opinion, however, I was told I would have to be ready to hit the ground running on applications as soon as I get there in order to land the interviews I am aiming for, and I'm not sure my CV is strong enough for that yet. Same goes for IE, although Madrid for a year and the reputation of the curriculum (heard a lot of great things about it/less so about Imperial's) are factors that are also weighing on my decision.

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Jun 11, 2018

If you want to apply for SA positions in London for the 2019 class (apps opening August), you should go for ESCP, then hopefully have a FT offer after that. With a 1 year program you could also apply for Off Cycle positions in certain banks (Credit Suisse has a strong Autumn program with a good % of FT offers). You should look up on Linkedin where the alumnis are now as well!

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Jun 13, 2018

Most banks in London don't care about whether or not you're in a 1 year programme for internships. They're fine giving you an internship after you've graduated. Also OP has 6 months in Lev finance, he can apply for full time positions.

If you're goal is to work in London then go to Imperial. It saves you a year and you'll be able to apply for FT roles.

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Jun 11, 2018

Honestly your experience should be enough to help you land MM FT at least or BB internships which you can then convert there and then. In this case, I would pick Imperial.

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Jun 12, 2018

Quote this. Don't waste 2 year and such amount of money if you have Imperial in your wallet

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Jun 11, 2018

The tuition + living cost will be around the same (around EU50k total give or take). However, point taken on the duration of the programme

Jun 12, 2018

Plus ESCP will require you to spend at least a whole year (or semester, I don't remember) in one of their other Continental European campuses depending on criteria including the track/concentration you choose.

No one who has set IB goals would be willing to waste time and money partaking in such useless endeavor.

Jun 13, 2018

Definitely Imperial.

But London top 4? LSE, UCL, Imperial are the top 3. I'm assuming you went either KCL or Cass?

Jun 13, 2018

Attended one of the 3, PM if you want

Dec 28, 2018

Hey just applied to the program. Can i pm you?

Jun 11, 2018