Is Kings College London a good institution for Investment Banking?

Aside from LSE, which are the best Unis for Finance or Finance and Accounting in the UK? Because KCL is actually ranked 34th in the world, so it seems quite good. (As an international student I want to study in the UK)

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 1, 2021 - 9:54am

I mean it's not bad, but you'd be better off at Oxbridge (obviously), LSE, UCL, or even Warwick. Afaik, Kings is better for law which probably explains that ranking.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 1, 2021 - 11:58am

Pretty sure econ is more respected of a degree in the UK, do with that what you will. Wanting to enjoy your degree is definitely understandable, but I wouldn't say it's a good reason to turn down an Oxbridge level school, assuming you got in.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Nov 1, 2021 - 10:03am

Mid-tier semi-target IMO. A counterargument to this might be "oh but x amount of KCL students work at xy banks", but the truth is that a lot more people at KCL want to do IB compared to some of the other semi-targets so the chance of breaking in is therefore lower regardless of how many students place

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 1, 2021 - 11:59am

It's still harder just because there are more people fighting for a similar number of seats. Just a greater magnitude of competition across the board.

Nov 1, 2021 - 10:40am

Link by Pan European Monkey is useful. Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, UCL, Warwick are the UK targets. KCL is a semi-target but behind Durham and Edinburgh (and I'd argue others like Bath too due to industrial placements).

KCL has very good international students and not great home students. Better reputation outside the UK than inside precisely due to those rankings and prestigious sounding name, but big gap between Imperial/LSE/UCL and KCL as the London unis go. 

Nov 1, 2021 - 11:51am

Interesting. Yeah I have heard a lot about Kings and their focus on International students, a lot of them kind of go there from around the world to get "closer" To the City of London. One question UCL and Imperial don't offer finance, and I would have to apply for economics, and I'm not going to perform as good as in finance I suppose, so which would be better, having great grades in a Semi-target, or having normal, even not that great grades in a target like UCL. (just because Economics is way more math heavy than finance)

  • Intern in S&T - FI
Nov 4, 2021 - 1:11pm

absolute joke comparing it to city, at my BB there were as many kcl interns as warwick interns across IBD and S&T, 0 interns from city. In terms of target status (just UK unis) it was LSE>> Oxford > Cambridge > Durham > Ucl. Exeter also has good placement. no point commenting if you're in consulting you would have 0 idea

  • Associate 2 in Consulting
Nov 4, 2021 - 2:39pm

Honestly it doesn't matter because if you're not at Oxbridge LSE imperial UCL or Warwick you're doing something wrong. 

All the others are a step below. It's not like USA where it's excusable to go to non target since you might get serious price discount / scholarship. 

Anyway, thanks for your opinion intern, given you're massively broad experience of the working world. 

  • Intern in S&T - FI
Nov 4, 2021 - 4:19pm

I'm an analyst asshole, excuse me for not updating my tag. And yes Oxbridge is a better school than LSE, but LSE has the best placement. In absolute numbers LSE, Imperial, Oxford in that order. Rest of unis had maybe 2 representing each uni. 0 from city. Don't even know of any analysts from city at the bank. Bye

  • Associate 2 in Consulting
Nov 4, 2021 - 4:21pm

I don't care if you're an intern or an analyst, still a kid. 

Why are you so wound up? KCL is shot. City is shit. I don't care if one is less shit than the other.

At end of day plenty of semi targets better than them if you're not smart enough to get into a good uni. 

  • Intern in S&T - FI
Nov 5, 2021 - 11:26am

Yes obviously they are both not top unis but if someone chose City over unis like notts, bath, or kcl, they're shooting themselves in the foot. Banks, despite having targets, are less target focused than top consultancies. somewhere like S& will hire 15 ft from just oxbridge and imperial despite having a worse brand name and pay than all BBs and EBs

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  • Associate 2 in Consulting
Nov 5, 2021 - 11:33am

100% agree on notts and bath and didn't even suggest that but from memory (and I'm quite a few years removed from uni and did econ) KCL had similar grade req. to bath / notts whilst city had lower back in my day it seemed like a very career oriented A&F uni for people who didn't get into something top 10....with lower grade it would have made an ok choice as #5 spot UCAS for fall back (unless you're confident enough to have all choices with 3a/a* entry req). 

But look with all this grade inflation it's difficult to tell what's going on to an extent. I've seen so many people with eg grammar school / private school backgrounds having 100% a-a* gsce and 4+ A/a* a levels going to do Econ at places like Birmingham, exeter, Surrey etc...which has me completely confused and a bit of an awkward thing to ask about out of curiosity in casual setting 

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Nov 7, 2021 - 4:43pm

KCL Grad here (not diversity): I work in IB, M&A at an American IBank in London. It's definitely possible to attain BBs/EBs from KCL, as long as you prepare and ace interviews. 

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Nov 7, 2021 - 5:17pm

how many people (approximately) from your year were recruiting for ib? from what i've heard it's very competitive with only a few seats available for KCL students

  • Assistant PM in AM - FI
Nov 7, 2021 - 5:57pm

Take it from me, the question is mute, you never truly know the sheer numbers of the amount of people recruiting. Not everyone recruiting talks about it and not everyday recruiting are in Finance societies so the question is truly unanswerable

Nov 9, 2021 - 7:55am

Glad to hear that! Yeah I'm buying courses, watching videos, etc... to prepare correctly for the interviews at IB. As KCl is in london, you do hav exposure to the city.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 9, 2021 - 12:09am

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