LBS vs UCL vs Imperial for IB

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I have been fortunate enough to receive offers from all 3 (MiM at LBS and UCL and Wealth & Investment Management at Imperial) and need to quickly decide where is best. I want to go into investment banking. I hope to start an internship in Beijing China next week, having already received an offer but the timing might be an issue since the earliest programme begins in late August. I desperately want to do this internship because my latest work experience was in summer 2017 and this might be deemed too distant for some banks/firms.

Both UCL and Imperial are often talked about as 'targets' and almost everybody talks about LBS's prestige, even at the MSc level, so it is very hard for me to make any choice based simply on reputation. If there is a distinct difference, then please do let me know. The main pro of each option is as follows:

Imperial: Course is more directly related to Finance.
UCL: Starts in September and so grants me more time to do my M&A internship.
LBS: Has an optional 4th term which apparently allows students to apply, not only for grad schemes but also for summer analyst positions.

The question I want to ask is: what is more important for someone looking to go into Investment Banking:

a) Studying a pure finance course?
b) Possessing very recent, solid M&A experience which can be detailed and written about?
c) The chance to complete an optional 4th term and so apply for easier (?) summer internship positions rather than grad schemes?

I am in a bit of a tight spot and any and all help is much appreciated. Regarding the optional 4th term at LBS, if anybody with personal experience can offer advice, I will be very grateful.

Comments (21)

Jul 18, 2018

Where do you want to work?

If in the UK, LBS>ICL>UCL

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Jul 18, 2018

Europe/UK
Does it make a difference?

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Jul 19, 2018

I echo this, LBS > ICL > UCL

LBS wins hands down, no brainer mate

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Jul 19, 2018

I would say even more so for continental Europe where LBS is seen as the 2nd best business school in Europe(after INSEAD) due to MBA rankings

Jul 19, 2018

Thank you for the reply. I know that LBS has a great reputation, but i thought that they all had good reputations. Suprised to hear that ICL and UCL are less renowned. I had assumed that the LBS's prestige only applied to its MBA programme.

Jul 19, 2018

I went to LBS can highly recommend it. Especially if you want to work in London.

Jul 19, 2018

Great to hear from you. Did you do the MBA or an MSc programme? If the latter, then did you do take the 4th term?

Jul 28, 2018

I did the Master part time. 4th term is only for the fulltime students. Pm me if you want more info.

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Jul 28, 2018
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