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Jun 23, 2013 - 8:52am

Kind of depends on what you want to do, no?

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Jun 23, 2013 - 9:26am

You need neither for IB.

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Jun 23, 2013 - 9:45am

Just choose the school and program you like the most...

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Jun 23, 2013 - 11:21am

He is not asking if he need it or not. If he is considering to get a MSs, it is probably because he was not able to land what he wanted straight after the BSc or he did not know at that time what he wanted...
IMO, you will able to get interviews from both schools. If you are interested in Investment Banking (IBD), probably it will be easier to explain why you decided to attend a MSc in Finance program than a master which is focused on risk... I could be wrong here but I think the Risk one would be more useful if you were looking for more quant positions or risk things (credit, market risk, risk solutions, etc.)...

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Jun 23, 2013 - 11:37am

They probably mean that you don't need a MSc to get into banking but a BSc is enough...

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Jun 23, 2013 - 11:43am

I think LSE will give the OP a better chance compared to Imperial for IBD.

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Jun 23, 2013 - 12:34pm

cruel3a:
If you are interested in Investment Banking (IBD), probably it will be easier to explain why you decided to attend a MSc in Finance program than a master which is focused on risk...


I think so too.
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Jun 23, 2013 - 12:49pm

choco06:

No answer for:

which is the most prestigious please ?

I usually never answer questions with the word prestige in them but if you really want an answer, comparing LSE to Imperial is like comparing Wharton to MIT...it is pointless, some people prefer the latter and some the former.

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Jun 23, 2013 - 1:28pm

choco06:

No answer for:

which is the most prestigious please ?

Ok, trolling?

For technical and quant things Imperial (as MIT compared to Wharton). For business, by far LSE.
I mean, if it was MSc Finance at LSE vs Imperial, LSE. If it was MSc in Insurance and Risk at LSE or Imperial, Imperial...

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Jun 23, 2013 - 2:13pm

Is there any particular reason why you applied for the MSc Risk program? You are trying to get a slot in an Investment Banking graduate program, hence the LSE MSc Finance or MSc Accounting & Finance would have been the better choice. I'm not sure about the MSc Risk program since I don't have any reliable placement information about it, but I could imagine that the LSE name will still open some doors for you. School names carry a lot of weight in the city. Otherwise, some may question why you applied for a Risk program given that you are interested in IB.

The Imperial MSc Finance places plenty of people in London Banking, just as the (usual) LSE programs like MScFin and A&F.

Maybe you should clarify what position you are aiming for? IBD? Markets? "IB Risk" (like the JPM program)?

Jun 23, 2013 - 2:38pm

When you apply to LSE for MSc they make you select 2 options. I have a feeling he got ding donged for the first and Risk is his second.

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Jun 23, 2013 - 3:39pm

so Risk and Stochastics is not to good for IB this is is the conclusion ?
I'm not aiming for risk positions but font office positions,
thought that Risk and Stochastics is a quantitative degree and will help ...

Jun 23, 2013 - 7:21pm

choco06:

i aim to work in front or as a quant

I think you have to sort a lot things out before choosing the School/degree. Front is broad and you should narrow it down. Also, do you want to work as a risk quant or trading related quant?

Snootchie Bootchies
Jun 23, 2013 - 7:43pm

Trading quant,
The thing is in IB graduate you do a lot of things, 6 months within every department and then When a desk want you to work for them they pick you !
It does'nt work like that ?

Jun 24, 2013 - 3:19am

choco06:

Trading quant,

The thing is in IB graduate you do a lot of things, 6 months within every department and then When a desk want you to work for them they pick you !

It does'nt work like that ?

It depends on the bank and on the program but usually, you start with in a given department and on a given desk and you just stay there.
There are some rotation programs (Unicredit has one I think), but it is not the norm. Sometimes in back office position you may find some rotation (i.e. at Barclays you may rotate on 3 different desks in 3 years within their Finance division).

Anyway, if you don't even know if you want to be in IBD or Markets it gets quite difficult to pick the best MSc. At this point, I'd go with the MSc in Finance at Imperial since it can work for both sides.

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Apr 4, 2017 - 7:06pm

Hi,

I think it depends which area in an investment bank you want to get into.
If you want to do actual investment banking i.e. M&A, ECM etc. MSc Finance in Imperial would be better.
I looked at the Course Structure, they also do Private Equity, M&A modules which you should be able to learn financial modelling more.

If you want to become a trader, or a Quant trader, or want to work in valuation risk and models (i.e. risks of your bank's products), or market risk. Doing MSc Risk and Stochastics in LSE is better because its more quant model base and if you work for these roles, most of the time you have to use option greeks.

So it really depends whether you want to work in IBD, trading, or back office from my view.
But at the end, doing a Master does not guarantee a job in IBank, there are many other factors affecting job hunt.

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