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Hello Everyone,

I would like to work in investment banking or trading and am having trouble in deciding between masters programs: LSE for MSc Risk and Finance and IMPERIAL for MSc in Finance. I am wondering which one would help me best in landing a trading analyst or investment banking job. LSE is more well-known than Imperial but i think a msc in finance would help me more than a msc in risk and finance.

What are your thoughts?

Comments (4)

Apr 30, 2017

Depends on what you want to do. If you you want to work in IB in the UK i would go Imperial Finance.

Risk and Finance sounds is probably better if you want quant work. They are usually similar to Financial Engineering degrees. Imperial has a great brand in the UK, probably same as LSE. However, internationally LSE is the better brand.

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May 1, 2017

I am leaning more towards the trading side, as I see myself in the future working more as a trader and in portfolio management. Hedge funds are looking more attractive. Which program do you think would be better to land a trading job at a hedge fund? and if you could please explain why.

Apr 30, 2017

I am not very familiar with the specific courses, so I can't give advice on those. Research how well regarded the courses are. Also depends on what type of Hedge fund you're aiming to end up in. For a more classic fund i recon the finance degree is better suited, unless you want a risk manager position. If it's a quant focused fund, I would look more into the risk degree.

This is based on what you learn though. Sadly, this is not what you should focus on for landing a gig. The most prestigious course is nearly always the best, and you can probably pick quant focused electives in the finance degree. Imperial is more of a engineering school if I'm not mistaken, so LSE could have better alumni/network. Another point though is that the prestige of the LSE courses vary a lot, you can get into like finance and accounting with a trash gpa, but only people in the business know the differences... Again, research which degree is more well renowned.

Jan 11, 2019