UK Investment Banking Targets

I was going through wso and came across this list of UK target Universities for IB as ill be applying to uni this year I just wanna make sure that this list is accurate and help out the other monkeys looking to apply to uni as well. 

Top Target: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE

Target: UCL, Warwick and Imperial

Top semi-target: Durham

Semi-target: Bristol, Nottingham, KCL, Edinburgh, Bath, Exeter and St Andrews

Prominent non-target: Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, York, Cass and Loughborough

If anyone could verify this it would be very helpful

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Oct 11, 2021 - 5:30am

There's no semi-target in the UK, at the undergrad level targets are

Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick, Imperial, UCL

And at the postgrad level targets are

LBS, LSE, Imperial

Oct 11, 2021 - 7:22am


Oxbridge, LSE, Imperial, UCL


Warwick > Durham, Nottingham, Exeter, Bristol

If you're not a diversity candidate, I'd very much try to get into one of the targets. Recruits from semi-targets are almost always diversity, with the exception of Warwick.

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Oct 11, 2021 - 10:26am

I would even say that Imperial and UCL are semi-targets concerning finance jobs. Their business schools are really recent and do not place as high as LSE or LBS (for graduate level). For STEM related degrees they are though.

Oct 11, 2021 - 11:21am

I agree I should have been more precise. LBS is a target for postgrad (as they only do that) while LSE I would say both (undergrad and postgraduate). UCL and Imperial are targets at undergrad level. 

Oct 11, 2021 - 11:25am

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