Hello all, 

Just for some background information, I'm a year 13 student currently going through the UCAS process and I hope to go into investment banking. Here are the universities I am planning on applying to:





-Possibly St. Andrews or Manchester

Of all these universities, which one would you say would give me the best shot at a front-office role within an investment bank?

I have recently made a post similar to this one, however, I asked my centre to return my application so that I could change the universities.

Thanks for the help!

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Nov 19, 2021 - 11:59am

Without knowing the subject it's difficult. In general:

-Bath: decent semi-target with very good year in industry schemes for some courses 

-Bristol: strong general prestige but doesn't place that well into finance 

-Nottingham: same as Bath, without the year in industry though 

-Exeter: very good alumni, can help you network in, but Bath placement/finance focus probably better on the whole 

-Possibly St. Andrews or Manchester: St Andrews is the same as Exeter but on a smaller scale (and more prestigious to the lay person), Manchester is surprisingly a complete non target

Overall, Bath is your best bet if you're on a placement year course. But St Andrews is probably the most reputable out of these universities generally.

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Nov 19, 2021 - 12:24pm

Nottingham places very well, better than Bath (which still does well). You could argue that's because Notts is more diverse and has a bigger stream of diversity candidates but we won't go there. Fact is, placement figures the past couple years from Notts have been good. 

Bristol also does decently, it's definitely a semi.

I've never understood St Andrews so I won't comment.

Manchester does surprisingly well for a non-target if you're looking for a safety.

One note on placements: speaking to people who've done them, there's always a mixed verdict. Some people regret doing them. Some people found them useful but could've done without. And some people get into MS/GS/Citi/UBS with minimal competition because placement recruiting is smaller. So it really depends. It's a nice option to have though. They can interfere with SA hiring because many placements overlap with SA timelines (e.g. ending in August). You can always do final-year SAs anyway. A lot of people I know who did placements did this. This is referring to year-long placements. I know Bath also has a BBA scheme which does 6 month placements which is completely cracked because the uni has strong links and there's like no competition apart from your classmates.

Nov 19, 2021 - 12:45pm

Already looked at the courses and the only way I could get in is if I changed my personal statement and course to something more humanities-focused like philosophy which doesn't seem to have much competition. I don't think it's worth me changing the course just to get into Warwick. 

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