Which uni for postgrad degree ? (UK - Cass, WBS, LSE)

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Hello,

I'd like to know your thoughts. I am applying for postgrad studies in the UK. My goal is to work in the banking industry (maybe in PE, HF after graduation). What uni do you prefer+recommend and if possible could you give me reasons as well?

I have offers from:
Cass Business School - MSc Finance
Warwick Business School - MSc Finance

Still waiting a reply from:
LSE - MSc Accounting & Finance

I personally do not see much difference although I prefer Cass and LSE over Warwick due to location in London. To me, the course content looks most interesting at Cass but I hear many people saying that LSE and Warwick are way better than Cass as target uni and placement rate within the banking industry.
Your thoughts or experience?

Thank you very much for your help.

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Feb 9, 2011

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Feb 9, 2011

LSE - Msc Finance and Accounting places decently into FO at banks, more in banking though than S&T. Otherwise Warwick also places fairly good into IBD however it is always difficult if you come into recruitment without any relevant internships. Cass sends people into IBD and S&T as well however I am assuming a lower percentage than the other two

Feb 9, 2011

I'm at a similar business school to the above in the UK.
IMO, you should wait for an LSE offer. If you don't get an offer with them, I'd certainly take Cass over Warwick.
You've hit the nail on the head when you said London counts - it really does.
I can't speak for the course content, but personally I think that Cass has a better reputation than Warwick, and LSE has a better rep than Cass. But beyond that, I can't really comment.

Feb 10, 2011
putcallparity:

I'm at a similar business school to the above in the UK.
IMO, you should wait for an LSE offer. If you don't get an offer with them, I'd certainly take Cass over Warwick.
You've hit the nail on the head when you said London counts - it really does.
I can't speak for the course content, but personally I think that Cass has a better reputation than Warwick, and LSE has a better rep than Cass. But beyond that, I can't really comment.

There is no way CASS has a better rep than Warwick. Warwick has a very good placement rate. Warwick vs Cass would be a tough choice if you could secure a part time work stint in London. Otherwise Id go with Warwick.

Feb 9, 2011

LSE rep is clearly best, but bear in mind that the acc&finance major at lse is not very competitive compared to master in finance and some other masters at lse, no-one outside lse knows this, but I know from lse people that they look down a bit on the acc&finance master.

That said theyll look down even more on warwick&cass so lse is still your best bet.

Feb 9, 2011

except one core course (financial reporting), you can taylor your Msc A&F and only choose corporate finance courses which are the same as those in the MFin. Basically, both are the same except the core course and the PS5,000 difference.
Who cares about what people think among LSE's students as long as you get your dream job at an IB.

Feb 10, 2011

I would take Warwick over Cass because of brand name. Both schools will land you interviews for IB as well as S&T positions. From my personal experience I have always seen more Warwick guys during Superdays than Cass students.

Feb 10, 2011

I'm doing an MSc at Warwick and work part-time in London. It's an hour on the train from Coventry into Euston. Cass isn't in the same league as Warwick. Every single bank that has a UK Analyst programme has been on campus at least once last term. Plenty of BBs have organized MandA workshops, interview prep sessions and genuinely put a huge amount of effort into Warwick recruitment.

You'd be an idiot to go to Cass, dude.

Feb 10, 2011

Thanks for all your input!

Clarkey:

I'm doing an MSc at Warwick and work part-time in London. It's an hour on the train from Coventry into Euston. Cass isn't in the same league as Warwick. Every single bank that has a UK Analyst programme has been on campus at least once last term. Plenty of BBs have organized MandA workshops, interview prep sessions and genuinely put a huge amount of effort into Warwick recruitment.

You'd be an idiot to go to Cass, dude.

This is what I heared, too. However, I heard the same from Cass.

One more thing. How advantageous is it to do the CFA at masterlevel? Warwick and Cass both have to a CFA programme partnership but LSE doesn't.

Aug 24, 2011
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