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How to make a good application for UK MScMCF Programmes?

Hi there,

I have decided I would like to break into the quant world, and would appreciate some insight.

I want to apply for the following programmes for 2019/2020:

Oxford MSc Mathematical and Computational Finance
Oxford MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing

Imperial's MSc in Mathematics/Finance
LSE (MSc Fin Maths)

Firstly does anybody know why the programmes are significantly more expensive (30k) cf. to standard masters like the math modelling (10k)?? Is it because they know people wanting to be quants will be making money.

I want some advice on how to stand out, as i do not have any relevant work experience, which is something I am not sure they take into account, my grades are good from a Bsc in natural sciences where I specialised mostly in mathematics. Although I don't think I could get any good references as I did not do any projects with the mathematics department :(
Are there any books/talks/societies in London I can go to that I can mention on my applications to bolster my application, or am I wasting my time? I have never done C++, just python.

I know I need to brush up on basic maths for oxfrod as there is an admissions exercise and interview, with questions about rolles theorem and such, where I would have to look at analysis, PDEs etc.

Anyway I would appreciate some advice, I don't come from a statistics/probability background, I took mostly mathematical physics modules in my final year (quantum mechanics, quantum information, differential geometry, statistical mechanics, PDEs). So I am planning to buy some textbooks and start reading up.

But any advice would be appreciated, as I have come across this site before, when interviewing for trading positions, and people seemed very knowledgeable.
 
Firstly does anybody know why the programmes are significantly more expensive (30k) cf. to standard masters like the math modelling (10k)?? Is it because they know people wanting to be quants will be making money.
First lesson, Supply and Demand. If they Demand is high, jack-up the price.
 
First lesson, Supply and Demand. If they Demand is high, jack-up the price.
Well yes people are prepared to pay for it, it is a bit odd that at all the unis it is 30k, like they have an implicit agreement

I am not sure if it is worth 20k more than Oxford MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing.
 
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