As you take a step towards your higher education, it becomes fundamental that the university that you choose gives you an enriching experience which creates the environment for autonomous studying and provide you with the skills necessary to succeed in the modern world. Your reputation as a graduate is closely linked to the reputation of the University you obtain your degree from. In particular, the ranking of the University that you choose is integral to its influence on your employability and further studies.
The article highlights insightful perspectives on the leading degree programmes of University of London (UoL) being offered at Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC) with an academic direction from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), which is ranked #2 in the world for Social Sciences and Management by the QS University Rankings 2021.
In a recent interactive webinar session organized by RIC with two eminent resource personnel from LSE – Dr. James Abdey, Associate Professorial Lecturer and Ms. Stephanie Cloots, Senior Business Development Manager; they emphasized the unmatched value that a student can earn with a UoL degree with academic direction from LSE, opening several exciting opportunities for their future.
Here are some of the interesting facts that you might want to know if you’re looking forward to pursue a prestigious world-class degree from University of London with the academic direction from LSE, one of the top ranked universities in the world.
1. What is the difference in eligibility between the degree being awarded from University of London (UoL) and the one from London School of Economics (LSE)?
- The University of London (UoL) degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes general courses under EMFSS (Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences) programmes with one of the recognized UoL Teaching Centres around the world. In contrast, a student would require a proper transfer to LSE in London for at least 2 years to receive a degree certificate from LSE.
2. Is a transfer programme to LSE available for the final year, after completing two years at RIC?
- All EMFSS students can apply for the General Course to study their final year at LSE. This is a competitive process; however, students have a wonderful opportunity to join LSE in London every year through the Summer School Programme. This option is open to all students pursuing UoL degree programmes. Moreover, RIC will guide you in every aspect on the relevant courses that a student needs to take at LSE in order to count for their EMFSS degree.
3. Upon graduation from RIC with an EMFSS degree, what is the prospect of being accepted at any university in the UK for a Master’s degree programme?
- The University of London (UoL) degree is accredited globally. Moreover, the academic direction that you get from LSE is ranked #2 in the world for Social Sciences and Management by the QS University Rankings 2021. The UK Universities are highly familiar with this qualification and the reputation of the degree itself builds a solid foundation for you to apply for the Master’s. It obviously doesn’t guarantee entry to any Master’s programme, but puts you in a strong position for your application. The value of the award is also self-evident: many of RIC graduates have obtain attractive scholarships to prestigious Universities abroad for their postgraduate (Masters and Doctoral) studies.
4. Is there a possibility to transfer from one degree to another in the second year within EMFSS programme? If so, what are the possible options?
- Anyone who wishes to transfer to a different degree in the second year has the flexibility of reviewing the options for a possible transfer within degree programmes under the Programme Regulations of LSE. Generally, Economics and Management have many similar courses with Business, Management and Economics. On the other hand, BSc in Data Science and Business Analytics degree requires some additional Mathematics courses compared to Economics and Management. However, you need to look into the modules that you took in your first year to ensure that your transfer to another degree programme is appropriately done.
5. Which degree is better: BSc in Data Science & Business Analytics or BSc in Mathematics & Economics?
- Each degree has its own value and requirement. BSc in Data Science degree is focused on statistics while BSc in Mathematics & Economics requires is based on mathematics. However, as data science is a growing field; therefore, more students tend to apply for this degree. Students still continue to pursue mathematics and economics degrees particularly if they wish to follow careers in the field of actuarial science. So, it really depends on what you want to be rather than the preference of one degree over the other.
6. For someone aiming to apply for the MSc Finance programme at the LSE right after graduation, does a quantitative degree as Data Science & Business Analytics add value to the application?
- Given the fact that LSE prefers quantitative subjects, and the MSc in Finance degrees have a lot of quantitative subjects too. Therefore, it will add value if you have done quantitative subjects, which is also mentioned in the entry requirements at LSE for the MSc Finance progamme.
With relentless effort of over 40 years, RIC has been truly dedicated in maintaining high levels of academic quality, leading us to be included among the top 5 out of 120 global teaching centers of the University of London in 2020.
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