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    One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

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    I've posted here before but was looking to canvas some further opinions. I'm looking to apply for one year econ masters starting sept 2018 with a view to getting into a top 5 US phd programme in 2020. For financial/personal reasons I only want to do a one year programme, preferably with funding.

    With that in mind, can anyone give their thoughts on how the following programmes would rank with a view to progressing to a US phd: LSE, BGSE, UCB, Cambridge. I know LSE is probably the best but chances of funding seem remote, and I think the main thing I'm concerned about is getting top LoRs and research experience. I'm particularly interested in comparisons between BGSE and UCB.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Type of Undergrad: BA in philosophy, politics and Econ at Oxford (UK citizen)
    Undergrad GPA: 1st class, 72% and 75% in Econ modules. 15/240 in the year
    Type of Grad: I have a law school msc.
    Grad GPA: distinction
    GRE: taking it soon, expect near 170
    Math Courses: the usual required for undergrad micro and metrics
    Econ Courses: micro, macro, metrics, game theory
    Other Courses: political theory, 3 other philosophy modules
    Letters of Recommendation: probably 1 good one from my old tutor and a decent one from another tutor. Both were PhD students at the time and neither have stayed in academia. I hope to get three good ones out of my masters.
    Research Interests: finance, macro (especially dev), game theory
    Other: I have been out of uni for 4 years. 2 years of 'relevant' work experience as a corporate lawyer in a top city of London firm. Including a stint in the capital markets

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    Bump any thoughts?

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    Re: One year masters programmes for top US PhDs

    LSE's Econometrics and Mathematical Economics has consistently produced top-notch U.S. PhD placements across all top 10 universities in previous years. It is often regarded as the best master's degree in Europe for Econ PhD. Though, without a solid maths perquisite, entry is almost impossible bearing in mind that they only accept very few people on this course.

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    Thanks - I should have enough maths to get in I think, but funding seems like a real issue! Not sure how many merit-based scholarships etc they have.

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