I didn't know that I should've posted on this forum, as I have posted with literally the same content on another forum. So sorry for the duplicate!
Hey guys I am gonna apply next year but the thing is I have like no idea where to go from now. Just wondering if you guys can give me any advice on that please? Many Thanks!
Type of Undergrad: UCL BSc Mathematics with Economics, Top 5 UK and Top 3 UK for Economics, graduation June 2020
GPA: 80+, First class honours
GRE: 164 V/ 168 Q/ 4.5 AW
Maths Courses: Analysis 1 and 2 (Sequences, Series, Continuous Functions, Differentiation, Riemann Integrations)
Complex Analysis (Analysis 3), Real Analysis (Baby Rudin, Metric and Topological Spaces, Compactness, Continuity, ODEs）
Measure Theory (To be taken) Measure Theoretic Probability (To be taken) Functional Analysis (To be taken)
Methods 1 (Think US calculus 1) Methods 2 (Think Calculus 2/3 + Intro to Python) Methods 3 (Vector Calculus, Fourier Series, Calculus of Variation)
Computational Methods (Numerical Techniques in numerical linear algebra, and the design, implementation and analysis of relevant algorithms, based on Python). I plan to take one or two further modules in that direction.
Economics Course: Economics Combined Studies 1 (Intro and Intermediate Micro/Macro) (Full Year), Economics Combined Studies 2 (Intermediate Micro/Macro with the Micro portion based on Varian's Microeconomic Analysis).
Research Experience: This would be the place that I am currently working on. I plan to do a thesis in Economics next academic year (full year). I have published two blog posts and one articles in UCL economics tribune, a peer reviewed Economics journal unknown internationally. I will also work in a research placement with an internationally well-known prof in Shanghai, China, in a top Chinese school.
Recs: None of yet. I plan to get a rec from econ dissertation, a rec from the prof I would work with and a rec from a maths prof i will be working with in the third year.
That is all for now, I would greatly appreciate it if you guys can provide some suggestions on the ways I can improve my profile. Thanks much!
I think you should work on maybe trying to get a research assistantship for a year or so before applying for PhD programs, or you could do a Masters at LSE/UCL/Oxford/Cambridge etc to further strengthen your application and give you more time to get useful references.
With your grades though, I think you would be competitive for the top 10.
You might want to take some more econ courses... econometrics? some field courses? do you have areas within economics you're interested in doing research in? but your math prep is superb... I think your research in Shanghai coming up will be very helpful if you can narrow down your research interests and combine it with some experience or at least familiarity? It might also help to know either Stata or R too, not just Python, since those are much more commonly used by economists in practice to the best of my understanding.
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