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How my University of London degree prepared me for a master’s at LSE

For Singaporean graduate Darrell Lua, a BSc Accounting and Finance was the perfect foundation for a master's at LSE.

Written by Suraya Saleh |

Darrell Lua studied Accounting and Finance
Darrell Lua: "Accounting and Finance was my first choice because ideally I wanted to do a master’s at the LSE."

The course is not easy, but for me, the benefits of graduating outweigh any difficulties I faced along the way

The course is not easy, but for me, the benefits of graduating outweigh any difficulties I faced along the way

Studying for a University of London degree is ideal preparation for anyone who wants to work or take further study internationally. Every year, numerous graduates are accepted to do master’s degrees at top universities in the UK and around the world.

In 2016-17, more than 30 University of London graduates who studied for their degrees with the University of London International Programmes went on to do master’s degrees at LSE in London.

One of these talented graduates was Singaporean Darrell Lua, who was awarded a prestigious Khattar Scholarship to study for a Master’s in Finance and Private Equity at LSE.

Darrell begun his journey to London when he enrolled for a BSc Accounting and Finance with the University of London at SIM Global Education. One of the key reasons Darrell chose the programme was that it was academically directed by the LSE.

“Accounting and Finance was my first choice because ideally I wanted to do a master’s at the LSE,” Darrell explains. “I thought doing my Bachelor’s with the University of London in the comfort of my home would give me the advantage of studying in Singapore, and at the same time getting ready to come to London.”

“I think the most important thing for any student who wishes to graduate from the University of London is to have the determination and the willingness to learn.”

Darrell worked hard during his studies, earning a First Class degree, and achieving his goal of being accepted to a master’s at LSE.

He was both excited by the opportunity and nervous that he might not meet the standards required. Happily, he found his University of London degree had prepared him perfectly: “After coming here, I realised that the University of London programme had actually given me more than enough knowledge about the subject that I want to study. I'm glad to have taken it.”

Darrell graduated from the MSc programme with Merit in mid-2017, and is now undertaking a series of internships in Singapore to gain experience in different fields. He’s currently working as an analyst at a corporate advisory firm, and in November he will start at a private equity fund.

“The accounting skills which I picked up in my bachelor's degree were both useful in my master’s programme as well as my current workplace,” Darrell said.

“The ability to better understand the financials inside out has allowed me to gain a precise outlook of the companies I work with. This means I can offer the most suitable advice to the management in every situation I face.”

The accounting skills which I picked up in my bachelor's degree were both useful in my master’s programme as well as my current workplace.

His advice to someone considering taking a University of London degree?

“I think the most important thing for any student who wishes to graduate from the University of London is to have the determination and the willingness to learn,” Darrell said.

“The course is not easy, but for me, the benefits of graduating outweigh any difficulties I faced along the way.”

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