LSE or UCL? Help!

posted
31-Jan-07, 13:26
by amiera
Avatar for amiera
posted about 13 years ago
Hey guys,

I've got accepted to Msc Global Politics at LSE and Msc International Public Policy at UCL.

I really dont know where to accept! They're both great courses...

LSE has a better reputation (although UCL is fantastic too!) but costs 12£k where as UCL costs 6£K... so if i go to LSE i'll have to get a bank loan cos they didnt offer me a graduate merit award.

so basically, in weighing the pro's and cons i really really cant make a decision. Any advice whatsoever will be appreciated...

I'm lookin to get a job ultimately for the UN, World Bank, Foreign office, defence department... something like that... don't know whether that helps..

thanks guys,

Amiera
posted
31-Jan-07, 16:18
Avatar for Cryogenics
posted about 13 years ago
Well, the decision all comes down to you. Normally you would do a course that you love and would enjoy doing. LSE and UCL and both great Unis. If finances is your main concern, then UCL would be a better choice but if you do not mind getting a loan then LSE would be the one. Personally, i do not fancy a bank loan. And if both courses appealed to me, then i would go for the offer at UCL.

I hope this helped. Feel free to tell me what you think.
posted
31-Jan-07, 16:19
Avatar for Cryogenics
posted about 13 years ago
And oh, i forgot...best wishes
posted
31-Jan-07, 16:24
Avatar for *pineapple*
posted about 13 years ago
Hiya,

I dont know if this helps, but I completed a MSc in the psychology department of UCL.

The university is just fantastic. The sheer fact of studying a postgrad degree there, opened many doors for me, including an immediate offer of an advertised ESRC PhD studentship.

I would go for UCL-but LSE is pretty good too!
posted
31-Jan-07, 16:38
edited about 30 seconds later
Avatar for Cryogenics
posted about 13 years ago
Congratulations 'pineapple' !
posted
02-Feb-07, 11:48
edited about 4 seconds later
Avatar for SixKitten
posted about 13 years ago
LSE if you can afford it - definately the place to do Politics
posted
02-Feb-07, 11:51
Avatar for SixKitten
posted about 13 years ago
PS If you really want to work for an international organisation get some actual experience with an organisation as well - there are too many politics students after those sorts of jobs that the qualification alone is not enough
posted
02-Feb-07, 16:45
edited about 14 seconds later
by amiera
Avatar for amiera
posted about 13 years ago
so... what kind of extra qualifications will i need?

xx
posted
03-Feb-07, 12:38
edited about 27 seconds later
Avatar for SixKitten
posted about 13 years ago
Like I said, you need actual experience within an organisation (work experience, internship, paid work on a project)
posted
12-Feb-07, 22:37
by jo-jo
Avatar for jo-jo
posted about 13 years ago
Hi - I'm thinking of LSE & UCL for public policy too - I really should get on with applying. Do you mind me asking what qualifications etc you had when applying - cant decide whether its worth my while to apply or not
posted
13-Feb-07, 14:06
by amiera
Avatar for amiera
posted about 13 years ago
Hey Jo-Jo.. I dont mind at all.
I'm just finishing my Bsc in Psychology predicted either a 1st or high 2;1. They dont often take cross-over students, but i've got work experience in the area and basically stated slot on my personal statement that it is def what i want ti do with my career. What are your qualifications? maybe i can help give you an idea of whether you've got a good chance?im sure you have though x
posted
13-Feb-07, 19:14
by jo-jo
Avatar for jo-jo
posted about 13 years ago
My degree is in politics - and i got a first so i should be ok on the academic side - but i dont have any work experience and thats what i'm a bit worried about
posted
13-Feb-07, 19:45
by amiera
Avatar for amiera
posted about 13 years ago
if you got a 1st in politics then you'll almost def get in... just write a passionate personal statement
posted
13-Feb-07, 22:43
by jo-jo
Avatar for jo-jo
posted about 13 years ago
Thanks - You've inspired me to get a move on and apply. Got to think up some good reasons why i want to do it now, and not just cos i want to avoid a real job!
posted
14-Feb-07, 08:08
by pea
Avatar for pea
posted about 13 years ago
Although UCL is a fantatsic university, I would go for LSE -its the best & will openmany doors for you. You'll make the money back when you graduate and get a job. Speculate to accumilate.

Postgraduate
Forum

Copyright ©2018
All rights reserved

Postgraduate Forum

Masters Degrees

PhD Opportunities

PostgraduateForum is a trading name of FindAUniversity Ltd
FindAUniversity Ltd, 77 Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RG, UK. Tel +44 (0) 114 268 4940 Fax: +44 (0) 114 268 5766