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  1. Given that funding is uncertain at every stage in the UK, what are the odds of continuing onto a funded PhD/DPhil in Oxbridge after MPhil? How many students in social/cultural anthropology convert successfully and how many of them secure full funding? If they don't get a satisfactory offer at Oxbridge or in the UK, what's the next best option? US anthro PhDs typically take 7-8 years over 3 in the UK, so is it a good option? Also, how are Oxbridge MPhils seen by US adcomms in sociocultural anthro? Alternately, what are other good places to do a PhD? Leiden, ANU etc. What's the pr
  2. What is the academic job market for Anthropology PhDs really like? How bad is it really? What do you do if you don't get a job? What is the situation in the different subfields? What about tier 1 universities in USA/UK? And what about lower ranked ones? Also, is there anybody here from India who has experienced the job search at home, whether they are trained here or abroad? I do not mean to snoop. I am considering grad school and finally an academic career in the social sciences, but I am trying to figure out exactly what I should go for. I find whatever little anthropology I k
  3. Thanks a lot, @sociopolitic. I am actually not bothered much by whether I find a placement/job in an economics department or pol sci or sociology. What matters is that (a) I should have a job(!), and (b) I should be doing research I am interested in. Going by what you said, I realize economics may not be the best option if they have eliminated qualitative reasoning entirely. "You'll also probably have trouble on the soc market with training in economics, as it's less likely that you'll be able to frame your work in a way that interests both quantitative and qualitative scholars." Do you m
  4. @staylite, thanks for bringing Harris MAPSS to my notice! I'll check that out as well. Do you know about the funding scenario for MAPSS?
  5. Thanks @sandmoon, and sorry for the late reply. First of all, I am 100% sure I do not want an industry job, at least a corporate job. I am very keen on research, preferable in academia. If that doesn't work out, I could settle with something like, say, a World Bank job (at the higher end) that involves research which is not too narrow. I am actually interested in topics and problems that require some qualitative work. I would like to decide where to RA based on what fields I want to pursue later. That's why I wish to know what fields are open to me with the EME MSc, and I shall
  6. Thanks @sociopolitic. Sorry for the late reply; I was away someplace with weak internet. About the discipline where I will fit, I am definitely sure I do not want to be restricted by the extremely narrow and mathematical nature of economics. I would definitely want to have a strong qualitative component (if it says anything, I enjoy reading social anthropology a lot). The reason I am considering economics at the Masters level are: 1. My BSc-MSc in physics, so I stand a good chance of getting into Econ programs, probably not pol sci or soc. 2. I am not fully sure of the field, so
  7. Hi, I'd like some advice regarding decisions regarding graduate study. I will graduate in Physics from a university in India, and I wish to shift to social science, particularly econ/pol sci/quant sociology etc., where I can use quantitative methods but also have qualitative and philosophical arguments. I received admission to the Econometrics and Mathematical Economics MSc (10 months) at the London School of Economics, which is one of the best as far as I know if one intends to get into a top US PhD in Econ. I would however, prefer to be at the intersection econ and pol sci, or mayb
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