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  1. Dear charier Thank you for sharing your views. Someone who studies anthro (PhD) at SOAS also said that Sussex is all about development and it has virtually no reputation for anthropology per se. That was a bit shocking (if more or less exaggerated) opinion, but probably I should think of Sussex more as a centre of development studies than of anthropology, even though MA Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation is an anthropology course. I think you regard Sussex in a similar way as well. How did you decide, if any, between different schools? This is just a personal question though. Takanari
  2. Dear Carolyn Thank you for sharing your experience. I also heard someone say Uni of London schools are about mass-production, which I believe means lectures move too fast to really learn the subject. And, SOAS has no recognition outside of London? That's interesting because I thought it does have considerable recognition. May I ask about that more in detail? Which schools do you think are more recognised than SOAS? Thank you. Takanari
  3. Hi, I applied for MA in anthropology of development at SOAS, Sussex and Cambridge (MPhil in Social anthropology for Cambridge). I got offers from Sussex and SOAS, and waiting for the result from Cambridge. If given an offer for Cambridge, I would still be at a loss which one to pick out of those 3 school; I lack info, because I am Japanese and cannot go see the school and students there. In order to decide which school, I need to know: where are past MA students of SOAS (anthro of development) now and what do they do? Many of Sussex's past students are working as development practitioners, as the school's website lets know. Cambridge, on the other hand, I believe many of its past students (more than Sussex at least) are doing extended research. What about SOAS?? What do many of past students from SOAS's Anthro of Development do after completing the programme? And if you know the answer to the same question concerning Cambridge, it would be a great help for me too. Can anyone please help me? I would really appreciate it. Many thanks in advance. Takanari (I posted before and apparently no one had an answer... so I decided to ask a different question.)
  4. Hello people, Could you help me a bit if you have any experience of studying anthropology at SOAS, Sussex and/or Cambridge? I applied for taught master's degrees of anthropology of development at Sussex, Soas and Cambridge (Mphil in Social Anthropology for Cambridge). I got offers from Sussex and Soas, and hopefully will get one from Cambridge as well. However, I'm totally at a loss which of those 3 schools to choose. Each has its own strength: Sussex strongest in the specific field (anthropology of development), Soas strongest in knowledge of area studies (my specialty will be Southeast/East Asia), whereas Cambridge strongest in theoretical tradition. Which school to choose has to coordinate with my career plan, of course; I'm much interested in practical development work, which gives a good reason to choose Sussex, but at the same time I'm also strongly motivated for theoretical pursuit, which pushes me to go for Cambridge. As a middle way, I'm being tempted to choose Soas, but I'm not confident enough to make such an easy decision. After all, I want to give the first priority to how relevant a school's academic standing and faculty competence are to my academic interest. My academic interests are interrelated fields of development, post-colonialism, urbanisation/urbanism, social transformation, and globalisation. As I live in Tokyo, I can't get to have much info about each of those 3 schools, especially in terms of academic atmosphere that each school's faculty holds. Could someone who has had actual experiences please share with me your insight? Many thanks in advance. Takanari
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