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  1. I have received an offer from McGill, University of Toronto, and University of Edinburgh's English Masters programs. I have to accept one of the offers by the end of next week, and I would like some input from others about which school would be better and which school would be more likely to get me into a better American PhD program. McGill Pros: I received my undergraduate education from McGill and am on good terms with the professors here. I have also been offered a $1500 RA-ship with my current supervisor, should I accept. The program is two years long, which provides some benefits in that I would have more time to prepare for a PhD program and more time to work on my Masters paper. Cons: I have been living in Montreal for the past four years and some change would be nice, much as I love the city. I am also worried that perhaps it is not prestigious enough to get into a top 10 PhD program in the States. Toronto Pros: It's probably got the best English program in the country, and there's a possibility that it is better known/recognized in the States. Also lots of interesting courses. Cons: There's no thesis option, which is a big detractor for me. Edinburgh Pros: Easily has the most interesting program to me. The most interesting courses and some very interesting professors. Also this might be the most prestigious school I got accepted to, regarding English programs (opinions on this?). Cons: I've only been to Edinburgh once so I am not actually that familiar with the city, and it was gorgeous the one time I went and I adored it but it might be a lot to get settled in a new country, get to know the professors, make friends, write a paper, and apply to PhD programs. I really want to get into a good PhD program and would love some input on which school would put me in the best situation to do so.
  2. G'day everyone, I've applied to 4 M.A / MSc programmes in Philosophy: KU Leuven, Edinburgh, UCD, & Essex. I've already had offers from the two latter. I'm over in Australia so travelling back to Europe prior to making a decision will be tricky - that's where you helpful people come in Has anyone studied at any of the above? (doesn't have to be Philosophy) If so, could you offer a bit of guidance on what to expect regarding: department atmosphere, academic expectations, support from profs, size of classes, living in those cities, etc. I think I'm about to reject my Dublin offer as its $18,000 and it was always my 4th choice. Hopefully that narrows it down a bit. Please DM if I can be of any help to people in a similar situation. Cheers.
  3. Hi all, I have just been accepted to the University of Edinburgh (MSc- Environment Culture and Society) and deferred until Fall 2018. I was just wondering if anyone out there has lived in Edinburgh and knows a bit about the cost of living (monthly rent of a flat/university housing), bills, groceries, etc. I have checked Edinburgh's website, however they do not offer much in the way of the actual cost of student housing, just the fact that it is available. My wife and I will be heading over next august and just want to get an idea of how much things typically cost over there (we are from North Carolina) Thanks!
  4. Hi, I would welcome any tips or personal experiences of students who either studied/lived in London or in Edinburgh (UK). If any one has any personal information about the tiny town of St Andrews in Scotland, it'd be greatly appreciated as well. What are possible upsides vs downsides? Besides it being more expensive to live in London. I'm looking into doing both my MA and PhD somewhere in the UK so I really want to make sure that I'm choosing correctly. The MA is 1 year and PhD 3 years. Might it be cheaper to study in Scotland for the MA and then move to London for the PhD before, hopefully, starting working in London? Does anyone has any experience with living at Goodenough College in London? I would like to apply for the MA Thanks for the help!
  5. I am strongly considering applying for an MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh. Does anyone have any experience with the program or university as a whole? I got my undergraduate degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, so I am a little concerned about transitioning to a UK university, but the program seems very interesting. Also, does anyone have experience with their admissions? I have a 3.58 undergrad overall GPA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology (with distinction in my major). In addition, I have two published articles and an abstract published in the 2015 Northeast GSA conference, as well as having completed a university funded research project. Any information helps! Thank you!
  6. Hi, all! I got my BA in English at a school in the South, graduated with a 3.9 in 2015. I received a Fulbright ETAship and just returned from that to the US. In the 2014-15 application season, I applied for 8 PhDs and 4 MAs my senior year of college, and got one PhD offer, all four Masters. I then asked to defer (for Fulbright) and so was still accepted to those 4 Masters, plus another MA for the 2015-16 application season, 2016 academic year. My 2015 applications were not very impressive; I have since finished and defended my undergraduate honors thesis, presented 4 papers, spoken individually and on roundtables at several education and English conferences, gotten and completed my Fulbright grant, as well as won several other awards for my research and papers, and, additionally, have focused my research interests and statements (which were kind of all over the place). Since I want to go into a PhD but after a masters to show schools "hey look, I'm back in academia now after a year of not writing papers!", I decided to take a one-year MSc in English at Edinburgh for 2016-17. I like the program, the professors, and school a lot, and the fact that this is unfunded doesn't concern me too much, as, with a housing offer and some scholarships they've given, it's less debt than any of my funded/halfway funded offers in the US would have been, and only one year long. My question is, since 2016-17 application for PhDs will begin after only knowing my Masters professors for a couple of months in later 2016, should I wait to apply for PhDs until 2017-18 season and take another year to teach at an international or private school? (My thinking is that this would not only allow for better masters references and thesis writing samples, but also would add another dimension of international and educational experience to my resume.) Or should I go ahead and try my hand at PhD programs this coming season when I've just started my MSt? Thank you!!
  7. So here it goes. I am an American student who has been accepted into LSE and Edinburgh for MSc programs (Social Policy and Planning at LSE and Comparative Public Policy at Edinburgh). I am having a difficult time deciding between the two for a couple of reasons. LSE is more prestigious, I know this and I understand how important of a factor it is in future job prospects. I have heard however that the student experience is pretty low; students don’t get much time with professors/facilities are over crowded/good job training not great education. On the other hand I have heard that Edinburgh is less rigorous but the overall enjoyment and standard of living is higher. I also hear that you get more time with faculty. I am a very serious student and would like to move onto a PhD or think tank like positions in the future, so LSE is enticing (I am worried about job prospects after Edinburgh), but my gut tells me Edinburgh might be a better fit. Any advice would be SO HELPFUL, also if I have misunderstood things/ been misinformed please let me know. All info I have is just pieced together from hours of research.
  8. I've been working on this Personal Statement for months now and I think it's ready to go public. I know it's far from finished, so I would appreciate your critique. The University of Edinburgh is my only option for Graduate Studies at the moment, so I need an essay that will get me in! I need to present a Personal Statement and a document about "Relevant Knowledge" on the field. Each one has to have 3,500 characters or less. Please correct any grammar and punctuation errors, as I am not an English native-speaker. Thank you very much!! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Personal Statement Guidelines This should include why you feel you are qualified to enter the programme and how you think it may affect your career prospects. If you are applying for a Masters programme and your chosen programme has more than one area of specialism or theme you should indicate here which area(s) you wish to specialise in (max 3500 chars – approx. 500 words). Seeking a degree in language studies had never crossed my mind by the time I finished Secondary School. All I wanted to be was an electric bass player and songwriter, thus I set my mind on achieving so. After four semesters in one of the best music schools in Mexico, I understood that what I found most appealing was not the process of making and performing music, but the feeling people get when they listen to it. The psychological approach fascinated me, as I understood music as a language – an old passion of mine, all human beings are fluent in a non-conscious way. Even though Universidad Iberoamericana, my alma mater, could not offer a more extensive curriculum on areas pertaining to language because it is a more clinically-oriented school, I have made my way as a research-oriented student, known within the Department of Psychology because of my passion for this topic. This enthusiasm became a part of my life since my teenage years, while studying Etymology and Psychology classes in Secondary School. The fact that sounds and silences, images, and movements can be arranged in certain manners to symbolise something that might be utterly intangible is something that amazes me to this very day. By my seventh semester, I led two important research projects concerning this topic. The first is about the learning process of a second language and its ties to motivation. I am currently involved in the second –and biggest one yet: the parallel development of two languages in first generation Mexican immigrant children in New York City and the effects it has on their education. To obtain a Masters Degree in Evolution of Language and Cognition will be a massive step towards my ultimate goal, which is becoming an experienced researcher and a University Professor in language studies. It will undoubtedly complement the data I received in these topics during my undergraduate, the readings I have done, and should impulse my career in an enormous manner. Personally, I opted to look for a programme that could give me the most extensive knowledge in the areas that I am choosing to specialize in, where the most experienced and brilliant minds instruct newfound talents, and where academic life is so much better established than in Latin America. It has become evident that studying in the United Kingdom, especially in Edinburgh, is the way to go. The programme –which combines diverse areas, such as philosophy, psychology, and informatics, is the most complete among the several I have looked into. Cognitive Science and Linguistics Doctorate Programmes in American and other European Universities have failed to attract my attention the way The University of Edinburgh has. The opportunity to work with the Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit will be a cornerstone in my formation as a productive scholar in the field of language evolution, and a chance for me to give back something to the field that I love. My short-term plans after graduating include continuing my studies in a Doctoral programme (hopefully at The University of Edinburgh as well) which can give me the practical experience to go with the theoretical side of the Masters Degree. Following this, I intend to become a university professor in my home country to transmit my knowledge and to start a research group in this subject. I see myself as a prolific researcher, publishing in journals and writing my own books for the further growth of the field. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Relevant Knowledge Guidelines: This may include details of required laboratory, computer programming, specialised software packages skills or voluntary work that you have undertaken pertinent to the programme. If you have not yet finished your first degree, please tell us about the programme of study you are taking (max 3500 chars – approx. 500 words). As a last year student in Psychology, I have acquired a wide array of knowledge such as various theories of the mind, a current state of cognitive sciences, and a glimpse of theories of the evolution of language, as well as countless valuable experiences, including the opportunity to be part of several research programmes and learning from experienced professors. Because the Department of Psychology at Universidad Iberoamericana is so clinically-oriented, I have had to do some extensive reading on my own account regarding language and cognitive sciences. Among the publications I have studied are Michael Tomasello's "The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition," "Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition," and "Origins of Human Communication"; and Andy Clark's "Being There: Putting Brain, Body and World Together Again," "Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science," and "Natural Born Cyborgs." I have also done select readings by Steven Pinker, Gary Marcus, Kenny Smith, among other well-renown authors. Using the internet as a great tool for learning, I have been able to virtually attend lectures by Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, Simon Kirby, Susan Hunston, and Daniel Dennett, who talk about the evolutionary processes of language, cognition, and perception. Some pertinent knowledge and training I have undertaken also involves self-taught programming languages, such as C, Java, and Perl. During my undergraduate education I have taken the following courses, which might be relevant to the topics in the Masters Degree in Evolution of Language and Cognition: • Methodology of Research Design in Psychology • Philosophical Foundations of Psychology • Descriptive Statistics Methods • Inferential Statistics Methods • Design of Psychological Research • Qualitative Research • Language and Thought • Research Projects _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ David I. Lopez
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