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  1. I have already read up on all the relevant posts ever posted here on this forum but I think I still could do with some more of your opinions about which school I should go for. First of all, I have already got my offer for doing master's degree from five UK universities: UCL (MA), KCL (MA), St Andrews (MLitt), Warwick (MA), Durham (MA). I plan to move on to doctoral degree--at least for the moment!--and hopefully I could do so either at Oxford or Cambridge, or any top tier universities in the States. My main interest is in Philosophy of Language and I'm also deeply interested in problems in the area of epistemic justification. (I guess you could say I'm biased towards analytic philosophy, I love ancient philosophy as well though) I haven't been able to make up my mind between UCL and St Andrews. Apparently, St A has a very strong philosophy department and some of their master's graduates had managed to get accepted to Oxbridge PhD. The only thing that puts me off accepting my offer from St A is that the surroundings of the two schools. I am quite sure that being located at the centre of the capital must be a huge plus academically as it gives you a lot more access to a raft of academic resources. But I get the impression that the philosophy department of UCL is usually considered to be less strong than that of St A, although it seems UCL's MA course is still said to be decent one. What is your view about the philosophy departments of those two schools, especially for the terminal Master's degree? And which one would you say is likely to suit my decision criteria considering my preferences? I'm comparing academic staffs info of those two unis at the moment which I guess should be my top priority to make a decision, but I really could to with your opinion or personal experience! Please share your view. Many thanks in advance.
  2. hi, i got accepted to UPenn IEDP, Vanderbilt IEPM, and i'm waiting for UCL (education and development). all three are masters. can anyone who got accepted or is a current student give some opinions about the degrees? upenn takes 1.5, vandy 2, and ucl 2 years upenn is in phily, so i think better networks? vandy is 2 years and i like this because i'm going quite directly from undergraduate but i think the network and job market might be smaller. and several ppl recommended ucl about development. i'm weighing the pros and cons about these schools right now and any advice would help! thank you in advance
  3. Hi everyone, I've applied for the cognitive science Masters at UCL London. Does anyone on the group have any input they can share on the programme? Also any inputs on whether UCL is a known university in the US specifically for psychology would be very helpful. Thanks!
  4. Hi! I have just applied to a few programs and I'm just looking for some advice to see if I have a shot I guess. Also looking for any schools in Europe besides University College London that have what I'm looking for. A little background on me, I got my Bachelor of Science Interior Design at Drexel University in Philly with a minor in Art History. I graduated with a 3.3 GPA and a pretty solid portfolio (my strong suit is definitely my renderings). For the past 2 years I have been teaching at the Community College of Philadelphia as an adjunct professor teaching AutoCAD and Intro to Architecture, Design and Construction. I kind of fell into teaching but absolutely love it and love the flexibility and freedom it gives me to be creative in my spare time. Obviously with this, I need to get my masters to continue teaching at the collegiate level. My goal is to go into Exhibit and Installation design so I have applied to a variety of different programs involving this field. Mostly, I want to get more digital design knowledge (I currently am fluent in CAD, Revit, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop, Laser Cutting and a little sketchup) but I want to learn more about 3D printing, CNC Routing which entails Rhino and 3DS Max. Mostly, I am curious if I have a shot at some of these reach schools of mine. But also if anyone has any insight into some more European Schools that have what I'm looking for it would be greatly appreciated. 1. UCLA - Design Media Arts 2. California College of the Arts - MArch (accelerated) 3. Portland State University - MArch (accelerated hopefully) 4. Pratt Institute - Digital Imaging MFA 5. UWash (Seattle) - MS Arch in Design Computing 6. UCL - MArch Design for Performance & Interaction ????? Thinking about: 1. Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam) - Studio for Immediate Spaces 2. University of Applied Science Europe (Berlin) - Media Spaces 3. London South Bank University - Digital Architecture and Robotics 4. Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam) - Interior Architecture THANKS FOR READING & HELPING!
  5. Hello Everyone. I'm an Economics undergraduate student at Università Bocconi. (going on exchange at the University of Virginia on spring 2018). My GPA is 26,7/30, but 27,5 if we concentrate on quantitative/economics subjects. I have taken the GRE (164Q, 163V, 3AW). I have sincerely outstanding academic refererences and I think I have written a very well balanced personal statement. No working experience, good IELTS and I speak fluently french, too. I know that at LSE they look a lot at the average, and that is my flaw together with the 3 at the GRE AW (however, I got 93% on verbal.) Do you think I stand any chance to be admitted to LSE's MSc in Economics and Philosophy? Talking aboutother programs, I'm lookingf at UCL and Pompeu Fabra pure economics. Any hint on these too? Thanks
  6. Hello Everyone. I'm an Economics undergraduate student at Università Bocconi. (going on exchange at the University of Virginia on spring 2018). My GPA is 26,7/30, but 27,5 if we concentrate on quantitative/economics subjects. I have taken the GRE (164Q, 163V, 3AW). I have sincerely outstanding academic refererences and I think I have written a very well balanced personal statement. No working experience, good IELTS and I speak fluently french, too. I know that at LSE they look a lot at the average, and that is my flaw together with the 3 at the GRE AW (however, I got 93% on verbal.) Do you think I stand any chance to be admitted to LSE's MSc in Economics and Philosophy? Talking aboutother programs, I'm lookingf at UCL and Pompeu Fabra pure economics. Any hint on these too? Thanks
  7. Hi, I was wondering if anyone has applied to UCL masters programs via post. I am applying offline especially because one of my referees(my previous employer) does not have any institutional email address since the company is not big enough to feel necessary to get one. And there are few more questions I would like to ask.. 1. Is there any reference form does UCL grad school require? (I've already got one from my employer and the letter is written on the company's head letter and sealed inside a company's head envelope with a signature on it) 2. Does the reference letter have to be sent directly by the referee? I am pretty anxious about this because my referee works in South Korea and would be quite bothered if I ask him to do send it internationally. If I could, I really want to send it my myself when I am in the UK 3. If I am applying via online, can I provide the referee's email address (the one stated on the webpage of the company), which is not institutional on the online application form? Thanks a lot for reading this and I hope you all have a great day
  8. I received a conditional offer from UCL for an MRes programme in Computer Science department. They asked me to submit any accepted English language test's score. My TOEFL score is R:25 S:24 L:30 W:22. My total score is above the cutoff but my writing section score is 22, which is below UCL's sectional cutoff of 24. What are my chances of receiving an unconditional offer? I dont know if I have enough time to manage to take another TOEFL test. Thank you
  9. Hi guys, I am in the middle of a crisis. I just finished my degree in journalism in London, but actually I want to study literature: I got a place for a master's degree in comparative literature at UCL, so a very good uni, but I am now thinking of refusing that and go to Lausanne and start another bachelor, in Italian, French and Spanish literature. Ultimately, I want to become a lecturer at university level. So my question is: can I still get into teaching (after a PhD), even if my bachelor is not in literature, or do I really need that qualification? Is it really worth changing? Thanks people, help in this situation is much appreciated. Peace!
  10. Hello everyone,I am currently struggling with an important decision regarding a Postgraduate programme for next year and could use some input from the Grad Café.Current situationI have been accepted to the following programs:- MSc Economics (UCL)- MSc Economics, Two Year program (LSE)and am waiting for a response (which is very likely to be positive) from:- Master of Advanced Studies in Economics (KU Leuven, Belgium)BackgroundI have a Bachelor degree in Engineering from a good university in in my home country but without that much international projection (PUC - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and I am currently finishing a MSc Statistics program at KU Leuven, Belgium, very likely with distinction. I have a strong quantitative background in Mathematics and Stats, but I lack formal knowledge in theoretical economics. My Economics knowledge comes from a lot of reading, 2 optional courses (Macro and Development Econ) and 2 Coursera MOOC's on (Principles of Macro and Micro).GoalsFor the past couple of years now, I have been doing the (surprisingly, imo) common transition from Engineering into Economics. I would like to pursue a PhD with a focus on applied econometric analysis to Development, Public Policies and Growth (if that doesn't sound too vague). I see myself working in academia, think tanks, research or policy making institutions. I have no intention of going into Finance or Consulting, or the business sector in general.Some pointsI applied to some PhD positions this year already, but was not accepted, in my opinion (just my opinion really, because no feedback was ever given), partly for lack of economic knowledge and training. In all three Unis, a good performance in the Master program is almost a guarantee to be accepted at the PhD program afterwards. However, this does not guarantee funding, so I would also apply to PhD's elsewhere (Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Wawick, other places outside the UK).Due to already having a 2-year Master program (in Stats), I originally applied to 1-year programs only, both in UCL and LSE. During my application, LSE contacted me and asked whether I would also be open to be considered for the 2-year program, to which I said yes.One thing that concerns me a little was the fact that having two two-year Master programs and a switch of fields from my original Engineering degree would make me come across as somewhat indecisive and hurt my chances in the future. I have no clue whether this is indeed a thing or it's just me being an overthinker, I would also love to hear some thoughts on that if someone has any.Any advice on my situation?Thanks a million!TL;DREngineer/Statistician seeking advice on choosing between MSc Economics at UCL, LSE (2-year) or KU Leuven as a first step to a future PhD.
  11. Hello, I am an undergraduate student in Canada and am planning on applying to UK graduate programs in International Relations in Fall (September) 2017. I wanted to ask what programs have the greatest prestige, best opportunities for careers in academia, careers in policy, and foreign service that I could receive entry into. I finished my third year with a CGPA of 3.78/4.00, have experience working in the Canadian embassy in D.C as a Trade Policy intern, worked in a Fortune 500 company, President of my university's Pre-Law Society, and was a Poli Sci instructional assistant at my university. I also have 3 solid reference letters. My top programs are: 1. The London School of Economics & Political Science - International Relations 2. University of Oxford - International Relations 3. University of Cambridge - International Relations 4. Kings College London - International Relations (War Studies Department) 5. University of Edinburgh - International Relations
  12. I am a third year student studying in a comprehensive university in Ontario, Canada. I currently possess a GPA of 10.7/12 (roughly 3.85 or 87%). I have experience working in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C, in a Fortune 500 Mutual Fund Company, and President of my school's Student Union Pre-Law Society. It has always been my dream to move to the U.K (I am a British passport holder) and continue my PhD there in the future. That being said, I wanted to know whether I am competitive for these Masters programs: 1. MA War Studies, Kings College London 2. MSc International Relations, University of Cambridge 3. MSc International Relations, The London School of Economics & Political Science Thank you for taking the time to reply! Thank you!
  13. Hi All, Decisions are hard, any insight would be greatly appreciated! A bit of background: I'm from the Midwest, got my undergrad degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and I am hoping to specialize in sustainable energy. Ultimately, I am hoping to work on multilateral sustainable energy issues. Still waiting to hear back from Oxford and LSE, but my currently these are my top choices: 1) Columbia University - MPA in Environmental Science and Policy -1 year. Obviously, Columbia is a great school with high name recognition and I assume a really great alumni network. The location is also a huge bonus in terms of career opportunities/connections during and after the program. I received fellowship funding, but even with that total costs would still be YIKES. 2) University College London - MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment - 1 year. This program is way more specific to the exact area I hope to work in. I've wanted to study and/or work in London since I was 14, so I'm way more excited about location than Columbia (sorry NYC). London would also have great career/networking opportunities. However, while I'd like to work in the UK after getting my degree, it's possible that family obligations may bring me back stateside. After doing a rough calculation of tuition + living + flights/London transport, UCL will still be several thousand cheaper than Columbia. So, the crux of the matter: I would rather be in London and the program there is a bit more suited to my interests (but am I backing myself into a corner with that?), but I'm worried about job prospects after graduation, and I don't want to shoot myself in the foot. Also, having a hard time comparing an MPA vs. and MSc - i.e. would it really make a huge difference? It seems Columbia has more name recognition than UCL, (which is a stupid thing to consider, but there it is). However, UCL ranks higher if not equally with Columbia on world rankings. Thank you for reading this short story and for any insight you have!
  14. Hi everyone! I just received offers to study a Msc in Public Health at UCL, ICL, and LSHTM and am having trouble choosing which school to commit to. I live in the states (though am a UK citizen) and want to learn more about the reputations of the schools, as well as how each programme is unique. Are there strong alumni networks at particular schools? I would love any insight folks might have- I'm sure there are plenty others who are coming up against similar roadblocks in their research on schools. Many thanks!
  15. 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!
  16. Hi all, I got two interview invitations - one for the UCL neuroscience program (interview next week) and the second for MIT brain and cognition (mid-March). UCL made it clear that in case they offer me a place they want an answer within 10 days. Independently, my MIT PoI contacted me to ask if I had any ideas following a talk that he recently gave and I attended. I asked him if it was possible to arrange a Skype meeting before my interview in London and he gave a diplomatic answer along the lines of "I don't want to stand in the way of your best offer". We continued to email a little about research before he asked who were my PoI-s at UCL, and suggested to arrange a skype interview with "MIT folks" prior to my interview. I answered both questions, saying that skype interviews sound like a good idea. This happened 5 days ago, and he never answered back. Our communication before this email was very short and fast. I emailed him a short reminder two days ago, but still no answer. I'm freaking out a little, and wanted to share and ask if there's something I might be missing here. Thanks, TanZor
  17. I was intending on going to Lund University's Masters in International Development and Management, but two weeks ago I got a late acceptance from UCL's Environment and Sustainable Development Program. I'm having a lot of trouble deciding because I'm not super sure how consultancies, development organizations, or multilaterals think in terms of hiring. So far two professors in related fields (development econ and urban planning for low-income countries) have recommended UCL flat out. People I knew who worked in UNDP and UNEP both told me to go for the highest brand value due to how competitive the field can be. That being said, I feel a bit risk adverse because while Lund teaches project management techniques, data analysis and SPSS, ArcGIS, and ensures a three month internship as part of the course structure, UCL only briefly touches on mapping applications and has a heavier policy and case study emphasis. It seems though that I'm choosing between more skill development with Lund and better name recognition and networking opportunities with UCL, and it's hard to determine what will matter more. UCL is the same overall price (though carried in one year), and has the slight advantage of pushing me back into the job market earlier, meaning I can start paying down student loans sooner. Looking for insight!
  18. Hi All, I am from Pakistan and planning to do my masters in International Education Policy/Development. I have applied to various programs and scholarships over the past couple of years including one MPA AND MPP program. My story is pretty much summed up in the image. While I am still waiting to hear from Fulbright, university scholarships from UPENN, Kings and UCL; I need to be clear about what I should do if I don't get any of that. UPENN is like a dream school but even with 10,000 grant, I will need to take at least 80,000 dollars in loan. I wanted to know if its worth it? Cause if I take loan, I would need to stay back in US and pay back my loan as salaries aren't great in Pakistan in the development sector. I also got into International Education program in North Carolina Chapel Hill and my brother also lives there which will save living expense, but I do not like that program at all. I have an option to go to Kings in London (and possibly UCL as my application is at the last stage). It will cost me 22,000 dollars but there isn't any option that I can find where International students can take loan. My sister lives in London and she can co-sign it as well. I have almost four years of experience in the Education sector in Pakistan and waiting another year for Masters will neither help me save more money nor improve my chances for scholarships. I have already become insane because of all this anxiety of hearing from scholarships, so I would really appreciate some suggestions. In this situation, what would you guys recommend? SHould I take loan and go to UPENN? Is there a way I can fund my education at Kings? Or should I wait for next year and apply to HGSE's IEP (my dream program) which costs less than UPENN and some good state universities in US? Thanks, FT
  19. Hi there, I received offers from both King's College London and University College London for a MA in philosophy. I'm wondering if anyone knows about either program (or both) would share some opinions. What is the strength of either department? What are the academic and social environments like at KCL or UCL? Many thanks!
  20. Any advice you can give would be much appreciated! I have a very tough choice ahead of me. -Cambridge MPhil in International Relations and Politics. -Fulbright for Sciences Po Paris, with LSE the following year (dual degree). -Oxford MPhil in International Relations -Others: LSE MSc in IPE on its own (1 year), PSIA International Public Management on its own (Fulbright first year, second year much less expensive than if I did the LSE dual degree but less impressive/wouldn't open doors in London), UCL Masters in International Public Policy, SAIS Bologna/DC (offered no money), SIPA MIA (offered no money)
  21. Hi all, I've recently been accepted into two graduate linguistics programs - the M.Phil. at Trinity College Dublin and the M.A. at University College London. I'm excited at the prospect of attending either school, but I'm wondering if anyone out there in the world has any insider information about these programs or institutions? I'm interested in joining a tight-knit community (advantage: TCD), but my research interests lie in sociophonetics (advantage: UCL). Any thoughts?
  22. I thought everyone who's been accepted to UCL can post on here, maybe stating if they'll be attending, the program they applied to, where they're from and what school they went to, and what their interests are.
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