global_nomad Posted February 27, 2011 Share Posted February 27, 2011 Hi All, I'm looking for some advice: I have three acceptances so far. Two are from the most prestigious schools in the UK on Masters courses (not news on funding from either). The third is for a PhD in the US with funding (tied to a TA of 15 hours a week). The US school is an excellent research match with me and I'd have a supervisor highly regarded in the field, with good feedback from her current grads and whose projects really inspire me, BUT the school does not have a prestigious reputation. I only have two weeks to make a decision!!! Things are more complicated because I am a Brit who has been living overseas for some years and I'm unlikely to be able to visit any of the schools to get a feel for the places (although I did my undergrad at one of the UK ones). I also have a husband to add into the mix (visa dramas) and neither of us are keen on staying in the UK long-term (eg to stay on for the PhD). I don't think I'll be able to get a decision on funding from the UK within the US timescale, so in trying to weigh up my options I'd love some thoughts on: Prestige vs fitIs 15hrs TA a bit heavy in grad school?combined vs separate MA and PhD coursesIn terms of getting an academic/research job after the PhD, would an employer pay any attention to the MA institution, if I had done the PhD elsewhere? My gut is saying the US option, but would I be mad to turn down the other schools with that kind of international reputation??? Thank you for any help you can give. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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