(Original post by AirRaven)
Honestly- short of Oxford, you're very much splitting hairs in terms of the universities' reputations.
For goodness' sake- for your own sake, pick whichever you might happen to decide would best suit you
as an individual.
Some courses offer better International Relations streams. Some courses offer superb
British Politics courses (York). Some courses are Development-focused (York, if you decide to take that route). Some are entirely different.
Really. Below Oxford? Reputation doesn't really matter between York, Manchester, Durham, and perhaps, at a push
Essex is absolutely unbeatable if your interests lie more in the Politics stream than anything else- their Politics department is downright brilliant. I've had friends go there who've gone on to LSE for their Postgrad.
If you're at a loss?
If you're stuck, pick York. It's wonderful.
If you're stuck, with a general predisposition towards studying International Relations Theory, take a look at Manchester
. As things were when I first applied, Manchester would have been the better choice for me in terms of IR theory stuff- I'd strongly advise you look into it properly if that's an area you're inclined to specialise in.
I can say that if you're inclined to go for either British Politics or Development Politics, York is fantastic
Honestly. The quality of the courses I've seen in those streams has been beyond belief. Genuinely excellent/
(If you're at all intereted in IR theory, give Waltz's "Theory of International Politics", ch. 6 a look- and, perhaps, J.Mearscheimer's "Tragedy of Great Power Politics" a flick through. They're genuinely unbeatable. If you're struggling to get hold of a copy of Waltz, give me a nudge- I'd be happy to throw one your way.)