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    Hello there,

    I got an offer for Media & Communications today! Are there people who are on that programme or wanting to do it?
    How do you like it?

    Thanks a lot!
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    Hi Jacob,
    Ive applied for the MA Political Communications. Still waiting for a response! As Im an international student do you have any feedback on the uni etc that would be good to know besides whats published?

    Thanks!
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    Cool, so at least we would be at the same department

    Unfortunately I am an international student myself, so I haven't had the chance to visit goldsmiths..I hope some people who are at Goldsmiths will reply to the thread..

    Where, if I may ask, are you from?
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    Thats brilliant -- good to know!

    Sigh to be honest am struggling with the idea of studying in the city as I live and work in one and travel alot so was looking forward to a nice quiet campus. Unfortunately I might not have a choice with my course.

    Sunny tropical Malaysia. And yourself? :-)
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    Hi!
    I got an offer from Goldsmiths for MA Media and Communications! I think I'll most probably take it! I'm really confused between this and Warwick- MA International Design and Communication Management! Do you have any idea about the course? Have you confirmed Goldsmiths?
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    Hola irashahra
    Im not sure about Warwick but from the sounds of it doesnt seem to be purely communications based for the media industry. In terms of ratings and rankings Goldsmiths is above Warwick though and highly regarded so FYI.

    Ive decided to decline Goldsmiths, Ive been accepted at SOAS. JacobJ is now visiting Goldsmiths to see if it suits. Think he will confirm.
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    Hmmm! K I'm pretty confused but think I'll confirm Goldsmiths! Let's see
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    Well no reason to be confused. Just do a module and syllabus comparison. If you still dont get it then I suggest speaking to admissions from Warwick or the programme director.

    Otherwise congratulations on Goldsmiths!
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    (Original post by irashara)
    Hi!
    I got an offer from Goldsmiths for MA Media and Communications! I think I'll most probably take it! I'm really confused between this and Warwick- MA International Design and Communication Management! Do you have any idea about the course? Have you confirmed Goldsmiths?
    My advice would be to visit Warwick and ask them for more info if you're confused. Goldsmiths' media department is good but not as good as I had imagined.
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    (Original post by reddevilleanne)
    My advice would be to visit Warwick and ask them for more info if you're confused. Goldsmiths' media department is good but not as good as I had imagined.
    Yeah that would be great, but the only thing is I'm in India! So can't visit! Why do you say Goldsmiths' media department is not good though? can you give me some reasons? would help!Thanks!
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    (Original post by reddevilleanne)
    My advice would be to visit Warwick and ask them for more info if you're confused. Goldsmiths' media department is good but not as good as I had imagined.
    Really?? Do tell us why you think so? This is why I love student forums..all the creepy crawlies come out of the woodwork
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    hey Cap'chaos what program are you going for at SOAS? I have an offer for Ma in Global media and Postnational Communication but haven't firmed it as yet. Do you have any info bout how good/bad/relevant the program is in UK and outside and also the job prospects. I also have offers from Uni of Leeds for Ma in International communication and Warwick for Ma in Creative and Media Enterprises. Really confused bout where to go...it'l be really great if you or anyone else could get back with any info on SOAS and the rest.
    Thanks for the help.
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    Hi Riya05
    I've been accepted to do an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS. I also did apply several others like Goldsmiths and Leeds and was accepted - MA in Political Comm.

    Well I cant tell you much about the specific programme you applied for at SOAS (had a look at it before I applied but I wasnt keen on the modules) it very plainly states that its an MA studying the effects of new media, how it is exploding and changing cultures in developing countries, how politics is represented in the media etc etc.

    SOAS has an excellent international reputation producing quality graduates with most NGOs, think tanks, gov. agencies, the UN etc etc. Given their original premise when they began was to train British diplomats for their foreign postings they have evolved into a small specialist university that has criticial understanding of languages and of the Asian and African regions. They are often consulted for help by several foreign governments as well as the British gov.

    I think firstly you have to ask yourself:-

    1) What do I intend to do with my MA? Is it so I can use it in my career, gain a better understanding of specific areas I have interest in? Change jobs (this of course if youve been in the job market)

    2) Why did you apply to those specific universities? In terms of rankings (if you follow them) Leeds and Warwick surpass SOAS for media and communication studies given this isnt SOAS's speciality. Both Leeds and Warwick are excellent in their own right, but again it depends on your interest and what you intend to do with yourself post the MA. Looking at what you've been accepted for, all 3 MA's a very different.

    3) In terms of job prospects, again all are good universities. SOAS highly rated for its political background and the other 2 for their media.

    4) Do you aim to gain employment within specific media routes i.e. work for an international broadcaster, newspaper, public affairs etc?

    5) Pros and cons of each university varies, also SOAS is in central London. The other 2 arent.

    6) How are these programmes assessed? Coursework or exams? If you do well in both then its not a worry but if you prefer merely coursework then SOAS isnt the place as they do have exams.

    So if you can answer the above questions and think about what YOU want to do with yourself (given you are an international student, fees are the same although SOAS is slightly more expensive as is living in London) you'll find it so much easier to make up your mind.

    You'd need to hurry because you'll have to start applying for your student visa and get your finances in order etc. I hope this helped somewhat and I wish you luck!
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    (Original post by Cpt_Chaos)
    Hi Riya05
    I've been accepted to do an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS. I also did apply several others like Goldsmiths and Leeds and was accepted - MA in Political Comm.

    Well I cant tell you much about the specific programme you applied for at SOAS (had a look at it before I applied but I wasnt keen on the modules) it very plainly states that its an MA studying the effects of new media, how it is exploding and changing cultures in developing countries, how politics is represented in the media etc etc.

    SOAS has an excellent international reputation producing quality graduates with most NGOs, think tanks, gov. agencies, the UN etc etc. Given their original premise when they began was to train British diplomats for their foreign postings they have evolved into a small specialist university that has criticial understanding of languages and of the Asian and African regions. They are often consulted for help by several foreign governments as well as the British gov.

    I think firstly you have to ask yourself:-

    1) What do I intend to do with my MA? Is it so I can use it in my career, gain a better understanding of specific areas I have interest in? Change jobs (this of course if youve been in the job market)

    2) Why did you apply to those specific universities? In terms of rankings (if you follow them) Leeds and Warwick surpass SOAS for media and communication studies given this isnt SOAS's speciality. Both Leeds and Warwick are excellent in their own right, but again it depends on your interest and what you intend to do with yourself post the MA. Looking at what you've been accepted for, all 3 MA's a very different.

    3) In terms of job prospects, again all are good universities. SOAS highly rated for its political background and the other 2 for their media.

    4) Do you aim to gain employment within specific media routes i.e. work for an international broadcaster, newspaper, public affairs etc?

    5) Pros and cons of each university varies, also SOAS is in central London. The other 2 arent.

    6) How are these programmes assessed? Coursework or exams? If you do well in both then its not a worry but if you prefer merely coursework then SOAS isnt the place as they do have exams.

    So if you can answer the above questions and think about what YOU want to do with yourself (given you are an international student, fees are the same although SOAS is slightly more expensive as is living in London) you'll find it so much easier to make up your mind.



    hey CPT

    You'd need to hurry because you'll have to start applying for your student visa and get your finances in order etc. I hope this helped somewhat and I wish you luck!
    hey cpt_chaos,
    thanks for the help. But I still can't figure how the media programmes are at SOAS. Finally contemplating between SOAS and Leeds. The modules are almost similar except SOAS jargonises it in the overview. I am from an advertising background and looking for a total change. Leeds also has a 50% weightage on exams in the first sem so I guess thats no a point of difference. However, I am leaning towards Leeds, only cos I have no info on SOAS and have to make a choice soon but then SOAS?!
    Anyway thanks for the help take care.
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    I think then you've made a better choice for yourself given advertising and media gel more than jumping into a comms degree leaning towards politics. Also note that as Ive said before media isnt SOAS's strong suit. That is more Goldsmiths / Leeds / Warwick.

    Plus if you dont really know much about the university then by all means go with what you DO know. But if you still want more info then I would suggest you speak to the international officer representing your country at SOAS. They are usually very prompt and quick to give advise.

    Hope it works out for you. Best.
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    I'm on the Transnational Communications and Global Media MA for September. Coming from California. Can't wait for some true winter weather.
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    Congratulations! Brace yourself for mad weather more like :-p
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    (Original post by jsimone)
    I'm on the Transnational Communications and Global Media MA for September. Coming from California. Can't wait for some true winter weather.

    Hey, I'm doing MA Transnational Communications and Global Media as well. Nice to know someone else doing the course..
    An international student myself. Can't wait till Sept 25..
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    Hooray, another TCGM student! Seems like a course that will draw a lot of international students. Where are you coming from?
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    Hehe, that's a very nice way of shortening the title of the course.

    I'm from Indonesia, quite far away from London :p:
    Looking forward to live in a country with 4 seasons (we only have dry and rainy seasons in here), hehehehe

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