(Original post by TheAmerican923)
I'm an undergraduate student at a well known university in the United States looking at doing a master's program in the UK. As I have studied abroad a couple of times in Britain and I really liked the way things were set up academically in England where I was studying.
I'm planning on doing post-grad in international Relations or International History. So I was looking at the following uni's for a taught masters at, KCL, Nottingham, Reading, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Warwick, Leeds, Manchester Durham, LSE, And perhaps a few others as well if I see anything that interests me like Hull or Aberdeen.
Since I'm nearing the end of my undergraduate career I'm looking at doing a master's program in the UK due to the factors I mentioned above. However, one crucial aspect of applying to UK universities as an American worries me, and that issues is that I'm concerned my GPA isn't high enough! As it is only at 3.1-3.2 at the moment as my grades suffered last semester due to the liberal art's classes that all students in American colleges are forced to take thus causing my GPA which was previously at around 3.3-3.4 to go down. I've also taken alot of hard classes esp. language classes which further add to my record but have caused my total gpa to decline a bit. Even though what I have is considered quite decent in the US.
Although one thing about comparing the US system to the British honor's system is that GPA doesn't always line up to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class. Ex. With my GPA at some places it lined up to be well within the 2:1 range, while for some others it was much higher.
I'm going to work hard to bring it back up again the fall. I should also get very strong recommendation from my professors, and I have alot of related extracurricular activity on my record like official research etc. In addition to a strong statement of purpose that I should be able to come up with. I'm also doing an internship at the moment in international relations and I maybe doing another one this fall as well, to further add to things.
Therefore I was wondering if anyone could give me input on my GPA, the courses I'm applying to at the universities, or anything else?
With everything considered am I totally screwed for getting into postgrad at any UK university(esp. a highly ranked one) considering my gpa(if anyone here is knowledgeable enough about the American system? And the relatively narrow criteria looked at when the uni's make their decisions. Or do I have some hope?
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds to my thread!