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    Greetings,

    I can say for sure that Oxford is a hell of a lot better for History. This may not make any real difference in your undergrad. degree (i.e. with very academic courses, it's the university that matters, rather than the department). However, for research (just go to the history section at Waterstones, it's almost entirely from Oxford!). the gap is immense. Also, you're looking to work in international organisations, Cambridge doesn't have any particular reputation in International Relations/Politics either (as opposed to Oxford/LSE).

    As for LSE, International Relations there (due to its history), is a far far better regarded course tha History at LSE (it has a dominance similar to Oxford's History degree). Well, let me clarify, it's not so much that the course is 'better', rather it's the research profile and history of the LSE's IR department (which carries comparable prestige to LSE's Econ department).

    As for the other choices, they're all pretty good. Durham is very good for History, although I personally do not like the surroundings, nor the university as a whole. Warwick too is very good (ignore the point about their having to be a 'history to the place' for you to study the disicpline there, personally I'd prefer it if the history dept. there had a future-if that makes any sense!!).
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    Thanks a lot for the help xthup. I would have liked to apply for international realtions at LSE as it happens but seen as I was applying for history everywhere else I thought it probably wouldn't of been the best idea in the world. Just as an aside, is there any reason why the degree you would come out with is a Bsc and not a BA?
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    (Original post by kildare)
    Thanks a lot for the help xthup. I would have liked to apply for international realtions at LSE as it happens but seen as I was applying for history everywhere else I thought it probably wouldn't of been the best idea in the world. Just as an aside, is there any reason why the degree you would come out with is a Bsc and not a BA?
    At LSE, most of the degrees are either BSc/MSc. Many of these courses would be referred to as BA/MA elsewhere. It's just that LSE considers itself to be an institution dedicated to the social sciences, and therefore refers to all of its degrees accordingly. However, that's difficult with History, so should you choose to go there, you will be in the unique position of studying for an Arts degree at a Social Science institute!

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    Greetings,

    I can say for sure that Oxford is a hell of a lot better for History. This may not make any real difference in your undergrad. degree (i.e. with very academic courses, it's the university that matters, rather than the department). However, for research (just go to the history section at Waterstones, it's almost entirely from Oxford!). the gap is immense. Also, you're looking to work in international organisations, Cambridge doesn't have any particular reputation in International Relations/Politics either (as opposed to Oxford/LSE).

    As for LSE, International Relations there (due to its history), is a far far better regarded course tha History at LSE (it has a dominance similar to Oxford's History degree). Well, let me clarify, it's not so much that the course is 'better', rather it's the research profile and history of the LSE's IR department (which carries comparable prestige to LSE's Econ department).

    As for the other choices, they're all pretty good. Durham is very good for History, although I personally do not like the surroundings, nor the university as a whole. Warwick too is very good (ignore the point about their having to be a 'history to the place' for you to study the disicpline there, personally I'd prefer it if the history dept. there had a future-if that makes any sense!!).
    All interesting and valid points, but you'd be surprised how many history students genuinely are influenced by the history around them, and inspired by what they see- obviously less relevant for something like physics and if you want to study history but dont mind about the surroundings then Warwick is also a good choice of course. But do be aware that its something a lot of history students find they are affected by- not necessarily a logical standpoint for us to take but thats often the way it is.
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    (Original post by J.S.)
    As for the other choices, they're all pretty good. Durham is very good for History, although I personally do not like the surroundings, nor the university as a whole. Warwick too is very good (ignore the point about their having to be a 'history to the place' for you to study the disicpline there, personally I'd prefer it if the history dept. there had a future-if that makes any sense!!).
    Don't like Durham?!?!?!?!?

    It's one of the most beautiful places in the country!!
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    I didn't like Durham either, it's too small.
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    (Original post by Nylex)
    I didn't like Durham either, it's too small.
    Isn't that the beauty of a University town? Just lots of young people partying continuously?
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    (Original post by Tek)
    Isn't that the beauty of a University town? Just lots of young people partying continuously?
    Umm, if you want. I prefer cities though.
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    (Original post by Tek)
    Isn't that the beauty of a University town? Just lots of young people partying continuously?
    None of the people I met there could be described as "partyers" more miserable buggers than any other uni I've visited...unless you like hanging round in your hall bar drinking pints of coke ("it's only 10p!!!") and occasionally going to a lame disco and having a lager and lime :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Nylex)
    Umm, if you want. I prefer cities though.
    I kind of like the idea of a campus myself, and, having lived in London all my life, quite fancy a change .
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    None of the people I met there could be described as "partyers" more miserable buggers than any other uni I've visited...unless you like hanging round in your hall bar drinking pints of coke ("it's only 10p!!!") and occasionally going to a lame disco and having a lager and lime :rolleyes:
    LOL! Seriously??
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    (Original post by Tek)
    I kind of like the idea of a campus myself, and, having lived in London all my life, quite fancy a change .
    Beware - that's what I thought (went from Liverpool to Royal Holloway) - I hated it...it was nice to visit but the insularity of campus life didn't suit me at all.
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    (Original post by Tek)
    LOL! Seriously??
    Seriously - I hope to god that the people getting interviewed at the same time as me and the people who showed us around were complete outcasts and that the standard student there is slightly more well rounded.
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    Beware - that's what I thought (went from Liverpool to Royal Holloway) - I hated it...it was nice to visit but the insularity of campus life didn't suit me at all.
    I'd imagine it to be very friendly...mainly students...lectures at day, everyone socialising at night (no-one excluded, as can happen in big cities).
    But then again I've never been to Durham
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    (Original post by Tek)
    I'd imagine it to be very friendly...mainly students...lectures at day, everyone socialising at night (no-one excluded, as can happen in big cities).
    But then again I've never been to Durham
    Thats what I thought - but then I realised that I really quite enjoyed a bit of anonymity now and then...and that I wanted more from my social life than cheesy disco's and I didn't want the hassle of train journeys (and being restricted to the last train home) to go to a more lively place.

    And then I woke up one morning and realised that I hadn't seen anyone (apart from the odd lecturer) over the age of 30 in almost 3 months and knew I had to get out of the place.

    Definately visit before you commit to a university - but don't judge the place on whether it's a nice day out, try to picture yourself living there, shopping in that supermarket, getting on those buses, walking that route every day, living with these people etc etc.
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    (Original post by Pencil Queen)
    Thats what I thought - but then I realised that I really quite enjoyed a bit of anonymity now and then...and that I wanted more from my social life than cheesy disco's and I didn't want the hassle of train journeys (and being restricted to the last train home) to go to a more lively place.

    And then I woke up one morning and realised that I hadn't seen anyone (apart from the odd lecturer) over the age of 30 in almost 3 months and knew I had to get out of the place.

    Definately visit before you commit to a university - but don't judge the place on whether it's a nice day out, try to picture yourself living there, shopping in that supermarket, getting on those buses, walking that route every day, living with these people etc etc.
    Thanks...that's useful advice I'll definately bear it in mind.
 
 
 
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