Turn on thread page Beta

Development studies: LSE or Cambridge? watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I have been made offers from LSE(MSc in Dev Studies) and Cambridge(MPhil in Dev Studies).
    As I don't have any acquaintances ever learned at Camb and haven't heard of any reputation,
    I really want your help to decide.


    As for study:
    It seems that LSE has better and many more faculties and wider range of optional courses.
    I don't know if Camb is recognized at all in development field.
    If anyone knows its reputation, please tell me!!

    As for career:
    If I'd like to work for UN agencies or famous NGOs addressing
    development matters, which university do you think the more
    powerful & appealing as an academic background?
    I guess "Cambridge" has more name value in this respect...


    I really appreciate your help.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Fay_2000)
    I have been made offers from LSE(MSc in Dev Studies) and Cambridge(MPhil in Dev Studies).
    As I don't have any acquaintances ever learned at Camb and haven't heard of any reputation,
    I really want your help to decide.


    As for study:
    It seems that LSE has better and many more faculties and wider range of optional courses.
    I don't know if Camb is recognized at all in development field.
    If anyone knows its reputation, please tell me!!

    As for career:
    If I'd like to work for UN agencies or famous NGOs addressing
    development matters, which university do you think the more
    powerful & appealing as an academic background?
    I guess "Cambridge" has more name value in this respect...


    I really appreciate your help.
    Hi,

    I am in the same situation as you so I thought I would give some of my thoughts. LSE is famous but more about economics. Development studies at LSE is not that strong. I think Cambridge has more reputation in development studies than LSE. At least there are some Nobel prize winners there e.g Amarty Sen.

    About career, at the moment I am working for the Asian Development Bank in Vietnam so I know that a qualification from LSE or Cambridge wouldn't make much difference in terms of recruitment. In those organization, practical experience and your interpersonal skill are much more important. If anything, Cambridge is slightly more famous worldwide than LSE.

    Have you thought about what city do you want to live? Cambridge, I expect, would be more quiet than London. What about the cost of study and living? LSE is much more expensive compared to Cambridge in this case.

    So take into account all the factors and make a wise decision. Good luck.

    Scarlet
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Dev studies? Go Oxford
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Fay_2000)
    I have been made offers from LSE(MSc in Dev Studies) and Cambridge(MPhil in Dev Studies).
    As for study:
    It seems that LSE has better and many more faculties and wider range of optional courses.
    I don't know if Camb is recognized at all in development field.
    If anyone knows its reputation, please tell me!!

    As for career:
    If I'd like to work for UN agencies or famous NGOs addressing
    development matters, which university do you think the more
    powerful & appealing as an academic background?
    I guess "Cambridge" has more name value in this respect...


    I really appreciate your help.
    LSE is really good but as pointed out in the posts above is more stronger in Economics. I would say that you should go for Cambridge
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, Scarlet. Thank you very much for giving me advice from your personal practical experience. I have cheked your thread and that was also helpful.

    As I judge from prospectuses, LSE's course is well-organized whereas course in Cambridge demands students to be more self-reliant.
    What do you think?
    As I don't have solid professional background in this field like you, I may found Camb more challenging.

    But anyway, I am relieved knowing that there won't be difference in terms of recruitement(some book I have read said there could be academic clique in UN agencies).

    As you have pointed out, I am to make my descision by also considering which city I'd like to live in.(definitely Cambridge! As you said, London is too expensive)

    I am still wondering but thank you for your help!!!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by slstephen)
    LSE is really good but as pointed out in the posts above is more stronger in Economics. I would say that you should go for Cambridge

    Thank you Stephen.
    I didn't know LSE course is more about Economics. You think Cambridge is more inter-disciplinary and well-balanced, right?

    I need to take that into account. Thanks!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by JustaGuy)
    Dev studies? Go Oxford
    As I can't afford 2 year courses(I'm on personal fund), Oxford is not my option.
    Shame.
 
 
 
The home of Results and Clearing

1,667

people online now

1,567,000

students helped last year

University open days

  1. University of Buckingham
    Postgraduate Open Evening Postgraduate
    Thu, 23 Aug '18
  2. University of Glasgow
    All Subjects Undergraduate
    Tue, 28 Aug '18
  3. University of Aberdeen
    Undergraduate Open Day Undergraduate
    Tue, 28 Aug '18
Poll
How are you feeling about GCSE results day?
Useful resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.