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    Many people have stated that the popular postgraduate courses fill up quickly, could someone please tell me what these popular courses generally are and which universities?

    I'm interested because I'm sending my application next week, although I had it all complete after Christmas I had to wait for my transcript--very slow administration team at my undergrad uni. I just hope this doesn't completely squash my chances of getting a spot!

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    (Original post by Sk84)
    Many people have stated that the popular postgraduate courses fill up quickly, could someone please tell me what these popular courses generally are and which universities?

    I'm interested because I'm sending my application next week, although I had it all complete after Christmas I had to wait for my transcript--very slow administration team at my undergrad uni. I just hope this doesn't completely squash my chances of getting a spot!

    Cheers!
    Well in my opinion that is a fairly general question. Maybe more information on your specs and the schools and pgms your applying would help
    -my assumption is that overall, London schools are generally speaking more likely to have more competition (the schools are generally more well known internationally)
    - IR/Politics programs are popular (I only say this because I am applying to Politics/International Studies based PhDs) for international students looking for a diverse and well established school

    however, perhaps someone from the UK can comment better, I am from Canada looking to pursue doctoral studies at SOAS/Warwick/UCL
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    Economics, Law, Politics, IR

    Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial, UCL

    I wouldn't know about the sciences, but I heard that the competition is often slightly less fierce because less people are applying. I have no idea if that is true though
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    It is a bizarre question in all honesty, and why not mention your subject so you can get specific advice from someone in your area regarding its popularity? Anyway, as I mentioned in another thread two days ago, just because there are less people applying for postgraduate programmes does not mean it is less competitive or popular, relatively. For example, the success rate at Oxford for English is 21% at undergraduate but 17% for postgraduate.

    Competition at top universities will always be fierce but some subjects will be less 'popular' than others. For example, "English" will be more far more popular than Comparative Literature because, while people know they want to study at a higher level, they do not know what to specialise in just yet. I imagine, relatively, taught programmes are more popular than research programmes for the same reason too.
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    Thanks for the replies guys, sorry the question was general, as I was just curious as to which courses are most popular at postgrad level. My application is for (Human) Geography related courses; namely Globalisation and development related. Anyone have any advice/experience in this area?
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    I suppose that the 'core' subjects will always be popular (English, Maths, Science, History etc) in addition to the 'money' orientated professions such as Law, Finance etc which are also always likely to be popular.

    I think that the majority of courses at the elite universities (Cambridge, UCL, Oxford, Imperial etc) will always be over-subscribed too, given the level of prestige associated with a degree from one of these institutions.
 
 
 
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