Health and Development: LSE vs. SOAS vs. Oxford vs. UCL vs. LSHTM Watch

chubbyemu
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Hey all,

I've applied to the schools listed in the title of the thread to study development and global health. The programs I have applied for are: LSE (MSc Health, Commuinty and Development), SOAS (MSc Development Studies), Oxford (M.Phil Development Studies), UCL (Global health and Development) and LSHTM (MSc Demography and Health).

I have been accepted to them all and know just about everything one can know about their respective curricula, etc., but I wanted to see if any of you know anything about what the programs are actually like or how they compare to one another. They are all quite different and prepare you for different things, but I'm looking for any extra insight to factor into my decision. I am especially curious about the UCL program as it is fairly new and I have no concept of it's reputation or what students who have attended think of it. The curriculum and course load sounds fantastic, but what is its reputation, etc.?

Any thoughts? Thank you in advance!
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Why did you not apply for MSc Global Health Science at Oxford?
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I actually don't really remember. It most likely had something to so with my personal emphasis on and previous experience with Development and the M.Phil in Development Studies seemed like the more natural fit as it allows you to explore public health to a degree.
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Any advice?
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so? where did you end up going? I have an offer for the MPhil in Dev St at Oxford, and would love to get some views on the course...
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Hey to those that got accepted into Oxford what are your stats. That is my first choice but I want to study Forced migration and Refugee Studies not development studies. I know it is not an oversubscribed program so I know there is not going to be too much competition but I still need to get the best grades as possible. So could any of y'all tell what it took for you to get accepted.
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I'm also wondering a bit about this.. What would people suggest between MSc Demography and Health at LSHTM and MSc Global Health and Development at UCL?
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(Original post by karoline89)
I'm also wondering a bit about this.. What would people suggest between MSc Demography and Health at LSHTM and MSc Global Health and Development at UCL?


I will be beginning UCL's MSc Global Health and Dev. in September. I really thought about applying to public health at LSHTM instead, since I know that it is known worldwide as THE place for public and international health. However, UCL has been doing this degree for a long time and I've had contact with a few previous students, who have been extremely satisfied with the course. So I think ultimately you will get a good course both places, and you should just choose what interests you the most. At UCL there is a big emphasis on policy, whereas Demography and Health seems to emphasize research methodology. I think Dem and Health might be more 'safe', though - GH and Dev just sounds super interesting!
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(Original post by RikkeK)
I will be beginning UCL's MSc Global Health and Dev. in September. I really thought about applying to public health at LSHTM instead, since I know that it is known worldwide as THE place for public and international health. However, UCL has been doing this degree for a long time and I've had contact with a few previous students, who have been extremely satisfied with the course. So I think ultimately you will get a good course both places, and you should just choose what interests you the most. At UCL there is a big emphasis on policy, whereas Demography and Health seems to emphasize research methodology. I think Dem and Health might be more 'safe', though - GH and Dev just sounds super interesting!

Hi,I've been offered a place on the MSc Global Health and Development course at UCL. I was just wandering how much support/mentoring/funding did you get throughout your course? 84 people on the course seems like a lot of people, and I'm a bit worried how will the programme help my future career chances?
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(Original post by Aggie1993)
Hi,I've been offered a place on the MSc Global Health and Development course at UCL. I was just wandering how much support/mentoring/funding did you get throughout your course? 84 people on the course seems like a lot of people, and I'm a bit worried how will the programme help my future career chances?
Hey, I just got an offer on the same course at UCL. Did you end up going? If so, how do you feel about your decision?
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