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    Right, I messed up at ALevels, due to my lack of effort. Well I didn't do too many badly but subsequently I have only got to an average sort of uni (Sheffield Hallam). I've always been pretty clevel but I have been to much into sport. Anyway I've put effort in now and this year at least i'm on for an easy first. What are the chances if I get a 1st at the uni i'm at now, in Business Studies, that I can go on to do a postgrad at a better uni?
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    To be frank, I've heard of Sheffield Uni but not Sheffield Hallam. But with a 1st class hons, I'm sure you can jump to a better school. But of course reputation of your undergrad school plays a big part and how rigorous your coursework was, so I'm not sure of your chances at top 10 schools.
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    The chances are good, esp with a first. Plus, admissions seem to be easier for postgrad courses.
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    Ok cool, I best make sure that I get that 1st then!!
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    Try Top 10, you should be ok
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    (Original post by pol_student)
    The chances are good, esp with a first. Plus, admissions seem to be easier for postgrad courses.
    Not really... Most post-grad courses at top unis are very competitive. Also, the number of applications is kept down by the minimum qualifications for application.

    This doesn't really happen at u.grad level because of everyone applying before they have got their final results (for school-leaving which everyone in the country is doing) as opposed to p.grad that require honours/masters degrees with minimum degree results.

    But for the OP. If your marks are high, your CV is strong and your research interests match that of your prospective department - your chances are as good as the next person.
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    Sorry to interrupt.

    Does the origin of the undergraduate degree matter a lot? Is it wise to study in a academically prestigious department of a relatively less prestigous university?

    Thank you.
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    (Original post by yeung3939)
    Sorry to interrupt.

    Does the origin of the undergraduate degree matter a lot? Is it wise to study in a academically prestigious department of a relatively less prestigous university?

    Thank you.
    I think a lot of people will have differing opinions on this, and it probably varies from subject to subject and department to department depending on size of department/specialist interest of department - so its very difficult to answer generally.

    But to try, I think that generally the further you progress up the ladder of study i.e. from undergrad to Phd the less important 'name' becomes and the more important the individual supervisor/ who makes up the department.


    Personally I did my undergrad at an internationally academically respected University - but not at all prestigious or well known and have just been accepted to Oxford to do my MPhil. I think career-wise this is the best choice for me (not only because the department is good) but because of the 'brand' Oxford. When I start my Phd I will definitely re-consider again. It will be much more important for me to go where the best supervisor is, depending on what I decide to research, than to stay at Oxford (assuming the best person isn't there).

    Hope this helps
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    Thanks a lot.

    I am an undergrad but i wish to pursue postgraduate research in the future.

    Is it wise to do my undergrad degree in a very academically presitgious department of a relatively less prestigious university? I am actually thinking of accepting the offer of department of international politics of University of Wales, Aberystwyth...

    Thank you. I just want to know more about the real picture.
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    (Original post by yeung3939)
    Thanks a lot.

    I am an undergrad but i wish to pursue postgraduate research in the future.

    Is it wise to do my undergrad degree in a very academically presitgious department of a relatively less prestigious university? I am actually thinking of accepting the offer of department of international politics of University of Wales, Aberystwyth...

    Thank you. I just want to know more about the real picture.

    At undergrad, I think it's about a 50/50 mix. Both are important.

    The higher degrees tend to focus more and more on department rather than institution, as has been commented earlier, but, still, both factors are taken into account still.
 
 
 
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