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    Hi this is my first post on TSR so I apologise in advance if I do something silly or break some as yet unknown rule!

    I currently hold 2 offers to study an LLM, one from the uni I studied my LLB at and one from another. The conditions are almost identical (the uni I'm currently studying at hasn't asked for refs) and the two unis are on pretty equal footing in terms of reputation. The other uni is actually closer to where I live and would be a 20 mins commute as opposed to around an hour. However I'm well known to staff at my current uni and have a better understanding of their approach to the course as I've had lots of opportunity to discuss it. I'm just curious as to whether there's any merit in studying at a different uni for postgrad in itself?

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    I had a similar dilemma and there are pros and cons for each option.

    Certainly a big advantage to staying at my undergrad uni for a Masters, was that they offered a sizeable discount on Masters fees to alumni. I was also comfortable there and knew I could work well with the staff. I'm sure I could have come out with a good result.

    However I eventually opted for a Masters which was slightly more specialised, at a uni within commuting distance. I found it very eye-opening as it had a much more theoretical approach to my subject than my undergrad uni, which was more practice-based.

    Whilst I now happily find myself back at my undergrad uni for my PhD, I'm very glad tht I did my Masters elsewhere. The alternative approach to the subject was very informative and I met a whole raft of new and interesting people - both students and academics - with whom I wouldn't have worked otherwise.

    I don't think there's a right or wrong answer really - just the solution which works for you. Obviously unis are happy to hang on to good undergrads and see them go further, so it isn't unusual to stay put for a Masters and it wouldn't raise any eyebrows in the future. However when I returned for my PhD, a couple of staff quietly said that they were pleased that I'd done my Masters elsewhere, as they knew that the difference between the two unis would be helpful for me.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!
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    (Original post by wonderwheels)
    Hi this is my first post on TSR so I apologise in advance if I do something silly or break some as yet unknown rule!

    I currently hold 2 offers to study an LLM, one from the uni I studied my LLB at and one from another. The conditions are almost identical (the uni I'm currently studying at hasn't asked for refs) and the two unis are on pretty equal footing in terms of reputation. The other uni is actually closer to where I live and would be a 20 mins commute as opposed to around an hour. However I'm well known to staff at my current uni and have a better understanding of their approach to the course as I've had lots of opportunity to discuss it. I'm just curious as to whether there's any merit in studying at a different uni for postgrad in itself? [...]
    Klix88 makes a very good point about reduced tuition fees. A local university near me offer an alumni discount then a discount for those who got good grades (i.e. 2.1 or a first). So if you went there and got a first you get 25% knocked off the cost.

    In general, however, I suppose it depends whether or not you are planning on doing further research. If you are not then you may as well stay where you are. If you are then it is good to get more experience, because you can become institutionalised; and it is very unlikely that the perfect supervisor is at your home university. My undergraduate lecturers advised me to leave. Ultimately, my interests changed so I physically could not stay. In fact, I ended up moving across the country to a place I had never visited before. I do not regret it one bit.
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    I was reluctant to (and chose not to) apply for my current university.

    There were obvious benefits for staying of course: same friends, amazing relationship with academics, good department etc. But, academics reasons aside, part of me felt like I wanted a new experience after three years. Plus, I wanted to move to a bigger city in the hope it would be easier to find a job after graduating. Academic reasons should be the main guidance though, if the dream course was at my current uni I would've been more inclined to stay.
 
 
 
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