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    hey guys,


    I'm on track for a 2.1 at an ex poly. (LLB) and have got an offer from Edinburgh and am waiting to hear back from LSE (both for MSc Criminal Justice Policy). if I was go onto do my masters at either of these institutions would I have a realistic shot at getting into Cambridge/ Columbia for my Phd (sociology/ politics). I don't mean to troll it's just that I understand that Phd apps close rather early so ild have to get my application ready by the end of the summer.


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    Calm down. Most funded PhD places dont get advertised until January (with Easter closing dates), and some dont get advertised until the summer before they are due to start.

    See how you cope with the demands of post-graduate work first - then think about *why* you want to do a PhD. And a year out between Master and Doctorate doing some relevant work experience would make your application far stronger.
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    Calm down. Most funded PhD places dont get advertised until January (with Easter closing dates), and some dont get advertised until the summer before they are due to start.

    See how you cope with the demands of post-graduate work first - then think about *why* you want to do a PhD. And a year out between Master and Doctorate doing some relevant work experience would make your application far stronger.
    Yes but in terms of doing my Phd in America deadlines are much sooner! For most December 15th. It is something I've always wanted to do, I'm merely enquiring about the likelihood etc.
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    Yup. If you want to apply to the States this year, then you need to start getting your application ready now.

    It's worth applying, if it's your dream...I mean, what do you have to lose? A few hundred dollars in test and application fees, that's all. You need to be realistic, though...Columbia is going to be a stretch for someone with a 2:1 from a university that's unlikely to be known well/ at all in the US. A 2:1 is certainly not the kiss of death for US PhD apps, but you need to apply to a range of places, rather than just the super elite schools, to have any reasonable chance of getting an offer. I don't know what admissions stats are like in your discipline, but in mine most schools admit between 5% and 8% of the applicant pool; applying to just one university (especially one as competitive as Columbia) is just not a good bet, purely on the numbers.

    As an example: like you I have a 2:1 but I think this was mitigated somewhat by the fact that it's from Oxbridge, and my having a Distinction for my MA; I applied to ten schools, received two offers from mid-ranked universities and a waitlist at a top ranked Canadian school, but straight out rejections from everywhere in the US top twenty. If I'd confined my applications to those schools, I wouldn't be doing a PhD right now.
 
 
 
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