I am an international student from the US pursuing my masters degree in Human Rights this September. I have offers from both UCL (MA Human Rights) and LSE (MSc Human Rights) - and am wondering which university holds the better reputation for this program and overall for social sciences, as I may choose to continue onto a PhD in international relations or a related field. I have been struggling with this decision for a while, and cannot seem to reach a conclusion!
I know that UCL tends to be ranked more highly overall in leagues tables, but how realistic is this knowing that LSE is a specialized university? And do these rankings hold true for graduate programs as well?
International reputation is key, as I am hoping to end up in either London or New York working for an IO/NGO (like the UN or Amnesty) or at a university.
-Is there a difference between the prestige of an MA and an MSc?
-UCL's program is only 10 years old. Is this necessarily a disadvantage?
-UCL's program has a greater number of required courses, especially in terms of research methodology. Would this be preferable in the eyes of employers?
I am very grateful for ANY advice you may have!