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    UCL - MA Human RIghts
    LSE - MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies

    which course would people recommend as being the better option?

    Sure, the international development degree would be broader and perhaps open more doors, but then a human rights degree could give you that specialist and focused knowledge for a particular niche market

    Which would employers look more favourably on?



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    Honestly the employment prospects aren't fantastic for either. Everybody wants to save the world, so there's a lot of competition for jobs! Not a criticism btw, I'm studying development myself.

    Maybe this is a bit obvious but you should study whichever you're more interested in. If you're equally interested in each I'd go with the international development degree. It would cover some more general political science and economic principles that are useful in a broad range of government jobs (including outside the development field), unlike human rights.
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    (Original post by member841230)
    you should study whichever you're more interested in.
    This. You're likely to regret spending the money on either if your primary concern is employment, especially in this field.
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    The two Masters are very different, and it is then difficult to say which one to choose. Given the costs of living in London I would also consider other options, especially since career options are not the easiest and most rewarding financially.

    I would also look at the University of York, where there is the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit:
    http://www.york.ac.uk/politics/centres/prdu/training/

    And the University of Sussex IDS.

    Remember that human rights have a legal focus (and in terms of careers, there is a chance that people with a law degree and a humanitarian focus will be on top of the list for employment). Development tends instead to be more interdisciplinary in focus, and on the experts needed by relevant organizations. So it also depends on your undergraduate background.

    If you want to be in London, I would also give a look at SOAS Masters! Especially if you have a specific regional interest (Southeast Asia, Middle East, and so on).

    Finally, if you are only happy with the UCL and LSE degrees, I would honestly choose LSE. I tend to think it will increase your employability at the end of the course, and it is surely a destination for many practitioners you might meet and talk to.
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    thanks for the info guys
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    I would advise you to keep the money rather than pursuing an underpaid field with few positions available and cut-throat competition.
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    Well I have been accepted onto both courses. And I am still no closer to deciding which one to choose.

    I am leaning more towards Human Rights based on my interests, undergrad studies, and research experience......but also the prestige of the university means a lot to me. Would that make LSE a better option?

    I dunno.......
 
 
 

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