Which university should I pick for international relations?

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ShampooMacTavish
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Hi!

So I just received my last offer in UCAS, but since I am not British, I am clueless as to which university I should pick. I can of course read all the rosy words of the universities from their own home pages, but I'd rather get a few objective points of view from the people in here before making my decision.

I have received the following offers:

The University of Edinburgh - International Relations
King's College London - International Relations
The University of Manchester - Politics and International Relations
The University of Warwick - Politics with International Studies

I have ambitions of working in my country's foreign service, which is quite tough to get in to. I will have to have pretty stellar results in order to be accepted, but I am prepared for that (I hope). However, I imagine that the second most important thing is that the university I pick has a certain reputation. Which of the schools and courses above do you think will suit my purposes best?
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(Original post by ShampooMacTavish)
Hi!

So I just received my last offer in UCAS, but since I am not British, I am clueless as to which university I should pick. I can of course read all the rosy words of the universities from their own home pages, but I'd rather get a few objective points of view from the people in here before making my decision.

I have received the following offers:

The University of Edinburgh - International Relations
King's College London - International Relations
The University of Manchester - Politics and International Relations
The University of Warwick - Politics with International Studies

I have ambitions of working in my country's foreign service, which is quite tough to get in to. I will have to have pretty stellar results in order to be accepted, but I am prepared for that (I hope). However, I imagine that the second most important thing is that the university I pick has a certain reputation. Which of the schools and courses above do you think will suit my purposes best?
Warwick and King's are stellar universities in my opinion. Your choice should be between those two universities.
Although King's College London has a higher international reputation out of all the 4 unis you listed, in terms of domestic rankings and reputation (i.e. within England), it has noticeably slipped. Warwick on the other hand is highly respected within England, but lacks, in my opinion, the international recognition that King's College commands.
Both are great universities however, and if you want more information I suggest looking at the league tables for politics.

http://www.theguardian.com/education...guide-politics
http://www.thecompleteuniversityguid...ngs?s=politics
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Wow, congrats on your offers!
I'm waiting for Edinburgh for IR (and quite a bit of other people too), so I wanted to ask when did you hear back?
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Thanks a lot, Tomisin! I will definitely take that into consideration.

I actually received my answer from Edinburgh yesterday. They were the last university to respond.
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Congratulations on your offers! All of those universities have excellent reputations within the UK, though there may be more differences in your home country (e.g. in the US, Edinburgh is well known, whereas in China, Manchester is well known).

Politics courses vary HUGELY, and it's really important to find one where you think the modules will be interesting. So, have a look at
Manchester: http://courses.humanities.manchester...?department=13
Edinburgh: http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/13-14/dpt/utintre.htm
KCL: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/unde...header_search/
Warwick: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pa...s/?filter=.irs
Which one interests you most?

I'm a Manchester politics student though, so if you've got any specific questions then do ask I've always been very happy with the department and university though.
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Hm, there are a lot of interesting modules. Though I especially liked Warwick's, so I think I am leaning towards them as of now.
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Advice here about picking Firm & Insurance - http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...urance_choices

You need to think beyond 'which Uni'.

Look at what makes each course different - and what grades they require.
Pick an achievable Firm and a lower Insurance.
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I am having a gap year now, so there is no need thinking of which grades they require - I already have them. I have also taken my TOEFL with a score of 117, so all offers are unconditional.
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