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    i currently attend University of California Santa Barbara studying sociology. My gpa is 3.15, I would like to attend a university in london for grad school. I do not know much about the schools in London as far as how difficult it would actually be to get in. Can you suggest which schools should be reaches, goals, and safeties? I'm scared of not getting in to any schools if I only apply to the best ones, but those are the ones I'm able to find the most information about. All suggestions help, thank you
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    Any idea of what you want to do in terms of research?
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    You wish to continue with sociology or interdisciplinary MSc?
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    i would like to study media and communication
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    OK, now it is clear. In fact, there are more courses for MSc Media and Com than pure sociology master's.

    UCSB is a great school. The strongest MSc Media and Com programme (LSE) requires a higher GPA for US applicants and is therefore out of your reach. It will be a hail mary pass. But there are other good London colleges.

    Reach: City U has a fine journalism and media school
    Target: Goldsmith's Media course is respected.
    Uni of the Arts London (college of communication is a specialist college),
    SOAS MA Global Media is possibly more theoretical.
    Maybe Brunel and Kingston, but they they are located just outside London
    Safety: Westminster (though a friend did her MA there and she was not too happy with course)

    Avoid London Met, U of East London, Southbank U and Greenwich

    good luck. Do you have any media internships, it would enhance your statement of purpose.
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    Although it depends on your own circumstances,, I would say in general that LSE/UCL and maybe Kings are the only ones worth paying international student fees (usually $20k+) for. Doubly so if you are planning to go back to the US afterwards and want a university where there is greater than a 1% chance that anyone will have heard of it.

    edit: Imperial too obviously, but they don't do social science.
 
 
 
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