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Hey everyone, I'm a current IB2 student and I recently got conditional offers for Geography BA in LSE and Combined Honours in Social Sciences at Durham University. I understand that they're both outstanding universities but I'm confused and indecisive so it'll be great to read what some of you think!
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Seriously?
LSE.
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LSE is probably more famous internationally, but both are outstanding universties. The difference between the two really is negligible; any decision should ultimately come down to whether or not you want to live in London. Both attract some of the best students in the UK, so you can't really go wrong. Either should allow you to do what you want to do. As an example, I have friends that went to both, and they are both in the same graduate scheme for the same bank.
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Well since it's different subjects I'd probably try to understand for which one of the two degrees I'd actually like to go...
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Assuming you don't mind which degree you want to do, pick LSE. Durham is good, but has very little international reputation in comparison to LSE.
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(Original post by BestProfileName)
Assuming you don't mind which degree you want to do, pick LSE. Durham is good, but has very little international reputation in comparison to LSE.
Why are you responding to a thread which is 7 months old? And your name is not the best.
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LSE is known internationally for a whole range of subjects. It's not known for geography. Durham's geography department is very good and is A*AA whereas LSE is AAA. The whole thing about Durham not being very good because it is not well-known internationally assumes that international awareness is something which is important. This is clearly not the case: someone working at John Hopkins in the US not knowing about the Cancer Institute does not mean the Cancer Institute is poor. There are thousands of unis and no one is expected to know even the top 2% of these. In the case of Durham, it would simply mean that for someone working in HR in Singapore they would look up Durham's international rank (which is very good, except for ARWU which is a silly ranking in itself). I truly do not understand why you and several others in this thread have categorically asserted that OP should go to LSE rather than Durham, as if LSE is leagues ahead. Perhaps if we were discussing Kent and UCL, yes. But Durham and LSE? I don't quite agree with your reasoning.

I don't study at either uni, by the way.
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Why are you responding to a thread which is 7 months old? And your name is not the best.
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LSE is known internationally for a whole range of subjects. It's not known for geography. Durham's geography department is very good and is A*AA whereas LSE is AAA. The whole thing about Durham not being very good because it is not well-known internationally assumes that international awareness is something which is important. This is clearly not the case: someone working at John Hopkins in the US not knowing about the Cancer Institute does not mean the Cancer Institute is poor. There are thousands of unis and no one is expected to know even the top 2% of these. In the case of Durham, it would simply mean that for someone working in HR in Singapore they would look up Durham's international rank (which is very good, except for ARWU which is a silly ranking in itself). I truly do not understand why you and several others in this thread have categorically asserted that OP should go to LSE rather than Durham, as if LSE is leagues ahead. Perhaps if we were discussing Kent and UCL, yes. But Durham and LSE? I don't quite agree with your reasoning.

I don't study at either uni, by the way.
No disagreeing with your comments. But, LSE remains more well known internationally.
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