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    Edit: I chose Cardiff. I have an amazing full time job, a house here and a music career. I love academia, and love Cardiff and felt it was the right choice. Thanks for all the help everyone
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    King's is the most prestigious of the lot. Then Bristol.
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    I'd say Kings and Bristol would be my top picks.
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    I'm talking here as an alumnus of RHUL (albeit not English). I lived with an English student in second and third year.

    If you have any questions you'd like to send to her please let me know and I can send her a message on Facebook. We're still in touch. If you have general questions about the University and the experience, please let me know. It was the best three years of my life and I wouldn't change them for the world.
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    (Original post by WokSz)
    I'm talking here as an alumnus of RHUL (albeit not English). I lived with an English student in second and third year.

    If you have any questions you'd like to send to her please let me know and I can send her a message on Facebook. We're still in touch. If you have general questions about the University and the experience, please let me know. It was the best three years of my life and I wouldn't change them for the world.
    Would appreciate it if possible! I do live in cardiff, so it is a 2 and a half hour trek every week but the university looks beautiful
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    Which course do you want to do? The name of the Uni means nothing if you get there and realise the course was never what you wanted to do.

    Which has optional units that actually interest you?

    Where are there staff that share your research interests?

    And finally, why are you doing a Masters degree? Because you want to do intensive study in a particular area of academic study, because the idea of getting a job terrifies the life out of you, or you think a Masters will immediately make you more employable (it won't)?

    Think carefully and honestly about these questions.
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    Course wise I love all of them

    And my employment is secure I'm doing this personal satisfaction more than anything, plus I want to intensively study contemporary literature to keep academia open to me as my lecturers at undergrad always remarks that I'd be good on the field.

    Leaning more towards bristol after these quality comments thank you all so much

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    1) KCL
    2) Bristol
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    4) RHUL
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    5) Gloucestershire

    KCL and Bristol would have been a close call, but since you are applying for a postgraduate programme, my personal pick would be KCL for its excellent international reputation, massive endowment (by British standards) and for the age and heritage behind its Arts faculty. It also churns out some very high quality research, an important factor to consider for a prospective postgrad.
    Cardiff is less prestigious but it is still a solid Russell Group university. I have heard that it's somewhat better for undergraduate study though.
    Royal Holloway isn't amongst the top quartile of British universities and isn't particularly noted for producing outstanding research or academia, though I would rank it substantially above Gloucestershire since it is a fairly respected constituent of the UoL.

    League tables are an unreliable means of 'rationalising' the higher education system. Bear in mind that they do change every year according to some very sketchy survery results. I would, however, advise looking at the REF research assessment tables, since they are a meticulous assessment of research quality and impact and are published every four years, unlike the more commercialised annual newspaper rankings. It's often impactful research that pushes a university's reputation throughout academia and international employment (hence why international rankings are more bent towards focusing on these factors, whereas domestic tables take into account 'student satsifaction' scores.
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    1. Bristol (Good all round, as long as you are happy with the location i would say its the best choice)
    2. Royal Holloway or Cardiff (14th and 23rd ranked for English respectively, however grad prospects are the same, maybe RHUL edges it for me because i go there and love it :P as well as being 9 places higher)
    3. Kings (very prestigious uni, however ranks 25th for English and has lower grad prospects (61/100)
    4. Glos (like the uni, however its not on the same level as the other 4)
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    M8 why u asking others to pick the uni u go to? That's like asking Wayne Rooney, Daley blind and Louis van gaal what formation Chelsea should play!!


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    1. KCL
    2. Bristol
    3. RHUL
    4. Cardiff
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    ignore undergraduate rankings, they are of no relevance when your interest is in a possible academic career. Look at the research rankings and ask some searching questions about what students do after their MA. Will also send you a pm
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    I chose and got accepted at Cardiff in the end Thanks all!!
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    U picked a Welsh uni for Ma English????!!!




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