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Doing a masters in middle eastern/south asian studies be better at Oxbridge or SOAS? Watch

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    Hi, I am thinking of doing my masters in research in middle eastern or south asian studies. Right now I am not sure what my topic of research shall be about but probably it will have something to do with historical and religious literature of one of these two regions. I have heard that the library at SOAS is really good for research in these regions but there's also the prestige of the Oxbridge unis. So I am quite conflicted. I don't know how to make up my mind, so if some one could give me the pros and cons of these three unis while studying oriental studies there, maybe that could help me make a decision. I would just like to mention that my priority is a place for good research and passionate professors to work under. Also getting out of the university with good future prospects in return for paying so much in the tuition fees. Thanks.
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    (Original post by aye_zt)
    Hi, I am thinking of doing my masters in research in middle eastern or south asian studies.
    There's no decision to make until you are holding offers from more than one of these places!
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    It isn't 'better' at either. Both are excellent places to study this subject.

    Its actually about which is the best course for you - ie. which optional units would you choose, and why? Which Uni has the academic staff with research interests that match yours. Which Uni feels the most comfortable to you. Which has the better library/other resources (opening hours...) that will make your life easier. Where will it be cheaper/easier to live etc. And if you havnt visited both of these two Unis on an ordinary working day, do it before you make your decision. Btw, 'prestige' and other nebulous concepts count for very little if the course bores you to death and the library is never open. Always choose the course that will enthuse and interest you the most.
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    It isn't 'better' at either. Both are excellent places to study this subject.

    Its actually about which is the best course for you - ie. which optional units would you choose, and why? Which Uni has the academic staff with research interests that match yours. Which Uni feels the most comfortable to you. Which has the better library/other resources (opening hours...) that will make your life easier. Where will it be cheaper/easier to live etc. And if you havnt visited both of these two Unis on an ordinary working day, do it before you make your decision. Btw, 'prestige' and other nebulous concepts count for very little if the course bores you to death and the library is never open. Always choose the course that will enthuse and interest you the most.
    yes, I think I framed the question very wrongly with the word 'better'. But thank you for your advice. I don't live in the UK at the moment but I'm going to try to visit it this summer and check out all three campuses. Apart from getting campus tours, are there other things you recommend me to do that can help me in finding out more about these universities, their courses and profs during my visit? I will research on them online before visiting them but I want to make sure I can make the most of this visit because I'll probably be able to only travel there once.
 
 
 
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