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    does it matter which university you study your masters at like it does for undergrad?

    for biological sciences
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    (Original post by Moura)
    does it matter which university you study your masters at like it does for undergrad?

    for biological sciences
    Matter to who? Generally at postgrad level your department is the most important thing. For example, Aberystwyth arguably has one of the best IR departments in the country, serious students who care more about their subject than overall uni prestige may choose to go there instead of Oxford.
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    (Original post by Moura)
    does it matter which university you study your masters at like it does for undergrad?

    for biological sciences
    As Snufkin says, it focusses down more as you progress. The importance of your undergrad uni is pretty negligible unless you go to one in the top or bottom ten. Maybe not even then. At Masters level you're looking for the best department in your subject, which can sometimes be found in otherwise average unis. And again, as Snufkin pointed out, the best departments aren't necessarily going to be in the best unis. For a PhD it narrows down further, to your supervisor being the most significant factor.
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    It's only school-leavers who are obsessed with 'which Uni' - no-one in academia actually cares.

    The deciders on a taught postgraduate application will be a) First or 2i, b) relevant subject, c) two supportive references, d) an interesting personal statement.

    Apply.
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    (Original post by Klix88)
    As Snufkin says, it focusses down more as you progress. The importance of your undergrad uni is pretty negligible unless you go to one in the top or bottom ten. Maybe not even then. At Masters level you're looking for the best department in your subject, which can sometimes be found in otherwise average unis. And again, as Snufkin pointed out, the best departments aren't necessarily going to be in the best unis. For a PhD it narrows down further, to your supervisor being the most significant factor.
    where can I find which uni has the best department??
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    (Original post by WhatUni)
    where can I find which uni has the best department??
    Where are the experts in your field? Who publishes papers that particularly interest you? Who continually crops up in your reading? Which uni/department is recommended by your current teaching staff, for your interests?
 
 
 
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