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    Hi everyone. I am an American and I've been accepted into the MSc - Epistemology, Ethics, & Mind program at Edinburgh as well as the MLitt (by way of a conversion course as it was not my major) in Philosophy at St Andrews. The masters at Edinburgh is an online distance program, which is highly practical for me. Ultimately my goal is to obtain my PhD in Philosophy and have an excellent foundation upon which to build a career in academia. Either way I plan on moving to the UK for my PhD, but perhaps Edinburgh can give me a little more time to plan that overseas move. I'm having a difficult time figuring out which would be the best option, especially since I don't know many people who can speak to the differences between the two programs.

    In short, I have heard very conflicting reports on which is the better school! The Guardian puts St Andrews right below Oxbridge (wow) but global lists tend to place them on par.

    I am still waiting to hear back from Sheffield and Durham.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Hey littleluna,

    I am in a very similar situation. Got offers from Edinburgh for the normal MSc and from St Andrews for the (non-conversion) MLitt. So, I will definitely move to Schottland but that's a lot easier for me since I am from Germany.

    From what I have heard, teaching quality in St Andrews is really good whilst I don't know much about Edinburgh. What could speak in favour for St Andrews is that they seperate between conversion and non-conversion students (so everybody is taught according to his/ her needs) and that admission apparently is a bit harder (could mean, that there are less people that have to be supervised). Moreover, the programme there seems very well organised - at least to me - so you should get a very good preparation if you intend to pursue with a PhD.
    However, it also depends on personal preference since departments have different research areas (though they both seem very broad overall). How was your former education in philosophy? The online master in Edinburgh seems quite specialised. And I would not underestimate the benefits of personal conversations, especially in philosophy.

    What seems important for you: You would definitely have to spend at least two years in St Andrews. After Edinburgh, you could (maybe) directly progress to a PhD.

    Is there anyone, who had the chance to experience the atmosphere in both departments or can tell us about the programmes?
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