Gautami8
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Hello!

I have got offer letters from SOAS and Sussex for MSc in Development Studies and MA in Social Development, respectively. Now, I am really confused between the two. When I look at the QS ranking in development studies, Sussex is on the top. However, the employment rate of SOAS is much higher than Sussex as per the rankings. (I am looking at the rankings as I have no other source of information to find out its reputation.)

Basically, I want to know which of the two is more reputed and would get me good employment opportunities in the development sector. I am from India, and I would like to come back here to work. However, I would not mind working in other countries for a year or two.

Thank you for your help!
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I am too in the same situation as yours... between IDS or SOAS.

My inclination is more towards IDS for its practical approach and also Brighton would be comparatively economical when it comes to London. Hope this helps.

I would like to know more about how did you understand about the employment rate for the two universities?
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(Original post by Quirkybox)
I am too in the same situation as yours... between IDS or SOAS.

My inclination is more towards IDS for its practical approach and also Brighton would be comparatively economical when it comes to London. Hope this helps.

I would like to know more about how did you understand about the employment rate for the two universities?

Hey,

Thanks for replying. I just checked the overall ranking of the university on QStopuniversities.com for development studies. Then, I clicked on the university's name for more information. (http://www.topuniversities.com/unive...london#subject)

I spoke to someone who pursued her doctoral research in development studies from SOAS. She said that unless you have full funding from Sussex, SOAS would be a better option as its multicultural. Also, London is more cosmopolitan than Brighton so there would be more opportunities to learn. But, may be she is biased as she is a SOAS alumnus :P

I am getting more inclined towards SOAS, irrespective of its ranking. I still haven't made a final call. :|

Do inform me if you get a chance to speak to anyone from Sussex. Thanks!
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I have spoken with a couple of IDS Alumni. They have preferred IDS over LSE. SOAS fees is higher than IDS.
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Ignore League Tables, rankings and other nebulous nonsense. This sort of stuff is designed to get media attention and generate income for certain newspapers. Its certainly no way for a graduate to choose a University.

IDS - specialist research and postgrad teaching institute. Trains future leaders for developing countries and high fliers in the NGO world. Gets lots of international and UK government funding. Sussex campus - beautiful small green campus close to vibrant, arty, seaside town.

SOAS - Uni of London college that teaches at all levels on subjects focussed on Africa/Asia with big focus on languages/culture, ie. no specialist focus on postgrad Development issues. London - more expensive than Brighton, but access to more UoL libraries/academics/seminars etc.

Look at the detail of the courses - what optional modules are there, what would you actually choose? What are the specialist research interests of staff there - do they match yours? What would be the day-to-day reality of your 12 months living/studying in each location.

Ultimately its a very personal decision - what other people enjoy/don't enjoy about a course or Uni wont apply to you. If in doubt, go and visit each Uni/dept. Just walk around and see what the place feels like and what is going on there. Or go on You Tube and look at the relevant Open Day films. Gut feeling is often what it comes down to.
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Hi,

I'm going to apply for these courses shortly for Sept 2017 entry. I was just wondering what sort of background you had when you applied? Also which uni did you go with in the end and how are you finding it?

Thanks

Sarah
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