I am applying to SOAS and UCL to study development at postgrad level. I have applied to:
MSc Environment, Politics and Development at SOAS
MSc Social Development Policy at UCL
I have received an offer from SOAS and am waiting to hear back from UCL. I am wondering if anyone has had personal experience with either of these courses, and whether they would recommend one over the other. They are in roughly the same field, though the UCL one does seem to be more about social policy rather than environmental policy; both are fields I am very interested in.
I plan to go into NGO work; dream would be to work for the UN and then go into private development work as I have heard that there is less governmental red-tape etc. and so often more effective. Also, the UCL course offers a fieldwork component in the developing world, whereas the SOAS course does not. I would like the experience actually working in the field, as I have not previously. Though I was born and raised in a developing country. However, the SOAS department seems more recognised but UCL is more prestigious. As you can tell, I'm confused! Thanks for any feedback