Pg in International Relations - Durham vs Bristol vs City University London vs Bath Watch
I need your advice, I am an italian girl who just obtained last december a BA in Linguistic Mediation and Intercultural Communication in Italy.
I then sent applications for a postgrad course in International Relations or similar course to many different uni in the UK and I got offers from:
- Durham University - MA International Relations
- University of Bristol - MSc International Relations
- University of Bath - Both MA International Relations and a 2 years program Euromaster MA Contemporary European Politics (1 semester in Bath + 1 in Siena + 1 in Praque + 1 again Bath)
- University of Exter - MA International Relations and MA European Politics
- City University London - MA Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
I am still waiting a reply for Edinburgh (Msc International and European Politics and Msc International Relations).
I tried to find as much as possible on every uni, through this forum, QS Ranking, the completeuniversityguide and others, but not being a UK native I don't have a clear perception on what may actually be better! Some deadlines are getting closer and I must decide something.
I know Durham and Bristol have a very good reputation, while Bath and Exter have a high students' satisfaction and good employment rate. City University has a really interesting course and I read it's a good uni and located in London, which could be an advantage, but looks very much behind in the rankings.
Thank you very much for your help!!
There are certain indicators: Research institutes, concentrations offered, specialisation of some profs and guest speakers. I would also look at professional development opps outside the class room: Treks to International Organisations in Brussels/Geneva, project management (writing a grant proposal for NGO), Student UN workshop.
I think Edinburgh MSc IR is quite established and offers various concentrations. Whereas City's course has a fancy title, but is relatively new and untested. Even among London colleges, LSE, UCL, King's and SOAS have better MSc politics courses.
You can do the LinkedIn research of alumni in each programme and see where they work post graduation. You can even reach out to them.
Does anyone else have any other suggestions and insights?
All are good, as you say, but as someone who works (and hires) in this field in the UK I can tell you Durham is seen as slightly better by employers. Don't know whether that would sway your answer any.
Can I ask you if, in your opinion, Bristol is very much behind or the diffence perceived between the 2 is negligible? Thank you!