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LSE (econ and social policy) or UCL (social sciences with Quantitative methods)??!! Watch

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    please help me choose which uni I should firm?
    I'm really desperate and don't what I should do, esp. with the deadline being 2 days away.

    Background info:
    My career aspirations: at the moment, I want to work in govt/social policy making (but I might change my mind in the future)
    For me, the most important things to consider when choosing my degree:
    -interesting course. –easy. –good career prospects. - The uni environment

    Lse - econ and social policy (AAB)
    Pros: 50 mins away- close
    Most prestige- so probably better employment prospects
    Everyone says lse is best for econ (& it’s no.1 for social policy)
    Cons: Student satisfaction is low
    Most difficult course. More likely to end up with a 2:2 degree.
    Little flexibility with optional modules

    UCL- social sciences with quantitative methods (AAB)
    Pros: UCL has good reputation
    40mins away-closest
    Job prospects- apparently there’s a gap in the market for quantitative skills
    (Quantitative methods)- Part of £20 mill Q-step programme gives ‘access to (but not guaranteed) summer courses, 6-week paid internships, specialist training, workshops and conferences, personal tutoring throughout the programme.’
    Assessed through a mixture of exams, essays, (group) presentations, practical exercises-> Not sure if this is a good thing? (but probs less stress about end of year exams)
    Cons: It’s with ‘IOE’ which just joined UCL last year- has less prestige
    New course (introduced this year)- uncertainty. Don’t know how it’s going to be (i.e how difficult it’ll be?)
    Have to do a language course in 1st year (I didn’t take a language gcse)

    Any help/ insight you can give is appreciated!!
    Which one do you think I should pick??

    I know this is too late, but I would take the UCL choise. I studied Social Policy at the LSE and honestly no matter where you go you will end up studying the same thing. UCL and LSE have similar job prospects.From what I've seen UCL has more range of options available and quantitative skills are in demand.

    Don't make a decision based on prestige but rather what you can gain from the course and UCL will give you more.
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