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    Social Sciences is broad, can you specify? PolScie, Econ, Sociology, Psychology, anthropology, education, communication, criminal justice ...

    Incidentally, the department and thesis supervisor are more vital to a PhD besides uni's prestige. I would suggest to look at attrition rate, placement and impact factor.
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    Hello.

    I'm a prospective Ph.D. student from EU who was accepted, with ESRC funding, to the University of Edinburgh. Now, the question. From outside, it seems Edinburgh is quite respected university, no Oxbridge, but relatively prestigious. But that might be angled, so - what is the reputation of Edinburgh, specifically for social sciences?

    Thank you!
    Its reputation is excellent.
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    As above the department and supervisor reputation are more important. Prestige doesn't mean anything really. Look at what facilities you have access to collaboration opportunities, resources, training etc.
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    Good. Only Scottish university to have ever produced a prime minister (The Rt Hon Dr Gordon Brown).

    My friend applied to Bank of China for a job back then, and he told me there were only five universities listed for the UK: Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, University of London, and Edinburgh (in no particular order).
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    Congratulations on your offer at Edinburgh. I completed my MSc there back in 2010. I wish I could have gone back for my PhD, but there wasn't a good supervisor there for me anymore.
 
 
 
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