This may sound silly but if they offer a brand new course, does that mean it'll be less competitive to get into than those courses which are more established and well known?
It's African Studies. So quite a narrow pathway which I'm hoping not many people will go for (less competition!)
Despite their stating of "67 average or above" they then go on to say that the entry requirements are extremely flexible. Which gives the impression that they set the standards high to attract the best people, though they are probably more likely to be more forgiving on entry grades (as long as you get the 2.1)
Correct me if my waffle is hazardously incorrect!
The MSc in African Studies isn't an entirely new course, though, is it? I'm pretty sure there was some sort of Africa-related area studies masters' degree before, because I distinctly remember shadylane, a formerly regular poster on TSR, going on about how area studies courses at Oxford were only there to make money for the university and how much better the equivalent courses at London universities which actually specialised in this sort of thing were. And that was almost three years ago. Most of her criticism was based on her bad experiences as a JYA a couple of years earlier, when she did some papers on African studies and was taught by people who normally teach masters' students (at St Antony's, I think). So there must have been at least a similar course four or five years ago. [Not that any of this matters, I suppose.]
There is currently an MSc at Oxford, but Cambridge have just created their own MPhil (I'm not sure how that makes it that much different?)
I really want to go for Development Studies at Oxford or Cambridge, but I am worried that I'll fall flat on my face at the first hurdle (so subsequently looking at options where I have a greater chance of entry!)