MA International Relations at Durham, Exeter, or Aberystywth? Watch

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I've been accepted to all three universities for an MA in International Relations starting Fall 2017. I am an American currently residing in California so I know very little about the atmosphere and national reputations of the three unis listed above aside from what I've research online. I am having trouble deciding which university to commit to based on academic, employer prospects, and campus reputation. Any genuine perspective from any UK nationals, etc. would be appreciated!

I've also been made offers to University of Kent (Brussels), University of Essex, and QMUL Paris. Although these unis are not my top three, perspective on these would also be appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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(Original post by williamsr94)
I've been accepted to all three universities for an MA in International Relations starting Fall 2017. I am an American currently residing in California so I know very little about the atmosphere and national reputations of the three unis listed above aside from what I've research online. I am having trouble deciding which university to commit to based on academic, employer prospects, and campus reputation. Any genuine perspective from any UK nationals, etc. would be appreciated!

I've also been made offers to University of Kent (Brussels), University of Essex, and QMUL Paris. Although these unis are not my top three, perspective on these would also be appreciated. Thank you in advance!
Durham certainly has the best reputation and most 'prestige' of the lot. Though I personally find Durham quite isolated compared to the south of England. That being said, most people who go there seem to have a great time.

Any reason you didn't apply to University of London colleges (LSE, UCL, SOAS, QMUL) ?
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here in the UK, Aberystwyth has nowhere near the reputation of Exeter or Durham; although I did like the place when I went on an open day there, its prestige... well there isn't any, really. Durham is the place for 'Oxbridge rejects'; it's one of the best universities in the UK. Aber, however, ranks within the bottom 10-20.

Exeter is a very upper class university, and so is Durham. Exeter is a small city, and so is Durham, but they're more than big enough if you're not used to big cities. Exeter is based not too far away from the coast, in quite idyllic rolling hills, etc. Aber is based in a very small town; the students double the population of the town. It is about 3 hours away from the nearest big city but has amazing views and countryside; it's well known for student satisfaction.

IMO it's Durham or Exeter you want to go for.
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(Original post by williamsr94)
I've been accepted to all three universities for an MA in International Relations starting Fall 2017. I am an American currently residing in California so I know very little about the atmosphere and national reputations of the three unis listed above aside from what I've research online. I am having trouble deciding which university to commit to based on academic, employer prospects, and campus reputation. Any genuine perspective from any UK nationals, etc. would be appreciated!

I've also been made offers to University of Kent (Brussels), University of Essex, and QMUL Paris. Although these unis are not my top three, perspective on these would also be appreciated. Thank you in advance!
From an IR specific viewpoint, Aberystwyth in the best of all those by a margin. It have a very strong reputation for IR, up with Cambridge, Oxford, LSE etc. However, it is a very individual environment, a small, Welsh seaside town, somewhere on the outer rim. It's a bit like Georgetown in the Ozarks - if that analogy makes sense (and without the seaside). if you are going to try and get a career in an IR field, then Aber will sell you better than Durham or Exeter.

However, if you aren't going to work in IR then Durham probably has the name that travels the best generally.

If you are going to be happy in a (welsh speaking) small, seaside town, a long way from anywhere, ie no bright lights, but with 52 bars and all the student societies you could ever want, and a close, tight knit community, then Aber is your best bet.
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From an IR specific viewpoint, Aberystwyth in the best of all those by a margin. It have a very strong reputation for IR, up with Cambridge, Oxford, LSE etc. However, it is a very individual environment, a small, Welsh seaside town, somewhere on the outer rim. It's a bit like Georgetown in the Ozarks - if that analogy makes sense (and without the seaside). if you are going to try and get a career in an IR field, then Aber will sell you better than Durham or Exeter.

However, if you aren't going to work in IR then Durham probably has the name that travels the best generally.

If you are going to be happy in a (welsh speaking) small, seaside town, a long way from anywhere, ie no bright lights, but with 52 bars and all the student societies you could ever want, and a close, tight knit community, then Aber is your best bet.
Nothing better than walking into a pub full of Welshmen who are all speaking English who then proceed to speak Welsh as soon as you open your mouth...
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From an IR specific viewpoint, Aberystwyth in the best of all those by a margin. It have a very strong reputation for IR, up with Cambridge, Oxford, LSE etc. However, it is a very individual environment, a small, Welsh seaside town, somewhere on the outer rim. It's a bit like Georgetown in the Ozarks - if that analogy makes sense (and without the seaside). if you are going to try and get a career in an IR field, then Aber will sell you better than Durham or Exeter.

However, if you aren't going to work in IR then Durham probably has the name that travels the best generally.

If you are going to be happy in a (welsh speaking) small, seaside town, a long way from anywhere, ie no bright lights, but with 52 bars and all the student societies you could ever want, and a close, tight knit community, then Aber is your best bet.
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Oxbridge/LSE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Aberystwithfhfhghd
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Again, OP, the key here is "for International Relations".
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