Development/Economics at SOAS, Birmingham, Sussex or Essex???

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Hi there. I have two questions essentially:

1. I have applied to the following programs and can't decide which one to choose:

- SOAS Graduate Diploma in Economics
- Birmingham Graduate Diploma in International Development
- Sussex MSc Sustainable Development
- Essex MA Economics

I've heard back from all of them, except Birmingham, and have been accepted.

2. Since the teaching on the GDip and MSc International Development is the same, MSc entails a dissertation during the summer, does anyone know if it is possible to change from the GDip to MSc during the year if your grades are up to par?

If yes, then I'd love to go to Birmingham. But what is better, doing an MSc at Sussex or a GDip from SOAS followed by a Masters? I do love the idea of living in London :/
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(Original post by Silky91)
Hi there. I have two questions essentially:

1. I have applied to the following programs and can't decide which one to choose:

- SOAS Graduate Diploma in Economics
- Birmingham Graduate Diploma in International Development
- Sussex MSc Sustainable Development
- Essex MA Economics

I've heard back from all of them, except Birmingham, and have been accepted.

2. Since the teaching on the GDip and MSc International Development is the same, MSc entails a dissertation during the summer, does anyone know if it is possible to change from the GDip to MSc during the year if your grades are up to par?

If yes, then I'd love to go to Birmingham. But what is better, doing an MSc at Sussex or a GDip from SOAS followed by a Masters? I do love the idea of living in London :/

SOAS is one of the best places to study development economics. Plus it's in London, which comes with its own benefits.
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Peace,

I agree with other poster's response, SOAS has a sterling world-wide reputation, if you are referring to their Development Economics course. SOAS was ranked #7 in the world(coming up from 11th in 2016), in latest development studies ranking which is remarkable for a uni of only approximately 5500 students.(which should also translate to small classroom size, and greater networking opportunities with your professors, who will be leading experts in the field, affiliated with NGO's, companies, etc.)

https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...opment-studies

I don't think they will allows such a change, normally they want the work done on one degree to or certification to be for that degree only. But I would contact SOAS directly to ask, just in case. I hope this works out well for you and my best wishes to you.

(Original post by Silky91)
Hi there. I have two questions essentially:

1. I have applied to the following programs and can't decide which one to choose:

- SOAS Graduate Diploma in Economics
- Birmingham Graduate Diploma in International Development
- Sussex MSc Sustainable Development
- Essex MA Economics

I've heard back from all of them, except Birmingham, and have been accepted.

2. Since the teaching on the GDip and MSc International Development is the same, MSc entails a dissertation during the summer, does anyone know if it is possible to change from the GDip to MSc during the year if your grades are up to par?

If yes, then I'd love to go to Birmingham. But what is better, doing an MSc at Sussex or a GDip from SOAS followed by a Masters? I do love the idea of living in London :/
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