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    Social Policy and Government at LSE, or Philosophy and Politics at Manchester? Which is more enjoyable, and better to employers?
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    (Original post by Sunset891)
    Social Policy and Government at LSE, or Philosophy and Politics at Manchester? Which is more enjoyable, and better to employers?
    If you really have to ask this question then you shouldn't be considering either. Obviously LSE, it's known all around the word. Their degree isn't weaker than Manchester's at all, it different subjects with a different title. That doesn't mean it's weaker, it's just different.
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    If you really have to ask this question then you shouldn't be considering either. Obviously LSE, it's known all around the word. Their degree isn't weaker than Manchester's at all, it different subjects with a different title. That doesn't mean it's weaker, it's just different.
    LSE is slightly higher if you configure things to sort by employer reputation across UK unis. But then slightly lower if you sort by academic reputation. https://www.topuniversities.com/univ...-rankings/2018 . So idk.

    With that being said I feel like studying in LSE wouldn't be as nice in terms of social things. It has a very different vibe to places like Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester and not everyone enjoys that environment.

    So to answer the question (imo):

    (Original post by Sunset891)
    Social Policy and Government at LSE, or Philosophy and Politics at Manchester? Which is more enjoyable, and better to employers?
    Manchester would be way more enjoyable. LSE is a bit better for employers. Just look at course units if you're still stuck.
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    (Original post by sizzlelikeasnail)
    LSE is slightly higher if you sort by employer reputation. But then slightly lower if you sort by academic reputation. https://www.topuniversities.com/univ...-rankings/2018 . The difference in the 2 in that regard is probably minimal tbh.

    With that being said I feel like studying in LSE wouldn't be as nice in terms of social things. It has a very different vibe to places like Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester and not everyone enjoys that environment.

    So to answer the question (imo):



    Manchester would be more enjoyable. LSE is slightly better for employers. Just look at course units if you're still stuck.
    Rankings these days mean absolutely nothing for the top 20 universities. A large number of points are from student satisfaction, so if people who were as,ed from a clearly lower university had decent lecturers and a good university experience in general that university gets more points. Another big point scorer is research quality, a smaller and more specialised university like LSE isn't going to be doing as much research for the rankers to analyse than a bigger university like Manchester or Birmingham so they won't get as many points. There are more aspects like this, in reality employers know that LSE is better than Manchester despite what yearly rankings (which vary wildly depending on each publisher) would try to have you believe.
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    (Original post by Glassapple)
    Rankings these days mean absolutely nothing for the top 20 universities. A large number of points are from student satisfaction, so if people who were as,ed from a clearly lower university had decent lecturers and a good university experience in general that university gets more points. Another big point scorer is research quality, a smaller and more specialised university like LSE isn't going to be doing as much research for the rankers to analyse than a bigger university like Manchester or Birmingham so they won't get as many points. There are more aspects like this, in reality employers know that LSE is better than Manchester despite what yearly rankings (which vary wildly depending on each publisher) would try to have you believe.
    I understand the point you're trying to make. But I don't see how it's relevant here. I didn't look at an overall ranking and tell OP to pick one over the other. I sorted it by what OP specified. Student satisfaction, decent lecturers and university experience ect are completely different parameters to academic or employer reputation. They're the ones displaying the reality for employers. It's better than relying on anecdotes.

    However while on the topic, I've always thought that when you're in the top 20 unis, looking at reputation is pointless. No doors close from attending LSE instead of Manchester or whatever. So when it comes to that, my priority would simply be student experience and cost. There's rare exceptions like some foreign employers who only take engineering grads from Cambridge for example. But aside from that it's a level playing field.

    So even taking to account reputation I still wouldn't pick LSE over others. Might as well go somewhere you'll get the most enjoyment out of.
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    More enjoyable? Subjective.

    'Better for employers?' Unlikely to make a difference. What do you want to do career-wise?
 
 
 
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