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    (Original post by f26d02)
    I'm an offer holder for MA International Relations (Middle East) and a current Durham/SGIA undergrad (BA Politics). I'm happy to answer any questions about Durham/SGIA for non-Durham students who've applied so feel free to send them my way

    Good luck to all who have applied or will be applying soon and congrats to those with offers!
    Excellent news. If I may ask, what is your opinion of the SGIA? Are there often events held at the department (i.e. guest speakers)?

    Also, what made you decide to pursue your MA at Durham instead of another uni?
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    Excellent news. If I may ask, what is your opinion of the SGIA? Are there often events held at the department (i.e. guest speakers)?

    Also, what made you decide to pursue your MA at Durham instead of another uni?
    I can understand why SGIA has a bit of an on-off reputation. My year as a collective have had a few dubious experiences, e.g. our third year module choices were pretty limited because a vast majority of the Middle East lecturers were going on research leave at the same time (but that can't necessarily be helped, so on reflection I probably wouldn't blame the department). That being said, my personal experience with SGIA has generally been great. I've always found the staff very helpful and willing to engage in conversation for the sake of our learning, and a lot of them have made themselves available for students on occasions even outside of their office hours. Obviously no department is perfect though, and I suppose it's also pretty subjective.

    The department does host quite a few events/guest speakers throughout the year, and Durham's Politics and International Relations society also offers guest speaker events for members. We've also got a variety of other political societies which occasionally get speakers in, as well as the Durham Union Society (debating) which has MPs and other prominent political figures come in to debate on a fairly regular basis. So there's definitely no shortage of outside speakers if that's what you're after!

    I wanted to stay at Durham mainly for the familiarity, but also because of the impressive IR/Middle Eastern studies credentials the department has (see website) and because of what I said before about the staff. I also really liked the course content, considering it offers the opportunity to study IR as a concept as in-depth as the region I've chosen.

    Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by f26d02)
    I can understand why SGIA has a bit of an on-off reputation. My year as a collective have had a few dubious experiences, e.g. our third year module choices were pretty limited because a vast majority of the Middle East lecturers were going on research leave at the same time (but that can't necessarily be helped, so on reflection I probably wouldn't blame the department). That being said, my personal experience with SGIA has generally been great. I've always found the staff very helpful and willing to engage in conversation for the sake of our learning, and a lot of them have made themselves available for students on occasions even outside of their office hours. Obviously no department is perfect though, and I suppose it's also pretty subjective.

    The department does host quite a few events/guest speakers throughout the year, and Durham's Politics and International Relations society also offers guest speaker events for members. We've also got a variety of other political societies which occasionally get speakers in, as well as the Durham Union Society (debating) which has MPs and other prominent political figures come in to debate on a fairly regular basis. So there's definitely no shortage of outside speakers if that's what you're after!

    I wanted to stay at Durham mainly for the familiarity, but also because of the impressive IR/Middle Eastern studies credentials the department has (see website) and because of what I said before about the staff. I also really liked the course content, considering it offers the opportunity to study IR as a concept as in-depth as the region I've chosen.

    Hope this helps!

    This is really helpful information. I have an offer for the MA in international relations (general) and will not specialize. I am looking to do modules unrelated to the middle east but there is still a good choice of modules one can choose that focus in other areas.

    The good news is that there is a discount of 10% of the tuition for alumni and I that takes a chunk of the tuition off.

    Anything else you want to add?
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    (Original post by Durham_)
    This is really helpful information. I have an offer for the MA in international relations (general) and will not specialize. I am looking to do modules unrelated to the middle east but there is still a good choice of modules one can choose that focus in other areas.

    The good news is that there is a discount of 10% of the tuition for alumni and I that takes a chunk to the tuition off.

    Anything else you want to add?
    Not that I can think of! Obviously I’d be happy to answer specific questions though if you still have them
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    @f26d02 out of curiosity, what college will you be joining?
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    (Original post by Saffer)
    @f26d02 out of curiosity, what college will you be joining?
    I’m currently at Van Mildert so I’m hoping to stay there
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    Hi Everyone!

    I received my PhD offer last night, but do you know when would we hear about the DDS funding results?
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    (Original post by Mythrandir)
    Hi Everyone!

    I received my PhD offer last night, but do you know when would we hear about the DDS funding results?
    Congratulations! That sounds awesome!

    aww this wait is killing meeeeeee....
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    (Original post by lt096)
    Congratulations! That sounds awesome!

    aww this wait is killing meeeeeee....
    I am very happy, but waiting for funding is very bad considering I won't be able to accept my offer without funding

    I hope the best for all who worked hard for their applications!
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    (Original post by Mythrandir)
    Hi Everyone!

    I received my PhD offer last night, but do you know when would we hear about the DDS funding results?
    Apparently the results start to roll out in the last week of March. Congratulations on receiving an offer and good luck with the funding application!
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    (Original post by f26d02)
    Apparently the results start to roll out in the last week of March. Congratulations on receiving an offer and good luck with the funding application!
    Thank you very much for your answer! In this case, almost all of the funding results of the most of the unis will be announced around the same time. Fingers crossed! Good luck to all of us!
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    (Original post by Mythrandir)
    I am very happy, but waiting for funding is very bad considering I won't be able to accept my offer without funding
    Aw, I'm sorry, but hey, at least step 1 is accomplished Good luck with the funding!
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    Hi there, American student here- about to accept my offer for MA Music
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    (Original post by lt096)
    Aw, I'm sorry, but hey, at least step 1 is accomplished Good luck with the funding!
    Thank you very much! You too if you are also competing for a funding 🍀
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    (Original post by taylorroselw)
    Hi there, American student here- about to accept my offer for MA Music
    Congratulations! Do you know which college you want to join?
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    I have a question regarding the collegiate system.

    I know it plays an important role in the overall student experience, but can it in any way be limiting? For example: are you solely restricted to the confines of your college in terms of socialising and meeting people, or is there flexibility in being able to mix with people from other colleges etc.
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    (Original post by Saffer)
    I have a question regarding the collegiate system.

    I know it plays an important role in the overall student experience, but can it in any way be limiting? For example: are you solely restricted to the confines of your college in terms of socialising and meeting people, or is there flexibility in being able to mix with people from other colleges etc.
    I personally haven’t found myself to be limited in any way by the collegiate system. In fact, most of my closest friends here aren’t members of my college! Some of them are members of the same university sports team I’ve been involved in since my first year, and some of them are people I’ve been in lectures and seminars with for the past three years. I also tend to go on nights out with friends from other colleges more often than I do with my college friends.

    However, I do know people who have restricted themselves to in-college socialisation and have found it easy to do so. Because all colleges have their own societies and committees, people who don’t want to get involved in anything at the uni level can do so comfortably in college, thereby largely avoiding the opportunity to become friends with other people.

    I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a bad thing, though. If you want to broaden your horizons and join a university sports team or society, great! If you don’t, you’ll still have dozens of societies to get involved in and hundreds of people to meet within your college.

    Hope this helped!
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    Does anyone happen to know if there's any way to check on one's application status without actually having to contact the department? Like an online portal? It's been 6 weeks since I submitted my application (and 3 weeks since all my references were sent) and this waiting is truly agonising, especially since Durham is my #1 choice and I can't accept any other offers until I hear from it....
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    I received an offer to study MA International Cultural Heritage Management, has anyone else done this course?

    Also is Durham really as academic as everyone makes out? I'm really scared I won't fit in :/

    Also, any feedback on Ustinov as a college?
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    Hey!

    Anyone for MSc Global Politics?
 
 
 
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