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One of my economics professors, and he is a professor rather than an associate or lecturer, did a BA in economics at Stirling (came top in year) and then an MSc immediately after at Strathclyde - decent universities.

Within two years he was lecturing at Oxford, within three he was a researcher and within four he had completed his DPhil at Nuffield.

I'm not intending to be snobbish about academic prestige, neither am I interested in continuing at university after my undergraduate degree, but how does one graduate from an average university and very quickly gain acceptance, both professional and academic, from one of the UK's best universities?

His CV is here if you're interested - http://andrewoswald.com/docs/cvOswaldNovember2018.pdf
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Because the quality of a researcher is not determined by the perceived status of their first degree university.
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You're talking about the 70s. Different world back then.
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I imagine his MSc thesis was top-notch and a professor at Oxford was willing to accept him as a DPhil student. Some decent publications and you're set.
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(Original post by HoldThisL)
One of my economics professors, and he is a professor rather than an associate or lecturer, did a BA in economics at Stirling (came top in year) and then an MSc immediately after at Strathclyde - decent universities.

Within two years he was lecturing at Oxford, within three he was a researcher and within four he had completed his DPhil at Nuffield.

I'm not intending to be snobbish about academic prestige, neither am I interested in continuing at university after my undergraduate degree, but how does one graduate from an average university and very quickly gain acceptance, both professional and academic, from one of the UK's best universities?

His CV is here if you're interested - http://andrewoswald.com/docs/cvOswaldNovember2018.pdf
there was far less research output back then, so it was easier to stand out (still clearly very accomplished tho) if he got a couple of things published as an undergrad/masters student and they were very well respected and recognised as high quality then other Universities be very keen to bring him to their institution... its all about the research and money ultimately
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