Which to choose for Politics - Birkbeck or Westminster? Watch

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I am wondering if anyone has experience of studying politics at Birkbeck or Westminster and cares to share their opinion (I would be postgraduate research but thoughts on undergrad and/or postgraduate taught welcome). I'm on the fence between both and my pros and cons list keeps growing.

For my particular field of interest, I know Birkbeck is much better in terms of what it offers, but I am wondering which is best in terms of reputation and overall quality of research produced.
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Westminster has a higher ranking in the UK tables that means that the ranking company has taken into account every factor for a student and ranked the collages accordingly; however in the end I suggest going to a uni which is more convenient for you so you can live at home and attend the uni or the one which costs less to get housing near.

:excited: Good luck
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I am wondering if anyone has experience of studying politics at Birkbeck or Westminster and cares to share their opinion (I would be postgraduate research but thoughts on undergrad and/or postgraduate taught welcome). I'm on the fence between both and my pros and cons list keeps growing.

For my particular field of interest, I know Birkbeck is much better in terms of what it offers, but I am wondering which is best in terms of reputation and overall quality of research produced.
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Westminster has a higher ranking in the UK tables that means that the ranking company has taken into account every factor for a student and ranked the collages accordingly; however in the end I suggest going to a uni which is more convenient for you so you can live at home and attend the uni or the one which costs less to get housing near.

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How do you know it has a higher ranking? Birkbeck isn't even on the league tables.
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If Birkbeck is not on the league table then the it is not in the top 100 meaning that Westminster has a higher ranking.
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How do you know it has a higher ranking? Birkbeck isn't even on the league tables.
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If Birkbeck is not on the league table then the it is not in the top 100 meaning that Westminster has a higher ranking.
No. Birkbeck chose not to be on the ranking tables.
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Hey, thanks so much for replying! So I'd suggest instead of checking league tables go to 'REF 2014' and it tells you more about each department - in terms of the quality of publications (although this way of measuring the quality of research is questionable). In terms of politics, Birkbeck is doing a lot better than Westminster on REF.
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Westminster has a higher ranking in the UK tables that means that the ranking company has taken into account every factor for a student and ranked the collages accordingly; however in the end I suggest going toSo for a uni which is more convenient for you so you can live at home and attend the uni or the one which costs less to get housing near.

:excited: Good luck
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I thought you were the OP I would have stopped replying if I realised.
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No. Birkbeck chose not to be on the ranking tables.
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I thought you were the OP I would have stopped replying if I realised.
Huh

What has that got to do with anything lol
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