Oxford MSt vs. UCL MPAWatch
Some key points:
- I want to be in the public/development sphere after graduating, so both degrees are relevant to this.
- I studied law at the top university in my home country (am an international student).
- I have been awarded a full scholarship for UCL but did not receive funding for Oxford and cannot transfer the scholarship.
- UCL is 1 year full time, Oxford is 2 years part-time.
- The MSt is only offered part-time (I would have chosen full time). It is also distance-learning and summer-school based, so I can do the course from anywhere and only go into Oxford for the summers, or I can live and work in Oxford.
- Because it is part-time, it is possible to work and self-fund the MSt. This is obviously not the case for the MPA, plus London living is more expensive.
- I can defer Oxford for one year. I cannot defer UCL or the scholarship.
- I would like to do my PhD in the future. The MSt is a track for the DPhil; the MPA is a professional masters and so entry to a PhD programme would be difficult.
- Another option is to complete the first year of the MSt at the same time as the MPA, but it would be super intensive and I wouldn’t have time to actually enjoy London and all UCL has to offer.