Lexi1990
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I am stuck between doing an MPA in Development, Technology and Innovation at UCL or the MSt in International Human Rights at Oxford.

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.
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If you're an international student, would you anticipate being on a Tier 4 visa? If so, studying part-time whilst living and working in Oxford might potentially prove problematic - most part-time international students are based outside the UK, and only fly in a couple of times a year.
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Lexi1990
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I am international but have EU citizenship, so for now wouldn’t need a Tier 4.
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For me this isn’t a question. You have funding for UCL and are wondering whether to pass that up to self-fund a part time masters offered through the (in itself, very good) Oxford department of continuing education?!
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Yes, due to the DPhil and it being Oxford. But I agree that it would be stupid to pass up full funding for a CONTED degree.
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Does anyone have any opinions on the MPA at LSE vs UCL's MPA's with STEaPP?
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Go for UCL
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