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I graduated from a Modern Languages degree 2 years ago and have been looking for opportunities in International Development ever since. So far I've managed to get an internship in charity event management in China, which was great but I think I'd like to be involved in a more technical aspect in future, or potentially working face-to-face with programme beneficiaries more often. Fundraising is not really my thing, and I miss maths (which I did well in at A Level).

I was prevented from getting field experience this year due to health problems and I'm now waiting to get surgery in the UK so although I'd love to travel and work full-time, I think it's best I stick around in the EU this year.

My priorities include technical rigour (don't wanna end up back in the jobs market as a generalist again, that has been rough), reputation and opportunities to work and volunteer alongside my studies.

So far I hold 2 offers, but am considering applying last-minute to one of a couple more. I have to decide very soon!

Offers:

Economics Masters at the Universite Cote d'Azur:
http://univ-cotedazur.fr/en/educatio...nomic-dynamics
*Takes 2 years.
*A relatively new uni which is quite well-reputed in France but only 350-400 in the world rankings. Not much except tourism in terms of part-time job opportunities in the city. Not a very developed student community/services.
*Seems pretty technical and mathematical, includes lots of training in using software and coding.
*Research-based and freedom to choose the direction of my thesis.

East Asian Development and the Global Economy MSc at the University of Bristol https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/post...lobal-economy/
*Takes one year.
*In the top 100 unis in the world, but not known for Dev studies. Also the city is full of NGOs I could work with part-time, great careers service and active student community.
*Can take a module in quantitative methods. The rest seems mainly politics-focused. Most of the same modules as Int Dev (course full when I applied).
*The title sounds very specific - I'm interested in China but worried about narrowing my options at this point. It also seems to brand me as someone interested in international trade, which I'm not really.

Potential applications:

International Development with Economics MSc at the University of Bath
https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/postg...ics-full-time/
*Takes 1 year
*Decent ranking but lower than Bristol and Manchester, again not known for Dev. The city is small and I'm not sure about work/volunteering opportunities. The student community and services are likely quite developed as in most good UK unis.
*Title is exactly what I'm looking for. Core module includes qual and quant research methods. Slightly worried it might still be a bit soft on the technical side as there's no pre-requisite of social sciences or math.

MSc International Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development/ MSc International Development: Environment Climate Change and Development at the University of Manchester
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/m...course-profile
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/m...course-profile
*Takes 1 year
*One of the best in the UK for Dev studies, offering a huge range of specialisms. There is integrated field work. Probably a great place to make contacts.
*Manchester is a big city but doesn't seem as socially active as Bristol. I also find it a bit cold and depressing there, unfortunately.
*Unsure of how much modules focus on quant skills.

These are just my perceptions of the courses and cities as an outsider. Would love to hear from anyone who has experienced them first-hand or anyone within the field.

I've been doing an online micromasters in 'Data, Economics and Development Policy' through MITx...maybe that would supplement gaps in any course I end up choosing anyway?
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Manchester seems like a good choice at this point but if I am understanding it right, you don't have an offer from them yet?
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(Original post by Mya Mya)
Manchester seems like a good choice at this point but if I am understanding it right, you don't have an offer from them yet?
Correct,they appear to still have spaces for the specialisms that interest me, though.
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Any ideas? I'm really stressing out.
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