Oxbridge/UoL (UCL & LSE) MPhil/MRes/PhD chances w/ 67% UG but Distinction mastersWatch
I'm strongly considering applying for MPhil Intellectual History & Political Thought at Cambridge, and the DPhil Politics course at Oxford (also contemplating cognate MRes/PhD courses at UCL & LSE). The entry requirements for each state that the threshold is a high upper-second class degree for undergraduate. I received 67% in Ancient History for my undergraduate degree from the University of Bristol. I achieved a first-class mark in my undergraduate dissertation (2nd year grades dragged my overall classification down, and my transcript demonstrates year-on-year improvement). I also hold a distinction in MSc Political Theory from LSE, with a distinction in the dissertation. I also achieved 43 IB points in 6th form, for what that's worth at this stage of my academic career.
I was wondering whether, even though my undergraduate degree grade is at the lowest possible end of the admissions spectrum, my more relevant masters degree would count for more.
Essentially, I'm wondering whether I would still stand a good chance of admissions success for these courses with my academic record.
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Would be keen to have some more input on what people think my chances are. My application is currently status submitted which is about what I expect due to the holidays. I submitted a 1k research proposal with 2 ~5k word essays to boot, and filled in all the optional fields on the application. I contacted a member of academic staff who was enthusiastic about my proposed area of research and encouraged me to apply (which I think is the default position anyway), so marked them down as my proposed supervisor. This all said, I'm aware that my first degree, BA Ancient History with a high (just) 2.1 of 67% (on the dot) will be weaker than much of my competition, so I'm wondering to what extent the distinction in MSc Political Theory (from a marginally stronger institution in the respective field) will counter-balance this (given that arguably my MSc discipline is more relevant to the subject of MPhil study as well). Thanks!