Harvard, Cambridge , Essex : Plan A vs. Plan B

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Adam_pir
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Hi,
I am very confused, between Plan A and Plan B


I am looking forward to studying a new master’s degree and a PhD...

The areas of interest are:

Politics and International Studies

Government

Plan A, which is:
To study an Master's degree in Government at Harvard Extension School (approximately two years)
Then to study a PhD in politics and international studies at Cambridge University (approximately 3 years)

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Plan B:
Studying a Master of Philosophy in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge (approximately 9 months)
Then Studying a PhD in government at the University of Essex.(approximately 4 years)

Which plan is better in your opinion
Thanks in advance ..
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I'm not sure by how much, but it matters a lot more within the social sciences where you study, as opposed to what you have studied. A first class BSc degree in Computer Science looks good from any university in most cases, a first class politics degree from Staffordshire University (yes, that's me) is not worth the paper it is printed on (no offense to Staffordshire Univeristy, it's a good university!).

Based on that, plan A would be better because you get to say you went to Harvard as well as Cambridge!
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(Original post by Adam_pir)
Hi,
I am very confused, between Plan A and Plan B


I am looking forward to studying a new master’s degree and a PhD...

The areas of interest are:

Politics and International Studies

Government

Plan A, which is:
To study an Master's degree in Government at Harvard Extension School (approximately two years)
Then to study a PhD in politics and international studies at Cambridge University (approximately 3 years)

or
Plan B:
Studying a Master of Philosophy in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge (approximately 9 months)
Then Studying a PhD in government at the University of Essex.(approximately 4 years)

Which plan is better in your opinion
Thanks in advance ..
You need to hold offers before you can make a plan.

Apply for about 5 MPhils, complete the MPhil, and then from what you've learnt about your potential to progress, your interests and best fit, apply to 3-5 PhDs with a gap year to a) get stronger references from the MPhil, b) save and c) do something career related.
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Thanks ,♥️
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