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Is the reputation of a university for a masters course considered by employers?
I have 2 offers to study a masters course at Imperial and Royal Holloway to study Petroleum Geoscience (Now energy geosciences at RHUL). Both have good rankings for the subject: Imperial = 1st and RHUL = 9th in the UK. Imperial would be the sensible choice in terms of teaching and reputation but i would be barely able to afford to go whereas if I went to Royal Holloway i would be financially comfortable. Is it worth paying a lot to go Imperial for the reputation and graduate prospects or would it better to save money and go to a uni thats less well known.
Any advice/information would be much appreciated.
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Is the reputation of a university for a masters course considered by employers?
I have 2 offers to study a masters course at Imperial and Royal Holloway to study Petroleum Geoscience (Now energy geosciences at RHUL). Both have good rankings for the subject: Imperial = 1st and RHUL = 9th in the UK. Imperial would be the sensible choice in terms of teaching and reputation but i would be barely able to afford to go whereas if I went to Royal Holloway i would be financially comfortable. Is it worth paying a lot to go Imperial for the reputation and graduate prospects or would it better to save money and go to a uni thats less well known.
Any advice/information would be much appreciated.
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I would go Imperial, it’ll be worth it
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While some individuals might look down on some universities, employers in general don't care. It's what you take from it that matter, and whether the content of the course is relevant. My MSc was from a good uni but I was offered a place at a 'higher rated' university, but in no way has it affected my chances for other qualifications and employment. You'll get plenty of great experiences at RHUL if you decided to go that way, as 9th isn't bad at all! Most importantly it's vital you enjoy the experience, and struggling financially isn't much fun. So consider whether that trade-off would be 'worth it' for you.
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Is the reputation of a university for a masters course considered by employers?
I have 2 offers to study a masters course at Imperial and Royal Holloway to study Petroleum Geoscience (Now energy geosciences at RHUL). Both have good rankings for the subject: Imperial = 1st and RHUL = 9th in the UK. Imperial would be the sensible choice in terms of teaching and reputation but i would be barely able to afford to go whereas if I went to Royal Holloway i would be financially comfortable. Is it worth paying a lot to go Imperial for the reputation and graduate prospects or would it better to save money and go to a uni thats less well known.
Any advice/information would be much appreciated.
They can do, and some don't do. On the precautionary principle alone you ought to go to the uni with the highest reputation, all other things being more or less equal. Unless the fees are wildly different, the cost of living shouldn't be too different.
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Is the reputation of a university for a masters course considered by employers?
I have 2 offers to study a masters course at Imperial and Royal Holloway to study Petroleum Geoscience (Now energy geosciences at RHUL). Both have good rankings for the subject: Imperial = 1st and RHUL = 9th in the UK. Imperial would be the sensible choice in terms of teaching and reputation but i would be barely able to afford to go whereas if I went to Royal Holloway i would be financially comfortable. Is it worth paying a lot to go Imperial for the reputation and graduate prospects or would it better to save money and go to a uni thats less well known.
Any advice/information would be much appreciated.
You are choosing a very specialist area. Look at the career options in a company like Shell for people with a Masters in Geoscience. They are seeking Exploration Geoscientists and Production Geoscientists. Look at the Imperial course; term 1 is exploration geoscience and term 2 is production geoscience. Its as if the Imperial course has been structured to set you up for a job with Shell.

The Royal Holloway course is not all bad; Shell is looking for Structural Geologists and RH has a structural analysis module. Similarly, Shell has openings for geophysicists and RH has a geophysics module.

The Oil and Gas industry has been suffering a downturn for the last few years so you really need to be keen to enter this industry right now. Crude oil price was $100 a barrel in 2014 and now is $42 so the industry has shrunk dramatically. I had a look for geoscience jobs in BP and could not find any.
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