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SOAS vs Queen Mary

Ive applied for economics and politics at both SOAS and queen mary, alot of the reviews im getting from which university is generally better are all outdated. Ive heard SOAS is prestigous but has dropped in the leugue tables as of this year.
I Understand its also more specialised in terms of theyre subject areas, i.e geared toward O&A politics.
Im wondering what would be the better choice to persue the joint honours degree? whats better in terms off:
-social life
-graduate prosepcts
-teaching and acadmics
-overall vibes (ik vauge but i had to ask)
-student satisfaction
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Looking at league tables isn’t always fair for small specialist universities likes SOAS. SOAS is generally seen as very good at what it does.

I personally don’t like QMUL. Just based on where it is in London and the surrounding areas. SOAS is very international.
Original post by Zthenotorious
Ive applied for economics and politics at both SOAS and queen mary, alot of the reviews im getting from which university is generally better are all outdated. Ive heard SOAS is prestigous but has dropped in the leugue tables as of this year.
I Understand its also more specialised in terms of theyre subject areas, i.e geared toward O&A politics.
Im wondering what would be the better choice to persue the joint honours degree?


SOAS only for the areas it is string and known for, even then it has a reputation for being quite political.
I would prefer to spend 3 years at QM.
Original post by 999tigger
SOAS only for the areas it is string and known for, even then it has a reputation for being quite political.
I would prefer to spend 3 years at QM.

So would I .....have read quite negative things about SOAS having financial problems as well as being overly political so would pick QMUL despite the location not being as central.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/may/29/soas-to-slash-budgets-and-staff-as-debt-crisis-worsens-in-pandemic

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-strange-world-of-the-radically-left-wing-soas-university
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Reply 4
To be honest you'll find them pretty similar, especially at undergrad, in terms of teaching, environment etc. etc.
I went to QM back in the day and whilst i didnt overly enjoy it (my fault not theirs) i would still recommend their politics program as they have some great professors there.
Reply 5
Original post by Whatisizekiah
Looking at league tables isn’t always fair for small specialist universities likes SOAS. SOAS is generally seen as very good at what it does.

I personally don’t like QMUL. Just based on where it is in London and the surrounding areas. SOAS is very international.

In what was is QM not?
Do you have a particular interest in Asian, Middle Eastern and/or African politics? Do you have any ideas about what you want to do after the degree?

From looking at the two courses' politics element (I can't really comment on economics), while they both offer solid foundations in areas like political theory and political research, SOAS's focus is unsurprisingly more on Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with regionally-based modules, while Queen Mary includes British politics, the EU etc. while also having a few modules that examine other parts of the world (especially in the third year).

I think both universities will give you a great education, albeit with different strengths, and you need to think about what interests you and what you can see yourself studying for three years. I can imagine the SOAS course for example would set you up well if you were interested in working in the Foreign Office, NGOs/think tanks that focus on those parts of the world, and development; the QMUL course would also enable that but with less in-depth knowledge I would think. Both courses will equip you with a range of transferable skills, and numeracy from the economics. It comes down to which course you think you'll prefer and what your interests are.

Also worth bearing in mind that QMUL and SOAS are very different. SOAS is much smaller and more specialist, but it's in the centre of London and close to other unis like UCL and Birkbeck for meeting people, while QMUL is much larger and has its own campus, so will have a different feel.
Original post by gutenberg
Do you have a particular interest in Asian, Middle Eastern and/or African politics? Do you have any ideas about what you want to do after the degree?

From looking at the two courses' politics element (I can't really comment on economics), while they both offer solid foundations in areas like political theory and political research, SOAS's focus is unsurprisingly more on Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with regionally-based modules, while Queen Mary includes British politics, the EU etc. while also having a few modules that examine other parts of the world (especially in the third year).

I think both universities will give you a great education, albeit with different strengths, and you need to think about what interests you and what you can see yourself studying for three years. I can imagine the SOAS course for example would set you up well if you were interested in working in the Foreign Office, NGOs/think tanks that focus on those parts of the world, and development; the QMUL course would also enable that but with less in-depth knowledge I would think. Both courses will equip you with a range of transferable skills, and numeracy from the economics. It comes down to which course you think you'll prefer and what your interests are.

Also worth bearing in mind that QMUL and SOAS are very different. SOAS is much smaller and more specialist, but it's in the centre of London and close to other unis like UCL and Birkbeck for meeting people, while QMUL is much larger and has its own campus, so will have a different feel.

Ideally the modules is SOAS really perked my interest, although im more worried about graduate prosepects in terms of finding a job, i heard that since QMUL is a russel group its in a way more prestigous as its status is seen as so. I want to pick the univeristy that gives me the most atvantage.
Reply 8
I find myself in the same predicament. What did you choose and how do you feel about the universities now?
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