SOAS or LoughboroughWatch
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Depends entirely on what you're studying. SOAS ranks 6th globally in Development Studies, 9th in Politics. I'm from Canada and people in my field know SOAS well, whereas I don't think most people know about Loughborough.
Rankings and league tables are useful as one source of information when deciding which university to apply for. It does depend on what you would like to study, so have a look at the course and modules on offer at each university and see which interests you the most and where you feel would help you to achieve your career goals. You can search for our UG courses here. All of our UG courses have the option of a placement year and think about employability prospects too; we are no.1 in the UK for employer-student connections and within the top 20 globally (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).
Think about what kind of place you would like to study at too - London and Loughborough are very different! Loughborough is a campus university set on vast grounds, you can find everything you need on site and there are many societies and activities to get involved in to keep you busy. There is a small town centre a short walk away and if you fancy a change of scene, you can travel to Nottingham and Leicester which are nearby. If you were after a city vibe, then Loughborough isn't the place for you.
These are all things you need to consider and what element is considered most important is very subjective. Do take the time to register for Open Days so you can really get a feel for a place. In the meantime, you can find out more about our campus here, which includes a virtual campus tour.
Like @LoughboroughUniversity said - London and Loughborough are very different places - so do have a think about the sort of student experience you want to have. It also depends which course you are thinking of, as both SOAS and Loughborough specialise in different areas.
There are so many different league tables; some rank overall, but also have options to look at rankings by subject. We're in the top 10 universities in the UK for Arts and Humanities, and six of our subjects are in the world's top 50 (QS World University Rankings).
It also depends if you're applying for undergraduate or postgraduate study. If you let us know what programmes you're thinking about, we can get a student ambassador on that programme to chat to you about the SOAS experience.
In the meantime, check out our virtual tour, and register for our upcoming open events!
There's lots of things to consider when it comes to choosing a course and university. Reputation (including league tables) can indeed be one of these factors, but there's lots more to consider too. This includes the course content, in terms of the topics and modules available on the programme(s) you're interested in, to the accommodation, student life, student support, campus, location, facilities and cost of living, to name just a few! It's also important to hear from students themselves, and you can find independent, honest reviews on websites such as StudentCrowd.
Therefore, think about what is most important to you and where you would be most happy studying. We have two campuses, one in Loughborough, a market town in the East Midlands, and London, one of the world's global cities, each offering a unique student experience!
I've provided links above to our postgraduate prospectus - as I presume this is what you're looking for as this thread is in the Postgraduate Applications forum, but if you're looking at undergraduate, my colleague Bindu has already posted those links above
Depending on which type of postgraduate degree you're looking for, we've also put together some reasons to choose Loughborough to study a master's or research degree. Our postgraduate prospectus also contains a wealth of information about everything we have to offer.
I hope this helps!
All the best,