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pros/cons and why?
I would say that LSE and St Andrews are the best for IR in the UK. LSE has some of the best professors and a historical rep as one of the best. St Andrews is really good especially if you’re interested in terrorism - believe they’re one of the only Unis to have its own IR department. St Andrews is very small and isolated so depends if you like that.
King’s also are really well known for IR with their war studies programme - depends if you like London. If you do it’s a great choice although some rumblings of poor organisation but not sure if that affects IR.
Durham are very good for specialism in the Middle East. SOAS is the place to go if you’re interested in East Asia and Africa.
Edinburgh, UCL, York, Warwick are also really good for politics - I think politics is probably one of the best departments at York and Warwick.
Other than that the other Russell Group Unis are all pretty good for politics & IR. Aberystwyth had a very good historical rep for IR - not sure what it’s like atm. Essex was also seen as really good but again I’m not sure if that’s still the case.
Hope this helps 😊
Aberystwyth I think ask for around BBB, Royal Holloway are a good uni with a good humanities and social sciences rep and they ask for ABB. Queen’s Belfast and Liverpool are also good Unis around those grades. Maybe check out if Essex is still considered good for politics. You won’t be disadvantaged if you don’t do politics a level - many don’t and some schools don’t offer it. As long as you have one or two humanities a levels you should be fine - History, Geography, Philosophy/Theology, English Lit, Languages are all great a levels for politics. Sociology also has links to politics so don’t worry!