University of Bath vs Birmingham for masters in Economics

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Hi, I have to decide between these two and was wondering which university is better in terms of job prospects, friendliness, atmosphere and curriculum. I want to get into consulting focusing on the development sector. Bath course- International Development with Economics MSc (has a practicum that will provide work experience) Birmingham course- MSc Economics (this has few courses on development policy)
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Hi, I have to decide between these two and was wondering which university is better in terms of job prospects, friendliness, atmosphere and curriculum. I want to get into consulting focusing on the development sector. Bath course- International Development with Economics MSc (has a practicum that will provide work experience) Birmingham course- MSc Economics (this has few courses on development policy)
Firstly, it's worth noting that neither of these are particularly good for postgrad economics let alone postgrad development economics. Places like Sussex, Nottingham, Manchester, UCL, LSE and Oxford are just some of the UK unis that have better development/development economics courses.

Having said that, I would choose Bath out of the two you stated. Bath has a much stronger economics department overall. Birmingham is decent but pretty average to be honest. Bath as a city is much nicer but more expensive so worth considering that trade off.
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Hi, I have to decide between these two and was wondering which university is better in terms of job prospects, friendliness, atmosphere and curriculum. I want to get into consulting focusing on the development sector. Bath course- International Development with Economics MSc (has a practicum that will provide work experience) Birmingham course- MSc Economics (this has few courses on development policy)
Great to hear you're considering a Master's at Bath!

I'm a current MSc student at the Uni of Bath and spent four years here for my undergraduate degree too so I can give you some input on friendliness and atmosphere! As Bath is a campus university it naturally has a very good community feel with lots of places on campus to eat or drink with friends. There are lots of societies and sports to get involved with, as well as volunteering opportunities, which make it easy to meet new people while at Bath. There is also quite a lively postgraduate community with regular postgrad-only events. One of my current housemates does a postgraduate management programme, he's made lots of friends through the course and finds the department very friendly!

In terms of job prospects and curriculum I can help out with some useful links. You're probably already familiar with the course page. This link will take you to the programme catalogue, where you can look in more detail at the learning objectives for each module on the degree to see if they are suited to what you are looking for.

Hopefully this is helpful, if you have any more questions let me know

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Firstly, it's worth noting that neither of these are particularly good for postgrad economics let alone postgrad development economics. Places like Sussex, Nottingham, Manchester, UCL, LSE and Oxford are just some of the UK unis that have better development/development economics courses.

Having said that, I would choose Bath out of the two you stated. Bath has a much stronger economics department overall. Birmingham is decent but pretty average to be honest. Bath as a city is much nicer but more expensive so worth considering that trade off.
Thank you for your reply! what about SOAS university of London? Ive got an offer from the university and am strongly considering it. I didn't crack UCL or LSE and Oxford has a super short (9 month) course in development economics. I haven't thought of applying to Nottingham though. Also, Sussex has a good ranking in development economics, but I've heard its overall ranking is pretty poor. Would love to hear your thoughts on these points!
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Thank you for your reply! what about SOAS university of London? Ive got an offer from the university and am strongly considering it. I didn't crack UCL or LSE and Oxford has a super short (9 month) course in development economics. I haven't thought of applying to Nottingham though. Also, Sussex has a good ranking in development economics, but I've heard its overall ranking is pretty poor. Would love to hear your thoughts on these points!
Sussex overall I average, but it's the best place in the UK for development economics, them and Oxford. So it's good if you 100% know that's what you wanna do and work in.

SOAS is better for development economics than for general economics. Problem with SOAS is it's quite heterodox so doesn't teach usual syllabuses and tends to stray away from using much maths from what I'm told which is probably a con in terms of an economics master's degree.

I'm not sure what you mean about Oxford being short as UK master's are typically all 9-12 months long for economics.
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Sussex overall I average, but it's the best place in the UK for development economics, them and Oxford. So it's good if you 100% know that's what you wanna do and work in.

SOAS is better for development economics than for general economics. Problem with SOAS is it's quite heterodox so doesn't teach usual syllabuses and tends to stray away from using much maths from what I'm told which is probably a con in terms of an economics master's degree.

I'm not sure what you mean about Oxford being short as UK master's are typically all 9-12 months long for economics.
Hi, by Oxfords course being short I meant it was on the shorter end of course length and super expensive - as an international student, I didn't find that feasible.

What is your opinion on the economics taught at Manchester and Nottingham? (particularly development economics)
Moreover, your opinion on the current job market in UK would be very appreciated!
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Hi, by Oxfords course being short I meant it was on the shorter end of course length and super expensive - as an international student, I didn't find that feasible.

What is your opinion on the economics taught at Manchester and Nottingham? (particularly development economics)
Moreover, your opinion on the current job market in UK would be very appreciated!
Nottingham and Manchester are both good for graduate level economics, especially the former. One of Nottingham's specialisms is development economics and I think they allow you to do 2-3 optional modules in it which is quite a lot for a proper economics degree. One thing to note is that you'll still have to do micro, macro and econometric theory which are fairly rigorous.

If you don't enjoy the quantitative and theoretical parts of economics then the MSc Economic Development and Policy Analysis course at Nottingham would be better for you than the MSC Development Economics. Nottingham split up their master's course into the more advanced and theoretical ones (intended as good PhD prep), and then more applied courses. You do different core modules depending on the type, development economics is in the more theoretical band whereas the other course is in the applied one.

I know Manchester is good for economics but I'm unaware of their quality in development economics specifically beyond them having a course dedicated to it.

In terms of the current UK job market, well I don't think there's ever been a big market for development economists considering it's not a developing country, if you get what I mean. To be a development economist you generally either work in academia or in the field (so not in the UK). But for development economics there are some roles available in the FCDO and economic consultancies, the competition isn't huge for them as development econ is quite niche and typically requires an MSc. For economics jobs more generally, I think there's plenty of you know where to look.
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