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Accepted both at Oxford and Cambridge for my MPhil

Hey everyone,
I have been made an offer to study an MPhil in Development Studies at both Cambridge and Oxford for Oct. 2022. Oxford requires that I accept or decline the offer by the beginning of February and so I have to make a decision between the two quickly. I was wondering if anyone had an experience with these two MPhil? Do you know if one is more prestigious than the other? Is there a more "renowned" alumni base in either of these unis? Also, the MPhil at Cambridge is just one year, so a lot less expensive than at Oxford which is two years... but at the same time having just one year to complete an MPhil seems really intense. I am afraid the rhythm will be then "harder" at Cambridge than Oxford. Also, I applied for Newnham College at Cambridge and St Anthony's College at Oxford. Does anyone know which one is "better" in terms of funding, alumni and social life? As you see I have many questions, so if you have an opinion on any of them, I'd be happy to hear!
Original post by blueberry2022
Hey everyone,
I have been made an offer to study an MPhil in Development Studies at both Cambridge and Oxford for Oct. 2022. Oxford requires that I accept or decline the offer by the beginning of February and so I have to make a decision between the two quickly. I was wondering if anyone had an experience with these two MPhil? Do you know if one is more prestigious than the other? Is there a more "renowned" alumni base in either of these unis? Also, the MPhil at Cambridge is just one year, so a lot less expensive than at Oxford which is two years... but at the same time having just one year to complete an MPhil seems really intense. I am afraid the rhythm will be then "harder" at Cambridge than Oxford. Also, I applied for Newnham College at Cambridge and St Anthony's College at Oxford. Does anyone know which one is "better" in terms of funding, alumni and social life? As you see I have many questions, so if you have an opinion on any of them, I'd be happy to hear!


Unless there is a deposit to pay, then you can accept Oxford and reject it later when you get the Cam offer (not biased, but ...)

The Colleges are quite different. St Anthony's is a modern college, which usually also means poor, but I don't know if that's true in this case. Unusually it has a bit of a subject specialisation in IR/IS/regional, so it may be academically stronger for Dev Studs, again, not sure. Newnham is not an ancient College, but far more established than St Anthony. It has pretty decent funding and a good rep in Cam for having a strong community. It has no subject specialism. I don't know what the general rep between the two it, but Dev Studs seems to have a decent rep at Cam.

The pressure of a 1 year programme at Cam isn't that bad, still plenty of time to have fun.
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Original post by ZedTV
Hey guys- well done to everyone who applied to Oxford. Whether you got in or not, Im so very proud of you! I want to help so as a 2022 Oxford Reject I've posted some YouTube videos about my Rejection and looking forward!!



Live Reaction- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhMmgDDUHZw&t=483s
Entire Oxford Experience- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6HB3t4KFF0
Rejected from Oxford, what next?- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAlEVIDSD6Q

Right, I've reported you. I suggest you stop now.

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