LSE vs SOAS Watch
i would only go to soas to do economics & chinese (1 year in china) or if i were extremely interested in oriental and african studies (OAS). for straight econ and/or anything else... LSE is much better.
LSE VS SOAS??????????
go for the SOAS if u want..fair play to ya
Same with LSE. Some WILL actually turn out to be bums.. lol
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SOAS and LSE utilize different approaches to see the world.
SOAS is very heterodox in nature. Load of marxist in economics department. Academics at SOAS emphasis the importance of all social, political and economical factors in shaping the world. Also, they do not like Washington Institutions. And, the focus at SOAS is at development -- how to use whatever skills available to make this world a better place. Students study by writing essays.
LSE, on the other hand, is very orthodox in nature. Everything is very abstract using cutting-edge mathematical technique. However, they tend to analyze the economic stuffs in a way that is very abstract from the reality of social, and political development (this is probably what the real world look like and this, I think, is what economists fail to model rigorously). Unlike SOAS which is developmental driven, LSE, in my opinion, is majorly money driven. All people aims to get into IBank or consulting firms to get highpay and not many of them have the interest in making this world a better place. Also, students rarely write essay. Hence, although, LSE students have a superior technical skill to SOAS students, I think they have a rather weak essay writing skills.
To sum up, they are different!
[P.S. I don't know much about non-econ departments].