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    - similar to Edders's thread about physics:

    If I don't get into Cambridge (as will probably happen), where should I go to Uni to read History? I think that LSE is the most prestigious, but I wouldn't fancy going to Uni in London as I'd either have to live at home or leave with huge debts. Durham is good but then again it doesn't have an international reputation. Any ideas?

    Durham
    London School of Economics
    St. Andrews
    Edinburgh
    Warwick
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    2 London School of Economics
    3 Durham
    4 Oxford
    5 King's College London
    6 St Andrews
    7 University College London
    8 York 5
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    23 Edinburgh


    According to The Times
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    LSE isnt big on teaching though, id rather go to durham where theres some community spirit
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    Hmmm, I was thinking of posting this very thread actually. Without wishing to highjack thread if anyone could tell me anything about the five uni's that I've applied for (other than Oxford) it would be simalairly appreciated

    I've gone for (in no particular order)

    LSE
    Durham
    Warwick
    York
    Royal Holloway

    I'm also applying to study history.

    (Original post by kildare)
    Hmmm, I was thinking of posting this very thread actually. Without wishing to highjack thread if anyone could tell me anything about the five uni's that I've applied for (other than Oxford) it would be simalairly appreciated

    I've gone for (in no particular order)

    LSE
    Durham
    Warwick
    York
    Royal Holloway

    I'm also applying to study history.
    Oxford is amazing at history, right at the top- it and Cambridge are roughly on a par- the old adage about Oxford being better at arts isnt so relevant cos Cambridge is on the same level for history. I do recommend the Oxford course though, from personal experience. Which college are you applying to?
    Durham history has a good rep but I think its quite competitive- not that you should let that put you off, its also a good second choice to Oxford in that the collegiate nature of the place is quite similar. Myself I wouldnt fancy Warwick as I tend to think that if you're studying history its nice to be in a place with real history itself, and I didnt get that from Warwick, also I think they make you do a language which may or may not appeal to you. I have a friend at York who speaks highly of the course there, and I've heard that history is one of Royal Holloway's better departments.
    Good luck with choosing.
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    Oxford is amazing at history, right at the top- it and Cambridge are roughly on a par- the old adage about Oxford being better at arts isnt so relevant cos Cambridge is on the same level for history. I do recommend the Oxford course though, from personal experience. Which college are you applying to?
    Durham history has a good rep but I think its quite competitive- not that you should let that put you off, its also a good second choice to Oxford in that the collegiate nature of the place is quite similar. Myself I wouldnt fancy Warwick as I tend to think that if you're studying history its nice to be in a place with real history itself, and I didnt get that from Warwick, also I think they make you do a language which may or may not appeal to you. I have a friend at York who speaks highly of the course there, and I've heard that history is one of Royal Holloway's better departments.
    Good luck with choosing.
    The Times ranks LSE and Durham higher than Oxford.
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    (Original post by Unregistered)
    Oxford is amazing at history, right at the top- it and Cambridge are roughly on a par- the old adage about Oxford being better at arts isnt so relevant cos Cambridge is on the same level for history. I do recommend the Oxford course though, from personal experience. Which college are you applying to?
    Durham history has a good rep but I think its quite competitive- not that you should let that put you off, its also a good second choice to Oxford in that the collegiate nature of the place is quite similar. Myself I wouldnt fancy Warwick as I tend to think that if you're studying history its nice to be in a place with real history itself, and I didnt get that from Warwick, also I think they make you do a language which may or may not appeal to you. I have a friend at York who speaks highly of the course there, and I've heard that history is one of Royal Holloway's better departments.
    Good luck with choosing.
    I've applied to St-Hughs as it happens. Where did you study yourself? As regards Durham- well I've already sent of my application so it's in their hands now I suppose:P. I can see your point vis-a-vis Warwick although doing a language doesn't bother me, I should be able to breeze through French anyway (I've been living in Geneva for the last five years). Thanks a lot for your comments, much appreciated xthup
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    The Times ranks LSE and Durham higher than Oxford.
    and....
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    (Original post by kildare)
    and....
    That suggests that far from being "amazing at History, right at the top" it is, in fact, fourth.
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    My dilemma is that for a career with the Foreign Office / UN, LSE would probably be a better second choice. I am sure, however, that I'd enjoy my time at Durham much more. Help!
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    That suggests that far from being "amazing at History, right at the top" it is, in fact, fourth.
    According to some numbers crunched by people at the Times that is. It can't exactly be taken as Gospel.
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    (Original post by kildare)
    According to some numbers crunched by people at the Times that is. It can't exactly be taken as Gospel.
    No, but in the most respected league table available, Oxford was ranked fourth.
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    (Original post by Tek)
    My dilemma is that for a career with the Foreign Office / UN, LSE would probably be a better second choice. I am sure, however, that I'd enjoy my time at Durham much more. Help!
    I'd also like to go down the UN route as it happens, in fact we are in scarily simalir situations . Why do you think you would enjoy your time at Durham much more by the way?
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    (Original post by Tek)
    My dilemma is that for a career with the Foreign Office / UN, LSE would probably be a better second choice. I am sure, however, that I'd enjoy my time at Durham much more. Help!
    Durham! It's nicer, it will feel like a university, there is a castle (!), it is still very well respected internationally (the Foreign Office would certainly recognise it) and you'll enjoy it more.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    No, but in the most respected league table available, Oxford was ranked fourth.
    Fair enough, I still think that the opinion that the best place in the country is Oxford is a valid one though.
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    (Original post by kildare)
    I'd also like to go down the UN route as it happens, in fact we are in scarily simalir situations . Why do you think you would enjoy your time at Durham much more by the way?
    It actually has a campus! It's more of a University town, so it's better for socialising.
    If I decided on the UN route rather than the FCO one, I'd have to do an MPhil - hopefully at Cambridge (or Oxford if my first degree was at Cam) - in International Relations, as all their jobs seem to require it.
    Durham! It's nicer, it will feel like a university, there is a castle (!), it is still very well respected internationally (the Foreign Office would certainly recognise it) and you'll enjoy it more.
    Thanks...yes, I expect I'd have fun, but it might be detrimental to my career.
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    (Original post by kildare)
    Fair enough, I still think that the opinion that the best place in the country is Oxford is a valid one though.
    You're just taken in by the name, there is no reason why Oxford would be better, indeed it has been shown it is worse, than LSE and Durham.
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    (Original post by Tek)
    Thanks...yes, I expect I'd have fun, but it might be detrimental to my career.

    Is this the only time that I have ever heard someone say that Durham would be detrimental to his/her career???....YES!!!
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    Oh and by the way Tek, I live in Geneva and known people working at a variety of different international orginisations (UNO, WTO, ILO, UNESCO etc) and they told me that “other than Oxbridge, LSE does have the best reputation as far as most international orginisations are concerned”. Of course you also have to remember that it’s very rare for the UN to employ someone straight out of university, they want people to have experience (be it with another employer or with something like the Peace Corps for example) before taking them on.
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    (Original post by Leekey)
    Is this the only time that I have ever heard someone say that Durham would be detrimental to his/her career???....YES!!!
    Very true, Tek - the FO and the UN will respect greatly a degree as prestigious and respected as Durham.
 
 
 
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