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SOAS for MA South Asian Area Studies or LSE for International and Asian History?

Hi, so I've received offers of admission for the MA South Asian Area Studies programme at SOAS and the MSc International and Asian History programme at LSE and I'm confused about where to go. I am much more drawn towards the programme at SOAS since it's interdisciplinary and a lot broader so I feel I can keep my options options open in the future. I'm fairly certain I don't want to get into academia or teaching. But, LSE is a lot more prestigious and has more brand value especially to people not in these fields.

I'm from India and I will be an international student and I know LSE is more expensive. I've also applied for a few scholarships for the programme at SOAS since I received their offer much earlier. I don't know if I will be able to get any financial aid or assistance for LSE so late since most scholarship deadlines have already passed. I plan to take out a massive loan to do my master's so I'm wondering about job opportunities as well. Would it be better to go for a more wide ranging course like South Asian Studies at SOAS or will LSE's prestige make it easier to get jobs despite the more niche course (International and Asian History)?

I also heard that SOAS lacks funding and a lot of the great faculty have either retired or left by now. So I'd like to know people's thoughts on how accurate that is and also what the situation at LSE is like for the International and Asian History programme.

I'm hoping someone who has studied at either place can give me advice on which university to pick. It would also be great to hear what people who have done these or similar courses are doing now since I'd like to know about what job opportunities are out there for graduates.
Original post by username6943469
Hi, so I've received offers of admission for the MA South Asian Area Studies programme at SOAS and the MSc International and Asian History programme at LSE and I'm confused about where to go. I am much more drawn towards the programme at SOAS since it's interdisciplinary and a lot broader so I feel I can keep my options options open in the future. I'm fairly certain I don't want to get into academia or teaching. But, LSE is a lot more prestigious and has more brand value especially to people not in these fields.

I'm from India and I will be an international student and I know LSE is more expensive. I've also applied for a few scholarships for the programme at SOAS since I received their offer much earlier. I don't know if I will be able to get any financial aid or assistance for LSE so late since most scholarship deadlines have already passed. I plan to take out a massive loan to do my master's so I'm wondering about job opportunities as well. Would it be better to go for a more wide ranging course like South Asian Studies at SOAS or will LSE's prestige make it easier to get jobs despite the more niche course (International and Asian History)?

I also heard that SOAS lacks funding and a lot of the great faculty have either retired or left by now. So I'd like to know people's thoughts on how accurate that is and also what the situation at LSE is like for the International and Asian History programme.

I'm hoping someone who has studied at either place can give me advice on which university to pick. It would also be great to hear what people who have done these or similar courses are doing now since I'd like to know about what job opportunities are out there for graduates.

What specific aspects of South Asian Studies are you hoping to focus on? What kind of jobs would you want to do afterwards?

I was at SOAS in that department (although not as a masters student) recently as I was studying Sanskrit. I had a great experience with that there academically, although I would say the admin side of the uni is really, really bad. All the lecturers however were great and really invested in their students and teaching.

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