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Firm King's vs UCL?

I'm an international student, and I've got offers to study Politics BA/Bsc at KCL and another to study history and politics of the Americas BA at UCL. Although I know UCL is generally regarded as being a better-ranked university, would it be better to enroll in a more widely known course like Politics at KCL instead of a more niche one at UCL, especially if I'm aiming to keep my options open to diverse career pathways like diplomacy or consulting? Although I will most definitely take a master's later on, I was wondering if studying a degree like the one at UCL could restrict my future choices - both in higher education and employment.
Also, the King's conditional will be harder to attain than UCL's.
Original post by Anonymous
I'm an international student, and I've got offers to study Politics BA/Bsc at KCL and another to study history and politics of the Americas BA at UCL. Although I know UCL is generally regarded as being a better-ranked university, would it be better to enroll in a more widely known course like Politics at KCL instead of a more niche one at UCL, especially if I'm aiming to keep my options open to diverse career pathways like diplomacy or consulting? Although I will most definitely take a master's later on, I was wondering if studying a degree like the one at UCL could restrict my future choices - both in higher education and employment.
Also, the King's conditional will be harder to attain than UCL's.

I was in ur position around this time last year- I chose ucl. i know people on the course u got into and they all seem to enjoy it + UCL is a far stronger target for employers regardless of the course. KCL is prestigious for politics for sure but id pick the one you think you'd enjoy more I guess : social life is basically intertwined aswell
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Original post by Anonymous
I was in ur position around this time last year- I chose ucl. i know people on the course u got into and they all seem to enjoy it + UCL is a far stronger target for employers regardless of the course. KCL is prestigious for politics for sure but id pick the one you think you'd enjoy more I guess : social life is basically intertwined aswell

Thanks for the insight, happy to see that some people on the course are definitely enjoying it. Do you think that maybe doing a BA in something area-specific means I can't go into a master's in political science, etc, at another top-tier school? Also what program where you hesitating to choose from UCL and King's
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both kcl and ucl for those courses are more than good enough for top masters programmes at lse, oxbridge etc. acceptance rates for masters programmes may seem to be low but thats cos ur against lots of people from lesser universities trying to do a masters at a top uni so your at a heavy advantage comparatively. just look on linkedin.

last year i had a ucl offer for history and a kcl for history and political economy , i chose kcl for the course (wanted to do more econ) but i missed my offer on results day lmao. but then i reapplied and got into ucl for history politics and econ so it worked out haha
I had the same issue. I got an offer for a BA in Politics at KCL and Politics, Sociology, and Eastern European Studies at UCL. Honestly, i didn't like the UCL course at all and that was the main reason why i picked KCL. I think that it all comes down to the course because, in terms of reputation and employability, KCL and UCL are similar to Politics.

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