SOAS (Anthropology) or UEA (Development)?Watch
For many, this is a no-brainer. I've been told SOAS is THE best and well respected internationally and that I'd be stupid to refuse a place there and that no one has heard of UEA and that I'd die of boredom at Norwich etc etc
However, I'm am leaning heavily towards UEA because of the sheer practicality of the course and because it will introduce me to development, a field I have long wanted to get in to. (I've worked in journalism for seven years.)
Also, though the SOAS MA is quite interesting, I'm not sure of the chances of me landing a good job after this degree.
The UEA course, on the other hand, is not only practical but seems almost tailor-made for my personal requirements.
What I would like to know is:
1. How well respected is UEA and its degrees in the development world?
2. Does it make sense to take SOAS just because it's so prestigious?
3. Does anyone know anyone I could write to who has done either of these MAs? It would really help.
Need more help on going postgrad?
Also, I'm actually not very worried about Norwich not being too cosmopolitan, after all, I'm there only for a year and am no party animal either.
You seem to prefer the UEA course - that's fine (I'm currently studying at SOAS (Economics) because I preferred their course to more prestigious unis' courses and I'm happy I made this decision). However, you could get in touch with the relevant professor at SOAS (and UEA?) to ask about the relation to development, usual careers of graduates etc. It doesn't hurt or take too much time and you might get new insights.