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    Hello,

    I have offers from Goldsmiths and Queen Mary to do my PhD, which will (broadly) be in the area of Film Studies.

    The offer from Goldsmiths is in their dept of Media & Communications, which is a very highly rated dept with many leading academics.

    The offer from Queen Mary is in their Film Studies dept, which is a small sub-dept of their Linguistics dept, which is also highly rated, although perhaps less well known in this field than Media & Comms at Goldsmiths.

    I've visited both and I'm quite drawn to the vibrant, arty atmosphere at Goldsmiths, but I liked Queen Mary too and their department was friendly. Somehow Goldsmiths seemed to have a stronger 'identity' than Queen Mary, but then again perhaps some might argue Queen Mary is less pretentious than Goldsmiths! League tables don't help - they're roughly equal most years.

    It's really hard to choose!

    I also have an offer from Sussex, in the English dept, but I don't think I could manage the travel to and from Brighton (I live in London).

    Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Hello,

    I have offers from Goldsmiths and Queen Mary to do my PhD, which will (broadly) be in the area of Film Studies.

    The offer from Goldsmiths is in their dept of Media & Communications, which is a very highly rated dept with many leading academics.

    The offer from Queen Mary is in their Film Studies dept, which is a small sub-dept of their Linguistics dept, which is also highly rated, although perhaps less well known in this field than Media & Comms at Goldsmiths.

    I've visited both and I'm quite drawn to the vibrant, arty atmosphere at Goldsmiths, but I liked Queen Mary too and their department was friendly. Somehow Goldsmiths seemed to have a stronger 'identity' than Queen Mary, but then again perhaps some might argue Queen Mary is less pretentious than Goldsmiths! League tables don't help - they're roughly equal most years.

    It's really hard to choose!

    I also have an offer from Sussex, in the English dept, but I don't think I could manage the travel to and from Brighton (I live in London).

    Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    I've seen quite a few texts I've referred to at university, when looking at cultural studies such as on film and television for a sociology module, that are written by staff at Goldsmiths. It might be an idea to look at the staff of each university and have a look at their publications. If they don't have any publications then copy and paste their name into Amazon and see what turns up. That's probably more reliable than using league tables. That said I'm an undergraduate so I will now GTFO.
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    That's very sound advice, thanks NDGAARONDI! (How do you pronounce that please!!!???) There do seem to be more relevant publications in my field coming from Goldsmiths than QM, so that's useful to know.
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    (Original post by docus)
    That's very sound advice, thanks NDGAARONDI! (How do you pronounce that please!!!???)
    No idea. J-aaron-dee?


    (Original post by docus)
    There do seem to be more relevant publications in my field coming from Goldsmiths than QM, so that's useful to know.
    I hoped more people would have posted in this thread by now. I use publications from lecturers for postgraduate courses to assess the potential style and content of the course. Often universities do not give you a comprehensive reading list, until you have enrolled, so I look at module conveners' publications instead. Obviously you won't have a reading list as such.
 
 
 
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