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    Hello,

    Maybe I'm hoping for too much but I was wondering if anyone could give me a non-partisan opinion of Goldsmiths versus Queen Mary!

    I have offers from Goldsmiths and Queen Mary to do a 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, opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    I'd go for QM if you asked me. I'd rather go for something in somewhere that's not as widely known and give myself more of a chance than having todeal with the already high expectations that I might not be able to meet
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    Thanks very much for the reply elfen, I really appreciate it!

    I'm not sure I completely understand you though - I think you're saying I should go for QM because I might not be able to deal with life at Goldsmiths? Is Goldsmiths a more intense environment? Perhaps you think standards are higher at Goldsmiths than at QM, and that (therefore) expectations of my academic work at Goldsmiths would be higher than at QM?

    To me, that's an argument to go to Goldsmiths as I want to stretch myself and learn as much as I can from the experience!

    Anyway, thanks again for the advice, which I hope I haven't misrepresented! Please feel free to correct me if I've got it all wrong!
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    Goldsmiths!
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    Thanks very much LD! Any thoughts on why?
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    (Original post by docus)
    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.
    I don't know about that. It seems that QMUL and Barts and the London Medical School both have a strong sense of identity. After all it is the third largest college of the University of London. You can't have 15000 students but not have a decent identity :tongue:

    Plus the location is far more central and cheaper than New Cross, which is frankly quite ugly and boring.
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    Thanks for your thoughts Democracy!
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    I personally would choose Goldsmiths for Film Studies over QM.
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    Thanks Mr. Mortell, I'm leaning that way myself at the moment, although I really liked QM when I visited.
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    Overall I prefer QM [obviously]. However, for the Film Studies departments I've heard complaints about the organisation of Film Studies, which is run by the languages department - and I've heard good things about Goldsmith's film department.
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    Goldsmiths. Better film dept. Better arts reputation. And if a sense of university identity is important to you then I'd agree that GS is way ahead in that respect.
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    Thanks Mr Mortell and Arturo, that really helps a lot - it's getting clearer to me that Goldsmiths is the better choice for what I want to do.
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    Both are respectable unis so go to the one where you think the course is best and where you'll be happy to study for three years.
 
 
 
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