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    I'm sure this topic has been discussed a few times before, but i'm really intersted to listen to the fresh opinions...

    How does the prestige of the Uni matter at the postgrad level?

    or the program itself is more important than ranking of the Uni?

    I'm facing a difficult choice between the prestigous Uni/less prestigous Uni....the program i like/the program i like less...
    MA Comparative Business Economics at Shool of Slavonic and EE Studies at UCl/MSc International Business Economics or Financial Economics at City . First program is less practical and too specialised on Economies in Transitions and the second one (MSc IBE or MSc FE - i choose the one) is very practical and content of the program is more appealing to me.

    What is the main factor you consider when you are trying to choose the Uni, especially when there are significant diffrences between the courses? What do you consider the most important?
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    (Original post by Kotenok)
    I'm sure this topic has been discussed a few times before, but i'm really intersted to listen to the fresh opinions...

    How does the prestige of the Uni matter at the postgrad level?

    or the program itself is more important than ranking of the Uni?

    I'm facing a difficult choice between the prestigous Uni/less prestigous Uni....the program i like/the program i like less...
    MA Comparative Business Economics at Shool of Slavonic and EE Studies at UCl/MSc International Business Economics or Financial Economics at City . First program is less practical and too specialised on Economies in Transitions and the second one (MSc IBE or MSc FE - i choose the one) is very practical and content of the program is more appealing to me.

    What is the main factor you consider when you are trying to choose the Uni, especially when there are significant diffrences between the courses? What do you consider the most important?
    At undergraduate level, i would have said go to UCL. For postgraduate education, especially for Business, City is a pretty good place to be. Their students have excellent employment prospects post-graduation, and the university, although not possessing the all-round aura of UCL, still has a sound reputation for employers.

    I did my undergrad at City, so I may be a bit biased. Regardless, the masters courses - and the business masters courses in particular - are the pride and joy of my alma mater.
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    (Original post by Haksa)
    At undergraduate level, i would have said go to UCL. For postgraduate education, especially for Business, City is a pretty good place to be. Their students have excellent employment prospects post-graduation, and the university, although not possessing the all-round aura of UCL, still has a sound reputation for employers.

    I did my undergrad at City, so I may be a bit biased. Regardless, the masters courses - and the business masters courses in particular - are the pride and joy of my alma mater.
    i know that CASS Business School is very reputable, but my courses are taught at Social Sciences Department, so i guess it's diffrent.

    UCL is in Russel Group of Universities, so it makes it harder to give it up...i did my undegrad degree at overseas Uni, so i would really want to study at the highly-ranked Institution.


    i really need to make this decesion fast:confused:
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    What are you looking to do afterwards, OP? Go into employment outside academia, or stay on and do a PhD? If the former, then the university you choose *may* matter more (though this also depends on the country in which you would be seeking employment); if the latter, then just go for the course you like best. Presumably you wouldn't have applied for the other course if you really hated it?
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    (Original post by Kotenok)
    i know that CASS Business School is very reputable, but my courses are taught at Social Sciences Department, so i guess it's diffrent.

    UCL is in Russel Group of Universities, so it makes it harder to give it up...i did my undegrad degree at overseas Uni, so i would really want to study at the highly-ranked Institution.


    i really need to make this decesion fast:confused:
    Are the particulars of the City course appealing because you have interest in them? Or because you believe they will make you more employable? If it is the latter, then I'd say go for UCL as the employment prospects between the 2 courses will probably be negligible, and UCL will have that wow factor.

    If you can, try visiting the 2 unis.
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    (Original post by Angelil)
    What are you looking to do afterwards, OP? Go into employment outside academia, or stay on and do a PhD? If the former, then the university you choose *may* matter more (though this also depends on the country in which you would be seeking employment); if the latter, then just go for the course you like best. Presumably you wouldn't have applied for the other course if you really hated it?
    I'm going to work after graduation (most likely in UK/Europe).. i had to leave my lovely work just because of the study , so im not going to stay on
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    As above- it depends on your motives. If you're wanting to stick around in academia (with the vocational sound to those courses, I guess not), then its usually the case that what you do in terms of the research you undertake, if you were to gain funding, and the people you work with, are more important. For example, a very well respected supervisor at City would be a no brainer over a newly qualified lecturer at UCL (assuming funding situations being equal). If you're going into the world of industry, its a touch more complex. Here, the content of the degree can be important, but its important to remember that employers aren't always as clued up as us lot of universities- and this could work both ways. They might just be looking for graduates without much idea of the difference between York and Lincoln, or they might only know it from an undergraduate perspective, and thus not know of City's rep in the postgrad field, its hard to judge.

    On the final point, remember we only have league tables (which are rubbish at the best of times) for undergraduate study. A lot of people are naive enough to equate this with prestige, and thus carry this idea on into postgraduate education too. For that reason, you'll always have a UCL brigade telling you to go there- but if you've weighed up all the options and feel City is a better bet, then take it.
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    (Original post by Haksa)
    Are the particulars of the City course appealing because you have interest in them? Or because you believe they will make you more employable? If it is the latter, then I'd say go for UCL as the employment prospects between the 2 courses will probably be negligible, and UCL will have that wow factor.

    If you can, try visiting the 2 unis.
    thanks for advices

    City Course is more intresting (especially MSc Financial Economics) and appealing to me, it gives the general overview into the subject, which makes it more practical.
    The course at UCL has the similiar titile, but the modules are too specified on post-Soviet and EE region: Investment in Emerging Markets, Financial Development in the region, Privatisation, Economics in transition, etc - well...i can't complain as this course it taught at very specific department (SSEES)...my future work may not be related to these countries...

    But at the same time i find it difficult to give up UCL course only because i dont like the content of the program...at the end of the day both courses titles sound very similiar...

    it may not be possible to visit Uni-s first, because i'm short on time and i need to apply for visas...
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    (Original post by 0404343m)
    As above- it depends on your motives. If you're wanting to stick around in academia (with the vocational sound to those courses, I guess not), then its usually the case that what you do in terms of the research you undertake, if you were to gain funding, and the people you work with, are more important. For example, a very well respected supervisor at City would be a no brainer over a newly qualified lecturer at UCL (assuming funding situations being equal). If you're going into the world of industry, its a touch more complex. Here, the content of the degree can be important, but its important to remember that employers aren't always as clued up as us lot of universities- and this could work both ways. They might just be looking for graduates without much idea of the difference between York and Lincoln, or they might only know it from an undergraduate perspective, and thus not know of City's rep in the postgrad field, its hard to judge.

    On the final point, remember we only have league tables (which are rubbish at the best of times) for undergraduate study. A lot of people are naive enough to equate this with prestige, and thus carry this idea on into postgraduate education too. For that reason, you'll always have a UCL brigade telling you to go there- but if you've weighed up all the options and feel City is a better bet, then take it.
    Good point ...
    I'm not worried so much about the employability prospectives (both UCL and City are quiet respectable in a sense) and im not obsessed with rankings. i just want to get into the institution with the high-quality education and high entry standarts. Since UCL is in a Top 5 and the gap in ranking between UCL and City is huge - i have someting to consider:confused:
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    From a different prespective if you say were a science student with a particular field of intrest you would do where the university is most suited.

    My advise is to look over the course content and contact the relevant post grad tutor if you have any questions regarding the course to se what suits your intrests.

    Make sure you go to an open day!
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    Try to speak to current students as well if possible - I'm sure the departments concerned could put you in touch with some.
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    (Original post by epoch)
    From a different prespective if you say were a science student with a particular field of intrest you would do where the university is most suited.

    My advise is to look over the course content and contact the relevant post grad tutor if you have any questions regarding the course to se what suits your intrests.

    Make sure you go to an open day!
    I have looked at the course content. UCL course is very specialised on EE countries...and all the tutors are Russians and other EEuropeans i'm hoping to have more discipline-oriented modules....
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    (Original post by Angelil)
    Try to speak to current students as well if possible - I'm sure the departments concerned could put you in touch with some.
    Good idea...but i guess i need to make this decision pretty fast...no time left:woo:
 
 
 
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