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    Hi, I'm an international student. I'm really confused about choosing the right university. I checked the RAE and TIMES ranking, but it changes every year. So I really don't know which is the best choice. :confused:

    1. York MA cinema television & society
    2. Cardiff MA International Journalism
    3. Birmingham MA media culture and society

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    How about this one?? Is this better than York?
    4. University of the arts london: MA enterprise and management of creative arts
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    York, easily.
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    York by a country mile =]
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    York.
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    yeh York i would say. nicest place to live i think as well
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    As the consensus seems to say, York is the one with the most prestige, but that does not necessarily mean that it will be the right uni for you. Visit them all and find out where you feel at home most and which one offers a course that is more suited to your interests. Don't put prestige too high on your list of priorities.
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    Actually, even though York ranks the best, I'd personally pick Birmingham, but that's because i hated York's campus.
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    York has the best reputation but you can't really go wrong with any of those.
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    (Original post by SaoPaolo90)
    As the consensus seems to say, York is the one with the most prestige, but that does not necessarily mean that it will be the right uni for you. Visit them all and find out where you feel at home most and which one offers a course that is more suited to your interests. Don't put prestige too high on your list of priorities.
    exactly what i was going to say.
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    I would have said Birmingham, but then again I'm in a completely different study field.
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    I'd say York had the best reputation, but I liked Cardiff and Birmingham more. Definitely one for personal choice.
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    For your field, I have no idea.

    For academics, York might be viewed more favourably. In the city, or in Law, the top firms would probably veer more towards Birmingham.

    They are all good universities. My vote goes to Birmingham.
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    You're talking about postgraduate... so the field in question plays a huge role. If we were talking economics, then it would be York > Birmingham > Cardiff, but we're not, we're talking what seems to be two/three different fields.

    Which course suits you better? Which is more what you want to study?

    Sidenote: At a postgraduate level, the overall reputation/prestige of a university plays a minute role, if one at all. It's all about the reputation of the department/academics in question.
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    If you're going to do journalism go for Cardiff... your courses are all quite different But Cardiff is frequently said to be among the top 3, if not the best, university for MA journalism
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    For graduate work, I wouldn't listen to TSR's opinion on these things- most are A-Level students and 'by a country mile' means about five places in a league table. York is one of seven universities overall to have never ranked outside of the top 20 in any league table, but I'd argue that doesn't mean a whole lot, and especially not in your field. Birmingham is 110 years old, league tables have been around for about 15, and most people who will be employing you a) won't put a great deal of worth into them b) will think differently with regards to postgrad and c) if they did go to university, are probably of an age (i.e 40 and above) where they applied before league tables even existed.

    I cannot profess to know much about Film Studies depts in the UK. What I can say is, for the love of god don't listen to a few people on TSR who, on the whole, are nowhere near qualified to tell you about where to go and what people think are 'the best' places to study. In all likelihood they'll have studied at none of the three, and its a near-certainty that they've not got experience of all three, or graduate recruiters.
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    (Original post by 0404343m)
    For graduate work, I wouldn't listen to TSR's opinion on these things- most are A-Level students and 'by a country mile' means about five places in a league table. York is one of seven universities overall to have never ranked outside of the top 20 in any league table, but I'd argue that doesn't mean a whole lot, and especially not in your field. Birmingham is 110 years old, league tables have been around for about 15, and most people who will be employing you a) won't put a great deal of worth into them b) will think differently with regards to postgrad and c) if they did go to university, are probably of an age (i.e 40 and above) where they applied before league tables even existed.

    I cannot profess to know much about Film Studies depts in the UK. What I can say is, for the love of god don't listen to a few people on TSR who, on the whole, are nowhere near qualified to tell you about where to go and what people think are 'the best' places to study. In all likelihood they'll have studied at none of the three, and its a near-certainty that they've not got experience of all three, or graduate recruiters.
    You're right. But for now, there is no way I can get valuable info from employers in uk. In my country, people are only familiar with Oxford and Cambridge. They also seem to know Manchester and Birmingham, but it's only because of the cities, not the uni. That's why I really feel confused lol
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    In this order from best to worst:

    1. York
    2. Birmignham
    3. Cardiff
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    (Original post by masakijia)
    You're right. But for now, there is no way I can get valuable info from employers in uk. In my country, people are only familiar with Oxford and Cambridge. They also seem to know Manchester and Birmingham, but it's only because of the cities, not the uni. That's why I really feel confused lol
    go online and spend an hour a) discovering what employers in your field require b) each university website to analyse the course, the uni and the city- whether it is right for you c) go on the TSR postgrad subsection and post queries there.

    This will give you a more informed decision because as stated TSR undergrads who aren't even in your field are not the best people to be asking due to their somewhat lacking expertise in the matter.
 
 
 
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