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    UniCollege London or LSE?

    Im from NY and ive just been accepted to UCL and LSE for my masters in urban planning. Im interested in a design concentration and international planning. can anyone offer advice on which school would best serve my purpose? or comment on either of these schools? Im beginning to get overwhelmed so any ideas would help.

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    Lex, I didn't go to either UCL or LSE, but have worked with a number of the academic staff on various projects and studies, so know a little bit about them.

    If it's design and international planning you're after, then I would definitely go for UCL. Planning is based within the Bartlett School, along with Architecture and they are very strong on spatial planning/european planning etc.

    From experience LSE, as the name suggests, is much more entrenched in economics and policy, and the planning dept. is more of an off-shoot of human geography.

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    hurricane thanks for answering. Im still up in the air because i dont know where i will actually be practicng when i graduate. do you (or anyone) happen to have any ideas about where uk planning grads end up employment wise? do companies in the UK hire americans? are either of these programs any good to begin with? im having so much trouble getting unbiased information so thanks again

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    hi lex,
    i have the same question as you: what are the career opportunities for non-uk citizens after a m.sc. at the lse, especially in the private sector? and what are the possibilities to go back to work in the usa / canada afterwards?
    thanks

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    I'm in at UCL and Manchester but I'm worried about the cost. 15,000 pounds at UCL is a bit steep for me! Manchester is much cheaper, but the program isn't very well known (well, as far as I can tell).

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    so relieved to see that i am not alone with these questions! ive tried contacting alumni of UCL and LSE with very little success. if anyone comes up with and answers please post and let us all know!

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    Despite my location as Dublin, I'm American.

    I'm gonna visit the Bartlett School in about 4 weeks time. Hopefully I'll get most of my questions answered then.

    Lex, you know anything about UCL specific scholarships/grants, etc?

    Are we eligible for studentships and demonstratorships and stuff in the MSc program or are those mainly for people on MPhil and Phd programs?

    Btw, I'm in the International Planning program not the Spatial Planning one.

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    Here's my two cents after looking at applying to both programs:

    Reputations:
    UCL - better planning program recognition in the UK.
    LSE - better School name recognition internationally.

    Programs:
    Advantages and disadvantages are subjective to the individual applying. LSE tends to have more liberal leanings and UCL more traditional. Also consider your interests in planning and how each program and faculty measure up to that. Are there supporting faculties for elective courses?

    Both are fine institutions but I would say it all depends on your interests in planning.

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