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University of London distance learning Masters?
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I've been looking at University of London for masters' degrees. They have a lot of options that are reasonable in cost, and some of the schools under the UoL umbrella have top-notch reputations.

https://london.ac.uk/courses

Does anyone have any experience with any of these programs?
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The problem is that any "prestige" you think you might get by having the University of London on your resume will be offset by the fact that the degree is clearly from a distance program, unless you move to England for 6 months and can verify it via workshops taken in person, work, etc. Then no one would really question it.

Not that there's anything wrong with a distance degree, but there's a stigma associated with online programs to a certain extent and you're paying your hard earned cash for that paper. A masters from Fort Hays State or Arkansas State would be looked at in the same light or probably better and it might be cheaper? I'm not sure about prices since I haven't looked at them in a long time.
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I would say you're correct that most of the prestige for University of London degrees comes from the specific college within the UofL you get the degree from. For example if you take one from the London School of Economics (LSE) this is a really well known and well thought of college. The same is true with King's College London (KCL). The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)…. not so much. Of course that's within the UK, whether anyone the USA will know the difference or care is another question.
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(08-23-2019, 01:33 PM)Leedeedee Wrote: I would say you're correct that most of the prestige for University of London degrees comes from the specific college within the UofL you get the degree from.  For example if you take one from the London School of Economics (LSE) this is a really well known and well thought of college.  The same is true with King's College London (KCL).   The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)…. not so much.   Of course that's within the UK, whether anyone the USA will know the difference or care is another question.

Exactly, though SOAS UoL is quite prestigious in its own right, having produced several heads of states, Supreme Court judges, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and more, which is more than I can say of my state's flagship.
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(08-21-2019, 05:55 PM)NolaRice Wrote: I've been looking at University of London for masters' degrees. They have a lot of options that are reasonable in cost, and some of the schools under the UoL umbrella have top-notch reputations.

https://london.ac.uk/courses

Does anyone have any experience with any of these programs?

There are indeed top-notch schools under the UoL umbrella, however; they are only providing academic direction. The degree is from University of London, not London School of Economics.

1. Students have ZERO privileges with London School of Economics because you are not a LSE student, even if LSE is providing the academic direction.

2. The US Department of Education does not recognize the University of London as a qualified educational provider. A direct quote from the school "Unfortunately, as a University of London International Programmes distance learning student you are not eligible for Federal Student Aid from the USA, we are not a recognised institution".

Hope that helps.
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(08-28-2019, 09:39 PM)HogwartsSchool Wrote:
(08-21-2019, 05:55 PM)NolaRice Wrote: I've been looking at University of London for masters' degrees. They have a lot of options that are reasonable in cost, and some of the schools under the UoL umbrella have top-notch reputations.

https://london.ac.uk/courses

Does anyone have any experience with any of these programs?

There are indeed top-notch schools under the UoL umbrella, however; they are only providing academic direction. The degree is from University of London, not London School of Economics.

1. Students have ZERO privileges with London School of Economics because you are not a LSE student, even if LSE is providing the academic direction.

2. The US Department of Education does not recognize the University of London as a qualified educational provider. A direct quote from the school "Unfortunately, as a University of London International Programmes distance learning student you are not eligible for Federal Student Aid from the USA, we are not a recognised institution".

Hope that helps.

University of London is a qualified legal educational provider, a student cannot get federal financial aid for an overseas program that is 100% distance education, while remaining in the US but they can get financial aid if they are enrolled in a US institution that provides a study abroad program. 

A cousin of mine was able to study abroad for this summer at the National University of Ireland-Galway via a study abroad program at the University of Notre Dame and financial aid covered the tuition costs, including room and board.
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(08-22-2019, 09:07 PM)Stoic Wrote: The problem is that any "prestige" you think you might get by having the University of London on your resume will be offset by the fact that the degree is clearly from a distance program, unless you move to England for 6 months and can verify it via workshops taken in person, work, etc. Then no one would really question it.

Not that there's anything wrong with a distance degree, but there's a stigma associated with online programs to a certain extent and you're paying your hard earned cash for that paper. A masters from Fort Hays State or Arkansas State would be looked at in the same light or probably better and it might be cheaper? I'm not sure about prices since I haven't looked at them in a long time.

I'm in this camp as well. I really really really wanted a master's that was taught from Australia. Though not required, I would have made a point of going to the campus for some amount of time. I agree with Stoic, it's not that there is anything "wrong" with distance learning, however, I think you're setting yourself up everytime someone says "Oh cool, what's it like in London?" and they will ask....every. Single. Interview. Forever.
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