Kate Dodgson is a lawyer who specialised in International Law. Her educational path is enough to make anyone want to continue their education as long as possible! She's studied Europe, Australia and did her masters in South Africa. She spent ages researching for her masters course, looking at universities from all around the world. We're so lucky that she's taken the time to pass on her thorough research findings to advise you...how to chose a masters from all the universities in the whole world!
Think about your priorities...
The obvious factors in choosing a masters degree are reputation, cost, location and courses. When I began searching for the perfect masters degree I prioritised them in that order. Having now completed my degree, I can definitively overthrow that list and insert potential classmates right at the top.
I did my masters in International Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. I was originally enrolled in and accepted at Leiden University and Amsterdam University. I was working at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the time (based in Den Haag, The Netherlands) and both universities were geographically close. Leiden had an outstanding reputation for the subject matter - international law - and was the most respected university by my colleagues and peers..
Both universities were cheap and offered all the subjects I was interested in
Studying in Cape Town was the best decision of my life.
My degree was cheap (around 3,500 pounds) and the living costs in Cape Town were incredibly low. Cape Town is also geographically the most stunning city in the world, and is stooped in history (albeit a dark and troubled one). I loved living there so much that I cried for a week when I had to leave.
When choosing your Masters, look beyond just the degree.