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    @behavingmyself - so you reckon I might have a shot at direct entry into good US PhD programmes? Which US schools do you think I'd have a chance at? Top 30+?
    Being in the top decile of your undergrad class at Oxford alone would surely be enough for some school in the 10-25 range in the US to admit you. Even people with mediocre grades from elite institutions can swing admission to a top 25 department. In fact I would wager at even money that you could still work out admission at somewhere in this ranking range to start this fall, despite being months past the application deadlines. Strong letters, research experience, and good performance in a master's would make you competitive anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by behavingmyself View Post
    Being in the top decile of your undergrad class at Oxford alone would surely be enough for some school in the 10-25 range in the US to admit you. Even people with mediocre grades from elite institutions can swing admission to a top 25 department. In fact I would wager at even money that you could still work out admission at somewhere in this ranking range to start this fall, despite being months past the application deadlines. Strong letters, research experience, and good performance in a master's would make you competitive anywhere.
    Let me gently disagree with the suggestion of an immediate PhD admission. The OP would probably need more math and letters of recommendation from economists (both of which a masters could help with). The issue isn't one of ability, but rather how to signal that ability. And the math part is actually needed; it's not just a signal.

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    Thanks. I think I should take a masters first just for my own sake, but it's good to know my undergrad will be looked favourably upon.

    Do you guys know to what extent the reputation of the people giving my reference will matter for European masters? Obviously I feel that this is a weak point of mine since I don't have any current academics giving my references, but I feel I can get them to say nice things!

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    I think top 5% from Oxford BA and distinction in Law are already enough. letter of recommendation writers should primarily be your BA supervisor and others in your economics department. What matters is they can write very good things about you. Getting the one who know you best to write is more important than big names. But it will be better if the one knowing you best is also a big name.

    Take my case as an example. I'm from a worldwide unknown school and my supervisors are brand-new PhD graduates. Still, I get into MSc in Economics at LSE. It is more yourself and what letter of recommendation writers say about you than their name.

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    Thanks, that's helpful. Unfortunately since I've been out of uni for 4 years it'll be a struggle getting more than one decent recommendation, but hopefully they'll only need one really enthusiastic rec.

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