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  1. Hey man, I am nearly finished with the UCL MSc (cleared exams, working on dissertation now), and yeah I did apply to PhD programs in the US, Europe as well as the UK. Now got rejections from every single uni the the US and Europe, and acceptances from all UK unis I had applied to - subject to achieving a Merit. So if you're planning to apply to PhD programs in the UK, you're all set - it is very likely that you will get a conditional offer given that you'll be doing one of the top Econ programs and have a solid stats background already. Not so sure about Oxbridge though since the programme is really competitive. But you're good to go for LSE (they'll probably ask for a Distinction) and Warwick (Merit) It's a shame US / Europe don't do conditional offers though. Hope this helps. Good luck :)
  2. Thanks a lot for replying, guys! Chateauheart, I just checked the USNWR rankings, However it appears that they have not published rankings beyond the 76th place, yet there are a lot of universities with unpublished ranks. What does that imply? Are they not worth applying to? I apologise, I am an international applicant so I am not quite familiar with the system.
  3. Hi. People here are talking about applying to top ~n~ programs for an Econ PhD. I am kinda confused though - for instance, if a program is ranked 50, does that mean it is ranked 50 in the U.S. or worldwide? Also, please include the link to the rankings you are using. I have been referring to these myself: https://ideas.repec.org/top/top.econdept.html I hope they are credible enough to judge the strength of an Economics PhD program. Thank you!
  4. Thanks for your reply. May I ask from where are you pursuing your Master's/PhD then?
  5. Sorry to bump this, but I really need your advice, guys. Any Urch Guru Pundit Swami Sage here to help? :encouragement:
  6. Hi, I shall be joining UCL for MSc Economics this September, and I am expected to go through Pemberton and Rau as preparation for their math camp, which would basically be an intensive two-week ‘refresher’ course. Therefore I am expected to know the material thoroughly before the term starts. The trouble is, I am an overseas student and shipping charges to my country for Pemberton and Rau are way too high. That book is neither available in my local libraries nor as an e-book. I do possess Chiang and Wainwright though, and could manage a copy of Simon and Blume as well. Since I took a gap year I am quite rusty on the math, and so I was planning to begin prepping with the former (C&W). My question is, would this C&W be an appropriate substitute for Pemberton and Rau, or would I need to go through C&W AND S&B both? (I do know that S&B is a very standard book, and I am afraid I wouldn't be able to go through the text in the given time.) Please let me know. Thanks!
  7. Hi there! I am in a position very similar to yours! So did you take up your offer at UCL for MSc Economics, and did you make PhD applications? Please let me know. Thanks, man.
  8. Hi DiddlyDoo, So would you be joining UCL for MSc Economics 2016-17, then? Also, if you have heard back from the programme director or have any more information regarding applying during Term 1 of a UK master's for admission to a US PhD programme, please let me know. Thanks!
  9. I am really stressed out seeing this post. I had posted a similar thread a few days back. Macrojunkie, could you please take a look at this thread where I have posted my profile, and tell me my odds of admission to a top 50-100 US PhD programme, straight after my Master's from UCL? http://www.www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/157424-applying-us-phd-during-1st-year-uk-masters.html
  10. I am interested to hear what other experienced members on this forum have to say about this post. Anyone? P.S. - I too hold offers for MSc Economics from the same schools, and I am self-funded.
  11. Yeah, that's true. Now the undesirable possibility of having to take a gap year after my MSc is sinking in.
  12. I scored somewhat in mid 70's in Linear Algebra and Calculus. Hmmm, but we covered a fair amount of stuff in my Mathematical Methods paper as well, the most advanced being differential equations (first-order differential equations, integral curve, direction diagram and slope field, qualitative theory and stability) and a whole lot of single and multi-variable optimization. Although the coverage might not have been so in-depth and extensive since we had only two semesters of this paper. Statistical Methods was pretty basic though, included probability theory, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing and a linear regression model which was later covered in-depth in my Econometrics papers. Does this help boost my profile for admission to a 50-100 PhD programme, or would it still be seen as a pretty basic background?
  13. Thanks for your advice! Also, would you mind reviewing my mathematical / quantitative background, and whether it is sufficient enough to directly embark upon a PhD in Economics, assuming I would not have my MSc grades while making an application?
  14. Dear Startz, thanks for replying. Do you think it would be a good idea to directly e-mail the schools (department or admissions committee?) and ask them if they have made offers of admissions to candidates having a similar academic background i.e. three-year undergrad, and PhD application made during the first term of a 1-year UK MSc, without grades? Also, I feel quite heartbroken hearing of such low chances. My bachelor's is from one of the top 10 institutes in my country. Honestly I was hoping that an MSc from UCL would quite boost my chances in the US 50-100 schools, despite no grades, as it would perhaps signal that I have been a good student since I managed to get into UCL in the first place. I see that you have been around this forum for a while. Do you know any other users with the same experiences?
  15. Hi. I am looking for programs ranked 50 - 100, such as UConn, Wyoming, UDel My undergraduate record is pretty decent, around 73% aggregate. However I have been warned to not try and convert this into a US GPA equivalent. GRE 163Q, 159V My letters will come from 2 undergrad profs (one econometrics and one macro) and 1 from another institution for whom I worked as an RA. I scored the highest in my econometrics paper, so I am assured of a strong recco from that professor. RA one would be decent enough too. However I shall definitely try to get one letter from my profs at UCL, but I agree- that would be difficult. I am typing on my phone right now which is pretty slow, so its difficult for me to copy paste my profile in the standard format. I shall definitely do that in a couple of hours. Apologies. I am quite disturbed to know that conditional offers are not made. Do you think I would have better chances at obtaining admission since I am not too ambitious about my choice of schools?
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