Thank you all for your comments. Itâ€™s very useful for me to get your opinions. I wonâ€™t get into which is best DIT or Brookes as DIT doesnâ€™t have an Urban Design Master so I could not compare like with like. Also, a school can only do as much to teach students, itâ€™s really down to the individual to perform at its best. Before I applied to Brookes and TU Delft Iâ€™ve done some research into urban design masters in Europe, and my main criteria for selection was value for money in as much as I could quantify it. In the UK it seems that the best Master course in the field of urban design is in UCL but I find it way above what Iâ€™m prepared to pay for a Master.
I want to stay debt free and maybe here lies why I find it so difficult to decide if I should do a Master as I want to spend my savings wisely. Probably it would have been much easier to just go for it if I had to spend borrowed money. For me the alternatives to doing the master are: keeping my current soul-killing job or... just take a career break to explore other paths, maybe find a quiet sunny beach and read urban design books
if thatâ€™s my thing and live out from the savings I was planning to pay the master with.
But there is a huge benefit that I see in doing the Master and that is networking and meeting new, maybe likeminded people, especially at postgraduate level I think the students are mature with interesting professional experience and background. Between Brookes and TU Delft, as PVC King
was suggesting as well, probably Brookes has a higher percentage of adults that have a few years practical experience in a related field and donâ€™t want to follow an academic route and go for a one year intense course. If I choose TU Delft would probably be more difficult to get back to Ireland for a job that would employ the new skills...I just canâ€™t see how a two years master would improve my career prospects here. At this stage Iâ€™m really open to possibilities and I donâ€™t rule out taking the academic route either and go for TU Delft and leave Ireland probably for a very long time if not forever. I know there isnâ€™t a straightforward answer to my question and itâ€™s down to personal choice and circumstances but itâ€™s very useful to know other peopleâ€™s point of view on the topic.
Apologies as this is turning into a very long post.