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  • View Poll Results: Which Physics course(s) are you going to apply for?
    Physics BSc
    26.85%
    Physics MSci
    49.54%
    Theoretical Physics/ Phys & Maths BSc
    7.41%
    Theoretical Physics/ Phys & Maths MSci
    15.74%
    Physics with Astrophysics BSc
    7.87%
    Physics with Astrophysics MSci
    12.50%
    Physics and Philosophy BSc
    1.39%
    Physics and Philosophy MSci
    4.17%

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    (Original post by ufcykj)
    All the statistics websites have really different stats for both! Maybe they are taken from different years? Unistats, which uni, what uni...
    Which one is most trustworthy?
    I'm pretty sure they all source their data from unistats as that's a government run domain.
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    (Original post by bobbricks)
    Hmm..I also have to choose between Manchester and UCL (among others ):
    I've looked at the student satisfaction for UCL and Manchester but there seems to be a huge difference:
    Manchester:
    http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...eturnTo/Search
    UCL: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search

    What could be the reason for this difference (Im not sure how reliable these stats are )?

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    What other universities can you choose from?
    Also that is for MSci, the BSc shows
    UCL (90%): http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...T-UBSPHYSING05
    Manchester (88%): http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...10007798FT-194
    I'm assuming MSci is based on all four years, could it just be based on the final year? I can't find any clarification.

    In most league tables Manchester is placed above UCL for Physics. (Not massive difference, which makes it harder!)
    http://www.shanghairanking.com/SubjectPhysics2014.html
    http://www.topuniversities.com/unive...=false+search=
    http://www.timeshighereducation.co.u...sical-sciences

    I think UCL is better in research from REF 2014.
    http://www.ref.ac.uk/

    It comes down to personal preference, but statistics can help!
    If interpreted properly
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    (Original post by Anaris)
    What other universities can you choose from?
    Also that is for MSci, the BSc shows
    UCL (90%): http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...T-UBSPHYSING05
    Manchester (88%): http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...10007798FT-194
    I'm assuming MSci is based on all four years, could it just be based on the final year? I can't find any clarification.

    In most league tables Manchester is placed above UCL for Physics. (Not massive difference, which makes it harder!)
    http://www.shanghairanking.com/SubjectPhysics2014.html
    http://www.topuniversities.com/unive...=false+search=
    http://www.timeshighereducation.co.u...sical-sciences

    I think UCL is better in research from REF 2014.
    http://www.ref.ac.uk/

    It comes down to personal preference, but statistics can help!
    If interpreted properly

    Hmmm, that is quite interesting! I think I'll end up insuring UCL but still quite unsure since I have to choose between Imperial/Manchester for firm and UCL/Durham for insurance
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    I applied to do Software Engineering and now have had a drastic change of heart and want to do Physics instead , wasted my application.
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    I have read a statement on the site of the IoP saying that if you are going to study Physics, the university you attend is not of such great importance. Is this true, because it has some logic in it, but I want to hear a few more opinions.
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    (Original post by The Art of War)
    I have read a statement on the site of the IoP saying that if you are going to study Physics, the university you attend is not of such great importance. Is this true, because it has some logic in it, but I want to hear a few more opinions.
    Generally a physics degree from any RG university is as good as anything, although going to one of the more respected RG universities doesn't hurt ofc
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    (Original post by jack1128)
    I applied to do Software Engineering and now have had a drastic change of heart and want to do Physics instead , wasted my application.
    I'm sorry to hear that but better now than in the fall right? Are you going to apply through Extra? I'm sure there are still many places for Physics, Hertfordshire had places until October last year! Good luck!!
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    (Original post by Anaris)
    Has anyone who applied for Imperial around December heard back yet?
    I applied around mid-december and have only received an acknowledgement, I know that they hold their final set of interviews between Feb and Early March (or so their website says).

    Also has anyone actually been rejected? I hope they don't leave it until the last minute to just send out rejections -_-
    They asked for my module marks a month ago but haven't said anything about interview. I have finished A2 and got 3A*and an A and I am currently on a gap year. I got an interview last year but didn't get an offer. It's worrying me that I haven't heard back from them.
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    (Original post by Tibbz2)
    Generally a physics degree from any RG university is as good as anything, although going to one of the more respected RG universities doesn't hurt ofc
    Russell Group doesn't mean anything. If it's accredited by IOP your modules are basically the same no matter where you go. All that will change your option modules and the indicative content of those option modules is the research being done by the university.. Russell Group or not Russell Group doesn't make a difference.
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    (Original post by katiecharc)
    Russell Group doesn't mean anything. If it's accredited by IOP your modules are basically the same no matter where you go. All that will change your option modules and the indicative content of those option modules is the research being done by the university.. Russell Group or not Russell Group doesn't make a difference.
    Sorry, was just passing on what I had been told by my school etc
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    (Original post by Tibbz2)
    Sorry, was just passing on what I had been told by my school etc
    Schools will encourage people to go for Russell Group universities because it makes them look good. If they can say they got x pupils into a """top""" university, it makes the school look good. I didn't apply for a single Russell Group university, but I can assure you they're all very good.
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    Russel group unis tend to get more finance for their research and so you tend to get better opportunities in research in your later years
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    (Original post by TPanda)
    Russel group unis tend to get more finance for their research and so you tend to get better opportunities in research in your later years
    Everywhere gets funding. It just happens that Russell Group get their funding from a specific group.
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    Yeah everywhere gets funding but Russell group tend to get more
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    What maths modules is everyone doing/has done?

    Last year I did C1-4 and M1 and M2, this year it's FP1-3, S1, D1 and M3
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    I did C1 C2 S1 last year and doing C3 C4 and S2 this year, hate stats though but my school doesnt give us the option really and they dont offer further maths
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    (Original post by TPanda)
    I did C1 C2 S1 last year and doing C3 C4 and S2 this year, hate stats though but my school doesnt give us the option really and they dont offer further maths
    That sucks, I really hate stats and decision, they're so boring
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    (Original post by Tibbz2)
    What maths modules is everyone doing/has done?

    Last year I did C1-4 and M1 and M2, this year it's FP1-3, S1, D1 and M3
    Last year I did:
    C1, C2, C3, C4, M1, S1

    This year I'm doing:
    FP1, FP2, FP3, M2, M3, S2

    My exam board being WJEC

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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    Last year I did:
    C1, C2, C3, C4, M1, S1

    This year I'm doing:
    FP1, FP2, FP3, M2, M3, S2

    My exam board being WJEC

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    WJEC, don't hear about many people on them for maths!

    How are you finding M3?
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    (Original post by Tibbz2)
    What maths modules is everyone doing/has done?

    Last year I did C1-4 and M1 and M2, this year it's FP1-3, S1, D1 and M3
    C1-4, M1, D1 last year, FP1,3,4, M2, S1, S2 + self study FP2 + resit C3 this year (AQA).
 
 
 
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