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I'm an economics student, I'm loving it, and everyone I know studying economics loves it here. Perfect balance of academics (Durham is 7th, Newcastle is 28th on league tables!) and free time.
What's the job prospects like? And how do most people spend there free time? Is there a lot of sport? Also Is there much to do in Durham
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What's the job prospects like? And how do most people spend there free time? Is there a lot of sport? Also Is there much to do in Durham
Job prospects are only second to Oxbridge, majority of economists will go to the big 4 finacial accountancy firms or investment banks.

Tons of sports, we're not the best but we have the highest participation rate of any unis.

Durham is small but anything we don't have you can find 12 minutes away in Newcastle.
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Turned out I did get an offer from Durham after all, although not at the college I wanted.

But I also got an offer from Cambridge so never mind.
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Anybody going for Politics and Philosophy at Durham here?
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I'm holding an offer for combined social sciences and I've applied for Politics and Sociology. Which college are you allocated to? I'm at Van Mildert.



how does that degree work exactly? Can you specialise in two, three sciences or do you need to do many?? I am changing courses at Durham from Law to (probably) Politics and Philosophy but I'm also exploring areas like Sociology and Psychology... I just really want to study philosophy and something else. I need to decide what that something else is... Maybe the combined social sciences might be a good degree for me but I felt as if you could not specialise at all...
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I think you can study up to 4 subjects a year, but it's not compulsory to do that many. I'm planning on just sticking with the two. I think if you're still unsure about what to study it'd be the ideal course - it's very flexible
What attracts you about sociology?
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Well, I study it for A level and it's my favourite subject. I really like looking at societal issues from different sociological perspectives. It's really opened my eyes about how society functions, and kind of made me question things I take for granted



I see. How is it similar and how is it different from studying Politics? Because politics also approaches certain sociological perspectives.
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They're different because with politics you usually assess whether a political ideology still influences the policies of the main political parties today, e.g. Traditional Socialism no longer dominates the Labour Party Today. Discuss. Whereas with sociology you usually assess the contribution of a certain sociological perspective to our understanding of society or assess one topic/issue with different sociological perspectives, e.g. Assess the contribution of Marxism to our understanding of society or Assess the view that the news is a social construct. But yeah, there is quite a bit of overlap. When I was studying Thatcherism for my conservatism unit a lot of the Functionalist and New Right theories I'd studied for AS did prove to be quite useful. Of course, the New Right had a huge influence on Thatcher. Of the two, I do prefer Sociology the most
thank you for clarifying.
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No problem. Thanks for the rep! Are you currently holding an offer or are you applying for 2016 entry?
Offer holder but changing courses. I made a mistake to believe that law is something I should do because it is highly employable. I now find it utterly dull, so I wish to study what I always loved: Philosophy and Politics. I just considered sociology because I'm kind of interested in ideas for human development, Nietzschean overhuman theory, etc. Yet, your reply made me decide to simply stick to politics and approach it differently, more sociologically. Thank you for that

I'm now pretty certain I'm changing my course to philosophy and politics, and I will just read about sociology and other subjects that might enlighten my field of interest outside of uni.
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Well, it's good that you're studying something you're more interested in Have you contacted the university about changing courses? Also, which college have you been allocated to? I was nearly going to apply for Law too. My friend made me see sense, though. I don't think I would have done well on the LNAT either Durham has really good job prospects so I don't think it'd matter if you studied Politics rather than Law anyway

I contacted them today and they were absolutely fine with the change (Durham is just awesome). I just need to confirm now. I was allocated to St Aidan's but I managed to change because I have back problems. Now I'm waiting. I did okay on the LNAT – better than average. In my view, law is just not a fun course unless all you want to do in your life is earn big cash or are interested in certain fields such as human rights, environmental law, etc. what kind of careers are available for sociology?
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(Original post by xfazzx)
Yes, Law does seem like a very lucrative career choice! And wow, you must be really smart to get an above average score; I thought the questions were ridiculously hard. The career prospects for sociology aren't too promising; most graduates end up teaching. But I'm hoping studying Politics as well will brighten my prospects I'm hoping to go into the civil service or something along those lines after graduating



It is lucrative but I believe 1/3 of my life (8 hours a day) is worth more than money. I want to do more than that. I wouldn't say the test tests intelligence. I am good at shaping arguments and that gave me an advantage at the test. That's all.


Well you can always go into academia. If you enjoy research, of course. Politics can open some doors for you as well, so you shan't worry.
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Hi. Not until after A Level results I think. Otherwise the colleges will have to do loads of work and then have to re-do it all over again
ah okay yeah that makes sense, thank you!
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Hey,

I have an unconditional offer and it's firmed, but unsure of the next steps. Will Durham contact me closer to the time with details on how to apply for accommodation etc.
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Hey,

I have an unconditional offer and it's firmed, but unsure of the next steps. Will Durham contact me closer to the time with details on how to apply for accommodation etc.
Yup, also hold an unconditional offer. If it's all confirmed and everything you don't have to do anything (but wait endlessly) until August when they send us registration and accommodation details etc. Quote from an email I received from my college: "If you accept the offer we will contact you again in August 2015 to confirm your place and send you detailed information about accommodation and registration. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries."
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(Original post by southernbelle123)
According to the latest (1 week old!) Complete University Guide, for Law Durham are currently rated third only behind Oxford and Cambridge. The average A Level grades achieved by Durham entrants was higher than for Oxford and only slightly below Cambridge.


And so, although I don't think it's the answer you want to hear, no I don't think they will be lenient.


Certainly, in my subject English, we were told at Open Day that there was no leeway at all last year.

This IS Durham we are talking about, not the University of Bedfordshire!
I'm not so sure. Remember that every spare space they have in the university is money lost. You could argue that they could just fill the space in clearing, but no one in clearing will have grades of A*AA anyway.

I was at the post offer open day for law, and when we asked the admissions guy about he said we should aim for the offer grade, but I almost got the feeling it was a bit nudge-nudge wink-wink situation.

Asking the law students there, they all knew people who'd got in with less than their offers.

I think a large part of it depends on the LNAT score and your application when they're deciding.
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I'm not so sure. Remember that every spare space they have in the university is money lost. You could argue that they could just fill the space in clearing, but no one in clearing will have grades of A*AA anyway.

I was at the post offer open day for law, and when we asked the admissions guy about he said we should aim for the offer grade, but I almost got the feeling it was a bit nudge-nudge wink-wink situation.

Asking the law students there, they all knew people who'd got in with less than their offers.

I think a large part of it depends on the LNAT score and your application when they're deciding.
Just to clarify, the English department said that they gave too many offers/too many people achieved offers last year. Consequently they had no leeway when results came in and so therefore A*A*B was an automatic reject.

I imagine that this year they have tightened up their admission standards so that this doesn't happen again in 2015.
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As DURHAM fans, please give your support in "The Russell group hurt/heal game" thread.
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Hold an offer for Law. I'm really happy to have received an offer from Durham in the first place!!!
I must've done something right.
I'm yet to firm it because I'm still confused between Bristol and Durham. Birmingham too, I suppose. Anyone in a similar position? Which one would you have chosen if you were in my position?
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Hi I'm on a gap year at the moment so I have an unconditional to study BA Geography at Butler in September! So excited, anyone else in the same course and/or college?
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