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    Good luck to everyone with an interview at Imperial tomorrow!
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    Anyone else going to the Richard Fortey lecture for the William Smith bicentenary celebrations at the Willis Memorial Building in Bristol today?
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    (Original post by TardigradeFan)
    Hello, hopeful palaeontologist checking in!
    Same here! I'm going to be a 2017 applicant though, what about you?
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    (Original post by AlphaArgonian)
    Same here! I'm going to be a 2017 applicant though, what about you?
    I am a 2016 applicant, just about to send everything off. I eventually decided that I wanted a year abroad more than a specialism in Palaeontology from the outset (eg you can do an MSci in Palaeontology and Evolution at Bristol or an MSci in Geology with a year abroad), so I'm applying for Geology/Geoscience/Earth Science courses with international study instead. By doing a broader course, you get to explore more specialisms before picking one. I lately have developed an interest in geochemistry, so might specialise in this instead.

    So you're applying in 2017, is that because you are in lower 6th/year 12 now or are you deferring/having a gap year? I don't want to tell you what you might already know.
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    (Original post by TardigradeFan)
    I am a 2016 applicant, just about to send everything off. I eventually decided that I wanted a year abroad more than a specialism in Palaeontology from the outset (eg you can do an MSci in Palaeontology and Evolution at Bristol or an MSci in Geology with a year abroad), so I'm applying for Geology/Geoscience/Earth Science courses with international study instead. By doing a broader course, you get to explore more specialisms before picking one. I lately have developed an interest in geochemistry, so might specialise in this instead.

    So you're applying in 2017, is that because you are in lower 6th/year 12 now or are you deferring/having a gap year? I don't want to tell you what you might already know.
    That does sound cool! Hopefully you get a choice of where you go.

    Yeah I'm in year 12, but I know a fair bit about universities as my three elder siblings (one graduated in 2014) went/go to university.
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    GUYS just got a conditional offer from Leeds for Geological Science T^T
    It's 4am in my country rn but so happy :")

    Oh right! I was invited to visit the school on an applicant visit day but like.. I'm an international student?? Is it mandatory? hahah how does this work
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    (Original post by TardigradeFan)
    Anyone else going to the Richard Fortey lecture for the William Smith bicentenary celebrations at the Willis Memorial Building in Bristol today?
    Was it good?

    (Original post by darkeeveee)
    GUYS just got a conditional offer from Leeds for Geological Science T^T
    It's 4am in my country rn but so happy :"

    Oh right! I was invited to visit the school on an applicant visit day but like.. I'm an international student?? Is it mandatory? hahah how does this work
    Did the email not say if it was compulsory? If there's any ambiguity then just email them to ask - they will understand if you explain that you're an international applicant, they're not going to revoke your offer because you can't come over for the applicant visit day but make sure they're aware of that.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Was it good?



    Did the email not say if it was compulsory? If there's any ambiguity then just email them to ask - they will understand if you explain that you're an international applicant, they're not going to revoke your offer because you can't come over for the applicant visit day but make sure they're aware of that.
    Lecture was really good thanks, though having read a fair bit of Fortey I didn't learn many new things. Trilobites are always fab though!

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    (Original post by AlphaArgonian)
    That does sound cool! Hopefully you get a choice of where you go.

    Yeah I'm in year 12, but I know a fair bit about universities as my three elder siblings (one graduated in 2014) went/go to university.
    You'll be ahead of the game then. My advice to you would be definitely to read a few geological books, try to find a related MOOC (massive open online course I think?) and go to some lectures. What are you currently studying?
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    Hey guys. I just got an unconditional offer from Leicester for geology!!!!!!!! Is anyone else considering Leicester?
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    (Original post by Lemmy1210)
    Hey guys. I just got an unconditional offer from Leicester for geology!!!!!!!! Is anyone else considering Leicester?
    Well done!

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    Has everyone who applied for petroleum geoscience at Imperial got an acknowledgement yesterday?
    I'm worried that I didn't get an email. Just a newsletter a week ago.
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    (Original post by TardigradeFan)
    You'll be ahead of the game then. My advice to you would be definitely to read a few geological books, try to find a related MOOC (massive open online course I think?) and go to some lectures. What are you currently studying?
    Biology, chemistry, maths and further maths...

    Awesome subjects but no physics (which I sort of and sort of don't regret, I love physics as much as the next physics fan, but of the two teachers who teach A-level physics at our school, one of them, the graduated astrophysicist, the other is a graduated chemist and is bloody awesome, is an ass) because my school doesn't permit three sciences and maths so I took out physics since studying biology allows me to apply for the palaeontology course at Bristol.

    But I would like to go to Cambridge because they have a more mathematical course and while I love maths I don't want to waste my A-levels.
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    (Original post by AlphaArgonian)
    Biology, chemistry, maths and further maths...

    Awesome subjects but no physics (which I sort of and sort of don't regret, I love physics as much as the next physics fan, but of the two teachers who teach A-level physics at our school, one of them, the graduated astrophysicist, the other is a graduated chemist and is bloody awesome, is an ass) because my school doesn't permit three sciences and maths so I took out physics since studying biology allows me to apply for the palaeontology course at Bristol.

    But I would like to go to Cambridge because they have a more mathematical course and while I love maths I don't want to waste my A-levels.
    Looking at the Cambridge Nat Sci page, you can definitely combine Earth Sciences with Biology on the ecological/evolutionary strand and Physics isn't necessary. Bristol don't mind, you'll get the lower offer for having all 'hard sciences'.

    Not having physics will prevent you from applying to Geophysics courses (Imperial springs to mind), but with your subjects, you wouldn't have a problem for anything else. To be honest, with an interest in Palaeontology you took the best combination of Bio and Chem, and your strength in maths will mean you won't be far behind those who did take physics. Don't worry about it

    I take all three sciences for A2. I bombed on my maths AS, hoping my EPQ/personal statement/GCSEs/snazzy predictions will make up for it! I live in hope.

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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Was it good?



    Did the email not say if it was compulsory? If there's any ambiguity then just email them to ask - they will understand if you explain that you're an international applicant, they're not going to revoke your offer because you can't come over for the applicant visit day but make sure they're aware of that.
    Okay thanks I shall do that hahah don't have the CASH to go visit
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    Hi guys ! If you are applying for Geography and International Relations is it necessary to study Geography at A Level standard? Im form Ireland and we study 7-9 subjects so i have studied Bio, Chem, Physics , english , spanish , maths and irish ! I was originally applying for Chemical Engineering and have my personal statement and universities picked but i've found this course and I am inspired!!
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    (Original post by Aideenfay)
    Hi guys ! If you are applying for Geography and International Relations is it necessary to study Geography at A Level standard? Im form Ireland and we study 7-9 subjects so i have studied Bio, Chem, Physics , english , spanish , maths and irish ! I was originally applying for Chemical Engineering and have my personal statement and universities picked but i've found this course and I am inspired!!
    Universities will have entry requirements on their website, that should make it clear.

    Also, just to make sure, you're not applying for Chemical Engineering AND Geography/IntRel are you?
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Universities will have entry requirements on their website, that should make it clear.

    Also, just to make sure, you're not applying for Chemical Engineering AND Geography/IntRel are you?
    Thanks for your reply i'm onto that mission now ! No I'm not , due to only one personal statement and Chemical Engineering is quite specific on work experience etc. I can't decide i want an exciting career like many people! And I'm really running out of time to decide on a course!
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    (Original post by TardigradeFan)
    Looking at the Cambridge Nat Sci page, you can definitely combine Earth Sciences with Biology on the ecological/evolutionary strand and Physics isn't necessary. Bristol don't mind, you'll get the lower offer for having all 'hard sciences'.

    Not having physics will prevent you from applying to Geophysics courses (Imperial springs to mind), but with your subjects, you wouldn't have a problem for anything else. To be honest, with an interest in Palaeontology you took the best combination of Bio and Chem, and your strength in maths will mean you won't be far behind those who did take physics. Don't worry about it

    I take all three sciences for A2. I bombed on my maths AS, hoping my EPQ/personal statement/GCSEs/snazzy predictions will make up for it! I live in hope.

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    Ah thanks a bunch, this clears up a lot.

    Well I wish you good luck with your application, you deserve success!
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    (Original post by AlphaArgonian)
    Ah thanks a bunch, this clears up a lot.

    Well I wish you good luck with your application, you deserve success!
    Always happy to help and thank you so much!

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