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evantej
MadRabbit2009, how did the visit go and what were you impressions of the cities?


My legs are aching and even my shoulders are in pain from carrying a light weighted camera for too long. AND I STILL CAN'T DECIDE!

Durham: hardly any buses, not a single taxi, small shops, steep roads to kill my knees, beautiful medieval scenery, decent sized colleges, and the top 10 uni reputation thing.

Newcastle: watched a guy fall off his bicycle because of short-skirt wearing girls; so many of them. Lots of transport and fumes, huge shops where I got lost trying to find the shop's exit (took over 20 minutes finding the exit because I was too embarrassed to ask), huge university with decent reputation, a buzzling city.

Durham University's website didn't provide as much detailed information on who teaches each module of this course and recommended readings. I got this information easily from Newcastle University's website.

If I go to Newcastle University I'll probably always regret giving up Durham, but if I do the MA Marketing I'll regret giving up my favourite course.

Which course is more valued by employers? I have around 2 weeks left before I must let both universities know whether I'm accepting their offers or it's auto-reject!
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There is a saying you will learn in the north-east: shy bairns get naught. There is no harm in actually contacting a potential employer to ask which course they would prefer. Likewise, contact Durham and ask which lecturers have been assigned to which units. Generally, most electives are run by specific lecturers, taking advantage of their specialisms so it is unlikely that they change that often, which means you can make an educated guess regarding who will teach what.

To me it sounds like you want to pick Newcastle but the reputation of Durham is holding you back from making a definite decision. Both are good universities so it is a good position to be in :P.
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Just one think I did notice with the courses - the Marketing one at Durham is accredited in part by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Not so sure about the Newcastle one.

Durham may have the reputation - but Newcastle University and business school also have a good reputation, and being in the middle of a city might be easier to network?
Mackem85
Just one think I did notice with the courses - the Marketing one at Durham is accredited in part by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Not so sure about the Newcastle one.

Durham may have the reputation - but Newcastle University and business school also have a good reputation, and being in the middle of a city might be easier to network?


That's one of the things I'm worrying about. If I try to compete for a job against someone who becomes a member of this CIM then I'd probably lose out.

My family and friends will all think I'm a nutter if I give up Durham's offer. :frown:
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MadRabbit2009
That's one of the things I'm worrying about. If I try to compete for a job against someone who becomes a member of this CIM then I'd probably lose out.

My family and friends will all think I'm a nutter if I give up Durham's offer. :frown:


You have the other side of it though, being in a city may make it easier to network with businesses?
Mackem85
You have the other side of it though, being in a city may make it easier to network with businesses?


It's only around 15 minutes train time to get to Newcastle from Durham so that's not really an issue.

I've been digging some more into the course content and some modules of Durham's course teaches outdated content. I talked to a Durham graduate and she told me she had problems finding a job after graduating, and according to her career's advisor, some other Durham graduates either can't find a job or ended up working for Tesco's. Maybe they did eventually find a job but didn't let that career's advisor know. :confused: Maybe the Durham name is just hyped up or maybe those graduates just happen to be the unlucky/dumb lot.

I've decided to go to Newcastle University! But I'm keeping my Durham offer letter in case some Durham student laughs at me for going to Newcastle University.
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MadRabbit2009


I've decided to go to Newcastle University! But I'm keeping my Durham offer letter in case some Durham student laughs at me for going to Newcastle University.


At least you have made a decision! From reading your posts from the beginning, your heart seemed like it was in the Newcastle course anyway. Good decision I would say :smile:
Original post by MadRabbit2009
It's only around 15 minutes train time to get to Newcastle from Durham so that's not really an issue.

I've been digging some more into the course content and some modules of Durham's course teaches outdated content. I talked to a Durham graduate and she told me she had problems finding a job after graduating, and according to her career's advisor, some other Durham graduates either can't find a job or ended up working for Tesco's. Maybe they did eventually find a job but didn't let that career's advisor know. :confused: Maybe the Durham name is just hyped up or maybe those graduates just happen to be the unlucky/dumb lot.

I've decided to go to Newcastle University! But I'm keeping my Durham offer letter in case some Durham student laughs at me for going to Newcastle University.

Just saw this thread from 12 years ago... how's life going? Where you happy with Newcastle (I'm in the same position about choosing Durham or Newcastle)

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