I am doing a Geography BA and I am torn between the two, Manchester is offering AAB and Sheffield ABB. I loved both of them, prehaps Sheffield a little more, but I think Manchester may open more doors in the future and it has a better reputation. I did find Manchester a bit overwhelming however, I could kind of imagene myself feeling a bit lost there. I really dont know, and would like some opinions? Thanks
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Sheffield or Manchester watch
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- 28-01-2010 22:56
- 28-01-2010 23:06
Personally, they're both very respected universities so, unless you're going for a career which is particularly picky/competitive/demanding, go with the one you feel most comfortable with. You seem to be more naturally inclined towards Sheffield but are having Manchester reputation in conflict with this preference. Manchester, if you ask me, isn't as good as it was but, as you rightly point out, has a great reputation. Sheffield is still pretty good though...
Sorry that didn't get you very far. Just go where you think you'll be happiest. I went with reputation last year and firmly regretted it - dropped out and started again.
Hope I was some help
- 29-01-2010 01:33
To be fair, there really isn't much difference in reputation between the two. I'm currently doing BA Geography at Sheffield in first year and I must admit the course this term hasn't been fantastic but that's because you have to do all the compulsory modules like Stats and GIS (as you do at most unis) which I will be avoiding like the plague in the future. The modules for second and third year do look good.
If you prefer Sheffield, go for Sheffield. I turned down an offer from what was considered a more "reputable" uni to come here and haven't regretted it for a moment. The accommodation is fantastic, everyone is absolutely lovely and there is a really great nightlife. Obviously Manchester is known for having an amazing nightlife but Sheffield has enough to keep you amused for three years!
- 29-01-2010 01:37
If you're worried about league tables Sheffield is actually 6 places above Machester according to the Times and 16 places above for Geography so I dont know what gave you the impression that Manchester was statiscally better. As per usual, never rely on league stuff as unis go up and down the ranks constantly.
Sheffield as a place is great. The union is the best in the coutry and is even being redeveloped for more awesomeness. Its cheap and friendly and the course is great. Admittingly I was quite bored at the start but if you do the reading, the course is so much better as you understand the lectures. You get quite a lot of unrestricted modules meaning you can do some phyiscal geography or like me, take a mix of Economics, Sociology, Philosophy and East Asian Studies. The department is renouned with many of the articles and journals I read coming from geographers at sheffield.
You may feel that as Manchesters offer is higher, its better. I was dubious about this with Sheffield as it was my lowest offer and I had 4 As so could have gone almost anywhere but Sheffield is right for me.
Have a look round both and see the places for yourself
- 29-01-2010 03:31
I'd say go with gut feeling. Its what I always say to people. If you go to the place you think you will be happiest at and get the right vibe off then you won't be dissapointed.
- 29-01-2010 03:40
Manchester would be my choice. It's a heavily subscribed-to university for good reasons.
- 30-01-2010 12:13
Sheffield would be my choice. There really isn't much (if any) difference between the quality of the two unis - they're both quality redbricks with very good reputations among employers.
As for location, I've always preferred Sheffield. It's a very unassuming place, with a nice atmosphere and, much as this is hard to quantify, a certain amount of charm. It seems comfortable with itself, yet has no airs and graces. Manchester, on the other hand, always strikes me as a city with an overgrown sense of its own importance. Students seem to think it's the cool place to go, and as such it is oversubscribed. I've found it disappointing and arrogant the few times I've been to be honest. But that's just my opinion...