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    I applied for BSc Economics this year. and from my 5 options Birmingham was the best, and i got an conditional offer, and don't get me wrong, i was excited. It's a good university. But now i've seen the new league tables in 2010, and dunno what to think anymore. Bham is ranked on 27.

    http://www.thecompleteuniversityguid...e.htm?ipg=8726
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    It's ok.

    Not amazing, certainly not terrible though.

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    The world, and the universe, revolves around London so come down here to study if you have any offers :top:
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    It's an ok/good uni for economics but over rated
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    (Original post by abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz)
    It's an ok/good uni for economics but over rated
    what do you mean ? i also have offers from QM/Liverpool
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    Rank 22 here. League tables are unreliable though because Aston is 25 here but 13 here. Just look at some of the stats like graduate prospects and have a look around and as long as you think you will get on well there then go for it :top:
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    (Original post by sensation24)
    what do you mean ? i also have offers from QM/Liverpool
    times league table puts bham in 7th (yes i know league tables aren't perfect before anybody has a go at me) and imo that's so over rated putting it above nottingham, bristol and durham i believe. Then because of that, it grew in popularity (loads of people put birmingham as their insurance 2009 cycle) and grade offer was pushed from ABB- AAB and someone told me that they're now considering raising the grade offer to AAA. It's good but it's not good enough to be placed above nottingham, bristol and durham. In other words, i can think of more than 10 unis which deserve to be above bham in terms of ranks
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    hope its ok ... its my 1st choice!
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    (Original post by brunny44)
    hope its ok ... its my 1st choice!
    yeah, mine too. but the recent ranking kinda scare me, and especially if i want to enter in the IB sector, makes me think a degree in economics from bham just won't do.. dunno what 2 do...
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    tbh like, rankings do mean f-all. Like, they change constantly so noone can judge you by where you got the degree from. its a degree at the end of the day its not exactly a walk in the park.
    I reckon if you like the uni and place then its ranking is irrelevant.
    If there was one official ranking system maybe i'd think otherwise but there's too many to take note.
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    (Original post by brunny44)
    tbh like, rankings do mean f-all. Like, they change constantly so noone can judge you by where you got the degree from. its a degree at the end of the day its not exactly a walk in the park.
    I reckon if you like the uni and place then its ranking is irrelevant.
    If there was one official ranking system maybe i'd think otherwise but there's too many to take note.
    Actually, i love it ! i love the city ( big city ), the uni campus, the uni & everything. From what i've seen/heard .. seems like my kind of university. But i'm worried about my graduate prospects..Don't wanna be another jobless guy with a degree..
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    (Original post by sensation24)
    I applied for BSc Economics this year. and from my 5 options Birmingham was the best, and i got an conditional offer, and don't get me wrong, i was excited. It's a good university. But now i've seen the new league tables in 2010, and dunno what to think anymore. Bham is ranked on 27.

    http://www.thecompleteuniversityguid...e.htm?ipg=8726
    TAELT has B'ham at 14th - http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=900865

    Out of 60ish that isn't bad placement.
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    I graduated from Birmingham 2 years ago (Mechanical engineering) and now work for a big4 Accounting firm, my best mate did economics at Birmingham and he is now working at an IB. Get a First and you will be able to do most things with a degree from Birmingham.
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    Literally what the person said above, get a 1st or even a brilliant 2.1, it is recognised everywhere. btw check these:

    http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_...ub=22&x=32&y=9

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/...uide-economics

    Top ten in both, just because a university has not been recognised as being 'brilliant' before doesn't mean it cannot become good all of a sudden, Birmingham is brilliant, it is top ten. But most people like to brag, and like to put others down. But Birmingham isn't a university to put down, because its one of the best in the UK, without doubt.
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    (Original post by freeagent)
    I graduated from Birmingham 2 years ago (Mechanical engineering) and now work for a big4 Accounting firm, my best mate did economics at Birmingham and he is now working at an IB. Get a First and you will be able to do most things with a degree from Birmingham.
    Thanks for feedback. Your friend got a first ?
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    (Original post by sensation24)
    yeah, mine too. but the recent ranking kinda scare me, and especially if i want to enter in the IB sector, makes me think a degree in economics from bham just won't do.. dunno what 2 do...
    You will have a way better chance at Birmingham than GM/Liverpool if you wanna do IB, trust me. Liverpool and Queen Mary won't really get you anywhere in that sense.
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    (Original post by maximusbarr)
    Literally what the person said above, get a 1st or even a brilliant 2.1, it is recognised everywhere. btw check these:

    http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_...ub=22&x=32&y=9

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/...uide-economics

    Top ten in both, just because a university has not been recognised as being 'brilliant' before doesn't mean it cannot become good all of a sudden, Birmingham is brilliant, it is top ten. But most people like to brag, and like to put others down. But Birmingham isn't a university to put down, because its one of the best in the UK, without doubt.
    thanks for the links, i've checked them out. indeed Bham is a good and prestigious university. with a lil bit of extra work, don't see why i cannot get into IB sector.

    Thanks for all the feedback.
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    http://www.unistats.com/
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    (Original post by Clements-)
    http://www.unistats.com/
    I've already checked unistats. It has good grad prospects there, but as far as i've heard is not that reliable.
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    It's a good course, but less hyper-mathematical than some of the 'top' courses (Warwick, LSE, Cambridge, UCL). As for the ranking, no employer is going to turn an applicant down because the Times says their university has gone from 22 to 27 (or whatever). Really, they won't care. If you're aiming for IB or some ridiculously competitive career in the City, a Birmingham degree probably won't open huge numbers of doors (but Liverpool or QMUL won't either). For the vast, vast, vast majority of other careers, if you get a 2.i, the University won't come into it, and Birmingham will do you fine.

    For why yearly fluctuations in league tables should be disregarded as a basis for any kind of useful decision on where to spend three years (since the metrics only need vary very slightly to result in very large mid-table movements), see the guide in GUD.

    PS - unistats is the most reliable source out there, since their stats come direct from HEFCE.
 
 
 
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