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    What is more important when selecting Uni Choices.... how highly each university is ranked generally or university rankings for the subject you are applying for?

    For example, Greenwich is really high for maths, but not as a university generally or whatever. I'm applying for maths (i think). Any advice?
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    What is more important when selecting Uni Choices.... how highly each university is ranked generally or university rankings for the subject you are applying for?

    For example, Greenwich is really high for maths, but not as a university generally or whatever. I'm applying for maths (i think). Any advice?
    League tables can vary significant between each different league table depending on the factors taken into account.

    On one table a university can be 20th, on a different table it's 65th. Or vice versa. Look at how much the Guardian and Independent's maths league table can differ.

    They're only a few years old, not quite 20 years old. People applied to universities for centuries before they came into existence.

    You obvioulsy want to be at a department you want to be at, one which offers the best course for you and good support, but to also like the actual university in general. From accomodation, libary facilities to social life.

    Look at location, course content and flexibility, maybe teaching and research ratings (these are available online through QAA reports and the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise) as well as the opinions of current and former students.

    Don't get too obsessed over league tables.

    What I will say is far better go to a "mediocore" university with a stronger department than go to a strong university with a poor department.
 
 
 
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