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    (Original post by Jing_jing)
    How long have people had to wait for their college confirmation because I know the email said three weeks, but I got my offer on the 1st of December and I still haven't heard which college I've been allocated yet! (I applied to Castle if that's any help).
    Everyone's probably on holiday still...nobody will have been in this week.

    If Castle is full for your subject then your application is probably between colleges, or back with the central admissions people who will try and pick a similar college to send you too.
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    (Original post by angelmxxx)
    Everyone's probably on holiday still...nobody will have been in this week.

    If Castle is full for your subject then your application is probably between colleges, or back with the central admissions people who will try and pick a similar college to send you too.
    Yeah, it's just that it's been one month one day I guess it's just being pushed around the system which is what's taking so long, daaang, I really liked Castle!
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    (Original post by angelmxxx)
    Everyone does 6 modules a year - 120 credits (some are doubles so then you'd do 4 singles + 1 double).

    It's easier to go on www.dur.ac.uk/faculty.handbook and then look up the subjects as you can see how many credits each module is (some are double) and then you can see the pre-requisites and co-requisites too.

    Modules are like courses, but can be very broad (eg. Statistics, or 19th Century Europe).
    do modules span all 3 terms?
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    (Original post by KayteeKaytee)
    On AES, if you click on "links", there may be a college link for the college they've allocated you to.
    Nah there isn't but thanks, i'll just have to wait another week or so!!
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    (Original post by nuttynatz)
    I think my obsession has passed unhealthy Think positive though.. its good to be ambitious !..

    thanks so much let me know to (and I'll try not to be to jealous).. and good luck! Hopefully we'll see each other at durham this time next year I can dream
    Thank you i will do!
    Good luck!!!!!!!
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    (Original post by Hnk2401)
    I know it's not your college, but could you possibly tell me about St Aidan's? It's where I've been allocated and I know practically nothing about it! It seems very friendly and laid back which I like but some more info would be much appreciated! I've mostly heard about its amazing views and being a trek from the rest of the uni (although it doesn't look that far on the map but I guess because of the hill). If you could tell me anything about the sort of accommodation people get, the facilities, their events and its overall reputation etc. that would be great!
    Hey, yeah I don't pretend to know too much about it, but it seems like a nice college. Walking anywhere is not too bad as long as your not from Josephine Butler or Hilde Bede, which are the two extremes, and you can always get a bike! I actually found walking back from college you can make friends just from talking to them to pass the time =)

    All accommodation should be decent, it should be catered and there should be a option to go live back in, in superior accommodation, in your final year. Reputation? I'm not sure, its quite irrelevant in Durham, especially academically, since all the students mix in during our studies anyhow, which is pretty cool as you can get two groups of friendships =), double the fun! Every college should have a gym, and a small library, but again most people use the main library anyhow and most students live out in the 2nd and probably 3rd year so its only temporary (not that you'll hate it!)

    You will probably have lots of people from a upper class inclination who enjoy formals and drinking, if you do, you'll fit right in =), i wont lie, i do like formals a lot ^ ^ , go to the open day though!!!
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    (Original post by angelmxxx)
    You'll rotate rooms each terms, Mary's have a complex (ish) system. Basically you get allocated a room in term 1, might be sharing, might be ensuite, might be neither/both. Then you get into groups of 5 (I think) at the end of that term, of people you want to live next to on a corridor. Each of you gets points based on how good your term 1 room was. Eg. if you had a single ensuite you'd probably get 1, if you had to share and didn't have an ensuite you'd get 3.

    Then you add up the number of points for your group, they rank the groups and give the groups with the highest number of points the best accommodation for term 2. Not sure how it works for term 3 but I guess they just re-order the groups based on term 1 + term 2 score.

    You'll have to ask the college for the exact info but I think it works something like that.

    It's so different from 6th form, even if you boarded - it's a bigger but still really close group of people all around you.

    I can't do an undergrad masters as I don't do a science degree. However a postgrad Masters is usually 1 year, so the same amount of time as the extra 4th year (might be 12 months instead of 9, but little difference!) Obviously higher cost, risk of applying to unis and not getting offers, hassle of possibly changing unis, etc...but more chance to specialise/change subject. As a non-scientist, I really don't know the pros and cons so it's best to ring up your department, but I have seen on a couple of the science subjects' websites that they encourage you to apply for the 4 year course and will let you drop to 3 if you want to - it's easier to sort out student finance etc. if you tell them you want to do the most expensive course to start with. They won't mind at all having to give you less money, but it can be a big effort trying to register changing to a longer course with them!
    Ah OK, so a shared room won't be all year then, which is a relief
    Ye that 3 month different is what I meant, and ye there is more chance to specialise I suppose. Ye I spoke to a woman at Nottingham university who said it is easier to go from 4 to 3 than 3 to 4, though some people may apply to 3 year course as the entry requirements often aren't as high.
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    (Original post by Johnny Luk)
    Hey, yeah I don't pretend to know too much about it, but it seems like a nice college. Walking anywhere is not too bad as long as your not from Josephine Butler or Hilde Bede, which are the two extremes, and you can always get a bike! I actually found walking back from college you can make friends just from talking to them to pass the time =)

    All accommodation should be decent, it should be catered and there should be a option to go live back in, in superior accommodation, in your final year. Reputation? I'm not sure, its quite irrelevant in Durham, especially academically, since all the students mix in during our studies anyhow, which is pretty cool as you can get two groups of friendships =), double the fun! Every college should have a gym, and a small library, but again most people use the main library anyhow and most students live out in the 2nd and probably 3rd year so its only temporary (not that you'll hate it!)

    You will probably have lots of people from a upper class inclination who enjoy formals and drinking, if you do, you'll fit right in =), i wont lie, i do like formals a lot ^ ^ , go to the open day though!!!
    Hild bede is 8mins from town and elvet riverside thanks, 4 mins from sainsburys, and 15 from the science site!

    Closer to elvet riverside and town (and clubs) than any hill colleges
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    (Original post by Ivanka)
    In addition to this, Oxbridge science 4-year courses still give out MA degrees :rolleyes:

    I don't know about Oxford, but doing Part III (4th year) in Maths or sciences at Cambridge leads to the MMath or the MSci. The MA from Cambridge is what you get if you turn up and eat a dinner a few years after you got your BA.

    The MMath is a new title for what used to be called simply Part III and then turned into the Certificate of Advanced Study.

    The new name is to convince Student Finance that it is the 4th year of an undergraduate course so that they will give loans and grants for it (things are different if you do your BSc or BA at another university and then go to Cambridge to do Part III).

    The Student Finance angle matters elsewhere too, when you are deciding whether to apply/start on a 3 year or 4 year course. If you might want to do the 4 year course, sign on for that and tell SF that is what you are doing by (I think) the beginning of your second year at the latest. If you don't, they will not fund you for the 4th year.
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    (Original post by Johnny Luk)
    Hey, yeah I don't pretend to know too much about it, but it seems like a nice college. Walking anywhere is not too bad as long as your not from Josephine Butler or Hilde Bede, which are the two extremes, and you can always get a bike! I actually found walking back from college you can make friends just from talking to them to pass the time =)

    All accommodation should be decent, it should be catered and there should be a option to go live back in, in superior accommodation, in your final year. Reputation? I'm not sure, its quite irrelevant in Durham, especially academically, since all the students mix in during our studies anyhow, which is pretty cool as you can get two groups of friendships =), double the fun! Every college should have a gym, and a small library, but again most people use the main library anyhow and most students live out in the 2nd and probably 3rd year so its only temporary (not that you'll hate it!)

    You will probably have lots of people from a upper class inclination who enjoy formals and drinking, if you do, you'll fit right in =), i wont lie, i do like formals a lot ^ ^ , go to the open day though!!!
    Ah awesome thanks so much.
    When you say formals and upper class etc, don't they have those informal formals like collingwood do instead of like black tie formals?
    Formals do sound fun though!!!
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    With regards to the postgrad vs undergrad masters thing, is it simply an arbitrary difference and the two are basically equivalent levels of qualification, or is one thought as "better" than the other?
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    (Original post by sam1am)
    With regards to the postgrad vs undergrad masters thing, is it simply an arbitrary difference and the two are basically equivalent levels of qualification, or is one thought as "better" than the other?
    Postgrad is "better" as it's a postgrad qualification, however if you're applying for a job in business/accountancy/something non-sciencey I don't think the company would mind (the vast vast majority just want a BA/BSc 2.1 anyway).

    It all depends on the course content really - some 4th years will allow you to choose specialised modules (so would be more like a 1 year postgrad masters), whereas others will be more general, like the rest of your undergraduate modules. (Although how specialised your undergraduate modules are also depends on your course and uni so it's hard to compare!)

    If you're thinking about taking one, it's best to ring up the department and ask them about the difference, which are better for PhD preparation/going into a career.
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    Hi all... Just popping up to see how everyone's doing. Is anyone else still waiting to hear about History? Seen some have got offers already...
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    (Original post by exo-politics)
    Hi all... Just popping up to see how everyone's doing. Is anyone else still waiting to hear about History? Seen some have got offers already...
    I am! Keep torturing myself looking at this thread...
    Hopeful but being realistic I know my chances of an offer are slim- but then you never know if you don't try!
    Back to the focus though, no they haven't replied to everyone yet
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    (Original post by angelmxxx)
    Postgrad is "better" as it's a postgrad qualification, however if you're applying for a job in business/accountancy/something non-sciencey I don't think the company would mind (the vast vast majority just want a BA/BSc 2.1 anyway).

    It all depends on the course content really - some 4th years will allow you to choose specialised modules (so would be more like a 1 year postgrad masters), whereas others will be more general, like the rest of your undergraduate modules. (Although how specialised your undergraduate modules are also depends on your course and uni so it's hard to compare!)

    If you're thinking about taking one, it's best to ring up the department and ask them about the difference, which are better for PhD preparation/going into a career.
    Mmm but despite one being "postgrad" I would at first have thought that surely if it's an extra year's study in the same subject they would be practically equivalent, and whether you happen to have already graduated once would make no practical difference. But then what do I know lol, I will make the decision when the time comes and I am hopefully better informed. Most of the uni websites seem to suggest that MSci are normally for preparing for research and that's definitely an option I'm considering, so I'll see.
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    (Original post by Basmati)
    I am! Keep torturing myself looking at this thread...
    Hopeful but being realistic I know my chances of an offer are slim- but then you never know if you don't try!
    Back to the focus though, no they haven't replied to everyone yet
    they definitely haven't replied to anyone yet or given out all their offers, so don't panic! Today's the last bank holiday so hopefully everyone will be back at work soon!
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    Note that, to do the postgrad MSc in Chemistry (a research degree) at Durham for instance, you are required to have an Upper Second in a Master's degree!
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    (Original post by Basmati)
    I am! Keep torturing myself looking at this thread...
    Hopeful but being realistic I know my chances of an offer are slim- but then you never know if you don't try!
    Back to the focus though, no they haven't replied to everyone yet
    I'll join you. Keep checking the AES too. :/
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    (Original post by angelmxxx)
    they definitely haven't replied to anyone yet or given out all their offers, so don't panic! Today's the last bank holiday so hopefully everyone will be back at work soon!
    Ah nah I'm not panicking, just wishing I hadn't taken maths (Y)
    I got a Leeds offer which I'm happy with, I'd just be over the moon if i got Durham/York!
    Thanks for the support though
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    PPE offer before Christmas holidays, but I still don't know the college
 
 
 
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