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    Hi everybody.
    Im really confused because I dont know direct what I want to study - Genetics or Ecology. However, I want to send my UCAS on december. I have two personal statements. But it is really difficult which to send- for Genetics or Ecology. As a result of it, I came here for a piece of advice. What do you think which of them is more perspective? Also better career opportunities. Could you tell me some about ecologist job in the UK?
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    Id choose the one you feel you would enjoy more.
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    I enjoy both. The problem is that i don know really what I could work as ecologist or geneticist
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    Well the jobs are getting less because of governmental cuts for ecologists and usually you have to be prepared to have at least 6 months un-paid volunteering under your belt to get a job. However for me it is a satisfying job and something that interests me hence why I want to do it. And if you have the interest you will try no matter how badly paid it is.

    Thats a really broad range. Maybe it would be best to go for a biology degree and then after you've studied that specialise then in what you want to do in a masters degree. By doing this you have more time to decide what you are more intersested in.

    If you do choose ecology, feel free to come and join the thread in my signature which is especially for those applying to ecology/conservation degrees.
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    I think the above poster has a good point, if youre unsure choose a more general degree for the time being. You could always transfer after the first year or specialise later on
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    Most animal behaviour degrees cover genetics and ecology so win-win. I'm sure other courses would as well though it's worth a look into it.
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    Im afraid that if I graduate form genetics I will see many ill people everyday (that would be really sad for me) or all day will stare at microscope. If not these things, I really would like it.
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    My personal choice would be genetics but you should definatly choose the one that you think you would enjoy the most. Either course will give you the chance to study modules in the other. Also both degrees give you a wide range of choices and career options once you graduate. With any science degree you are valued by employers, even in non-related fields because of the skills you aquire on them. I would say that it really depends on what you are looking for, i think genetics is the more 'cutting edge' degree because there is a lot of research in this field. I applied for a biochemistry and genetics degree at nottingham and after reading more about genetics i am very excited about studying it at university. one of the more interesting and recent things going on in genetics is epigenetics, the idea that the way you live can alter your genetic material and then can be inherited by your offspring...facinating!
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    If i was you i would do a biology degree and then later specialise. It is possible to write the personal statement you just have to be very good with wording things. My second option would be to apply to both subjects and choose from there depending on offers etc. Good Luck.
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    If you're unsure I'd go for a Biology degree. If other universities are like Nottingham for biological sciences, they follow the same structure in the first year. In second and third year you could then choose all the Genetics and Ecology modules. You can even switch to another degree in second year due to the first year being the same.

    I can't say what careers are on offer for Ecology graduates but I am currently in my fourth year of Human Genetics and I am planning to apply for the clinical scientist training scheme. I am otherwise considering a career in research.

    Good luck making your decision!
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    Thank you all for advices I have already choosed genetics
 
 
 
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