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everyone here seems to chat a lot bout the prestigious unis in england but what does everyone think of the ones in scot eg St Andrews or edin. just wondering cos ive had an offer to read eco at st andrews and im seriously considering going there.
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everyone here seems to chat a lot bout the prestigious unis in england but what does everyone think of the ones in scot eg St Andrews or edin. just wondering cos ive had an offer to read eco at st andrews and im seriously considering going there.
aren't all scottish courses four years? because not only will you come out with higher debt for pretty much the same degree, all your scottish friends will be getting grants and wanting to go out all the time and waste their cash.

edinburgh is a lovely uni but was just too far for me to consider it, i mean its like an 8 hour car journey to get your stuff up there, potentially six times in a year. would suck.
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everyone here seems to chat a lot bout the prestigious unis in england but what does everyone think of the ones in scot eg St Andrews or edin. just wondering cos ive had an offer to read eco at st andrews and im seriously considering going there.
Edinburgh and St Andrews are very good universities. They are old, traditional and prestigious.

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aren't all scottish courses four years? because not only will you come out with higher debt for pretty much the same degree, all your scottish friends will be getting grants and wanting to go out all the time and waste their cash.

edinburgh is a lovely uni but was just too far for me to consider it, i mean its like an 8 hour car journey to get your stuff up there, potentially six times in a year. would suck.
yeah but if ur living in england the scottish govt pays for ur last yr, well just the fees. and u get and MA instead of a BA so surely taking that into account its a good thing?!
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and u get and MA instead of a BA so surely taking that into account its a good thing?!
Nah ah.

In Scotland you're talking 4 year BA/BSc and 5 Year Masters
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well i got an offer to do eco MA and its a four year course! hmmmm im confused now
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well i got an offer to do eco MA and its a four year course! hmmmm im confused now
OK in general at some places in Scotland they take a year longer than in England to get the same "level" of degree.

Obviously that isn't going to cover everything.
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do u know if st andrews is any good for eco. they offered me Abb.
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I have an offer from Edinburgh - going up there for the open day on March 9th. It's not so bad getting up there - Easyjet fly there for about £48 return and the further you book ahead the cheaper it is. I'm really chuffed I got a Zoology offer from them as I have such a peculiar combination of AS and A2 Levels, plus I'm doing deferred entry

The basic Scottish Uni structure from what I've gathered consists of 3 years of the actual degree and a foundation year - it's good in that you get to study a much wider range of subjects and you can defer your honours option till the 2nd or even 3rd year. So it's good for confuzzled people interested in a very wide range of biological disciplines and aren't sure what they want to specialise in. So in the first year you do the same modules as ALL the other Biosciences/whatever faculty students.

Hope that helped!
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I have an offer from Edinburgh - going up there for the open day on March 9th. It's not so bad getting up there - Easyjet fly there for about £48 return and the further you book ahead the cheaper it is.
This is clever, and is definately the way to take in the visits.

I did the self same thing flying from East Midlands for £30 return, to Edinburgh, the day before my Open Day at St Andrews last February, spent the day and night in Edinburgh, stayed over night in a youth hostel in the city centre, caught an early-ish train to St Andrews, had the open day, went back to Edinburgh on the train, straight off at Waverley on to the plane and back home in time to go to Leeds the very next day for another open day !
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i think this is true:

for scottish unis scottish students dont have to pay tuition fees nor do EU students; but english students do? how do they get away with this?
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The reason Scottish courses are a year longer is because the entry requirements for Scottish unis are only usually highers (Scottish equivalent to AS level). So if you're from Scotland and you apply to Scottish unis in your 6th year you can expect to get unconditional offers, which is very cool, or you could just not bother with the last year of school at all. I don't know why they don't give unconditionals to AS students but i suspect its purely them just being biased towards Scottish students.

It's also true that Scottish students don't have to pay upfront tuition fees if they goto a Scottish uni but they have to pay them once they graduate. If a Scottish student goes to an English uni i think the SOAS pays half their tuition fees, so they end up only having to pay around £600 a year upfront. However if the top up fees bill is passed, they say the Scottish system will inevitably have to be changed as well as there will be a huge funding deficit.
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yeah i flew out as well from east midlands to edinburgh but came home on the same day! it was a long day but its not as if its complicated to get to st andrews which is a good thing! some trains go straight to leuchars as well but think thats more expensive! anyone thinkin of going st andrews
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