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I have to choose between Leeds and Nottingham. Leeds has got the better course in my opinion. But Nottingham has a slightly better reputation? Would a Nottingham degree be better for graduate prospects in comparison to Leeds?

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(Original post by yabbayabba)
I have to choose between Leeds and Nottingham. Leeds has got the better course in my opinion. But Nottingham has a slightly better reputation? Would a Nottingham degree be better for graduate prospects in comparison to Leeds?

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Tbh I'd consider Leeds & Nottingham to be of equal standing, there is hardly anything between them. But I'd always go for the course I liked best. I've declined Birmingham to go to UEA with the main reason being I prefer UEA's course.
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Tbh I'd consider Leeds & Nottingham to be of equal standing, there is hardly anything between them. But I'd always go for the course I liked best. I've declined Birmingham to go to UEA with the main reason being I prefer UEA's course.
Thanks for your input
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The whole 'reputation' thing is entirely subjective. I've spoken to people and employers that have never even heard of half the universities in the top 50. (Which is quite worrying, I think.)


So long as both courses are ranked in the top half, I'd say go with what you're most comfortable with.
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I'd say Leeds' reputation is on par with Nottingham's anyway so if you prefer the course at Leeds, go for leeds!
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Definately the course, its the reason you're going to uni after all.
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Reputation.

Leeds and Notts are on an equal standing though, so pick the course you prefer.
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You can also look at the town because you will live there for 3 or 4 years. Also I do think reputation is important since employment is largely global now. You need a uni that is more well known not just in the UK but in the world, and Nottingham (though has lower ranking than it used to) has a global reputation. One of China's best professors is its president, and they have campuses in China, malaysia. Recently Shanghai's counsel has asked nottingham to create a new campus in Shanghai. They didn't ask other UK universities to do that.

I am still for that substance is better than brand. But the truth is you actually don't know how the course will be for you. But leeds does have a higher ranking though only marginally. I think you might already have an idea where you see yourself studying already, but is only confused by factors that are important to other people?
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You'll forget the reputation quickly once you're there, so go for the course.
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Deffo the course. Reputation of UCL is amazing but I didn't like it there, so I went with somewhere less prestigious (but equally good, imo)- UEA
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You'll forget the reputation quickly once you're there, so go for the course.
Depends.. for me reputation is a driving factor, and it's constantly at the back of my mind.

OP between the two go for course, because as others have said there isn't a difference between Leeds and Nottingham.
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Depends.. for me reputation is a driving factor, and it's constantly at the back of my mind.

OP between the two go for course, because as others have said there isn't a difference between Leeds and Nottingham.
I suppose you're right: going to a school with a good reputation can motivate you to perform well. But I think enjoying the course is more important because, even if you're at a reputable school, an enjoyable course would lead a person (or at least lead me) to perform poorly.
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I suppose you're right: going to a school with a good reputation can motivate you to perform well. But I think enjoying the course is more important because, even if you're at a reputable school, an enjoyable course would lead a person (or at least lead me) to perform poorly.
For me it has the opposite effect. I feel that I have potential to be at a top University. I was really idle in secondary school, so it's really driven me to do well for my undergraduate degree. Don't get me wrong though, I'm enjoying University, have made some great friends but I feel I can challenge myself more by going to a top university for postgraduate studies.

You are right though. Course is important because you almost certainly won't perform optimally if you're doing a course that you don't enjoy.
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I'd say go for the course.
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Let's see.

3 years of disinterest for the sake of a very slim chance that my employer will care I went to a university a couple of spaces up the subjective "rankings"
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getting the most enjoyment and personal benefit out of my course and likely doing better as a result.

Hmm, that's a toughie. :beard:

(I hear Cardiff is considered quite good here, I also had an offer for there which I declined. Much better that I go to the uni I prefer and do the course I prefer than listen to a bunch kids who have no experience as employers anyway, lol.)
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Go for the course
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Definitely the course.
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Course .
If after not getting the grades to Uni some random man asks if I want to do medicine in his course, I'd accept it so long as I got a degree at the end of it.
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Reputation, by far. The course is completely irrelevant in choosing a Uni. :holmes:
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