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    (Original post by alow)
    I got Butler.

    I think deciding between Birmingham and Durham would be more to do with if you want to live in a big city or not? They're both pretty much equally respected (I think)
    oh right, you've firmed Cambridge right? Is Durham your insurance?

    Hmm well I think I am more of a city person so thats definitely a downside to Durham, but then I live in quite a big city at the moment (Bristol) so it's not like I would be going back home to a really small place between terms, plus Newcastle is nearby Durham which i could visit if I craved being in a city :P
    idk it's a hard decision for me- I loved both uni's and both courses look good, being an indecisive person doesn't help the situation



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    (Original post by NishalC)
    Hey people, im applying for chemical physics at nottingham and bristol, i was just wondering if anyone was applying for physics at these two places and could give me their opinion on their respective departments? Ive only seen the chemistry side mostly.
    Thanks!
    I applied for physics at Notts and rather like it, will probably firm. I did apply for Durham NatSci at Saint Mary's (rather foolishly I might add, given that they get more applicants with the grades required than places), and when added to a hullaballoo with UCAS I had with bits of forms not appearing and what not, I got rejected

    Still, Nottingham lowered my offer from A*AA to AAB if I firm (and it was basically tied for first with Durham anyway) so I suppose i'll end up there . Wasn't too keen on the emphasis on Astronomy that Durham made, which made me lean towards NatSci there. And frankly, I think I would look just as good (if not slightly better) saying I have an Masters in Physics from Nottingham, than a Bachelors in Natural Sciences from Durham, so i'm not too downbeat about it.

    Interestingly, what did you guys think about Physics at Oxford? I rather annoyed my Physics teacher a bit and didn't apply, but I really, really couldn't stand the course content and the general impression it gave me (i.e. that it wasn't really for somebody all too interested in the subject, and just wanted to say they are brilliant because they got a degree in physics from Oxford, however right they are in saying that )
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    (Original post by LucyW456)
    oh right, you've firmed Cambridge right? Is Durham your insurance?

    Hmm well I think I am more of a city person so thats definitely a downside to Durham, but then I live in quite a big city at the moment (Bristol) so it's not like I would be going back home to a really small place between terms, plus Newcastle is nearby Durham which i could visit if I craved being in a city :P
    idk it's a hard decision for me- I loved both uni's and both courses look good, being an indecisive person doesn't help the situation



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    Yeah Cambridge is my firm and Durham insurance

    That's a good point, it might be nice to have a bit of variety and not just live in a big city the whole time :lol:

    Well you've got a long time to decide, about 2 and a half months?


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    Interestingly, what did you guys think about Physics at Oxford? I rather annoyed my Physics teacher a bit and didn't apply, but I really, really couldn't stand the course content and the general impression it gave me (i.e. that it wasn't really for somebody all too interested in the subject, and just wanted to say they are brilliant because they got a degree in physics from Oxford, however right they are in saying that )
    I didn't apply to Oxford because I liked the look of Cambridge NatSci better, and Cambridge is generally known as being better for sciences than Oxford. Why didn't you apply to Cambridge instead?
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    Hello! Just thought I'd ask people's opinions
    I've got offers from Liverpool, Leicester, Kent and Heriot Watt. I'm definitely firming Liverpool however I'm stuck with my insurance. I've looked at everything I can find and I just can't decide between Kent and Heriot Watt Added complication: I can't visit either due to cost :/

    Where would you guys pick and why? Which university has the best physics department?
    Have any of you visited either?


    Thanks guuuuuuys
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    • What is your name?
    • What universities are you interested in?
    • What are your subjects and hopeful grades for AS and A2?
    • How many prospectuses have you had all together now?
    • Any female physicists out there?

    My name is Gavin
    I applied for Cambridge (didn't get it!), Imperial, UCL and University of Edinburgh (still waiting)
    I do English, Irish, Maths, French (all mandatory in the Irish Leaving Certificate), Physics, Chemistry and Applied Maths
    We don't have AS-Levels but I got 7 A1s in my Christmas examinations.
    Just counted the prospectuses at 25 (20 from Ireland and 5 UK!) My top choice in Ireland is Trinity College Dublin.
    That's about it but I'd love to hear from other physics-heads like myself particularly those elusive female physicists you mentioned!
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    (Original post by gtownsurfer)
    • What is your name?
    • What universities are you interested in?
    • What are your subjects and hopeful grades for AS and A2?
    • How many prospectuses have you had all together now?
    • Any female physicists out there?

    My name is Gavin
    I applied for Cambridge (didn't get it!), Imperial, UCL and University of Edinburgh (still waiting)
    I do English, Irish, Maths, French (all mandatory in the Irish Leaving Certificate), Physics, Chemistry and Applied Maths
    We don't have AS-Levels but I got 7 A1s in my Christmas examinations.
    Just counted the prospectuses at 25 (20 from Ireland and 5 UK!) My top choice in Ireland is Trinity College Dublin.
    That's about it but I'd love to hear from other physics-heads like myself particularly those elusive female physicists you mentioned!
    Hello, I'm Abbie! You'll be surprised actually, there have been a fair few of us females on here
    Nice choices there
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    (Original post by alow)
    Yeah Cambridge is my firm and Durham insurance

    That's a good point, it might be nice to have a bit of variety and not just live in a big city the whole time :lol:

    Well you've got a long time to decide, about 2 and a half months?




    I didn't apply to Oxford because I liked the look of Cambridge NatSci better, and Cambridge is generally known as being better for sciences than Oxford. Why didn't you apply to Cambridge instead?
    Honestly, it was a case of me being very sure about doing straight sciences, so only looking at Oxford, then not having enough time to properly look at Cambridge. At that point I thought i'd do it based on how much I fancied doing a NatSci course, and while Durham would let you specialise within a couple of years, Cambridge wouldn't let you really specialise in one subject for like 2 1/2 years, which threw me off a bit.

    Plus my UCAS is down as A*AA, and I knew that rejection would be pretty likely unless I had A*A*A down. Honestly, I don't know where I stand with my grades right now. My school internally are saying A*A*A, with the A in Physics, even though my physics teacher has always said an A* in physics for me is very doable, and my chemistry teacher saying it's a 30/50/20 chance of me getting an A*/A/B (i'm really good at understanding chemistry, I find it easiest to comprehend but i'm just awful with the exams, same for all my science subjects really)

    So yeh, if I had more time, I could have spent more time looking at Cambridge, but what is done is done I suppose.

    Best of luck wherever you go!
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    (Original post by OliverG)
    Honestly, it was a case of me being very sure about doing straight sciences, so only looking at Oxford, then not having enough time to properly look at Cambridge. At that point I thought i'd do it based on how much I fancied doing a NatSci course, and while Durham would let you specialise within a couple of years, Cambridge wouldn't let you really specialise in one subject for like 2 1/2 years, which threw me off a bit.

    Plus my UCAS is down as A*AA, and I knew that rejection would be pretty likely unless I had A*A*A down. Honestly, I don't know where I stand with my grades right now. My school internally are saying A*A*A, with the A in Physics, even though my physics teacher has always said an A* in physics for me is very doable, and my chemistry teacher saying it's a 30/50/20 chance of me getting an A*/A/B (i'm really good at understanding chemistry, I find it easiest to comprehend but i'm just awful with the exams, same for all my science subjects really)

    So yeh, if I had more time, I could have spent more time looking at Cambridge, but what is done is done I suppose.

    Best of luck wherever you go!
    For Cambridge you can specialise in physics from the beginning of the second year if you choose Physics A, Physics B and Mathematics.

    Yeah at Cambridge unless you have 90%+ in your ASs you don't really stand too much of a chance (I didn't, hence why I applied on my gap year :lol:)

    Exam technique is more important than being smart with science A Levels, not much we can do about it though, just got to jump through the hoops... Maths is a far nice subject in that way, if you get the right answer you'll usually get all the marks!

    You too! I'm sure you'll enjoy it wherever you end up
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    Just got my rejection from UCL for Physics yesterday *sigh*, really confused about it because I applied for Chem Eng and Physics (2 separate courses) at UCL and although my PS was written for Physics, Chem Eng accepted me.

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    Straight rejection

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    still waiting... for UCL
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    Name: Kathleen
    UCL, Kings, Bath, Swansea (interview/open day thing next month), Aberystwyth (offer BBB)
    Physics (A) Maths (A) Chemistry (A) Biology (B) English (B)
    Like 10 prospectuses? haha
    I'M FEMALE!

    Also I wish you all the best of luck for any offers you're still waiting for!
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    (Original post by OliverG)
    Interestingly, what did you guys think about Physics at Oxford? I rather annoyed my Physics teacher a bit and didn't apply, but I really, really couldn't stand the course content and the general impression it gave me (i.e. that it wasn't really for somebody all too interested in the subject, and just wanted to say they are brilliant because they got a degree in physics from Oxford, however right they are in saying that )
    I looked at both Oxford and Cambridge, though I wasn't intending to apply to either, I was just looking out of curiosity and it only confirmed the fact that I didn't want to apply.

    I agree that Oxford didn't seem like somewhere you would go if you were really interested in physics, more of a place you would go because you simply want a degree in physics. I watched their physics video and I honestly thought it sounded awful. It was as though they just wanted you to complete all their exams and problem sheets but weren't interested in giving you a wider knowledge or giving any chances to get involved in anything that wasn't directly related to their course content.

    As for Cambridge, I did think it sounded better and I do prefer it over the two but doing biology, chemistry and physics in the first year was not something I wanted to do.

    I expect people who do really enjoy physics go to Oxford but I wonder whether when they're there if they regret going?
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    Hey, I'm a physics student from North Wales, I've got conditionals from Dundee, Cardiff (2), and Aberystwyth, but I'm still waiting for Edinburgh. Cardiff 1st and Dundee insurance at the moment. Anybody in a similar position, or going to the visiting day in Dundee on the 16th?
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    (Original post by physicsbook)
    I looked at both Oxford and Cambridge, though I wasn't intending to apply to either, I was just looking out of curiosity and it only confirmed the fact that I didn't want to apply.

    I agree that Oxford didn't seem like somewhere you would go if you were really interested in physics, more of a place you would go because you simply want a degree in physics. I watched their physics video and I honestly thought it sounded awful. It was as though they just wanted you to complete all their exams and problem sheets but weren't interested in giving you a wider knowledge or giving any chances to get involved in anything that wasn't directly related to their course content.

    As for Cambridge, I did think it sounded better and I do prefer it over the two but doing biology, chemistry and physics in the first year was not something I wanted to do.

    I expect people who do really enjoy physics go to Oxford but I wonder whether when they're there if they regret going?
    I applied to Cambridge because the course at Oxford seemed so restrictive and not very enjoyable. Plus NatSci is a bonus as I get do do loads more chemistry! Not sure what I'm going to pick for my third subject though, nothing really jumps out as something I would really enjoy, I'll probably end up going with materials as it's the most physicsy.
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    Rejection from St Andrews. Not really disappointed as it was my last choice, but a bit surprised. I guess after getting offers from Durham and Manchester so quickly into the process I was pretty confident in my application to St Andrews. I suppose they just didn't like me for some reason :unsure:
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    (Original post by King Hotpie)
    Rejection from St Andrews. Not really disappointed as it was my last choice, but a bit surprised. I guess after getting offers from Durham and Manchester so quickly into the process I was pretty confident in my application to St Andrews. I suppose they just didn't like me for some reason :unsure:
    Exactly the same here man! I am quite surprised that i got rejected and frankly I wouldnt have gone anyway.. I was wondering if I had seriously messed up my PS or UCAS info for them to reject me but i feel a bit better now! Kinda odd though as im predicted A*A*A*a and their standard offer is AAA! you gonna email them and ask for a reason why?
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    (Original post by Jozden)
    Exactly the same here man! I am quite surprised that i got rejected and frankly I wouldnt have gone anyway.. I was wondering if I had seriously messed up my PS or UCAS info for them to reject me but i feel a bit better now! Kinda odd though as im predicted A*A*A*a and their standard offer is AAA! you gonna email them and ask for a reason why?
    Yeah, I emailed last night. Are you? At the risk of sounding arrogant I'm not sure what else I could have done, I had solid GCSEs and straight As at AS. Predicted A*A*AA, and one of those is only an A because the Further Maths is being self taught, so like you I'm well on course to exceed their offer. I can only assume we said something in our PSs that they didn't like. Did you get a really short comment on your UCAS form (when you click to read letter or whatever it is)? Mine said something like I was a very strong candidate, but they felt there were better applications for the course that I applied for... Applications was a very odd way of terming it I thought, makes it sound like they don't think I really want to study physics or something
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    (Original post by King Hotpie)
    Yeah, I emailed last night. Are you? At the risk of sounding arrogant I'm not sure what else I could have done, I had solid GCSEs and straight As at AS. Predicted A*A*AA, and one of those is only an A because the Further Maths is being self taught, so like you I'm well on course to exceed their offer. I can only assume we said something in our PSs that they didn't like. Did you get a really short comment on your UCAS form (when you click to read letter or whatever it is)? Mine said something like I was a very strong candidate, but they felt there were better applications for the course that I applied for... Applications was a very odd way of terming it I thought, makes it sound like they don't think I really want to study physics or something
    Yep I sent them an email on Friday, hopefully will get a response soon this week. Same here, don't want to sound cocky but felt like my grades were good enough to merit an offer but clearly not! and yeah i got the same message too, kind of a weird comment i thought, im curious to find out who did get an offer! just a thought but maybe they give preference to international students or scottish students? dont know about you but i had to fill out a fee form ages ago and got classified as UK, so that may have some influence on their decision?
 
 
 
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