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    Hi, I was wondering if I could have some advice on which university to choose.

    I'm currently on a gap year and have confirmed places, if I choose to accept them, on both courses. The problem is, it's tough to choose between them. They are:

    • University of Manchester, Masters in Physics with Philosophy
    • Kings College London, Bachelors in Physics & Philosophy (with a year abroad)

    Both are 4 year degrees, although if I opted out of the year abroad at King's, it would become a 3 year Bsc.

    What I'm interested in is how both places are perceived (which would be more prestigious), which would be the best for the course, what it's like to live in both cities... any thoughts you've got really.

    I'm most concerned simply about the quality of the degree and also the opportunities in Drama/Theatre.

    Please let me know what you think because I've reached a bit of a stalemate!

    They are both very good Universities, but I personally feel the year abroad would be an amazing opportunity. You need to decide for yourself whether having a masters would be better than the year abroad for what you want to after uni. If you're thinking of going into research, the masters course at Manchester would probably be better. If not, then I don't think it would matter.

    I went to uni in London (Imperial). You'll have to take living costs into account before making your decision. After your first year, it would probably be quite difficult to find reasonably priced accommodation within walking distance of uni. You would have to spend loads of time and money travelling.

    I'm not sure about drama opportunities, but I'm guessing both unis must have drama clubs that probably do termly productions you could audition for

    Kings. It has the best graduate prospects and its in London! Theres plenty of opportunities in London, such as career fairs and internships at big companies. I'd say they have about the same reputation in the UK, if not kings is better. Internationally kings has a better reputation, especially in asia where it is considered one of the best in the UK.

    I dont know too much about the courses, but I think physics at manchester is better than physics at kings; however philosophy at kings is better. I'd suggest you look at the course content.

    I live in manchester and I've been to manchester uni quite a few times now. The buildings are a little bit spread out, but there are loads of buses running around, so theres no need to worry that you wont get to your lecture in time. It rains a lot though and the weather up in the north isnt great. It has a lot of international students too. Everything is quite accessible and the uni is near the central, so yh theres plenty to do.

    Conclusion- Kings has better links if you want a job in drama/theatre due to its location and its more prestigious imo.
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