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My friend is trying to decide between UCL and Cambridge as to which offer to accept as her firm and between York, Durham and Edinburgh for her insurance. Does anyone study the subject/know someone that does and have some advice?
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My friend is trying to decide between UCL and Cambridge as to which offer to accept as her firm and between York, Durham and Edinburgh for her insurance. Does anyone study the subject/know someone that does and have some advice?
go for cambridge firm and durham insurance. What are the offers?

I was with my mate at the durham open day who is applying for anthropology. He said the department was very impressive and is highly respected.

What was her LSE offer of? My friend hasn't got a response from them yet.
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The offer for Cambridge is AAA, I'm not sure what the offer for Durham is. Her offer for Edinburgh and UCL (unless I've got mixed up I think this is different from LSE) is BBB, her offer for York is BB. She's sure to get all A's anyway.
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My friend is trying to decide between UCL and Cambridge as to which offer to accept as her firm and between York, Durham and Edinburgh for her insurance. Does anyone study the subject/know someone that does and have some advice?
I suppose it depends what she would hope to gain from the course. Also which of the two she would prefer when it comes to specialising.

I had offers from Cam, York, Durham, UCL, Bradford (I'm concerned only with course content!) and Sheffield. I've chosen Cambridge as my first choice because I think their course gives the broadest study to begin with and has so many possible areas for further work, limeted only really by your indecision, obviously there's all the other Oxbridge good things like specialists in everything, libraries, teaching etc. Sheffield as my second because it was a very achievable offer, a good broad practical based course and I loved the department and city! They had fantastic labs & a great library.

UCL was a wonderful course, (Archaeology BSc, the one I applied for) but didn't seem to allow for much mixing between arch & anth. They have good labs, a large departmental library & all the resources of London (museum work etc!). The Institute is massive, but I did get the impression it could be quite clicky, not much interaction with other people on other courses. If your friend actually wants to do archaeology career wise I think this would be a good option, 70days enforced minimum fieldwork will give vital experience so she should find it easier to find work after graduation. (Most archaeology graduates often have to get further field experience before they are considered for jobs.) I rejected their offer simply because I really don't want to live in London, otherwise, it would be great!

York, their archaeology course is very much British Archaeology with little opportunity to study other areas, having said that, it is a very good course & well thought of with British archaeologists. I went on their training excavation last summer at Castell Henllys. (I'd imagine your friend will have recieved an invitation in her offer letter to attend this summer....even if rejecting them, it's a great experience & really fun!) A York degree would also be good for employment in areas outside of archaeology, but then all the ones she applied for would be! I declined their offer as it wasn't sciency enough for me (their BSc degree isn't highly thought of at all, I was told my York students at Cas Hen it's basically a BA) and I want to study international archaeology (I hope to work abroad therefore need experience there!)

Durham, I had an offer for Arch & Anth there, I didn't really like it to be honest, I regret not chosing just the Archaeology degree. It is still good but its reputation in the archaeology world isn't what it once was. It's also a small place, that put me off lots!

Edinburgh is supposed to be good, I know a few other archaeology people who applied there.

If there's anything else you'd like to know, just say! I'm always pleased to help with anything archaeology related!
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