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    Hi all,

    I got a offer from all the universities i applied to for Biomedical Science which are:

    -University of Manchester (ABB)
    -University of Liverpool (ABB)
    -Keele University (BBB)
    -University of Sheffield (AAB)
    -Queen Mary, University of London (ABB)

    I live in Manchester and I don't know which University I should firm. Keele will be my insurance.

    The 2 Unis I (at the moment) can't decide between are Manchester or Queen Mary. For Manchester, the course isn't accredited but for Queen Mary the course is accredited. When I say accredited, the course is approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science which means I can work in the NHS if I graduate. But if I go to London, I'm not sure if I can afford it like accomodation, food etc. I love the University of Manchester but the only problem is that the course isn't accredited :/ I'm not sure if I want to study Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy etc after I graduate but I just want to study Biomedical Science for now. Which Uni should I go for? The one that is accredited or the one I will feel more comfortable and affordable at?

    Many thanks for reading
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    Affordability isn't as bad as people make it out to be. Your maintenance loan is increased and you can get a job to help you.
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    (Original post by Toxicated)
    Hi all,

    I got a offer from all the universities i applied to for Biomedical Science which are:

    -University of Manchester (ABB)
    -University of Liverpool (ABB)
    -Keele University (BBB)
    -University of Sheffield (AAB)
    -Queen Mary, University of London (ABB)

    I live in Manchester and I don't know which University I should firm. Keele will be my insurance.

    The 2 Unis I (at the moment) can't decide between are Manchester or Queen Mary. For Manchester, the course isn't accredited but for Queen Mary the course is accredited. When I say accredited, the course is approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science which means I can work in the NHS if I graduate. But if I go to London, I'm not sure if I can afford it like accomodation, food etc. I love the University of Manchester but the only problem is that the course isn't accredited :/ I'm not sure if I want to study Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy etc after I graduate but I just want to study Biomedical Science for now. Which Uni should I go for? The one that is accredited or the one I will feel more comfortable and affordable at?

    Many thanks for reading
    You don't have to make any decisions for a long while yet, and I'd advise you to hold out as long as you can. Try to visit the places in contention. The obvious answer is always the one you will feel comfortable at, but don't be in too much of a rush to rule out the one which will give you greater options after graduating.
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    I would also suggest visiting both unis again, just to help you with your decision.
    If it were my decision to make, I would go for Queen Mary. I also live in Manchester and I just feel that some time away will be a good break.
    Also if you go to a uni in london you can get a maximum maintenance loan of £7675 (everyone gets the 1st half of the loan but the amount of the 2nd half depends on your parent's income). I also think that being able to work for the NHS afterwards is a good opportunity to have open for you
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    (Original post by Toxicated)
    Hi all,

    I got a offer from all the universities i applied to for Biomedical Science which are:

    -University of Manchester (ABB)
    -University of Liverpool (ABB)
    -Keele University (BBB)
    -University of Sheffield (AAB)
    -Queen Mary, University of London (ABB)

    I live in Manchester and I don't know which University I should firm. Keele will be my insurance.

    The 2 Unis I (at the moment) can't decide between are Manchester or Queen Mary. For Manchester, the course isn't accredited but for Queen Mary the course is accredited. When I say accredited, the course is approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science which means I can work in the NHS if I graduate. But if I go to London, I'm not sure if I can afford it like accomodation, food etc. I love the University of Manchester but the only problem is that the course isn't accredited :/ I'm not sure if I want to study Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy etc after I graduate but I just want to study Biomedical Science for now. Which Uni should I go for? The one that is accredited or the one I will feel more comfortable and affordable at?

    Many thanks for reading
    This is what I'd do…
    - visit all the universities again

    - check out the accommodation (costs, how far from the uni it is etc)

    - check what student finance you'd be entitled to using the student finance calculator, as some uni's outside of London have halls just as expensive as in London.

    - check modules and optional modules for the courses to determine what you'd like to study.

    - If you're a very social person check each Uni's SU, the kind of events they put on. If you're wanting to join a particular society/sport, check which Uni's offer that.

    Queen Mary isn't really in 'London', it's on the outskirts really. So it isn't central. It's quite a cheap area. Although the transport links are great, and transport via tube is cheap with an oyster card, so jobs may be easier to find here if you need one. Also the accommodation here isn't that expensive either.

    Manchester has two Universities. It's a 'proper' campus and student town. No idea on accommodation or what jobs could be like though unfortunately.

    Personally I'd go with the one you would feel more comfortable at, and like the most. You're likely to get better grades. If you want to go on to do dentistry etc afterwards, you only need a degree, but you would need top grades due to the competitiveness of those graduate places.
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    (Original post by Knalchemist)
    This is what I'd do…
    - visit all the universities again

    - check out the accommodation (costs, how far from the uni it is etc)

    - check what student finance you'd be entitled to using the student finance calculator, as some uni's outside of London have halls just as expensive as in London.

    - check modules and optional modules for the courses to determine what you'd like to study.

    - If you're a very social person check each Uni's SU, the kind of events they put on. If you're wanting to join a particular society/sport, check which Uni's offer that.

    Queen Mary isn't really in 'London', it's on the outskirts really. So it isn't central. It's quite a cheap area. Although the transport links are great, and transport via tube is cheap with an oyster card, so jobs may be easier to find here if you need one. Also the accommodation here isn't that expensive either.

    Manchester has two Universities. It's a 'proper' campus and student town. No idea on accommodation or what jobs could be like though unfortunately.

    Personally I'd go with the one you would feel more comfortable at, and like the most. You're likely to get better grades. If you want to go on to do dentistry etc afterwards, you only need a degree, but you would need top grades due to the competitiveness of those graduate places.
    Mile End was most definitley in London last time I looked. Its Brunel thats on the outskirts.
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    The universities may invite you to visit days next term, so it's a good idea to wait until after these before making your decision.

    London is expensive, but you do get an increased loan. Your accomadation is unlikely to be £2000 more expensive than elsewhere. Apart from accomadation, the other thing that is much more expensive is unfortunately night life. If this is something that's important to you, going clubbing in London as a student is a bit different to going out elsewhere. Whilst London does have awesome nightlife, it's very expensive, and you often have to travel to get to the places with the best clubs.

    Obviously the accreditation is an issue, though. It might be worth looking into what careers would be available to you with an unaccredited degree.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    Mile End was most definitley in London last time I looked. Its Brunel thats on the outskirts.
    It isn't in Central London I meant. I thought I deleted that part before posting -_-
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    (Original post by Knalchemist)
    It isn't in Central London I meant. I thought I deleted that part before posting -_-
    It's very close, only a couple of stops on the Tube. No-one would regard Mile End as the outskirts of London.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    It's very close, only a couple of stops on the Tube. No-one would regard Mile End as the outskirts of London.
    As I said, I meant it isn't in Central London, it's East London. I just forgot to delete that part prior to sending my reply to OP.
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    All else being equal I'd go for accreditation. You're a longer time in the work place than at uni.

    As suggested by another on this thread I wouldn't rush to choose immediately. Surely all those unis have offered you post offer visits? If so I'd visit them all after all Liverpool and Sheffield can't be too far from where you live can they? Manchester is obviously on your doorstep and London easy to get to from just about everywhere. If Keele is going to be your insurance I'd definitely go and visit there because if you find you hate it on second viewing it wouldn't be worth putting down.

    Many grats on all those offers btw, too much choice is better than too little
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    (Original post by Toxicated)
    For Manchester, the course isn't accredited but for Queen Mary the course is accredited.
    Accreditation is rarely a "nice to have" thing. Either the accreditation is from an organisation that no-one cares about, in which case it is irrelevant or it is vital to getting on in that industry.

    You do need to get to the bottom of this before you make a choice. Are you able to ask someone in the industry? In this case there is no point in asking the universities as it is obvious what answer you will get from each.
 
 
 

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