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Hey!
I am deciding between Bristol and Warwick University to study psychology and wondered if there is anyone who has some advice on which to choose?

They are both a similar distance to home and have the same offers.

I was wondering if anyone knows if their rowing teams are any good, the quality of teaching and job prospects and general environment of each uni.

Thank you
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(The following is all about Bristol only)

Bristol have a renowned rowing team I believe. I live with someone who's on the team, and they are all very close friends. He's in the middle of GB trials and his main reasons for choosing Bristol was because of the rowing team - that's how I'm guessing its renowned.

Psychology academic staff are brilliant. Such a large academic research department specialising in all sorts of things. You go through the basic modules that are needed for the accreditation - so in that respect the content of the courses across all universities isn't going to drastically vary like other courses can.

First year - Biological, social, cognitive and developmental psychology modules. You also do statistics throughout the year. It's all multiple choice exams. Coursework includes essays (1 for each topic module) and lab reports (2 for the stats module). You also pick a couple open units from whatever you want/can.

Second year is same as above, but more advanced and examinations are essays not multiple choice. You do 2 stats modules instead of 1 and hence 4 lab reports rather than 2.

Third year is 3 modules (I don't know if they are compulsory or optional) and then half the mark for the year will be your third year project, where you get a supervisor and carry out your own research in their department area. You have about 25-30 supervisors (hence, areas) to choose from. So generally speaking you can do whatever you want.

Th lecturers are very good and know their stuff. They're good at providing meetings, office hours and replying to emails. Job prospects for the university in general are decent I think as Bristol has a good reputation, regardless of wherever it stands in league tables this year (ignore them anyway).

General environment is very open and friendly. Maybe everyone's just permanently on a high (just a joke relating to the drug culture) but I find it's got a friendly vibe and if you choose the right halls and friends etc you'd have a blast.

I have no idea about Warwick, but if you like a good environment and atmosphere etc. perhaps consider the fact it's a campus unattached to a town/city? Bristol has the city right near the uni campus (10 minute walk from uni to the harbour side and 15 minute walk to broadmead shopping street), good nightlife (not just clubs, but theatre and a village of German underground beer houses and speakeasies and things like that) and a zoo
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Wow! Thank you so much for all that info!
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