Bristol vs Leeds for biology help

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The UCAS deadline is approching and im so stuck between Bristol and Leeds. I been to see both and really like them both and i cant decide. Do any of you study biology there or have any opinions on the cities and accomodation ect too?
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Bristol for sure!! Much better prestige, nicer city, nicer environment....


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Thank you!
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Accepted Bristol as my firm choice (translation: I'm biased but here's my opinion):
Arguments for Bristol
-Although I'm aware Leeds used to be pretty much on par with Bristol, nowadays both nationally and internatinoall Bristol seem to be doing much better in league tables (although I don't trust them much).

- As far as I remember (I looked at every Russell Group biology course) Leeds's course structure is made up of many modules, so I would imagine Bristol's course is more rigid (although still pretty modular) and you'll probably find more interconnection between modules.

- Not sure about Leeds but first year at Bristol gives you a good grounding which should give you a better chance to choose suitable modules in later years

- Bristol's new biology building's the largest investment made by the university.

Argument against Bristol:

- Bristol, as an academic there told me, has a strong focus on some areas. For example, they have a module called "plant diseases" (though they do have a parasitology course). This suits some people but not others, but I'd imagine they'll still teach you (however little) about areas they don't specialise in.

- Bristol's departments are not on a central location (they're quite close though) so I'm not sure how much interaction you'll have with other students.
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(Original post by MickeyL0912)
Accepted Bristol as my firm choice (translation: I'm biased but here's my opinion):
Arguments for Bristol
-Although I'm aware Leeds used to be pretty much on par with Bristol, nowadays both nationally and internatinoall Bristol seem to be doing much better in league tables (although I don't trust them much).

- As far as I remember (I looked at every Russell Group biology course) Leeds's course structure is made up of many modules, so I would imagine Bristol's course is more rigid (although still pretty modular) and you'll probably find more interconnection between modules.

- Not sure about Leeds but first year at Bristol gives you a good grounding which should give you a better chance to choose suitable modules in later years

- Bristol's new biology building's the largest investment made by the university.

Argument against Bristol:

- Bristol, as an academic there told me, has a strong focus on some areas. For example, they have a module called "plant diseases" (though they do have a parasitology course). This suits some people but not others, but I'd imagine they'll still teach you (however little) about areas they don't specialise in.

- Bristol's departments are not on a central location (they're quite close though) so I'm not sure how much interaction you'll have with other students.
Biology is right in the middle of campus... Unless they've moved to a separate building? I know they were building the life sciences building so it may be in that, which again is right in the central hub of campus opposite the ASS library where the majority of students go. (Sorry I used to go to Bristol so I'm coming from experience). Bristol is fantastic and the campus area is great, the only subjects I know which aren't right on campus are dentistry and veterinary


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(Original post by mizzsnazzter)
Biology is right in the middle of campus... Unless they've moved to a separate building? I know they were building the life sciences building so it may be in that, which again is right in the central hub of campus opposite the ASS library where the majority of students go. (Sorry I used to go to Bristol so I'm coming from experience). Bristol is fantastic and the campus area is great, the only subjects I know which aren't right on campus are dentistry and veterinary


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They moved biology to a new building since 2014, dunno where the old building was but it's Bout 5-10 minutes walk from wills memorial
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They moved biology to a new building since 2014, dunno where the old building was but it's Bout 5-10 minutes walk from wills memorial
Yeah I'm pretty sure it's now in the life sciences building which is actually where the centre of campus is. Wills memorial is actually on the edge of the campus area and certainly more out of the campus feel! Although to be honest we're really only talking about a 5min walk. But in response, OP the biology department is in the best location on campus.


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Bristol I think.
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Leeds is aphenomenal city and the biology buildings is right in the heart of Leeds and the university. I didn't have any issues when I visited and they seem to be making great strides in improving their reputation and university. I'd recommend Leeds but the majority are clearly after bristol
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