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    Which University offers the best course? Which offers the best career prospects? I like particle physics as a major choice and a few other options as well. I like the tutorial system at Oxford and Cambridge and the smaller city atmosphere. Imperial has higher entry requirements although this is likely to fiddle the UCAS system of Firm and Insurance choices (Universities give higher entry offers as this makes them appear more selective and prestigious, making you choose them on your application as your primary choice)

    I'm also open to other University suggestions like Nottingham.
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    Cambridge master race
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    (Original post by Mayhem™)
    Cambridge master race
    Any particular reason other than because you go there? :3
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    (Original post by gregy521)
    Any particular reason other than because you go there? :3
    I'm in year 11 :lol:
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    (Original post by Mayhem™)
    I'm in year 11 :lol:
    Same! I thought I was decided on Oxford but Imperial looks really good too, I never really considered Cambridge because it only did NatSci which didn't specialise until later on.
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    (Original post by gregy521)
    Which University offers the best course? Which offers the best career prospects? I like particle physics as a major choice and a few other options as well. I like the tutorial system at Oxford and Cambridge and the smaller city atmosphere. Imperial has higher entry requirements although this is likely to fiddle the UCAS system of Firm and Insurance choices (Universities give higher entry offers as this makes them appear more selective and prestigious, making you choose them on your application as your primary choice)

    I'm also open to other University suggestions like Nottingham.
    You're not going to get a sensible answer on which is best, all three are awesome an offer great career prospects.

    Imperial is a very different place from Oxford and Cambridge though, particulary in terms of your life outside the lecture theatre, so you need to look into that in detail.

    On the lifestyle side, Cambridge and Oxford are similar, but the Cambridge course is Natural Sciences, so think about whether you want the breadth.

    There are lots of good physics departments around, maybe take a look at Durham.
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    Cambridge is the best. I would've said second best was Oxford or Imperial, but now that Oxford offers a Master's in Theoretical Physics I'd say Oxford now has the full package. For career prospects all three are great. I think Imperial might have slightly higher starting salaries, if so I'd put that down to career choices rather than employability. I'm pretty sure Imperial's requirements are, like you said, just a fiddle. In terms of entry standards Cambridge > Oxford > Imperial (~= Durham). As for particle physics you have to think whether you are talking theoretical (quantum field theory, perturbation theory etc.) or experimental (accelerator physics, pratically every field of computing and engineering). For theory, Cambridge has DAMTP, 'nough said. For experimental, Oxford = Imperial >> Cambridge. Imperial's course has a lot of Mathematics of benefit to theorists, though I think at the expense of other topics.
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    (Original post by 雷尼克)
    Pretty much all UK physics courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics to meet a certain standard.

    Discriminating between them will require visiting them, but to be honest a physics degree from an RG university alone is pretty good. But when it comes to deciding, look as to which location and university you prefer, the courses themselves won't vary much.

    But do note that if you go for Cambridge, you have to do Natural Sciences which means you won't be able to specialise into physics from day one, you'll have to do a year or two of chemistry or other science-related modules as well.
    To address some of the points here. Firstly, the IoP requirements are basically a skeleton that universities (especially those OP is referring to) will add more meat. Also, in Cambridge's Natural Sciences course you will study other subjects in the first year, but after that its just Physics and Maths.
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    Very useful information. Apparently, Cambridge NatSci can even opt in for purely physical courses too. I really do like the charm of Oxford though, I'll have to do some further reading on the topic.
 
 
 
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