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    Hey guys, so I'm currently holding offers from Imperial and UCL for Geophysics and Physics respectively... I am so stuck as to which one I should choose! I've visited both and loved them both so I'm really not sure which one is the determining factor... Does anyone have any experience in either? Thanks!
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    Hey guys, so I'm currently holding offers from Imperial and UCL for Geophysics and Physics respectively... I am so stuck as to which one I should choose! I've visited both and loved them both so I'm really not sure which one is the determining factor... Does anyone have any experience in either? Thanks!
    rather than the uni (which isnt really important in this case imo) do you want to study pure physics or geophysics? As they cover different things (some of the same physics most of it after 1st year)

    I mean looking at the courses, year 2 and 3 of each subject are almost completely different, where physics goes into more condensed matter, particle physics, quantum mechanics and other areas, geophysics goes into Global Geophysics, Earth Structure and Tectonics, Seismology, geochemistry,Hydrogeology, Geohazards and other more geology based areas (with physics applied to them I will assume)

    So which will do you want to do?
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    (Original post by anamariamikhail)
    Hey guys, so I'm currently holding offers from Imperial and UCL for Geophysics and Physics respectively... I am so stuck as to which one I should choose! I've visited both and loved them both so I'm really not sure which one is the determining factor... Does anyone have any experience in either? Thanks!
    Well as MadMadMax said, the most important thing here should be the course, not the uni. There's some overlap between the courses but they're not the same subject. In Geophysics at Imperial, you'll spend the first year with the other Earth Sciences students so there will be a significant amount of non-physics content. A geophysics degree will definitely be more applied than a straight degree in physics. I honestly don't think there's a huge amount more to be said, there are significant differences between physics and geophysics degrees that you ought to be aware of from course outlines and specifications so it's really up to you which one you prefer - do you want to be trained as an Earth Scientist specialising in physics, or as a Physicist potentially specialising in Earth Sciences?
 
 
 
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