Durham vs Bristol for Biochemistry Watch

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Hi, I've got offers for both Biochemistry at Bristol and Biosciences (which you can do a Biochemistry route in) at Durham and I'm finding it really difficult to decide between them.

For Bristol, I like how you have a wider choice of different biochemistry modules and how you can do more of the chemistry end of biochemistry but the Durham course looks really good as well. I particularly like the Durham college system because it gives you the chance to be part of a smaller community and do societies within your college etc. I also like the idea of the tradition and gowned formals. I would prefer to be in a smaller city like Durham if I was just choosing on that but obviously Bristol isn't that big compared with other UK cities. Bristol is also quite a long way from where I live (near Edinburgh) so I would have to either fly down or go on the train for 6-7 hours whereas Durham only takes 1-2 hours by train. I've also heard that a lot of people choose to go to Bristol for the nightlife and I'm not really into clubbing, drinking etc. I'm not teetotal or anything but I'm just more into going to pubs or staying in and watching a film or something. I am very interested in joining societies and things though. Are there other things to do in Bristol if you're not into clubbing? Or will I be virtually the only one? Also, how safe would you say Bristol is as a city?

From what I've read it looks like Bristol has a better international reputation but Durham has a better reputation in the UK and is sometimes seen as more academic. If so, which do you think would be better for employment prospects?

Any opinions on which one I should choose or any other information about either would be really helpful. Thank you in advance.
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Hi, I've got offers for both Biochemistry at Bristol and Biosciences (which you can do a Biochemistry route in) at Durham and I'm finding it really difficult to decide between them.

For Bristol, I like how you have a wider choice of different biochemistry modules and how you can do more of the chemistry end of biochemistry but the Durham course looks really good as well. I particularly like the Durham college system because it gives you the chance to be part of a smaller community and do societies within your college etc. I also like the idea of the tradition and gowned formals. I would prefer to be in a smaller city like Durham if I was just choosing on that but obviously Bristol isn't that big compared with other UK cities. Bristol is also quite a long way from where I live (near Edinburgh) so I would have to either fly down or go on the train for 6-7 hours whereas Durham only takes 1-2 hours by train. I've also heard that a lot of people choose to go to Bristol for the nightlife and I'm not really into clubbing, drinking etc. I'm not teetotal or anything but I'm just more into going to pubs or staying in and watching a film or something. I am very interested in joining societies and things though. Are there other things to do in Bristol if you're not into clubbing? Or will I be virtually the only one? Also, how safe would you say Bristol is as a city?

From what I've read it looks like Bristol has a better international reputation but Durham has a better reputation in the UK and is sometimes seen as more academic. If so, which do you think would be better for employment prospects?

Any opinions on which one I should choose or any other information about either would be really helpful. Thank you in advance.
I also applied to all my other choices for Biochem and Biosciences at Durham. I'm international so I don't know about rep in the UK, but I went to the open days this week and I fell in love with the place. It's such a nice town; it's quite small, but it felt like there was always something to do. The people in my college were so friendly and we had an amazing time! As for the course, we had a small lecture from the Admission Director and he told us that because in first year we all have the same modules, we are free to change to any of the 3 courses, and no matter which one you've been accepted to, you don't have to choose until the end of your 1st year. And then at the end of 2nd, we can decide if we want a 3 year course or 4. I thought that having so much flexibility in the course is very helpful. If you have any other questions, I'll try and answer them☺️ btw, which college were you allocated to?
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Hi, I've got offers for both Biochemistry at Bristol and Biosciences (which you can do a Biochemistry route in) at Durham and I'm finding it really difficult to decide between them.

For Bristol, I like how you have a wider choice of different biochemistry modules and how you can do more of the chemistry end of biochemistry but the Durham course looks really good as well. I particularly like the Durham college system because it gives you the chance to be part of a smaller community and do societies within your college etc. I also like the idea of the tradition and gowned formals. I would prefer to be in a smaller city like Durham if I was just choosing on that but obviously Bristol isn't that big compared with other UK cities. Bristol is also quite a long way from where I live (near Edinburgh) so I would have to either fly down or go on the train for 6-7 hours whereas Durham only takes 1-2 hours by train. I've also heard that a lot of people choose to go to Bristol for the nightlife and I'm not really into clubbing, drinking etc. I'm not teetotal or anything but I'm just more into going to pubs or staying in and watching a film or something. I am very interested in joining societies and things though. Are there other things to do in Bristol if you're not into clubbing? Or will I be virtually the only one? Also, how safe would you say Bristol is as a city?

From what I've read it looks like Bristol has a better international reputation but Durham has a better reputation in the UK and is sometimes seen as more academic. If so, which do you think would be better for employment prospects?

Any opinions on which one I should choose or any other information about either would be really helpful. Thank you in advance.
You sound like you've made your decision.. Which would be Durham. All of your points are tilted towards it, and it seems like you're trying to find reasons not to like Durham.

Employment prospects are very similar from either of these places.

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I also applied to all my other choices for Biochem and Biosciences at Durham. I'm international so I don't know about rep in the UK, but I went to the open days this week and I fell in love with the place. It's such a nice town; it's quite small, but it felt like there was always something to do. The people in my college were so friendly and we had an amazing time! As for the course, we had a small lecture from the Admission Director and he told us that because in first year we all have the same modules, we are free to change to any of the 3 courses, and no matter which one you've been accepted to, you don't have to choose until the end of your 1st year. And then at the end of 2nd, we can decide if we want a 3 year course or 4. I thought that having so much flexibility in the course is very helpful. If you have any other questions, I'll try and answer them☺️ btw, which college were you allocated to?
Oh right, so where else did you apply to? Do you think you will firm Durham then? Long story but I've actually applied to Durham before so I went to the post application day last year. I know I really love Durham but unfortunately due to illness I've not yet been able to properly sit my final A Level exams. I have a conditional offer (AA at A Level) for 2016 entry but I'm not sure if I'm going to be well enough to do my exams by this summer (June) although I should be well by September to start uni. If I can't sit my exams this year I won't be able to do them next year because they have discontinued my A Level syllabus. I might still be able to go to Durham by doing a foundation year though. My difficulty is because I have an unconditional offer for Bristol for first year so it would much easier for me to go there in my current situation. I was allocated to St Chad's! And you were Collingwood I think?
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You sound like you've made your decision.. Which would be Durham. All of your points are tilted towards it, and it seems like you're trying to find reasons not to like Durham.

Employment prospects are very similar from either of these places.

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See my other reply for a full explanation to avoid another long post haha. I was trying to make an unbiased post to see what people thought without going into the details of why I was finding it difficult but I obviously didn't succeed! Very perceptive anyway, you should do psychology haha!
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Hi,

I'm applying for biochemistry at four other universities and am looking to put biosciences (at durham) as another option.
I'm aware that you can do a biochemistry route, but I'm wondering whether I need to adapt my biochem heavy personal statement and submit a substitute to Durham (which is tailored to biosciences instead). I'm submitting my ucas application this week, so I need to quickly decide whether to start a substitute.

I hope I'm not the only one in this situation.
Any advice would be really appreciated.

Thanks
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