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It gets very busy in the combined bio, chem and physics forums!
Bah, we need benabots .
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it goes in this order:

Durham, Warwick
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it goes in this order:

Durham, Warwick
What are you basing that on?
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Oh . There was one guy in our lab, Dr. Freer, he knew pretty much everything.
Thats exactly the same as my lab - we have postgraduate 'demonstraters' overseeing us who don't really know how to help us, then a guy called Dr Grint who knows everything! He was my dad's inorganic tutor when my dad did his degree, which shows how long he's been around!
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What do people think about Physics at Bristol?
Where's better in your opinion - Bristol or Bath?
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What do people think about Physics at Bristol?
Where's better in your opinion - Bristol or Bath?
Bath, but just personal preference really..
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Bath has a gd option of industrial experience but gives a high offer!

Durham is the best 4 physics and is a fantastically gorge uni, including having the oldest uni building in the world (university college-norman castle). Its not as intense at maths either, although u can choose different maths options.
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Yes, I'm also thinking about Bristol (it's almost down to Bristol/Durham).
What's the diff between their courses (astro for me)? Lydiamonds said something 'bout less maths at Durham, but maybe that was compared to Bath?
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Oxford, Royal Holloway
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Oxford, Royal Holloway
Oxford, yes!

Royal Holloway?! Seriously?! I didn't think that was a particularly great uni and I certainly didn't know it was well renowned for Physics?! :confused:
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Historically Cambridge is by far the most famous British university for physics. Dunno what they've been doing recently though. I keep hearing good things about Oxford and Durham.

As for Royal Holloway, I think it did quite well in a Guardian league table last year or something. One of my physics teachers got a Third from there.
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Historically Cambridge is by far the most famous British university for physics. Dunno what they've been doing recently though. I keep hearing good things about Oxford and Durham.

As for Royal Holloway, I think it did quite well in a Guardian league table last year or something. One of my physics teachers got a Third from there.
Probs with Cams is they don't offer Physics as a single degree (only NatSci) so many people prefer Oxford. I think Durham & Oxford are the current top 2 for Physics according to most league tables.

Re: Royal Holloway! I stand corrected! Just looked in Guardian's League Tables: http://education.guardian.co.uk/univ...216110,00.html and Oxford=1st and RH=2nd! Durham's fallen quite a bit to 5th.
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Probs with Cams is they don't offer Physics as a single degree (only NatSci) so many people prefer Oxford. I think Durham & Oxford are the current top 2 for Physics according to most league tables.
It's all good stuff!

Besides lots of people realise they actually don't like Physics during NatSci and switch to something else!
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Probs with Cams is they don't offer Physics as a single degree (only NatSci) so many people prefer Oxford. I think Durham & Oxford are the current top 2 for Physics according to most league tables.
Well, most of Cambridge's famous physicists studied Maths, so I dunno how good it is for teaching Physics.

By the way, don't put too much faith in The Guardian tables. They're fishy.
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Oxford, yes!

Royal Holloway?! Seriously?! I didn't think that was a particularly great uni and I certainly didn't know it was well renowned for Physics?! :confused:
Royal Holloway ??? LOL! They gave me an offer for an IB diploma with 32 points. 32 points is rediculously easy to obtain. Warwick wanted 36 and Cambridge 39 (yes 4 points is a huge difference as we only have 6 subjects with a maximum of 7 in each).
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I would severly urge u not to look at Guardian tables as theyre method of scoring is stupid. They look at wat u got last year, and notoriously oxbridge does well as a huge factor of the rankings is how much money the uni has, and oxbridge has loads, although its not nescerrialy on the students. U want to look at the times as they only judge on teaching and things that directly affect students.

Historically cambridge is better? In wat way? I suppose we're going on old physicists, who probably existed in the time wen ox and camb were the only unis!

again, u need to look at the course differences. Oxfords course is half maths, and Bath have a huge emphasis on xperimental work. durham has a cool thing that u work in a research dep in ur 4th year.
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I would severly urge u not to look at Guardian tables as theyre method of scoring is stupid. They look at wat u got last year, and notoriously oxbridge does well as a huge factor of the rankings is how much money the uni has, and oxbridge has loads, although its not nescerrialy on the students. U want to look at the times as they only judge on teaching and things that directly affect students.
Umm the current Times League table (published in May 2004) uses data from the academic year 2001/02 (and for the record looks at teaching, research, A level scores, student/staff ratios, library spending, facilities spending, % 1sts and 2is awarded, graduate employment and completion rates)

The current Guardian tables use data from 2002/03 (and looks at teaching, spending(both library and facilities), student staff ration, graduate employment, A levels, difference between intake and output quality (value added), and diversity)

The only major difference between the two is the inclusion of research scores - the guardian considers them irrelevent to undergraduate applicants, the times give them 1.5* the rating they do entry scores.

The Sunday Times will be published in September and will be based on 2002/03 data but will also include some extra information for each uni from 2003/04...however it doesn't include subject tables.
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WOW! Everyone seems to hate the guardian's league tables! Must say they aren't ones I used myself when I was picking Uni's so Im v.glad!

The best thing when you chose a course is to look for one that suits you! Like Lydia says, some courses specialise on the maths side of physics, others have more practical sessions! It all depends what you like! The best thing to do is to find out which Unis have your suitable grade requirements, order their prospectuses, find the courses that suit you and narrow down say 8-10choices and try and visit some of them on open days (preferably not too many during school time as some schools get v.p*ssed off by that!) and then find your 6 to apply too.

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The Sunday Times will be published in September and will be based on 2002/03 data but will also include some extra information for each uni from 2003/04...however it doesn't include subject tables.
Btw, the Times do do a subjects league table. I don't know if it is actually included in the paper, but it is listed on their website and also in the books you can find in soem career libraries.
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Btw, the Times do do a subjects league table. I don't know if it is actually included in the paper, but it is listed on their website and also in the books you can find in soem career libraries.
The Times do yes (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,716,00.html )- the SUNDAY Times don't: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,8403,00.html
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Guardian is known to favour some unis, and look fown on ex polytechs. This elitest behaviour is wat has put it into poor light.

At the end of the day go with the uni you feel happiest with, for wateva reasons u want. Perhaps u like cheap stuff-go to Hull. Perhaps u want to live in a castle- try Durham. Perhaps u want to be part of a cultural and alive city-try Liverpool or London. wateva the reason bhappy peeps! And choose 4 yerself, not 4 wat will make others happy!
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