Visited both, both nice (albeit very different) places.
Only thing I really care about is quality of the course and postgraduate prospects
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UCL or St Andrews for maths?? watch
- Thread Starter
- 11-04-2016 14:04
- 11-04-2016 22:09
I'm at St Andrews at the moment, course is absolutely fantastic. Aside from a couple of dull ones, most lecturers are great and enthusiastic about their subject, and many have a good sense of humour. I remember one of them talking on the radio at one point, I'd be happy to link it for you if you wanted. Staff/PhD helpers in general are friendly, I already know a few of them quite well and I'm only in first year.
Possibly the biggest downside is that the first semester is 15 straight weeks with just a long weekend for Raisin in October. It includes exams though, which means you get to do your exams while it's still fresh in your brain, and you don't have to do any revision over Christmas, which is something a lot of universities don't do.
PhD-wise, you'll have a lot of options. Many people go on to do PhDs, some at St Andrews, some elsewhere. A decent amount of people go to Oxbridge for a PhD as well - that door is not going to close on you by coming here.
- Political Ambassador
- 11-04-2016 22:12
St Andrews. Their course is excellent from what I've heard (not in the top 5 for nothing!).
UCL ain't up to much but I guess it depends on which university you prefer as well
- 12-04-2016 03:04
St Andrews is the stronger curriculum for pure mathematics, UCL is probably better on the applied (in the way that you think of the word at A-level, not the version where solving PDEs is applied).