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    Generally speaking what would be considered the better choice?

    doing a well regarded STEM subject at a lower ranked uni (eg physics at Sheffield hallam)

    Or doing a less esteemed subject at a higher ranked uni? (eg history at Durham)

    What is more important? The subject or the institution at which it is studied?


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    (Original post by Katiee224)
    Generally speaking what would be considered the better choice?

    doing a well regarded STEM subject at a lower ranked uni (eg physics at Sheffield hallam)

    Or doing a less esteemed subject at a higher ranked uni? (eg history at Durham)

    What is more important? The subject or the institution at which it is studied?

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    Obviously the subject. You're not going to do well if you're studying something you don't like.
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    Subject, obviously.

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    I would say that in general, the university you end up at does not define you or your aptitude for the subject. If you end up at a crap university but prove that you have what it takes to be an expert in the subject you're taking, you have a bright future ahead of you. If you take on a subject you don't enjoy as much, or a subject you're not so cut out for, you could drop out no matter what university you go to.
    I study physics at Imperial, and even though Imperial is a world-renowned institution, there are still a considerable number of people who drop out for either of the above reasons. I wouldn't say that the fact they are at Imperial has anything to do with it. The place they're studying is not a cause, where the subject plays a huge role.
    By that logic, you wouldn't be wasting your time, effort and money doing something that doesn't affect your career if you went into the subject straightaway. And there are plenty of opportunities out there for you even if your university isn't in the top 100, or whatever.
    So really, I would say subject, without doubt.
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    University. Subject rarely matters outside of certain pre-professional exceptions: engineering, medicine, architecture, dentistry, going on to do a PhD in a subject and any job stipulating a 'quant' degree as a prerequisite (i.e. quant analyst, data scientist, quant trader etc)

    But I firmly believe uni name isn't the be all and end all and that experience, charisma, skills, and contacts trumps both.

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    What is more important?
    To who, and for what?
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    If you have the ability to get a history offer from Durham (A*AA), you can probably get another STEM subject at a mid-tier uni at least.
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    Depends on what job you want. For stuff like finance, consulting, accounting, sales etc... It doesn't really matter what degree you do but for some other jobs the degree is necessary.
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    I think it depends on subject and university, really.

    Let's use your example. Durham is obviously a great uni, and Sheffield Hallam I can't say I've ever heard of. Physics is a well-respected course, but I think History is pretty well-respected as well. If you said something like, idk, Education at Cambridge, or Physics at Sheffield Hallam, I still think Education would win out, because of the brand-name of the university.

    (That's only if you're applying for a job that doesn't require a specific degree, of course)
 
 
 
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