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    Whilst watching videos about Psychology courses at different unis, I've seen a lot of students say they chose their uni partially based on the kind of research they did, which I'd never considered before. I don't know if people like going to unis that do research in the area they know they'd like to eventually specialize in (for me that would be Forensics) or because the research interests them or what. Is this something I should pay attention to whilst choosing where to apply?
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    Whilst watching videos about Psychology courses at different unis, I've seen a lot of students say they chose their uni partially based on the kind of research they did, which I'd never considered before. I don't know if people like going to unis that do research in the area they know they'd like to eventually specialize in (for me that would be Forensics) or because the research interests them or what. Is this something I should pay attention to whilst choosing where to apply?
    It has some influence over the modules that are available- especially in third year. Generally, most courses are quite similar but some departments are known for having certain strengths, and if you have a particular research interest in mind then you could more easily do a third year module or dissertation in a topic that you enjoy, and it would help a bit after leaving uni. However I wouldn't solely base any decisions on this, as lecturers come and go as do modules over 4 years.
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    I think this is only relevant when selecting a postgraduate course (particularly PGR). At bachelors level I didn't find it particularly relevant. Whichever university you choose to study psychology, 99% of the people on the course will want to be clinical psychologists when, in reality, this is only one tiny aspect of psychology in the wider context.
 
 
 
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