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    It seems to consistently highly ranked for physics over at CUG, but is it really that good? It seems to be pretty much up there with Imperial, Durham, etc. yet I wouldn't have considered it anywhere near that level before.

    How does Birmingham compare, say internationally, to the likes of Imperial and Durham?
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    Apply if the course interests you. Don't worry about how it compares. Rankings mean a load of different things based on who does them and what they base them on. Brum is a good uni generally and no one will ask you how it compares internationally if you've got a good degree and relevant work experience.
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    I went and visited Imperial's, Durham's and Birmingham's physics departments and was by far the most impressed by Birmingham as a whole department - they do tutor sessions in groups of 4, whereas at Imperial it's in groups of 20!! However, they are currently building a new Physics building at Durham, so Durham will likely have better facilities. I believe the research is more wide ranging at Birmingham and Imperial than Durham though. When at Birmingham, I got chatting to a Particle Physics Professor who has a big role in the Alice project at CERN, which is something you definitely don't get every day!
 
 
 
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