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    Hi,

    I'm interested in an mphys degree in physics, and most universities seem to require the same entry requirements. When looking at offer rate statistics on this site 'university.which.co.uk' , the offer rates for integrated masters courses seem to be higher than the offer rates for bachelor's degree's.

    Is there a reason behind this, or is it just not true? The physics bsc course at edinburgh was said to have a 56%, while the mphys course had an offer rate of 70%. These numbers also seem unusually high, when compared to the statistics provided by the university itself

    Thanks for any input on why this may be and sorry for the long post.
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    (Original post by Maivnek)
    Hi,

    I'm interested in an mphys degree in physics, and most universities seem to require the same entry requirements. When looking at offer rate statistics on this site 'university.which.co.uk' , the offer rates for integrated masters courses seem to be higher than the offer rates for bachelor's degree's.

    Is there a reason behind this, or is it just not true? The physics bsc course at edinburgh was said to have a 56%, while the mphys course had an offer rate of 70%. These numbers also seem unusually high, when compared to the statistics provided by the university itself

    Thanks for any input on why this may be and sorry for the long post.
    Fundamentally, the Offer Rate is not the same as the Admittance Rate


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    Oh, that's right... Not all people accept the offers they recieve.

    Also to recieve an offer in an integrated masters course shouldn't be easier than for a bsc course. Could it be that there are more places available in most universities' inregrated masters courses, than there are for their bsc courses?
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    (Original post by Maivnek)
    Oh, that's right... Not all people accept the offers they recieve.

    Also to recieve an offer in an integrated masters course shouldn't be easier than for a bsc course. Could it be that there are more places available in most universities' inregrated masters courses, than there are for their bsc courses?
    I don't have a definite answer but I could hypothesise that realistic applicants are more likely to apply for the MSci (which is the recommendation anyway) whereas applicants with a lower set of grades who think they are less likely to get in apply for the BSc which could explain the difference in offer rate.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    I don't have a definite answer but I could hypothesise that realistic applicants are more likely to apply for the MSci (which is the recommendation anyway) whereas applicants with a lower set of grades who think they are less likely to get in apply for the BSc which could explain the difference in offer rate.
    That's my guess too.

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    Also, it wont tell you how many people of those who applied were instantly rejected because they did not meet the basic grade requirements etc. Its isnt telling you 'how many people out of the credible applicants were made an offer'.

    And remember if a course is highly competitive they wont have to make many offers to fill it (because the Firm-up rate will be high) so again the ratio of offers doesnt tell you much.

    And NONE of it will tell you if YOU are going to get an offer.

    [Essentially, these stats are pretty much a waste of time, and certainly no way to choose a Uni or course]
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    Now this makes sense to me.

    Thanks guys!
 
 
 
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