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I've been accepted to do a BSc in Psychology and I am stuck between these 3 unis!
I loved all three unis when I visited them but I was only able to go to the Warwick open day and did independent tours for the other two (so obviously I didn't get to see the psych department and equipment), so although right now I'm leaning towards Warwick I know this is because I've had a more thorough tour!

I've been offered a firm unconditional at Lancaster and conditional placements at Birmingham/Warwick which require AAA/AAB, I think this may be why I am still unsure as I don't know whether I want to take the unconditional, or work extra hard to ensure a place at Warwick or Birmingham.

I really liked the feel of all the Unis, so can someone who has/is attending one of them (doesn't have to do psychology -although I would like info about the courses too) please help me balance them all against each other because I'm really struggling!

Obviously all Unis are going to point out the good areas and claim to be 'the best at X' and 'leading in Y' so I would really appreciate if I got some honest opinions about the atmosphere, sports facilities/teams, location of the Unis and just general discussion about the good and bad points of each uni!

- Also if anyone is taking Psychology, how do you feel about it? Is the particular course largely science based? Have you been struggling/how have you coped? How are the professors? Is there an option to do an Msci after the 3rd year(I know there is at Birmingham, I'm just unsure of the others!) / just general info about the course that you think an offer holder should know.

Thanks in Advance.
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(Original post by mollyhenthorn)
I've been accepted to do a BSc in Psychology and I am stuck between these 3 unis!
I loved all three unis when I visited them but I was only able to go to the Warwick open day and did independent tours for the other two (so obviously I didn't get to see the psych department and equipment), so although right now I'm leaning towards Warwick I know this is because I've had a more thorough tour!

I've been offered a firm unconditional at Lancaster and conditional placements at Birmingham/Warwick which require AAA/AAB, I think this may be why I am still unsure as I don't know whether I want to take the unconditional, or work extra hard to ensure a place at Warwick or Birmingham.

I really liked the feel of all the Unis, so can someone who has/is attending one of them (doesn't have to do psychology -although I would like info about the courses too) please help me balance them all against each other because I'm really struggling!

Obviously all Unis are going to point out the good areas and claim to be 'the best at X' and 'leading in Y' so I would really appreciate if I got some honest opinions about the atmosphere, sports facilities/teams, location of the Unis and just general discussion about the good and bad points of each uni!

- Also if anyone is taking Psychology, how do you feel about it? Is the particular course largely science based? Have you been struggling/how have you coped? How are the professors? Is there an option to do an Msci after the 3rd year(I know there is at Birmingham, I'm just unsure of the others!) / just general info about the course that you think an offer holder should know.

Thanks in Advance.
I study Psych at Lancaster. I'll give you a few good things worth knowing and, just so you know, I'll be honest with the good and bad, as I'd hate it for you to make a decision and then hate it. So here are the answers to your questions:
-I feel like it's moderately science based, but here again, I feel like many courses are similar in terms of sciency-ness as they are all regulated by BPS in order to receive their accreditation. One thing you could search for, however, is each department's strength (I do advise you to do that) because, after fulfilling the care minimum to get the accreditation, uni courses will focus on their strengths. From what I've seen so far, the department is very, very, VERY good in developmental psych (they have one of the biggest babylabs in Europe), so expect loads of that. For neuro, we have one expert in vision and one in Alzheimer's (the latter is actively working with people from Medicine to develop a way to detect it as early as possible and slow it's progression). I am pretty sure there are better unis for neuro, but not so sure if B'ham and Warwick are (I've heard Warwick's psych department isn't that good, but that B'ham is amazing at psych). For cognitive psych, there's a pretty big focus on perception (one of the lecturers is seriously mind-blowing and that's her area of expertise) and links with action. I've just started the social bit, can't tell about their areas of expertise yet (besides guilt). Also, note that I am only in first year, so I haven't even seen all the lecturers. My advice would be try to find out what those unis are specialised in (the psych departments) and see if they match your interests.
-Can't say I've been struggling more than any other uni student. I thought I'd struggle in stats, cuz I haven't done maths in ****ing ages, but it's been going well. The class average is pretty high, so I guess people are doing well too. If you're finding it hard to cope, there's plenty of support offered to you (although people aren't that happy with their academic tutors tbh). You're slowly eased into the hard stuff so it's less of a shock.
-Here's some stuff on the professors, the good and the bad (I'll use plural, as the polls from the reps pretty much show that these opinions are almost unanimous). We've had 3 lecturers which were amazing, those that make learning really fun and you'd be excited about their lectures even, one of which was truly memorable, she had a way of making the hard stuff seem so very interesting and presented them in such a way that every single thing was a new mind****. We've had 4 poor lecturers, and by that I deffo don't mean they weren't trying, they truly were. Not everyone is good at explaining stuff. And they were trying very hard. For example, we complained about the way one of those taught and immediately after that meeting she changed her style. It wasn't perfect after that either, but it shows how hard they are trying. We've had some other 4/5 who were very good, you actually felt like you understood the stuff from the lectures. All the other ones were just good, you'd understand most of it but you'd still need to go through the stuff again, and they wouldn't know how to make their stuff all that interesting, but again, it's mostly independent learning. All of them were doing their job. Also, it's noteworthy that we've had a *****on of lecturers so far, and more to come!
-Yes, there is an option to do an Msci here, there's actually an option to take the integrated Masters with your undergrad. However, might I point out that you should've known that already? It was just a google search away, and I need to emphasize how important it is that you do your own research! See what each uni's about, especially for questions this easy to answer through a mere google search.
-Some other stuff worth to be mentioned- the best part I think is the support offered + how much they care about feedback. They are constantly changing the course structure, trying to improve. I ain't gonna lie, it's not perfect, there's definitely things that could be improved, but they are listening to us. Also, I think the Psychology Employability Programme is amazing for your CV (although a placement year is simply gold). Do give that a look- http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/sci-tech/...ity-programme/ . Check the 'current vacancies' - there might be one or even none by the time you read this, but check the closed ones, you'll get a feel of what's on offer. Plus, the careers service is quite amazing, you can ask them to have a look at your cv, prepare a mock interview for you, help you with the Lancaster award (do check that as well).

Overall, my advice would be to find out as much as you can about each uni, each course, each department, before making your decision. See what the course structure is, what they're specialised in, how much support they offer in terms of employability (support is more important than you'd think!). I cannot tell you whether Lancaster is better than B'ham or Warwick FOR YOU, as it depends on what you're interested in and what's the approach you prefer. That you can only find out for yourself.

Also, if you have any other questions about anything related to Lancaster, do not hesitate to contact me
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