Applying for a Masters Course (MRes) In Chemistry from a Low Ranked University Watch

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Currently am studying (2nd year) for my BSc in chemistry at a lower ranked university (around 30th). It's a decent university however chemistry at this university is still fairly new and so will be a few years before it becomes more highly regarded. I know that i want a career in chemistry but i'm not sure that a masters from my current institution will be good enough for that.

I'm looking to apply for an MRes and am wondering if anyone has any experience applying for such courses at universities that are ranked higher (imperial, sussex, surrey etc.), specifically from a university that isn't as highly regarded (at least not in the top 20 for chemistry).

I'm confident i can get a first, i got a first in my first year, and am currently averaging ~80% in my second year, however i still have all my exams to come.

I'm basically not sure if i'm setting my sights too high. Based on my pre university qualifications i'd have no chance of getting into a top university, however the entry requirements are almost always 2:1.

any advice or personal experiences is appreciated
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i'm not sure that a masters from my current institution will be good enough for that.

I'm looking to apply for an MRes and am wondering if anyone has any experience applying for such courses at universities that are ranked higher (imperial, sussex, surrey etc.), specifically from a university that isn't as highly regarded (at least not in the top 20 for chemistry)....

I'm basically not sure if i'm setting my sights too high. Based on my pre university qualifications i'd have no chance of getting into a top university, however the entry requirements are almost always 2:1.
The effect of uni reputation at postgrad level, is negligible. If you meet the basic criteria (for most Masters that will be a 2.1 degree or higher, two good academic references and a decent application) than it will be about whether you, as an individual, are the right person for the Masters. I went to a higher-middle-ranking former poly and did my Masters at a top five Russell Group uni. Undergrad colleagues have gone on to postgrad study at UCL, SOAS and Oxford, amongst many others.

Just concentrate on getting the best marks you can where you are. When you get to your dissertation/independent research project in the third year, establish a good working relationship with your supervisor - they will be a valuable academic referee. As you're looking at an MRes, getting this aspect of your course right will be important, as it establishes your potential as a researcher. However that isn't uni dependent - it would hold true if you were an Oxbridge undergrad as well.

You are not setting your sights too high. If you're good enough to get a 2.1 at any UK university, then you have the potential to make a good postgrad at any other UK university.
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As above, Unis don't give a monkeys about 'rankings' - this is the obsession of school-leavers, not academics.

If you get/expect a 2i or a First, and you can write a sensible research proposal and have two good references, then a place at any other Uni shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Apply.
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