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    Hey. So basically I applied International Business at Sussex Uni and I got my offer. From Sussex, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol.

    I have to make my UCAS decision and I would like to know how helpful are the lecturers there? How is the environment? How nice is Brighton? and so on... whatever you think may be useful.

    Because I have read many discussions which made me more biased towards Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol. However, I would like to hear how learning there is like first.

    Thank you and have a great 2018!
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    (Original post by skyecheol)
    Hey. So basically I applied International Business at Sussex Uni and I got my offer. From Sussex, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol.

    I have to make my UCAS decision and I would like to know how helpful are the lecturers there? How is the environment? How nice is Brighton? and so on... whatever you think may be useful.

    Because I have read many discussions which made me more biased towards Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol. However, I would like to hear how learning there is like first.

    Thank you and have a great 2018!
    could you go to an applicant day?
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    could you go to an applicant day?
    actually, no. because I live in Malaysia and it would be absolutely costly if I choose to go. Do you know how it is like there?
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    (Original post by skyecheol)
    Hey. So basically I applied International Business at Sussex Uni and I got my offer. From Sussex, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol.

    I have to make my UCAS decision and I would like to know how helpful are the lecturers there? How is the environment? How nice is Brighton? and so on... whatever you think may be useful.

    Because I have read many discussions which made me more biased towards Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol. However, I would like to hear how learning there is like first.

    Thank you and have a great 2018!
    Edinburgh and Manchester are the most internationally renowned, Bristol is slightly the most prestigious, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol are all great cities. Edinburgh the best mix, but lower Student Satisfaction scores, Bristol the highest, but Manchester the most fun city.

    Sussex literally doesn't win in any category whatsoever.
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    (Original post by jamesman13jf72)
    Edinburgh and Manchester are the most internationally renowned, Bristol is slightly the most prestigious, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol are all great cities. Edinburgh the best mix, but lower Student Satisfaction scores, Bristol the highest, but Manchester the most fun city.

    Sussex literally doesn't win in any category whatsoever.
    to be honest I myself am worried about prestige because when I think of employability, I dont think Sussex would help me much. I am still curious about the environment there. Like, how helpful would the lecturers be and the city.
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    (Original post by skyecheol)
    to be honest I myself am worried about prestige because when I think of employability, I dont think Sussex would help me much. I am still curious about the environment there. Like, how helpful would the lecturers be and the city.
    the Guardian university league tables aren't a good indicator of prestige but an extremely good indicator of student satisfaction, so rely on them to give you an answer. but i don't suspect sussex is anything extraordinary at the most


    the main factor should be if you want a Scottish 4 year degree (choosing 2 subjects plus your major in your first year) or an English 3 year degree only studying your major.
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    (Original post by jamesman13jf72)
    the Guardian university league tables aren't a good indicator of prestige but an extremely good indicator of student satisfaction, so rely on them to give you an answer. but i don't suspect sussex is anything extraordinary at the most


    the main factor should be if you want a Scottish 4 year degree (choosing 2 subjects plus your major in your first year) or an English 3 year degree only studying your major.
    Dude, surprisingly, Sussex is ahead of Edinburgh in the Guardian table. I'm okay with adapting to the Scottish culture. I'll be taking a 4 year degree because it's an MA, so yeah.
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    (Original post by skyecheol)
    Dude, surprisingly, Sussex is ahead of Edinburgh in the Guardian table. I'm okay with adapting to the Scottish culture. I'll be taking a 4 year degree because it's an MA, so yeah.
    Edinburgh has poor student satisfaction ratings for some reason which is why manchester and bristol should also be in contention (although i personally would prefer edinburgh)

    In Scotland, for Arts (as opposed to science) degrees they're 4 years and called an MA but they're not actually a masters degree - it's just an archaic thing (i don't know the historical reason), but many employers don't realise that - they see '4 years MA' and think you have a masters, which helps!
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    (Original post by jamesman13jf72)
    Edinburgh has poor student satisfaction ratings for some reason which is why manchester and bristol should also be in contention (although i personally would prefer edinburgh)

    In Scotland, for Arts (as opposed to science) degrees they're 4 years and called an MA but they're not actually a masters degree - it's just an archaic thing (i don't know the historical reason), but many employers don't realise that - they see '4 years MA' and think you have a masters, which helps!
    yeopie! I think the MA would have an effect on employers as well. Thanks so much I think Edinburgh will be my firm choice.
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    (Original post by skyecheol)
    yeopie! I think the MA would have an effect on employers as well. Thanks so much I think Edinburgh will be my firm choice.
    Good choice. I went to St Andrews so although I'm English I know the Scottish system well.

    Just a question - when you made this thread were you really learning towards Sussex as your firm choice?? lol!
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    (Original post by jamesman13jf72)
    Good choice. I went to St Andrews so although I'm English I know the Scottish system well.

    Just a question - when you made this thread were you really learning towards Sussex as your firm choice?? lol!
    LMAO yea tbh I dont want to abandon all my choices. Sussex is actually ranked number 50 in Times Higher Education for Business. My sponsor only allows me to apply for top 50 universities so I had to apply for Sussex and 2 courses for Bristol. International Business and Economics&Finance
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    (Original post by skyecheol)
    LMAO yea tbh I dont want to abandon all my choices. Sussex is actually ranked number 50 in Times Higher Education for Business. My sponsor only allows me to apply for top 50 universities so I had to apply for Sussex and 2 courses for Bristol. International Business and Economics&Finance
    ah right, well best of luck!
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    ah right, well best of luck!
    you too!
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    I'm biased as I went to Edinburgh! But it has a well-respected name internationally, lots of brilliant Professors who are extremely generous with their time, and it's not too expensive to live there.

    The student satisfaction ratings are low, and to be honest, the first two years were a bit of a struggle, but 3rd and 4th were amazing- I learnt so much and really enjoyed working with staff who specialise in my subject of interest.

    The 4 year degree is a good idea. It gives you a solid amount of time to build up essay and exam skills before they 'really count' and therefore you could expect to be a lot more confident about getting a good degree.

    That said, Sussex is one of my top choices for Postgrad but a big reason is that Edinburgh doesn't have the course I'm after.

    Best of luck!
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    I'm biased as I went to Edinburgh! But it has a well-respected name internationally, lots of brilliant Professors who are extremely generous with their time, and it's not too expensive to live there.

    The student satisfaction ratings are low, and to be honest, the first two years were a bit of a struggle, but 3rd and 4th were amazing- I learnt so much and really enjoyed working with staff who specialise in my subject of interest.

    The 4 year degree is a good idea. It gives you a solid amount of time to build up essay and exam skills before they 'really count' and therefore you could expect to be a lot more confident about getting a good degree.

    That said, Sussex is one of my top choices for Postgrad but a big reason is that Edinburgh doesn't have the course I'm after.

    Best of luck!
    Thank you for the tips! to be honest I'm pretty biased towards Edinburgh as well.

    However, I'm really curious as of why the student satisfaction is low. Why is that the case?
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    (Original post by skyecheol)
    Thank you for the tips! to be honest I'm pretty biased towards Edinburgh as well.

    However, I'm really curious as of why the student satisfaction is low. Why is that the case?
    I'm not sure of the exact criteria but from my own experiences some of the lecturers are really not fussed about their courses, and a handful of them are unbearable. I reckon some think that they can get away with anything!

    That said, a majority of both staff and courses are fantastic and will give you the sort of knowledge and interest that you'd expect from such a prestigious university! I learnt so much from some great professors and they are always happy to offer their assistance. I am in the process of writing my dissertation so I am truly grateful for the expertise and kindness they've given me.
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    (Original post by themata)
    I'm biased as I went to Edinburgh! But it has a well-respected name internationally, lots of brilliant Professors who are extremely generous with their time, and it's not too expensive to live there.

    The student satisfaction ratings are low, and to be honest, the first two years were a bit of a struggle, but 3rd and 4th were amazing- I learnt so much and really enjoyed working with staff who specialise in my subject of interest.

    The 4 year degree is a good idea. It gives you a solid amount of time to build up essay and exam skills before they 'really count' and therefore you could expect to be a lot more confident about getting a good degree.

    That said, Sussex is one of my top choices for Postgrad but a big reason is that Edinburgh doesn't have the course I'm after.

    Best of luck!
    hi, just wondering why the first two years were a struggle?

    thanks.
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    hi, just wondering why the first two years were a struggle?

    thanks.
    Hi,

    Sorry for the very late reply. I found the first two years to be a struggle as I felt that the lectures were very very dry, and staff put in little effort into making them even slightly interesting and you are given no proper help on how to improve. I considered dropping out every week and rarely went to the lectures beyond the first couple of weeks as they were incredibly dull and you could get the same info reading off the PP they uploaded. However, I made it through and by the time I got to 3rd year, nearly all staff were super enthusiastic about what they were teaching as for honours level courses they get to teach their own subject/ideas. I LOVED third and fourth year. I went to all my lectures and really enjoyed getting to know my lecturers and working with them. Edinburgh has amazing staff to work with and they are incredibly helpful but only once you are in 3rd year.

    This is just my own experience in the Social and Political Science dept. but I'm sure people have had better experiences!
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    Sussex comes up 5th in the UK for business and management and 50th in the world on THE WUR 2018 so i dont know where all this negativity comes from towards the university. It all has a very strong international reputation and nearly 50 % of students come from outside the UK, for business it is better than Bristol and Edinburgh - also in 2013 the home for the sussex business school got a huge investment and is now very impressive. However the campus is rurally located compared to Bristol and Edinburgh so it depends on your preferences here.
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    It's a campus university, yes, and the campus is next to a national park/ the Downs, so a stunning location. But hardly 'rural' as it's only 9 minutes on the train into central Brighton (where many students live rather than on campus). A big proportion of Business students are international, many from China, and the department has an excellent reputation and a fab modern building. Brighton itself is a great small city, liberal, creative, always lots happening, plus it has the seaside and the Downs - and it's only an hour train ride from London. Students tend to enjoy Brighton so much many end up staying after their degree. Definitely worth considering. Probably lower entry requirements, and definitely warmer, than Edinburgh.
 
 
 

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