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    I am an international student applying for the Sep 2018 intake, Edinburgh is my first choice. A few questions:

    1) How hard is it to get into Edinburgh especially if my undergrad GPA is 2.95 North American system = ~2:2 (poor GPA only in Year 1 due to adverse conditions; last two years was 3.22 average, but overall GPA is still impacted by severity of Year 1...)

    2) What is the study environment like? How is competition among students? What is the average study time? How resourceful / supportive is the school? I would appreciate an accessible faculty / TA / Professor

    3) Why Edinburgh as opposed to other institutions also offering Psychology conversion e.g. Glasgow, St Andrews, Nottingham etc?

    4) What is the dropout rate? I've read it is "pretty high" but need some real data...

    Your advice is much appreciated; I'm a clueless international student going back to academia after 5 years in the corporate world and passive desk research still doesn't answer all my questions. I also emailed admissions but haven't heard back from them.

    Thank you!
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    Hey! I'm an international student and I've applied for the 2018 program as well. I have pretty much the same questions as you do. :'D
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    Hi guys, I can't help too much but have been accepted into the 2018 entry to this program. It is a conditional offer based on a grade of 2:1 and on their website you need this so I don't think they will accept a 2:2. The uni seems competitive but unlike other places I have applied there is no interview. It is highly ranked. In terms of dropout levels I think that's the case with all conversion courses because they are so intense.

    It took around 6 weeks for a decision to be made on my application after I had provided all relevant documents. My undergrad was in early childhood so even though it's not directly linked I had some experience in psychology in terms of developmental and behavioural.

    I've read alot about the department and it seems they have alot of really good resources and the lecturers are really impressive academics. I was accepted to a few other universities in the UK and this is the one I opted for (even though the fees are alot higher) if that gives you any more insight.

    I'm not an international student so I don't know how that differs in terms of your application but I'm sure all UNI's want diversity and international students (plus you pay alot higher fees haha) but I am from Ireland.

    Let me know how you get on and if you are successful. Sorry I couldn't help more.

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    Hi Lauren congrats on your offer! Did you have any luck in getting to speak to current/past students at Edinburgh.Did you give any consideration to QUB and Trinity?My head is slightly melted weighting it all up would love to hear others thought process. Thanks
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    (Original post by Psychwannabe)
    Hi Lauren congrats on your offer! Did you have any luck in getting to speak to current/past students at Edinburgh.Did you give any consideration to QUB and Trinity?My head is slightly melted weighting it all up would love to hear others thought process. Thanks
    Hi, i did consider Trinity and QUB but Trinity is a two year level 8 conversion (i emailed them and they are not running the masters this year)and the costs are higher for this reason,plus its not a masters so that put me off. I also considered QUB the college has a really really good reputation and is really well established however they only really consider students with a 1:1 (even though online its 2:1 i spoke to a QUB representiative) and even though i hope to get a 1:1 i decided against it because i want to move away further from home to a city a little bigger than belfast.
    Furthermore, i want to do my doctorate in clinical psychology and Edinburgh is the only university in the UK with a psychology conversion course with a specialism in mental health, plus they are 2nd in the UK for psychology.

    I havent spoken to past or current students on this course but I know everyone really enjoys Edinburgh.

    It's really a personal choice I guess. For me, Edinburgh is just ideal in every way.
 
 
 
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