I have applied to study BA Spanish and Linguistics at both the University of Manchester and Lancaster University, but here's the problem. I'd be all in for accepting an offer from Lancaster if it wasn't for the Spanish side of the course - it seem super literature/film based, and though I liked reading the books at English literature GCSE, I disliked the analysing side (Eg. "How does Shakespeare show love throughout Act 2?").
Instead, I much prefer the Spanish side of the course at Manchester. But I like the campus much more at Lancaster. If this was the only issue, I'd choose Manchester - course trumps campus after all.
However, they say smaller universities (like Lancaster) do better than big city universities (like Manchester - especially since it's the largest university in the UK) and Manchester is allegedly planning to make cuts to the languages department (see: https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...s-to-languages) so is it wise to consider going there?
Additionally, I'm not very good at making friends and fear that in a massive uni like Manchester I'd end up a bit lonely, whereas in Lancaster with a collegiate system, campus and smaller student body I know I would be able to make friends a lot easier.
Any suggestions would be great as well as any current Manchester/Lancaster students willing to give their thoughts and opinions (especially what the Spanish course at Lancaster is like - is it as literature/film based as it appears on the website, since I really also want a big focus on Hispanic politics, history etc.?) on their uni, course, student life etc.
P.S. Sorry! That was a big one!
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- Thread Starter
- 15-02-2018 19:58
- 16-02-2018 12:10
this is irrelevant to what you're asking but have you already gotten an offer from manchester? i'm only asking because i haven't gotten one yet and i'm beginning to get a bit nervous aha
- 06-04-2018 22:19
Hi! You've probably already made your decision but I thought I might as well give my own experience. I'm thinking of firming Lancaster for English Language and Linguistics purely based on the course (I thought the campus was decent but the city was incredible). I can't speak for anything to do with Spanish but Lancaster seems really highly esteemed with it's Linguistics department and the flexible study structure is really enticing.
I can relate to your worries of making friends at university! The other university I am considering is Sheffield and whilst it may not be as big as Manchester, it's still a city university and I worry about how easy it is to be lost in such a big city. Honestly, I would follow your gut and follow which course you think is better at the end of the day because you will enjoy your time a bit better, if you love the course I think it is inevitable you will find others who share the same enthusiasm at university