I have conditional offers for both courses and am conflicted as to which one to choose. I am obviously more interested in the planning / city / property side of geography. I was wondering if anyone knew how well respected the UCL course is within the profession.
For reference Durham is for 37 IB points and UCL 36.
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Well, one is a general academic degree and the other is a specialist programme accredited by the professional bodies representing those areas.
So...I'd suspect the one is, for specifically that area, more appropriate and well regarded. However, it may be less useful if you decide to pursue another direction. Generally speaking though the Bartlett is very well known in the built environment sector and you're hardly going to be held back by going there over Durham.
However, as above if you aren't 100% commited to that the Geography option may give you more breadth to move into other areas or pursue further academic work. But you'll be well qualified from either of them - the Durham option may just necessitate a masters or similar in the more specialised planning/real estate areas depending on the specific roles you want to go into (in terms of accreditation etc). This could be done potentially at the Bartlett giving you the best of both worlds if you want to hedge your bets, but if you're quite keen on the UCL course then by all means go for it!