Accounting & Finance: SOAS, Birkbeck, Coventry or Newcastle London? Watch

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Hey guys,
I’d like to ask you for the advice on a uni choice and courses

I started researching unis I could apply to through Clearing and I would meet their requirements. Today I went to many of them to actually see the campus and ask some questions. I have a few in mind: Newcastle UniLondon,Birkbeck, Coventry Uni London and SOAS.

1. Newcastle Uni London experience was very good and convincing. The plus is they are a Russel Group institution and the London campus seem to be very FAME courses oriented. They only offer 3 undergraduate courses (A&F, Marketing, Management) and have sth like 500 students on the campus which can be a plus and a minus at the same time. All of the courses can be with a placement which is definitely a plus. I’m wondering, however, about their reputation, they are pretty high in ranks, but I came across a thread on SR compering Cass Business School and Newcastle Uni London and someone wrote 'Cass if you want to do anything with finance, Newcastle if you want to have a good time’. I’m not sure what I should think about it. Neither do I get into Cass (City, Uni of London)

2. Birkbeck - evening study, I could work and be on an internship which is a plus, but I’m 20yo and got a piece of advice to go for a more ‘regular’ uni experience as I’m not a mature student or studying 2nd degree. I’ve read lots of bad opinions on Birkbeck on SR, but from an industry contact I heard that it’s a very well respected degree however he was talking about part-time courses. It’s famous for its part time courses, but what about the full time ones? They seem to be still a rather new thing and Birkbeck in many people's mind is still a part-time evening study uni for people with already undegraduate diplomas or 9-5 jobs, not necessarily not-mature students. Is it really that bad? Or opposite, better than a Russell Group institution?

3. SOAS is next to Birkbeck and I've seen they also offer Economics/Management/A&F and I think I meet their requirements, but don’t know anything about this institution and it really sounds peculiar studying such a degree at SOAS - I thought they specialise in Oriental and African Studies, would be an A&F degree from them respected later or rather just an interesting combination?

4. Coventry Uni London - heard mixed opinions, last year they seemed to accept lots of people with low requirements via Clearing at the last moment, but it was the main campus, I don’t know about the London Campus - around 1500 students, also various courses. They seem to be a ‘developing uni’, but are not a Russel Group uni, so I’m not sure about it

All of the unis have very similar modules as most of them are compulsory and hardly any electives. I won’t get to LSE, UCL, KCL, I either don't meet the requirements, or it’s too late now. I've checked Queen Mary, Uni of London, but they would probably put me on a foundation year which I was told and also believe myself is a waist of time and money. If I wanted to study my degree with a placement, it would take me 5 years, I’m not even sure if the Student Finance could cover it.

I have my IELTS and finals results already and I will be probably applying late tonight/tomorrow.

Do you have any experience with any of those unis?

Also, please share your thoughts
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(Original post by anonymousjgh)
Which is better?

Do you have any experience with any of those unis?

Please, share your thoughts
Check the course content and see what course appeals to you the most.
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(Original post by Blue_Cow)
Check the course content and see what course appeals to you the most.
Thank you, I edited the post. They are all very similar
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Of the four, I'd say SOAS and Birkbeck are the most 'prestigious'. The University of London name is well respected, especially abroad.

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Thank you, I edited the post. They are all very similar
Are you sure? There are bound to be slight differences, especially in the available optional modules (e.g. SOAS does some niche modules like 'Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility', 'Finance in China', and 'Finance in Japan and Korea'.

Re Newcastle, I don't know much about Newcastle University London other than it's a very new satellite campus, presumably being used to raise money by targeting rich international students who want to study in London. I've not heard anything about the student experience there but as it is so small, I'd be surprised if it was any better than Birkbeck, SOAS or Coventry. :dontknow:

Re Birkbeck, I understand that quite a few non-mature students now go to Birkbeck, especially on the full-time degrees, so you wouldn't be alone. University-wide, about 20% of Birkbeck students are aged 24 or under, but that number is probably much higher on the full-time degrees (why not ask the dept for some stats?). The nice thing about Birkbeck is that it is right next to UCL and SOAS, which means you can live in University of London intercollegiate accommodation, join societies and hang out with other Uni of London students if you want to - in effect, study at Birkbeck but have the student experience of someone at UCL. There's no getting around the 'evening study' aspect of the university, if you want a typical student experience then maybe Birkbeck isn't for you - but having the time to work and do internships during the day is a fantastic opportunity, especially in a city like London.

Re SOAS, don't be put off by the name, it is a very well respected university and your degree will have as much Accounting/Finance content as all the others. The only real difference is that you will have a few Asian/African-themed optional modules. The SOAS name stands out on a CV and will give you some talking points in an interview., and that's always a good thing. Maybe SOAS Student Helper can offer some advice.
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Thank you for your reply

Do you know if A&F at SOAS is accredited? I'm looking for any information on their website, but I cannot find anything and I'm a bit confused
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Thank you for your reply

Do you know if A&F at SOAS is accredited? I'm looking for any information on their website, but I cannot find anything and I'm a bit confused
I have just contacted them and it's not accredited
I think I will leave SOAS then and now I'm trying to decide between Newcastle Uni London and Birkbeck
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