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Hello! I'm an international students, I have two conditional offers at Aberdeen Uni and HW Uni. I'd like a uni with a good teaching, does someone know which is better?

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Hello! I'm an international students, I have two conditional offers at Aberdeen Uni and HW Uni. I'd like a uni with a good teaching, does someone know which is better?

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Aberdeen is a better university - it is one of the four ancient universities in Scotland (established in 1495, after St Andrews and Glasgow). I'd imagine that the teaching quality will be better there
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So first off, I did my undergrad at Heriot Watt but knew relatively little when it comes to Aberdeen besides it being a pretty small department. Just so you know where I’m coming from.

As for which one has better teaching, well it’s a somewhat flawed question since the teaching quality is going to vary quite considerably within any given department since you’ll have a lot of different lecturers throughout your degree and your lecturers will be employed first and foremost for their research, not teaching (this is especially true in physics). I’d not put a whole lot of stock in the above comment as, in physics at least, reputation/age doesn’t mean a whole lot and there’s generally no worthwhile correlation between teaching quality and reputation anyway. I’m sure there’s also a few more aspects of the degree/university that you care about personally that are worth considering.

If it was me picking, I’d go Heriot Watt (I am somewhat biased) though for me, living in Edinburgh was appealing as I prefer Edinburgh to Aberdeen. I also appreciate that Heriot Watt give you a bit more flexibility to what kind of physics you wish to specialise towards thanks in part to it being a bigger department. Heriot Watt also has a couple of excellent society’s that I’d recommend checking out (including the physics society) but there’s no way you’d know these things before becoming a student at the university. These are all my opinions however and I’ve also some hindsight to help me personally. Both are decent enough degrees at the end of the day so I don’t think you could make a “bad” decision here.
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So first off, I did my undergrad at Heriot Watt but knew relatively little when it comes to Aberdeen besides it being a pretty small department. Just so you know where I’m coming from.

As for which one has better teaching, well it’s a somewhat flawed question since the teaching quality is going to vary quite considerably within any given department since you’ll have a lot of different lecturers throughout your degree and your lecturers will be employed first and foremost for their research, not teaching (this is especially true in physics). I’d not put a whole lot of stock in the above comment as, in physics at least, reputation/age doesn’t mean a whole lot and there’s generally no worthwhile correlation between teaching quality and reputation anyway. I’m sure there’s also a few more aspects of the degree/university that you care about personally that are worth considering.

If it was me picking, I’d go Heriot Watt (I am somewhat biased) though for me, living in Edinburgh was appealing as I prefer Edinburgh to Aberdeen. I also appreciate that Heriot Watt give you a bit more flexibility to what kind of physics you wish to specialise towards thanks in part to it being a bigger department. Heriot Watt also has a couple of excellent society’s that I’d recommend checking out (including the physics society) but there’s no way you’d know these things before becoming a student at the university. These are all my opinions however and I’ve also some hindsight to help me personally. Both are decent enough degrees at the end of the day so I don’t think you could make a “bad” decision here.
Thank you very much!! 😊
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