Physics at University of Aberdeen or Royal Holloway Watch

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I have two unconditional offers for Physics (with Philosophy) from Royal Holloway and Aberdeen. I really can't decide, because I have heard bot good and bad things about the Universities.
Being an international Student Royal Holloway is more apealing location wise (with London 40min away). But I think that Aberdeen has a better reputation...
Basically I am at a piont where one day I wake up and want to go to Aberdeen and the next it's Royal Holloway.
(Sadly I can't visit the Unis as I am currently in Chile...)

Does anyone know both Unis (or one) and can give me any advice? Or is there maybe a Physics student that can help me, with what is important to consider when choosing a Uni for Physics?

Please help me!!! I'm really lost haha
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I have two unconditional offers for Physics (with Philosophy) from Royal Holloway and Aberdeen. I really can't decide, because I have heard bot good and bad things about the Universities.
Being an international Student Royal Holloway is more apealing location wise (with London 40min away). But I think that Aberdeen has a better reputation...
Basically I am at a piont where one day I wake up and want to go to Aberdeen and the next it's Royal Holloway.
(Sadly I can't visit the Unis as I am currently in Chile...)

Does anyone know both Unis (or one) and can give me any advice? Or is there maybe a Physics student that can help me, with what is important to consider when choosing a Uni for Physics?

Please help me!!! I'm really lost haha
look at the courses specifically, do you prefer the content of either course?
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I have two unconditional offers for Physics (with Philosophy) from Royal Holloway and Aberdeen. I really can't decide, because I have heard bot good and bad things about the Universities.
Being an international Student Royal Holloway is more apealing location wise (with London 40min away). But I think that Aberdeen has a better reputation...
Basically I am at a piont where one day I wake up and want to go to Aberdeen and the next it's Royal Holloway.
(Sadly I can't visit the Unis as I am currently in Chile...)

Does anyone know both Unis (or one) and can give me any advice? Or is there maybe a Physics student that can help me, with what is important to consider when choosing a Uni for Physics?

Please help me!!! I'm really lost haha
Hey!

I am a second year Physics student at Royal Holloway. I understand picking a university can be quite stressful, especially with your offers.

From my personal experience in choosing universities, I looked at mainly the research in each department, as in the end, you will be taught by those researchers, and participate in their projects for your third year final project. At Royal Holloway, all the research is world leading, and I find it amazing to have those researchers, working in CERN, or even leaders of the search of Dark Matter, as my teachers and tutors. What I like the most about Royal Holloway, is that it is a small-medium sized university, and as it is campus based, it has a very nice community feel. This translates directly into the department. We have a 6.5:1 student staff ratio, which means that by the end of first year, you end up knowing who most of the staff members are, as well as the rest of the students. I really wanted to go to a place where I would be more than just a number to my professors, and that's what I found at Royal Holloway. They have an open door policy, so you can pop by and ask them questions whenever, or just send them an email. I've found that very helpful, as I was too shy to ask any questions during the lectures.

Overall, what I would advice you to do when choosing a Physics department, is to focus on their research, how many students they have, and the location. In the end, all accredited Institute Of Physics courses have more or less the same structure, it's more the feeling you get from the community you're in that impacts your time at university.

If you have any more questions, you can talk to me on the Royal Holloway website here and I'd be happy to help!

Anna
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