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After going through clearing 2 years ago and ending up at a university I wasn't completely 100% with, I want to make sure I get to end up somewhere I want to go to for my masters course next year. I know I want to go to Manchester, but I am unsure of whether I want to go to UoM (and get a degree which I know is highly reputable) or whether I want to go to MMU (and get a less reputable degree, however still a good masters, whilst making friends and having time to be myself and enjoy living somewhere I actually want to live). My other option is to take a year out and work in Manchester, however I would love to continue with my education as when I move to Manchester, I will have no friends and University would help me to find people.

I would love to focus on having a balance between work and play, would UoM allow me to have this or is it very work focused? I cannot find any real insight as to what a masters course is like at both UoM and MMU. I would like to study clinical psychology, but if anyone has any experience with any masters courses at either university then that is also very welcome too!
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(Original post by mdk98)
After going through clearing 2 years ago and ending up at a university I wasn't completely 100% with, I want to make sure I get to end up somewhere I want to go to for my masters course next year. I know I want to go to Manchester, but I am unsure of whether I want to go to UoM (and get a degree which I know is highly reputable) or whether I want to go to MMU (and get a less reputable degree, however still a good masters, whilst making friends and having time to be myself and enjoy living somewhere I actually want to live). My other option is to take a year out and work in Manchester, however I would love to continue with my education as when I move to Manchester, I will have no friends and University would help me to find people.

I would love to focus on having a balance between work and play, would UoM allow me to have this or is it very work focused? I cannot find any real insight as to what a masters course is like at both UoM and MMU. I would like to study clinical psychology, but if anyone has any experience with any masters courses at either university then that is also very welcome too!
Tbh, it doesn't sound like you really want to be taking a year out. You don't want to take that year out then realise after a few weeks that you'd prefer to be doing your master's right now. Have you been to visit both universities? That might give you a better idea of their vibe, facilities, accommodation options etc.
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Tbh, it doesn't sound like you really want to be taking a year out. You don't want to take that year out then realise after a few weeks that you'd prefer to be doing your master's right now. Have you been to visit both universities? That might give you a better idea of their vibe, facilities, accommodation options etc.
Yeah I would really rather not take a year out... I think going to both Universities and getting a feel for them is the best thing to do really. Just unsure on whether I want to focus on getting a good education or having a more enjoyable time at University
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Studying at a less reputable Uni will not necessarily give you more time to socialise.
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Yeah I would really rather not take a year out... I think going to both Universities and getting a feel for them is the best thing to do really. Just unsure on whether I want to focus on getting a good education or having a more enjoyable time at University
Tbh, you had your undergraduate degree to fun during your studies. A master's (while not all work and no play) is a different kettle of fish, and usually requires more dedication and self-motivation. A good education will last you for the rest of your life, while an enjoyable time will end the moment you graduate. If you're talking about which university will be higher pressure or more intense, then you could always seek out current master's students at each university and ask for their perspectives.
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