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Hello everyone, I am an international student from the USA looking to see which schools are great to apply to for psychology or Psychiatry! I am currently in my undergrad at the University of California, Irvine where my gpa is a 3.74 which is considered an equivalent to the UK’s (2:1) upper second honors degree. I was looking towards Royal Holloway but I heard it isn’t highly regarded. I was also looking at University of Manchester or Oxford. Are there any recommendations how to stand out as an international student? Not just grades, thank you!
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Psychiatry is a medical specialty. You don't study it as a degree. To become a psychiatrist you need to get a medical degree, then train as a psychiatrist.

Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, and UCL all have fairly notable psychology (and neuroscience, for all but Bath) departments. Bear in most of those expect applicants to have a science background equivalent to taking at least one and potentially two or three A-levels in STEM subjects (i.e. equivalent to having done several APs in STEM subjects). I presume your gen ed requirements will have covered some science background, although if you haven't done well in those classes you might be considered a weaker prospect for Oxbridge/UCL. Also as far as I can tell, 3.7 is probably closer to a borderline 1st outside of Oxbridge admissions-wise.

LSE has recently (as in, this year) started offering a psychology course. While LSE is very renowned generally and is of course a specialist in social science courses, that course is very new and so somewhat "untested". It's probably less scientifically oriented than several of the above courses.

Noodlzzz is/was doing psychology I believe and may be able to make some suggestions.
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Psychiatry is a medical specialty. You don't study it as a degree. To become a psychiatrist you need to get a medical degree, then train as a psychiatrist.

Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, and UCL all have fairly notable psychology (and neuroscience, for all but Bath) departments. Bear in most of those expect applicants to have a science background equivalent to taking at least one and potentially two or three A-levels in STEM subjects (i.e. equivalent to having done several APs in STEM subjects). I presume your gen ed requirements will have covered some science background, although if you haven't done well in those classes you might be considered a weaker prospect for Oxbridge/UCL. Also as far as I can tell, 3.7 is probably closer to a borderline 1st outside of Oxbridge admissions-wise.

LSE has recently (as in, this year) started offering a psychology course. While LSE is very renowned generally and is of course a specialist in social science courses, that course is very new and so somewhat "untested". It's probably less scientifically oriented than several of the above courses.

Noodlzzz is/was doing psychology I believe and may be able to make some suggestions.
Thank you so much for your advice and information! By chance is Royal Holloway a good university ?
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Thank you so much for your advice and information! By chance is Royal Holloway a good university ?
It's good enough, I guess? It's fairly well regarded in the UK in general terms (whether deservedly or not, I don't know). I don't know how it fares for psychology specifically. With a 3.7 from a UC (even outside of UCLA/Berkeley) I'm fairly certain you could aim higher than RHUL generally though, in all honesty.

If you're going to be moving to another country and paying international tuition fees with no financial support from UK funding bodies, that is a lot of money to be spending on just "good", rather than "excellent". So, it's a well regarded and "good" university for UK students with full funding from Student Finance England. For others, your mileage may vary...
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It's good enough, I guess? It's fairly well regarded in the UK in general terms (whether deservedly or not, I don't know). I don't know how it fares for psychology specifically. With a 3.7 from a UC (even outside of UCLA/Berkeley) I'm fairly certain you could aim higher than RHUL generally though, in all honesty.

If you're going to be moving to another country and paying international tuition fees with no financial support from UK funding bodies, that is a lot of money to be spending on just "good", rather than "excellent". So, it's a well regarded and "good" university for UK students with full funding from Student Finance England. For others, your mileage may vary...
(Original post by AlexisFenger)
Hello everyone, I am an international student from the USA looking to see which schools are great to apply to for psychology or Psychiatry! I am currently in my undergrad at the University of California, Irvine where my gpa is a 3.74 which is considered an equivalent to the UK’s (2:1) upper second honors degree. I was looking towards Royal Holloway but I heard it isn’t highly regarded. I was also looking at University of Manchester or Oxford. Are there any recommendations how to stand out as an international student? Not just grades, thank you!
Thanks for the mention! I am indeed a psych PhD student.

Actually RHUL's psychology department is one of their most regarded within the university. It's also a UoL (uni of London) college which gives it some weight.

Oxford is Oxford and will be great no matter the subject. However, a 2.1 isn't that strong compared to the competition. No harm in applying, though I think they charge you £75...

To stand out other than grades, things like publications or working/helping out in your departments research may help your application, as would a strong reference(s).

Importantly, as above, psychiatry is very different in terms of what's involved and how to get there.
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Thank you so much for your advice and information! By chance is Royal Holloway a good university ?
Edit: I just realised this was about MSc/PhD courses, not undergrad. You can disregard the comments relating to A-levels and gen ed requirements I made xD Also the LSE psychology MSc has been around for longer than the BSc, which is what I was referring to; it's been a graduate only department for most of its existence.

That'll teach me to reply to posts on night shifts xD
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Can you suggest me is maths, psychology and sociology accpeptable to study psychology as major.?
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Can you suggest me is maths, psychology and sociology accpeptable to study psychology as major.?
Yes that’s a good combo. Some universities ask for 2 sciences, where most class psych as one
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Thank you so much
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I am completely and utterly depressed at the professionalism and ethics of this university. I was sent an offer letter in JULY clearly stating at the front of the page in bold letters "No Academic Conditions", I paid the fees (much more than the deposit amount) in JULY, I completed all the conditions as per the offer letter. For two months, NOTHING! I called the Student Advisers TWICE in July confirming my place, and they said "You go it!" They kept calling me and telling me about online-registration, booking accommodation, etc.

However, when it comes to giving CAS in September, I was rejected my CAS based on academic grounds. After calling over and over again, I was finally told on the phone by the compliance team that the offer letter stating "No academic requirements" was an error! An error? They had all my documents for months! And now in September they change their mind?

This is all lies and cheats. They practically ruined one year of my life. No professionalism whatsoever! Their motto "Facta non-verba" is a lie!
I don't know if this is Indian racism. If it is, it is a pity their government is urging Indians to study at their universities.
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