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Hi I've applied to Medical sciences in Exeter and Leeds and I've received offers from those two universities. However, I attended the open day in Exeter but not in Leeds. Now with the coronavirus I didn't think I will be able to so I've looked a lot of things online. I'm having difficulty deciding whether I should go to Leeds or Exeter? I loved the course in Exeter even though it's the same one than Leeds, there's not as many students in the course so it's much more personalised, you have small group teaching every week that are based on triggers. And I have the impression when we did a session during the open day that they base the students learning on problem solving on clinical scenarios. Exeter also has the opportunity to do a professional year in industry abroad like Leeds. But Leeds you can also choose to study abroad too (that's something that interests me). Then Exeter you can choose various optional modules that sometimes is related to medical sciences but not directly such as Psychology, health economics and that I think is very interesting because you also see other things related to health! In Leeds they don't have as many optional modules you can choose from and they are mainly very centered on medical sciences. In Exeter you can also specialise in a particular field in medical sciences and then when you graduate you graduate with that speciality compared to leeds where you don't have that in the course. On the other hand, Exeter is smaller than Leeds and when I visited it with my mum we got to know the city very well in two days. I like big cities where there's lot to do and Leeds has a theatre, museums and the night life is quite good apparently too. I prefer the course in Exeter I think, even though Exeter was a beautiful city that I loved I'm scared it's gonna be too small... I wanted to know if you already have been to Leeds or know anyone who has been there to study. And I wanted your advise on whether you think it's more important to think more carefully about the different variants in the courses or where you're actually going to live.

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Hey I'm currently a 2nd year at Leeds doing a similar-ish course (Microbiology) to help where I can! Regarding the choice of module there are two types you can choose from if you don't have enough credits (most 1st year courses have 10/20 credits free) : optional which are suggested by the school and are similar to your other modules and discovery which is more of what you're looking for. Discovery modules are modules you can choose from ANY course across the uni so you could do art, biology, philosophy, etc as long as it fits your timetable. It really does give you a lot of flexibility to do whatever you want.

From the sounds of it you're really leaning towards Exeter and that's fine! I'm not here to advertise Leeds to you but I can give you any information on Leeds that you want to help you make your decision.
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Hey I'm currently a 2nd year at Leeds doing a similar-ish course (Microbiology) to help where I can! Regarding the choice of module there are two types you can choose from if you don't have enough credits (most 1st year courses have 10/20 credits free) : optional which are suggested by the school and are similar to your other modules and discovery which is more of what you're looking for. Discovery modules are modules you can choose from ANY course across the uni so you could do art, biology, philosophy, etc as long as it fits your timetable. It really does give you a lot of flexibility to do whatever you want.

From the sounds of it you're really leaning towards Exeter and that's fine! I'm not here to advertise Leeds to you but I can give you any information on Leeds that you want to help you make your decision.
Hi thank you very much for replying! Do you have a lot of free time during your course? Do you spend most of your time at the campus during your free time or in the city?
And did you apply somewhere else before choosing Leeds and why did you choose Leeds over another uni?
I'm afraid that at Leeds University as there's a lot of people, theirs also a lot of people doing the course and so sometimes in laboratories there's a lot of people and it can have a negative effect on your understanding and studying. Because I'm the sort of person that likes small group teaching...
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Hi thank you very much for replying! Do you have a lot of free time during your course? Do you spend most of your time at the campus during your free time or in the city?
And did you apply somewhere else before choosing Leeds and why did you choose Leeds over another uni?
I'm afraid that at Leeds University as there's a lot of people, theirs also a lot of people doing the course and so sometimes in laboratories there's a lot of people and it can have a negative effect on your understanding and studying. Because I'm the sort of person that likes small group teaching...
Do you have a lot of free time during your course? Do you spend most of your time at the campus during your free time or in the city?
Honestly depends on the year and semester! This semester I had about 3 lectures on a Monday, Tuesdays off, 1 lecture on Wednesday, labs and 3 lectures on a Thursday and 1 lecture on Friday. My previous semester was a lot busier and labs were 6 hours rather than 3. So it really varies but yeah there's plenty of time to do revision/chill/extra curricular stuff. In 1st year I lived right near campus (Montague Burton) so would often spend spare hours in the day there but now I spend them more on campus.

Did you apply somewhere else before choosing Leeds and why did you choose Leeds over another uni?
I applied to 5 universities, 3 main and 2 back up (Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Nottingham Trent) . I chose it because it was the only course I was actually interested in and I loved the city and campus feel. It just felt right the moment I was there which I didn't feel with the other unis and I had the added bonus of it only being 2 hours from my home so visiting was easy enough.

I'm afraid that at Leeds University as there's a lot of people, theirs also a lot of people doing the course and so sometimes in laboratories there's a lot of people...
Now I can't tell you directly how your course will work as we're in different courses in different schools but here's how mine works. Year 1 is an introductory year meaning you take modules that aim to teach everyone the basics for the course and get you used to university. A lot of these modules are very big due to the fact all of the biology kids will need them. You'll also have more specialised modules for your course/school chucked in which tend to be smaller as they're more specific (e.g. I had Intro to Microbiology). As you head into 2nd year things get more specialised meaning less people. There's three main ways of being taught in these: lectures are big, non-interactive (usually) lessons where someone talks at you and you make notes, seminars are like smaller lectures that are more interactive and then tutorials are tiny sessions (usually with your personal tutor) where you work through problems, talk through assessments and feedback, etc. Last year there was about 5 of us in my tutorial and I get on super well with my tutor. If I ever have a problem or need extra help I just pop him an email and he's happy enough to meet me and give me specific help. In my experience labs differed a lot. My first year labs were very big but you were on a bench of 8 with one PhD demonstrator per bench (so 1 person per 8 people) to help you out with the labs and explain things to you. Start of second year the labs shrunk a bit but were still pretty large but by second semester there was about 4 benches of us (about 32 people) with a handful of demonstrators going around to help.

Hope that's helped! Please feel free to shoot me anymore questions
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Do you have a lot of free time during your course? Do you spend most of your time at the campus during your free time or in the city?
Honestly depends on the year and semester! This semester I had about 3 lectures on a Monday, Tuesdays off, 1 lecture on Wednesday, labs and 3 lectures on a Thursday and 1 lecture on Friday. My previous semester was a lot busier and labs were 6 hours rather than 3. So it really varies but yeah there's plenty of time to do revision/chill/extra curricular stuff. In 1st year I lived right near campus (Montague Burton) so would often spend spare hours in the day there but now I spend them more on campus.

Did you apply somewhere else before choosing Leeds and why did you choose Leeds over another uni?
I applied to 5 universities, 3 main and 2 back up (Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Nottingham Trent) . I chose it because it was the only course I was actually interested in and I loved the city and campus feel. It just felt right the moment I was there which I didn't feel with the other unis and I had the added bonus of it only being 2 hours from my home so visiting was easy enough.

I'm afraid that at Leeds University as there's a lot of people, theirs also a lot of people doing the course and so sometimes in laboratories there's a lot of people...
Now I can't tell you directly how your course will work as we're in different courses in different schools but here's how mine works. Year 1 is an introductory year meaning you take modules that aim to teach everyone the basics for the course and get you used to university. A lot of these modules are very big due to the fact all of the biology kids will need them. You'll also have more specialised modules for your course/school chucked in which tend to be smaller as they're more specific (e.g. I had Intro to Microbiology). As you head into 2nd year things get more specialised meaning less people. There's three main ways of being taught in these: lectures are big, non-interactive (usually) lessons where someone talks at you and you make notes, seminars are like smaller lectures that are more interactive and then tutorials are tiny sessions (usually with your personal tutor) where you work through problems, talk through assessments and feedback, etc. Last year there was about 5 of us in my tutorial and I get on super well with my tutor. If I ever have a problem or need extra help I just pop him an email and he's happy enough to meet me and give me specific help. In my experience labs differed a lot. My first year labs were very big but you were on a bench of 8 with one PhD demonstrator per bench (so 1 person per 8 people) to help you out with the labs and explain things to you. Start of second year the labs shrunk a bit but were still pretty large but by second semester there was about 4 benches of us (about 32 people) with a handful of demonstrators going around to help.

Hope that's helped! Please feel free to shoot me anymore questions
Thanks that's really helpful! For student life in Exeter is there a lot of things going on? And do you also have the option for your course to do a professional year abroad? For medical sciences I do and I wanted to have the opinion on it if you've done it or plan to do it!
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Thanks that's really helpful! For student life in Exeter is there a lot of things going on? And do you also have the option for your course to do a professional year abroad? For medical sciences I do and I wanted to have the opinion on it if you've done it or plan to do it!
I don't know anything about Exeter sorry! In Leeds there's always tonnes going on from night clubs to pub quizzes to societies and community events. Never a boring day if you just look about!
Most courses in Leeds have the option to do a year abroad or year in industry. The year abroad is basically going to uni in a different country while the year in industry is working for a year. You can definitely do a year in industry abroad, they're just a bit harder to find e.g. We got advertised one in disease research in San fransisco and one working in a lab in Singapore. I'm meant to be doing a year in industry (in England) from June but with coronavirus it may not go ahead 😬
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I don't know anything about Exeter sorry! In Leeds there's always tonnes going on from night clubs to pub quizzes to societies and community events. Never a boring day if you just look about!
Most courses in Leeds have the option to do a year abroad or year in industry. The year abroad is basically going to uni in a different country while the year in industry is working for a year. You can definitely do a year in industry abroad, they're just a bit harder to find e.g. We got advertised one in disease research in San fransisco and one working in a lab in Singapore. I'm meant to be doing a year in industry (in England) from June but with coronavirus it may not go ahead 😬
Yeah sorry I meant Leeds! Yeah I reckon I'll do a year in industry as well, hope you can do your year in June! I 'm doing a gap year atm and I wzs supposed to go to Pérou at the beginning of April but ir' s been cancelled😢thank you very much for your advice and answers!
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