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I'm an international student and looking for a University to study Physics in. Nightlife is unimportant whatsoever, between Durham and Lancaster, which university is a better option, purely academical.
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I'm going to Lancaster this year but in terms of being purely academical, I've heard Durham are right up there
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Durham is a member of the Russel group which is group of the best Universities in the UK. So Durham will be much better academically!
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Durham is a member of the Russel group which is group of the best Universities in the UK. So Durham will be much better academically!
that's not the definition of Russell Group.....
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I ultimately plan on going to grad school at Oxbridge, or at least hope to. Would being at Durham make that process a bit easier, provided I get the necessary grades?
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that's not the definition of Russell Group.....
Does it not contain some of the best universities in the country? Because last time I checked Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Newcastle, Leeds, York etc are all fantastic unis.
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Durham for sure. Much more academically prestigious. Lancaster felt like a prison to me when I visited and a large amount of students are pushed into going due to the obscene amount of unconditional offers given out at Lancaster (I got one but didn’t accept).
You’d be silly to chose Lancaster over Durham.
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I'm an international student and looking for a University to study Physics in. Nightlife is unimportant whatsoever, between Durham and Lancaster, which university is a better option, purely academical.
Choose Durham is higher in rankings.
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I ultimately plan on going to grad school at Oxbridge, or at least hope to. Would being at Durham make that process a bit easier, provided I get the necessary grades?
no it doesn't matter from where you will graduate. They will see only your grades.
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no it doesn't matter from where you will graduate. They will see only your grades.
That’s not true. They will also see the institution where you gained your degree, which indicates the difficulty and content of your degree.
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That’s not true. They will also see the institution where you gained your degree, which indicates the difficulty and content of your degree.
My mum has never been asked where she got her degree from ever!
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That’s not true. They will also see the institution where you gained your degree, which indicates the difficulty and content of your degree.
that is not true. You can graduate from London Metropolitan University and still go to Oxford or Cambridge. Oxford and Cambridge ask for a first , not to be a graduate from a specific university.
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Alright, thanks champs. Looks like Durham makes a bit more sense due to its prestige and stuff. Thanks for the help.
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Alright, thanks champs. Looks like Durham makes a bit more sense due to its prestige and stuff. Thanks for the help.
You're welcome.
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My mum has never been asked where she got her degree from ever!
Wow! Your mum must be the spokesperson for every single person who has even gotten a degree. Congrats bro
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Does it not contain some of the best universities in the country? Because last time I checked Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Newcastle, Leeds, York etc are all fantastic unis.
It does contain most of the best unis in the country, but a uni isn't automatically among the best because it's RG. Lancaster is a non-RG that beats out many RGs academically.

I'm tempted to say Durham is stronger than Lancaster in this instance, but I don't know enough about physics as a subject. It isn't by a massive degree as is made out by other people on this thread.
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Wow! Your mum must be the spokesperson for every single person who has even gotten a degree. Congrats bro
At least I’m not spreading BS
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Wow! Your mum must be the spokesperson for every single person who has even gotten a degree. Congrats bro
oh please stop! She is telling the truth, it doesn't matter from where you will graduate. All the universities are good. They see only your grades. Call Oxford or Cambridge and ask if you don't believe me.
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That’s not true. They will also see the institution where you gained your degree, which indicates the difficulty and content of your degree.
They will look at your module choices more specifically. If a graduate from Leeds had a more appropriate academic background to the particular masters/phd than one from Durham, even though Durham might be seen as "better", the former candidate will still probably get the place.
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At least I’m not spreading BS
It’s no lie that Oxbridge would favour someone with a degree from, say, Imperial College London than somewhere like Derby. It’s factual, don’t be offended lol.
The difference might not be as massive for Durham and Lancaster, but it’s not rocket science that Durham is a much better uni.
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