durham vs exeter vs manchester vs edinburgh

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which one is the most respected/ prestigious and ranked the highest. i've noticed that unis in the uk rank differently on uk league tables than international league tables, for example exeter is ranked well on uk league tables but ranks quite low on international league tables. so which out of these unis would you say is ranked highest overall?
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This example shows you why Rankings and League Tables are total bunkum.

The dont agree with each other because they all use different things to measure this and most of it is meaningless in terms of an undergraduate degree. Employers dont give a monkeys about all of this nonsense btw, and neither do Universities. The only people who obsess about it are school-leavers.

Do you like the look of Exeter, have you looked at the content of the course in detail, do you meet the entry requirements?
That is what you need to be looking at - not a daft listing that was designed to promote the name of a newspaper.
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This example shows you why Rankings and League Tables are total bunkum.

The dont agree with each other because they all use different things to measure this and most of it is meaningless in terms of an undergraduate degree. Employers dont give a monkeys about all of this nonsense btw, and neither do Universities. The only people who obsess about it are school-leavers.

Do you like the look of Exeter, have you looked at the content of the course in detail, do you meet the entry requirements?
That is what you need to be looking at - not a daft listing that was designed to promote the name of a newspaper.
i'm not sure as i haven't been able to visit any open days therefore i don't really have much to compare each uni to, so at the moment i'm just going off league table rankings as I would like to go to a prestigious uni.
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i'm not sure as i haven't been able to visit any open days therefore i don't really have much to compare each uni to, so at the moment i'm just going off league table rankings as I would like to go to a prestigious uni.
Look on YouTube for Campus Tours and previous Open Day films - these will give you an idea of what each Uni looks like and 'feels' like. Its also worth looking on YouTube for tourist films about each city.

Advice on How to Avoid 5 Rejections : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...ity-rejections

PS. 'Prestige' - if you get there and discover you dont like the course or the Uni, it'll be a miserable three years, and 'prestige' (however you think you measure that) wont be much consolation.
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which one is the most respected/ prestigious and ranked the highest. i've noticed that unis in the uk rank differently on uk league tables than international league tables, for example exeter is ranked well on uk league tables but ranks quite low on international league tables. so which out of these unis would you say is ranked highest overall?
Depends on the course as well but I actually live in Edinburgh and would highly recommend, the city is GORGEOUS and the uni is amazing.
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Depends on the course as well but I actually live in Edinburgh and would highly recommend, the city is GORGEOUS and the uni is amazing.
The uni is not without its faults.

I'm from Edinburgh, went to uni here and currently live here as well. As wonderful as the uni is, some departments are known to have tragically low satisfaction ratings.

Rd9 I'd choose based what course you prefer, the location, employment prospects and course satisfaction ratings. Living expenses as well.
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The uni is not without its faults.

I'm from Edinburgh, went to uni here and currently live here as well. As wonderful as the uni is, some departments are known to have tragically low satisfaction ratings.

Rd9 I'd choose based what course you prefer, the location, employment prospects and course satisfaction ratings. Living expenses as well.
I just really can't decide I feel like theres pros and cons to all of them. can I ask a question about edinburgh, I heard you can choose multiple courses in years 1 and 2, how does that work? can you choose any combination, for example I was thinking of doing biological science with animation, would this be possible?
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The uni is not without its faults.

I'm from Edinburgh, went to uni here and currently live here as well. As wonderful as the uni is, some departments are known to have tragically low satisfaction ratings.

Rd9 I'd choose based what course you prefer, the location, employment prospects and course satisfaction ratings. Living expenses as well.

also, how competitive is the study abroad, since I really want to do study abroad, is the study abroad a popular option for a lot of students?
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I just really can't decide I feel like theres pros and cons to all of them. can I ask a question about edinburgh, I heard you can choose multiple courses in years 1 and 2, how does that work? can you choose any combination, for example I was thinking of doing biological science with animation, would this be possible?
Hi. Sorry for the late reply. I always get lost with notifications.

At all Scottish universities, for non-specialist degrees (like Medicine, Law etc) you study 3 subjects equally in first and second year. As long as there are no timetable clashes and you meet any requirements (like Maths requiring a pass in A level Maths), then you can take pretty much anything.

However, I'm really not sure about Art and whether you could take animation. Honestly, have absolutely no idea. You'd have to email and enquire.

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also, how competitive is the study abroad, since I really want to do study abroad, is the study abroad a popular option for a lot of students?
It can be pretty competitive. I imagine if you can ensure a minimum of 60% in your 1st year grades that you should be fine. :hat2:
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Hi. Sorry for the late reply. I always get lost with notifications.

At all Scottish universities, for non-specialist degrees (like Medicine, Law etc) you study 3 subjects equally in first and second year. As long as there are no timetable clashes and you meet any requirements (like Maths requiring a pass in A level Maths), then you can take pretty much anything.

However, I'm really not sure about Art and whether you could take animation. Honestly, have absolutely no idea. You'd have to email and enquire.


It can be pretty competitive. I imagine if you can ensure a minimum of 60% in your 1st year grades that you should be fine. :hat2:
thanks for the reply so when applying through UCAS would you apply for only 1 subject and then choose your other two once you join the uni, or would you apply for all 3 subjects at the same time?
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I went to both Manchester and Exeter would recommend both well but will say that if you are a POC you have to be certain you want to go to exeter
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thanks for the reply so when applying through UCAS would you apply for only 1 subject and then choose your other two once you join the uni, or would you apply for all 3 subjects at the same time?
You choose your other subjects during your first week of university.
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