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hii, I'm pretty stumped on what degree I should do and was wondering if anyone has suggestions based on stuff I'm interested in. I'm doing bio chem and english a levels, and am aiming to achieve along the lines of A*A*A
. renewable energy
. humanitarian crisis
. funding the NHS
. supporting minorities
. biology and chemistry - more specifically the human science side
. Justice
. Improving education in developing countries

Thank you so much!
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hii, I'm pretty stumped on what degree I should do and was wondering if anyone has suggestions based on stuff I'm interested in. I'm doing bio chem and english a levels, and am aiming to achieve along the lines of A*A*A
. renewable energy
. humanitarian crisis
. funding the NHS
. supporting minorities
. biology and chemistry - more specifically the human science side
. Justice
. Improving education in developing countries

Thank you so much!
LAW

You could be an Enviormental Laywer
Youc could be a criminal Lawyer
you could be immigration lawyer

see how alot of the jobs link to your interests
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sociology or psychology might cover a few of those
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LAW

You could be an Enviormental Laywer
Youc could be a criminal Lawyer
you could be immigration lawyer

see how alot of the jobs link to your interests
I will keep these in mind, thank you very much
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If you manage to get the grades, congrats

The scope is pretty diverse, so it's difficult for me to say.

To the best of my knowledge, I would recommend looking into the following:
. renewable energy
I presume something in physics or energy engineering if you're trying to create things. You have neither maths, further maths, nor the physics, so unless you want to spend at least 1 more year studying it, I would presume you want to do something along the lines of promoting it, so marketing, PR, etc. If you're campaigning for it, then it's probably something along the lines of politics. Anything outside of physics or energy engineering in the forementioned list shouldn't require a degree at all.

. humanitarian crisis
This is incredibly broad to comment. Are you focused on the health side of things, managing people, environmental control, emergency services? Are you going to promote charity campaigns? If you're looking at the health side of things, nursing? Doctor? Paramedic?

. funding the NHS
Most of the funding is from public sources. What you can look at is the financial side of things, for which you're likely to be looking at accounting, which in itself leads to another set of issues. For entry level accounting jobs, they don't really care for your degree (just the grade). In fact, you can get an entry level job in accounting without a degree. The accounting qualifications I would presume you're looking for are either CIMA, ACCA, ACA, or CIPFA.

. supporting minorities
This is incredibly broad. How? By giving legal advice? In which case, do law (you don't need to change your A Levels).
By doing social work? I don't think you even need a degree to do this
By offering translation services? You might need to do a language as an A Level at least (then probably do a language certificate thereafter)

. biology and chemistry - more specifically the human science side
Again, what do you intend to do specifically? This is so broad.
Doctor? Do medicine. Biochemical research? Do biochemistry up to PhD level. Biomedical research? Do biomedical degrees up to PhD level.
Pharamceuticals? Do biochem, biomed, chemistry, or biology degrees up to PhD level.

. Justice
So anything related to law? LLB, or a good law degree. You won't need to change/do extra your A Levels for this
Law enforcement? I don't think you need specific A Levels to get into this

. Improving education in developing countries

So education degree? Development studies? Something techy - which you will need computer science and hence maths, IT/computer sci, etc?
Improve in what way?

If you're really stuck, I recommend looking at personality tests to see what suits you best for a point in some direction. It would also really help if you get some career advice from people who are already working in these sectors, and ask very detailed questions.

You might also want a second opinion on the above.
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Humanitarian Studies : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-st...an-studies-bsc
Global Studies and Human Rights : https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug01...h-human-rights
Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights : https://www.gold.ac.uk/ug/llb-law-cr...-human-rights/
Biological Anthropology : https://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/un...-anthropology/
Global Development https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergr...l-development/
Sustainable Development : https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subject...velopment-bsc/
Environmental Management and Sustainability https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/u...sustainability
International Disaster Management : https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/u...rian-response/
International Relations and Social Policy https://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/underg...lic-health-bsc
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(Original post by anakinskyrunner)
hii, I'm pretty stumped on what degree I should do and was wondering if anyone has suggestions based on stuff I'm interested in. I'm doing bio chem and english a levels, and am aiming to achieve along the lines of A*A*A
. renewable energy
. humanitarian crisis
. funding the NHS
. supporting minorities
. biology and chemistry - more specifically the human science side
. Justice
. Improving education in developing countries

Thank you so much!
It looks to me as though you could group those into two categories - social science/justice and science.

Renewable energy and Biology and Chemistry are 3 quite different disciplines. I'd try to narrow these down to either 1 category or look for a course that combines several of these interests.

For Funding the NHS - this isn't really something you can study, it's mostly just an opinion you hold.

Social Science:
Justice - Criminology springs to mind if you're talking about the broad idea of justice and achieving justice within society.
Humanitarian Crises - International Development is the most obvious here
Supporting minorities - Covers a lot of areas but sociology is likely the best fit
Improving Education - Education studies or International Development here.

See if you can find some courses that combine these social science areas. There are plenty of them about. Something like BA Social and Global Development studies would fit and would be unlikely to require specific subjects at A Level. However, I'm curious as to why you aren't doing A Level geography as a lot of this would fall within the study of human geography curricula at school level.
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I wrote you a long thread with links to likely courses. For reasons best known to TSR, this has been removed.

There is a course at Manchester that should interest you : https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/u...rian-response/

One at Bath Spa : https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/ug...ustainability/

Also look at International Development, Social Policy, Global Politics, Law & Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability etc
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Hey bud - I might have the perfect degree for you:Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick.I'm a final year GSD student (without the life sciences bit) and my degree content includes what you mentioned about renewable energy, supporting minorities, justice, education in developing countries, etc, with lots of other stuff that would pertain to humanitarian crises and other global development concerns. You can combine this with life sciences, which covered lots of biology things (I don't know a lot about all that sorry, but it's all on the website!).Here's a link if you're interested:https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/schoo...lifesciencesAs another point of context, I'm starting my masters degree this year in Humanitarian Engineering, and I feel GSD has set me up well for studying humanitarian things!Hope the uni search goes well!
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Hey bud - I might have the perfect degree for you:Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick.I'm a final year GSD student (without the life sciences bit) and my degree content includes what you mentioned about renewable energy, supporting minorities, justice, education in developing countries, etc, with lots of other stuff that would pertain to humanitarian crises and other global development concerns. You can combine this with life sciences, which covered lots of biology things (I don't know a lot about all thaHi!t sorry, but it's all on the website!).Here's a link if you're interested:https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/schoo...lifesciencesAs another point of context, I'm starting my masters degree this year in Humanitarian Engineering, and I feel GSD has set me up well for studying humanitarian things!Hope the uni search goes well!
Hi! What makes a personal statement for this degree (and related courses) relevant and stand out too>
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social policy, human studies, geography (the more human side of it, or sustainable developments) might be areas to look into if you want an essay-based course or humanities

engineering (environmental or sustainable engineering), molecular biology or biomed, might be areas to explore if you want something more technical and science-y.

I'd reccoment looking at a few different uni websites and browsing courses by subject area to see what comes up, it might give you an idea of the kinds of courses out there. (I've seen so many I never thought existed, like "sustainable events management" and "natural history photography")
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Hi! What makes a personal statement for this degree (and related courses) relevant and stand out too>
Hi there!
I will first note that, fortunately, Warwick ask you for an additional personal statement when applying to their GSD programmes, so you can *fully* shine in that one. I think they do this because it's a relatively niche subject, and so they understand writing a personal statement that caters to GSD and other programmes you may be applying to is difficult
Anyway, back to your question, I think one main standout quality in a personal statement for this subject would be the ability to demonstrate a true care for seeing change in our planet. The nature of GSD and similar degrees is one of desiring to see positive and realistic change, and going about such a desire in an intelligent manner. Therefore, if you can make the reader understand that you really care about whatever your biggest passions are within the world of development (e.g. poverty, human rights, ecological integrity, health, etc), then you're in with a good shout.
Another thing I would suggest is demonstrating any interdiciplinary literacy you have. This might sound confusing - I just mean any ability to translate between disciplines. A key principle in this field of study is the appreciation that no global problem can be solved through the lens of just one subject (e.g. just economics or just sociolofy, etc), but rather a very integrated approach is needed. This is a really hard thing to do, and I have just finished my GSD degree and can say that I've not nailed it yet! BUT, the important thing for you is to show that you have some capability in this realm already (everyone does to some extent). For example, you may have studied maths alongside politics, and so you would argue that you have the ability to think in both very objective, absolute, methodological ways (from maths), but also you can appreciate the complexity and irregularity of human behaviour (through studying politics). I hope that makes sense!
This is on top of all the other personal statement musts that you can of course find all over the place
Hope that helps!
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Hi there!
I will first note that, fortunately, Warwick ask you for an additional personal statement when applying to their GSD programmes, so you can *fully* shine in that one. I think they do this because it's a relatively niche subject, and so they understand writing a personal statement that caters to GSD and other programmes you may be applying to is difficult
Anyway, back to your question, I think one main standout quality in a personal statement for this subject would be the ability to demonstrate a true care for seeing change in our planet. The nature of GSD and similar degrees is one of desiring to see positive and realistic change, and going about such a desire in an intelligent manner. Therefore, if you can make the reader understand that you really care about whatever your biggest passions are within the world of development (e.g. poverty, human rights, ecological integrity, health, etc), then you're in with a good shout.
Another thing I would suggest is demonstrating any interdiciplinary literacy you have. This might sound confusing - I just mean any ability to translate between disciplines. A key principle in this field of study is the appreciation that no global problem can be solved through the lens of just one subject (e.g. just economics or just sociolofy, etc), but rather a very integrated approach is needed. This is a really hard thing to do, and I have just finished my GSD degree and can say that I've not nailed it yet! BUT, the important thing for you is to show that you have some capability in this realm already (everyone does to some extent). For example, you may have studied maths alongside politics, and so you would argue that you have the ability to think in both very objective, absolute, methodological ways (from maths), but also you can appreciate the complexity and irregularity of human behaviour (through studying politics). I hope that makes sense!
This is on top of all the other personal statement musts that you can of course find all over the place
Hope that helps!
Thank you so much! The interdisciplinary part you explained will be very helpful!
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