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I have been accepted on two different Msc programs. Microbiology at Northumbria and wildlife management at Newcastle. I love both subjects and am struggling which would be the better option to go for... Seeking advice!
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I have been accepted on two different Msc programs. Microbiology at Northumbria and wildlife management at Newcastle. I love both subjects and am struggling which would be the better option to go for... Seeking advice!
Where did you study previously? I did my undergrad and MSc at Newcastle. All I can recommend is if you studied at one of the unis already you may get a significant alumni discount. Without this however I always think it’s good to experience different unis. So if you haven’t been to either before then both will be an experience. Newcastle would be my pref but I may be biased ahah. However I did biochemistry at uni and having done a few microbiology modules I’m aware that it’s quite fascinating. What’s interesting about your question is the courses are significantly different. One is more science based and ideal for research if you like that, the other is more ... management as the name suggests. So you need to ask yourself what you really enjoy doing. If you love both then your in the best position. The only advice I could give in summary is just do what really get you excited to go into uni in the morning. Both are Newcastle so that doesn’t matter. Additionally I have a few friends from Newcastle but now at Northumbria who say that the staff if more approachable? Personally I haven’t had an issue with Newcastle in this regard. Wish you all the best!
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Do you know what you want to do afterwards?
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I have been accepted on two different Msc programs. Microbiology at Northumbria and wildlife management at Newcastle. I love both subjects and am struggling which would be the better option to go for... Seeking advice!
Interesting as these appear to be VERY different degree programs, microbiology being more lab-based and wildlife management being more nature based. What lead you to these subjects?
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Do you know what you want to do afterwards?
I have a lot of careers in my mind I’d love to experience I’m quite indecisive and unsure which isn’t ideal at my stage
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Interesting as these appear to be VERY different degree programs, microbiology being more lab-based and wildlife management being more nature based. What lead you to these subjects?
Microbiology- bacteriology fascinates me and I’d like to conduct research in antibiotic resistance and look at E. coli interactions. Also always had a thing for microbial ecology, looking at freshwater organisms from ponds etc and their behaviour

Wildlife management- volunteered a lot with endangered species and a lot of ecological work, how species interact with their environment, ecosystem dynamics, I’d like to contribute in restoration projects and conservation which is vital right now more than ever which is why I’m leaning at this MSc -to make an impact. But still not 100% also need to think about employment rate and income for the future
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Where did you study previously? I did my undergrad and MSc at Newcastle. All I can recommend is if you studied at one of the unis already you may get a significant alumni discount. Without this however I always think it’s good to experience different unis. So if you haven’t been to either before then both will be an experience. Newcastle would be my pref but I may be biased ahah. However I did biochemistry at uni and having done a few microbiology modules I’m aware that it’s quite fascinating. What’s interesting about your question is the courses are significantly different. One is more science based and ideal for research if you like that, the other is more ... management as the name suggests. So you need to ask yourself what you really enjoy doing. If you love both then your in the best position. The only advice I could give in summary is just do what really get you excited to go into uni in the morning. Both are Newcastle so that doesn’t matter. Additionally I have a few friends from Newcastle but now at Northumbria who say that the staff if more approachable? Personally I haven’t had an issue with Newcastle in this regard. Wish you all the best!
Thank you ☺️
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