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I’ve applied to both of these units for neuroscience and they’re both quite similar in rankings so i’m not sure as to which one would be better. I’m slightly favouring Aston because they offer a placement year which would be more beneficial, however QM is Russel Group and has a better reputation.
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How do they measure up for you in terms of location, support, extracurriculars etc. and is there a difference in how they're taught/assessed? Personally I'm not a fan of relying too heavily on league tables as they're a rather crude measure and certain elements such as student satisfaction can be manufactured, I believe its called 'gaming' league tables or something like that. If you're concerned about career prospects look into the careers service both uni-wide and what the department itself can offer, also look at the graduate prospects for each course. A neuroscience degree is one of those that kind of funnels grads towards a specific career (unlike some more general degrees or arts) so look where alumni end up and what kinds of contacts the uni has.
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Aston. I did biomedical science which is tied with neuroscience and pharmacology at QM so they share a lot of stuff and are run by mostly the same people. It is absolutely awful, myself and a lot of others from Biomed and neuroscience have dropped out. The teaching is pretty poor, I.e. there isn’t much proper teaching. 3/4 of my modules each semester made us do the work before the lectures including on the weekends so we had to work every day of the week to keep up, and all we did in the lecture was discuss questions we did online and had already had automatically marked for us, making almost all face to face time useless. Also the lecturers are rude, telling us more than once if we complained about anything that we should go to a “former polytechnic, get a Mickey Mouse degree and work in a call centre”. I mean, we paid £9250 for that. It was honestly like being at the uni gave no benefit to sitting in accommodation or at home on a laptop as the staff were useless for help and the material they gave us to learn from was often just videos from YouTube because they couldn’t be bothered to create a lecture. I now go to a non RG uni, but it’s much better respected and I’m much happier. QM does not have a good rep I mean it’s the often ranked as one of the worst if not the worst RG uni, and the place does not understand empathy or human decency, at least from the many staff in the biomed/neuroscience areas. I recommend Aston 100%.
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(Original post by gangstaa)
I’ve applied to both of these units for neuroscience and they’re both quite similar in rankings so i’m not sure as to which one would be better. I’m slightly favouring Aston because they offer a placement year which would be more beneficial, however QM is Russel Group and has a better reputation.
Hi there!

First of all I’m so glad you’re considering Aston. Personally when making my choices for university I didn’t hold Russel groups in a higher regard because the most important thing is that the university is right for you rather than it’s national reputation!

Aston works with active neuroscience researchers who specialise in areas such as Parkinson’s, autism, dyslexia, epilepsy, processes underlying visual cognition, and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Aston’s research feeds into our teaching, meaning you’ll be taught by experts in the field working on up-to-date studies.

Looking at the surveys for this course I can also see that 87% of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 100% of students were in work or doing further study 15 months after the course.

I am currently a placement student and if an integrated placement year is something you’re interested in I would favour Aston. The careers and placement team are amazing and have supported me throughout the entire process so you have the best chance at getting the placement you want!

If you have anymore questions about student life at Aston/life in Birmingham, or anything course related let me know!

- Poppy
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Hi there!

First of all I’m so glad you’re considering Aston. Personally when making my choices for university I didn’t hold Russel groups in a higher regard because the most important thing is that the university is right for you rather than it’s national reputation!

Aston works with active neuroscience researchers who specialise in areas such as Parkinson’s, autism, dyslexia, epilepsy, processes underlying visual cognition, and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Aston’s research feeds into our teaching, meaning you’ll be taught by experts in the field working on up-to-date studies.

Looking at the surveys for this course I can also see that 87% of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 100% of students were in work or doing further study 15 months after the course.

I am currently a placement student and if an integrated placement year is something you’re interested in I would favour Aston. The careers and placement team are amazing and have supported me throughout the entire process so you have the best chance at getting the placement you want!

If you have anymore questions about student life at Aston/life in Birmingham, or anything course related let me know!

- Poppy
Hi poppy! I’m not the original poster but reading your reply made me want to firm Aston for neuroscience! I have one issue though. I can’t seem to find anything on the website or prospectus about Aston neuro being accredited and it’s slightly worrying. I’ve emailed them too but unfortunately no reply as of yet. It would be deeply appreciated if you could let me know if it’s accredited or not and just your overall experience with Aston! Thanks a lot

-Adilah
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Hi poppy! I’m not the original poster but reading your reply made me want to firm Aston for neuroscience! I have one issue though. I can’t seem to find anything on the website or prospectus about Aston neuro being accredited and it’s slightly worrying. I’ve emailed them too but unfortunately no reply as of yet. It would be deeply appreciated if you could let me know if it’s accredited or not and just your overall experience with Aston! Thanks a lot

-Adilah
Hi there,


I've had a look at the Neuroscience page and I can't see anything on there either. I apologize as I'm not an expert, but if you haven't heard back by Tuesday my advice would be to give them a call at 0121 204 3030 or 0121 204 3000 and either speak to the neuroscience department or admissions department.

With regards to my experience at Aston, I've loved it so far. I'm currently doing my second degree and it's been great so far. The campus is very intimate, everything you need is within a nice walking distance. This has come in handy a lot of times when I'm running a bit late for lectures or any other engagement. You get a lot of support from the staff and lecturers, if you have a question there's always someone ready to answer. You also see many familiar faces, especially in the library, which helps with making friends and meeting new people.

It's located in the heart of the city center and within walking distance from the main shopping center in Birmingham. Getting around is pretty convenient.

The Aston Student's Union has a lot of societies and clubs, with room for more. I've made a lot of my lifelong friends through societies. Overall I enjoy being at Aston and I'm sure you will too.


I'm sorry I couldn't answer your main question.

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