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Manchester need A*A*A but Oxford only need A*AA, does that mean Manchester is better than Oxford for Physics?
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Btw did I post this in the wrong section?
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Well, Oxford has a great selection of modules when you reach masters level, which gives you total freedom over which topics you want to specialise in.

But Manchester has Jodrell Bank, which is really handy if you want to study Astro modules.

You're probably best looking at the modules, comparing, and seeing which ones look best. Both are great Universities for Physics and produced exceptional alumni. Also, it would be worth looking at which location you feel looks more ideal for yourself.

Just remember, Oxford will require you to take a Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).
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Grade requirements do not indicate the 'quality' or 'prestige' of any degree course.
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No, Oxford is more prestigious.
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No, Oxford is more prestigious.
Please explain exactly what you mean by prestige - and how you intend to measure it.
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Please explain exactly what you mean by prestige - and how you intend to measure it.
I'd probably classify prestige on how well it's known worldwide.

For example, if you told someone abroad that you studied at Oxford, you would normally be told, "Wow, you must be smart!" Everyone knows Oxford and what it means. Whereas Manchester, when you tell someone abroad you went there, you will probably have a response like, "Where Manchester United are from?" Ha. it's sad but true! I'm from Manchester, btw. So I have experience in this response, haha!
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Please explain exactly what you mean by prestige - and how you intend to measure it.
Oxford is clearly more prestigious than Manchester, that’s simply beyond question. However, I personally think what’s most important when deciding which uni is the course. No point going to the most prestigious uni in the world if you don’t like the course structure and the modules offered.
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Well, Oxford has a great selection of modules when you reach masters level, which gives you total freedom over which topics you want to specialise in.

But Manchester has Jodrell Bank, which is really handy if you want to study Astro modules.

You're probably best looking at the modules, comparing, and seeing which ones look best. Both are great Universities for Physics and produced exceptional alumni. Also, it would be worth looking at which location you feel looks more ideal for yourself.

Just remember, Oxford will require you to take a Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).
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No, Oxford is more prestigious.
(Original post by NovaeSci)
I'd probably classify prestige on how well it's known worldwide.

For example, if you told someone abroad that you studied at Oxford, you would normally be told, "Wow, you must be smart!" Everyone knows Oxford and what it means. Whereas Manchester, when you tell someone abroad you went there, you will probably have a response like, "Where Manchester United are from?" Ha. it's sad but true! I'm from Manchester, btw. So I have experience in this response, haha!
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Please explain exactly what you mean by prestige - and how you intend to measure it.
thank youuu
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvvF...tinghamscience watch

Basically: universities sometimes show higher grade reqs but will end up taking students who underachieve regularly (and by some margin) to seem better to applicants. Manchester might have a better department than oxford, it might not. Point is; if you get into oxford, go to oxford (unless you have a really good reason not to). Also, Oxford can afford to have lower minimum requirements as they have the more rigorous admissions policy: use GCSEs arguably more extensively than any other school, have rigorous interview processes AND their very own admissions test. imho as a A*A*A*A* student, university admissions tests are harder than A-levels but that its entirely subjective. Also I think statistically the median offer-holder for oxford physics is predicted A*A*A*+ and also achieves that anyway.
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Please explain exactly what you mean by prestige - and how you intend to measure it.
Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, any way you measure it.
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No, Oxford is more prestigious.
The question isn't about prestige but quality.
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(Original post by NovaeSci)
I'd probably classify prestige on how well it's known worldwide.

For example, if you told someone abroad that you studied at Oxford, you would normally be told, "Wow, you must be smart!" Everyone knows Oxford and what it means. Whereas Manchester, when you tell someone abroad you went there, you will probably have a response like, "Where Manchester United are from?" Ha. it's sad but true! I'm from Manchester, btw. So I have experience in this response, haha!
???

Manchester is the 35th best university in the world.
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I know this thread is old but Oxford can afford to have lower entry requirements because they discriminate in other ways such as the interview.
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???

Manchester is the 35th best university in the world.
He's right though. Oxford University is known worldwide and so are Manchester United. You get out of Britain and very few people have heard of Manchester University (or Oxford United!).
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He's right though. Oxford University is known worldwide and so are Manchester United. You get out of Britain and very few people have heard of Manchester University (or Oxford United!).
You'd be surprised! I go to York, which isn't as big as Manchester, nor as high up in international rankings (133-150 i think?), and I've spoken to foreign academics who have all heard of York, and regard it well. So I couldn't imagine that Manchester, such a big university with huge research output, would be that unheard of outside the UK.
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The question isn't about prestige but quality.
The answer is still the same.
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You'd be surprised! I go to York, which isn't as big as Manchester, nor as high up in international rankings (133-150 i think?), and I've spoken to foreign academics who have all heard of York, and regard it well. So I couldn't imagine that Manchester, such a big university with huge research output, would be that unheard of outside the UK.
it might be, just not on the same level as oxford.
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it might be, just not on the same level as oxford.
Sure, didn't say it was. Just saying that Manchester isn't as unknown as some people are saying it is.
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Sure, didn't say it was. Just saying that Manchester isn't as unknown as some people are saying it is.
Fair
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