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I am planning to study biological sciences and was going to choose uni of Surrey but now I’m not sure. I’ve heard Birmingham area is not really good, I also like the modern buildings of Surrey than Birmingham which look a bit worn down and it’s 1 hour away from my house.

I wanna go Surrey but I’ve been told that Birmingham is better for science so it may impact my education.
Original post by Vinilla
I am planning to study biological sciences and was going to choose uni of Surrey but now I’m not sure. I’ve heard Birmingham area is not really good, I also like the modern buildings of Surrey than Birmingham which look a bit worn down and it’s 1 hour away from my house.

I wanna go Surrey but I’ve been told that Birmingham is better for science so it may impact my education.

Hi there,

To introduce myself I’m Joao. In my final year studying BSc Economics at Surrey University, I work as a Campus Ambassador for JP Morgan. I recently finished my one-year industrial placement as an Economist for the British Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). I also had the opportunity to work as a Private Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Biosecurity.

It's great to hear you have applied to Surrey and received an offer. If you have any questions about Surrey or uni life, please ask, as I am here to help you out. :smile:

In this course, you’ll investigate biological structure and function at various levels, from molecules to cells, through to whole organisms, communities and ecosystems. In your first year, you’ll study topics fundamental to biosciences, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree. During your second year, you’ll have the option to specialise in animal biology and ecology, cellular and molecular sciences, or infection and immunity. Alternatively, you can choose from various broader modules, including analytical biochemistry, cellular microbiology and neuroscience. Finally, in your third year, you’ll further your knowledge of your chosen specialism or broader study by exploring topics such as advanced pharmacology, genetics, and the impact of humans on the environment. You’ll also complete a research project, bringing together all the practical, analytical, and presentation skills you’ve developed.

Finally, the campus is lovely. Surrey is known to put a lot of emphasis on the social life of students and always cares about how you spend your free time at university. The student union offers more than 140 societies based on any hobbies and interests students have and clubs for all kinds of sports that a student might want to take up. And even with covid restrictions, the union managed to organise one of the country's most significant covid-safe university events!

Joao
Economics
Original post by Vinilla
I am planning to study biological sciences and was going to choose uni of Surrey but now I’m not sure. I’ve heard Birmingham area is not really good, I also like the modern buildings of Surrey than Birmingham which look a bit worn down and it’s 1 hour away from my house.

I wanna go Surrey but I’ve been told that Birmingham is better for science so it may impact my education.

If the course at Surrey is what you want, and the Uni environment feels 'right' go for it.
Other people's random opionons cannot tell you if you will like being at anyUni or enjoy that course.

There is a great deal of bunkum on TSR about whch Unis are 'better' without any real idea of what it means or how you measure it. Surrey is a top UK Uni - you will have a degree to be proud of and it isnt going to give you any less advantage in the job market than a degree from Brum.
Hello,

My name is Darren and I work for the Life and Environmental college at the University of Birmingham.

You should definitely go to the university that feels right for you.

Related to your post I just thought I would mention that the University of Birmingham in recent years have spent £400 million on development of the campus including a state of the art library, sports facilities and the "Green Heart"

The Biological Sciences BSc gives you flexibility to study the subject in its whole breadth or to specialise in genetics or zoology. You'll benefit from some of the country's best facilities and technology, being taught by experts in the field renowned the world over for their cutting-edge research.

We increasingly incorporate new areas of science relating to biology, such as bioinformatics, and the School has major high-technology facilities for research in genomics, structural biology and optical imaging.

Specialist field courses for those involved in the study of animals, plants and ecological aspects are also available.

Any further questions please feel free to get in touch :smile:

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