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Changing Uni in Final year - is it doable? (English student). Help

Hi guys,

You might remember me from my infuriated post of a few days ago re. my desire to drop out. I've come to accept it'd suck to drop out so close to the end of 2nd year with only one year left, and that I ought to make the best of finishing my degree. Thanks all for the advice.

I'm a 2nd year English student at Queen Mary UOL who lives, works and socialises in Deptford, South London.

Due to a) the impracticality and cost of commuting to Mile End from Deptford on public transport, b) physical and mental health struggles and c) my dislike for the university's particular environment/academic culture, I think that if I am to finish the course I might gain from leaving QMUL. Goldsmiths is more attuned to humanities, only 20min away from my flat on foot, and many of my friends and local community are Goldsmiths students or connected to the university. That's not to say it's perfect, but it is preferable, and might prove a godsend when it comes to the amount of effort I can afford/am willing to put into my degree. I would definitely turn up more.

Does anyone know if it's possible to switch universities in final year? Here's my uni history for context:

Sep 2020: Essentially ran away from home and started BA Anthropology at Goldsmiths during peak COVID. Barely turned up & we barely had lessons but I passed my assignments. Dropped out with intention to start small business.

Summer 2021: Realised Uni was necessary to keep paying own rent on maintenance loan and rekindled an interest in English literature. Attempted to switch straight into 2nd year English at Goldsmiths but due to Anthropology having a totally different field of knowledge, my only option was to start my degree over if I was to try English.

Sep 2021: Started BA English with Creative Writing at Queen Mary and passed year with 1sts.

Sep 2022: Entered 2nd year at QMUL but switched to straight English, leaving the Creative Writing module. Wasn't a huge change, simply had one more English history/theory module to replace the poetry/prose classes I took in 1st year.

Mar 23: Hating it here, if I'm honest. But getting straight 1sts.

Does anyone know if you can finish a degree at a different uni to where you started it? And if so how the process works? And if grades matter? I would be doing the same degree if I went back to Goldsmiths and I would have the right amount of credits but I don't know if my knowledge from QMUL would be accepted as applicable to the final 3rd year. As I understand it, in final year English students specialise on a certain theme that's been introduced slowly over the course of the degree.

I'd really like to give this a shot and I'm willing to put up with Goldsmiths and its flaws for the aforementioned benefits. Can anyone advise me as to whether this is possible or has been done before successfully. Willing to put up with the administrative headache for it.

In the mean time I'm talking to my advisor at QMUL.

Thank you
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For giggles, here's a deeply pretentious poem I originally wrote to the Goldsmiths English department in an appeal to get into 2nd year.


O Department of English, here our correspondence doth start,
I am enraptured by the education you impart.
I entreat, consider me a student of English and Creative Writing,
I shall revere every essay, through winters cold and biting.

I am armed with myriad Uni-Ball pens,
Of poetry and analysis, their scrawl knows no end.
Your Post-Victorian module appears a fascinating entity,
Though I am also enchanted by ‘Sociolinguistics: Language Use, Variation and Identity’.

O, to study the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
To bring the joys of leisurely reading further!
I have just begun Faust, and I found the Sorrows of Young Werther
To be sublime in its tragedy, a certain tear-jerker...

You see, O Department, my heart lies with you,
And though I taint my words with jest, the sentiment is true;
As the protagonist longs for passions requited,
I await your response, and my dream is ignited.
How much do you want to get a 1st?

If you're getting straight 1sts at your current uni and switch to a fresh uni for your final year (which carries the most weight for your final degree classification), you are putting that 1st at risk. Don't assume that you will continue to score at the same level - not saying you won't but there are differences in the assessment culture of each uni.
Original post by cheadle
How much do you want to get a 1st?

If you're getting straight 1sts at your current uni and switch to a fresh uni for your final year (which carries the most weight for your final degree classification), you are putting that 1st at risk. Don't assume that you will continue to score at the same level - not saying you won't but there are differences in the assessment culture of each uni.

hi cheadle
When I was at goldsmiths I was also getting firsts in Anthropology. If anything my 1st year Goldsmiths essays were worse than my 1st year QMUL essays and I got marked about the same for everything so I think Goldsmiths is actually easier because it's not as prestigious.
I am pretty ambitious and a first is something I'm striving for but it won't be the end of the world if I get a 2-1. At Goldsmiths I'd study much more and going in to class won't be so exhausting, which will also boost my grade doncha think? x
Original post by slugmountain
For giggles, here's a deeply pretentious poem I originally wrote to the Goldsmiths English department in an appeal to get into 2nd year.


O Department of English, here our correspondence doth start,
I am enraptured by the education you impart.
I entreat, consider me a student of English and Creative Writing,
I shall revere every essay, through winters cold and biting.

I am armed with myriad Uni-Ball pens,
Of poetry and analysis, their scrawl knows no end.
Your Post-Victorian module appears a fascinating entity,
Though I am also enchanted by ‘Sociolinguistics: Language Use, Variation and Identity’.

O, to study the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
To bring the joys of leisurely reading further!
I have just begun Faust, and I found the Sorrows of Young Werther
To be sublime in its tragedy, a certain tear-jerker...

You see, O Department, my heart lies with you,
And though I taint my words with jest, the sentiment is true;
As the protagonist longs for passions requited,
I await your response, and my dream is ignited.


Brilliant. :rofl3:
Unis normally do not accept transfers into final year for various reasons (e.g. limited supply of dissertation supervisors, more scope for larger differences between the courses, etc).

In any case the first step of transferring is to ask the intended destination uni if they will accept a transfer in the first place. I suspect they would say no.

Note also it can still end up messing up your SFE funding entitlement. I would recommend just completing the current course and doing a masters at Goldsmiths if studying there is your goal.
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Very unlikely, most gaffs won't accept students in at final year - I've never seen it happen.

Artful has pretty much nailed on the options, really.

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