The Student Room Group

University Choice

Hello,
I’m writing on behalf of my daughter who is planning to study physics at either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Wondering if there is a difference with regards to best university to gain a degree from. Based in Glasgow so is it worth paying a lot of money to move to Edinburgh?
Anxious parent so appreciate any advice x
Reply 1
Original post by Mariecl
Hello,
I’m writing on behalf of my daughter who is planning to study physics at either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Wondering if there is a difference with regards to best university to gain a degree from. Based in Glasgow so is it worth paying a lot of money to move to Edinburgh?
Anxious parent so appreciate any advice x


From a league tables perspective they aren’t far apart for Physics (Edinburgh is 13th in the UK and Glasgow is 15th). They both also have the same student satisfaction score (73%). The main difference appears to be graduate prospects, Edinburgh scores 82% whilst Glasgow scores 92% (which measures success in employability or further study after the first degree).
From that perspective Glasgow may be a good option, however it would be really useful if your daughter and yourself had the chance to explore both Universities before hand on an Open day.
Hope this helps!
Reply 2
Many thanks for getting back.,Yeah she has the open day for Edinburgh at end of this month. She missed Glasgow’s day but having a look around the campus with a friend soon to get a feel. The other option is she’s currently studying advanced highers and if she gains 3As she can start at second year. Not sure if this would be good with regards to meeting friends. X
Reply 3
Please remember that 'position on League Table' is essentially statistical nonsense and can never tell anyone if they will enjoy that degree course or like being at that Uni.

She needs to look at the optional units available at each Uni for all years of each degree.
What would she actually choose if she went there.

Does either course offer a work placement or study abroad option.
This adds heaps to a graduate CV.

She needs to have a look at the campus tours on YouTube - and think carefully about the reality of living in each place.

Finally - you can't make this decision for her.
Reply 4
Thanks for your feedback. If Edinburgh was her only option then it would be easy. It’s just a lot of money we would need to finance and Glasgow university is on our doorstep. Just wondering if and Edinburgh physics degree is rated better than Glasgow.
Reply 5
Original post by Mariecl
Thanks for your feedback. If Edinburgh was her only option then it would be easy. It’s just a lot of money we would need to finance and Glasgow university is on our doorstep. Just wondering if and Edinburgh physics degree is rated better than Glasgow.

Personally i would choose edinburgh anyday... but at the end the most obvious(and rightly so) move will be to attend the open days of both the unis n hv a look at their course structures/exchange partners/professors/projects etc...
(edited 1 month ago)

Quick Reply

Latest

Trending

Trending