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Politics and international relation’s Birmingham V Nottingham

I have offers for both Birmingham university and Nottingham university. I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of which uni is better for that courses. Also more information on career prospects, transferable skills I can gain from modules. Basically anything that makes the decision easier.
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They're near identical in ranking for this course, right next to each other on www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings/politics Birmingham is slightly better there, including for entry standards, general graduate prospects, and quality of research. Same story for the universities as a whole, for average across all subjects. However, Nottingham has a higher percentage of staff (68%) across all subjects on average conducting high quality research compared to Birmingham (63%).

For student satisfaction they're completely tied on 74% for this subject and 76% for the universities as a whole.

As a university in general, Birmingham has a slightly higher world rating (84th in QS University rankings. Nottingham is 100th) but they're less specific for Politics itself, stating just that both are in the top 101-150.

Birmingham is very much a city centre Victorian style/turn of the century redbrick university. Birmingham also has a canal area.

Nottingham appears to have more of a diversity of buildings of different ages. Its main building is a striking white stone building in parkland.

I'd visit both (the university in general, the department, and the city) and see where you can imagine yourself spending 3 years. It looks to me that Nottingham easily has the best halls of residences though so that would likely sway me.
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Hey! Im doing politics and ir at nottingham (firmed a few weeks ago lol), I am biased bc I really love the idea of going to nottingham but I have met the proffessors and they seemed genuinely really good. The course is very good for IR especially with countries such as China, they have a lot of lecturers who specialise in that area so if thats smth you're interested in then Notts is the place to go. As the person said they pretty much tie overall so I would consider visiting both and seeing which city you're more likely to enjoy living in for 3 years :3
Original post by Picnicl
They're near identical in ranking for this course, right next to each other on www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings/politics Birmingham is slightly better there, including for entry standards, general graduate prospects, and quality of research. Same story for the universities as a whole, for average across all subjects. However, Nottingham has a higher percentage of staff (68%) across all subjects on average conducting high quality research compared to Birmingham (63%).
For student satisfaction they're completely tied on 74% for this subject and 76% for the universities as a whole.
As a university in general, Birmingham has a slightly higher world rating (84th in QS University rankings. Nottingham is 100th) but they're less specific for Politics itself, stating just that both are in the top 101-150.
Birmingham is very much a city centre Victorian style/turn of the century redbrick university. Birmingham also has a canal area.
Nottingham appears to have more of a diversity of buildings of different ages. Its main building is a striking white stone building in parkland.
I'd visit both (the university in general, the department, and the city) and see where you can imagine yourself spending 3 years. It looks to me that Nottingham easily has the best halls of residences though so that would likely sway me.

Oh my thank you so much, I think I’m leaning a little more towards Nottingham just based on the module choices. But this was so helpful thank you 🙂
Original post by rowan_willow
Hey! Im doing politics and ir at nottingham (firmed a few weeks ago lol), I am biased bc I really love the idea of going to nottingham but I have met the proffessors and they seemed genuinely really good. The course is very good for IR especially with countries such as China, they have a lot of lecturers who specialise in that area so if thats smth you're interested in then Notts is the place to go. As the person said they pretty much tie overall so I would consider visiting both and seeing which city you're more likely to enjoy living in for 3 years :3

Thank you very much

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