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Not sure which university is best for psychology?

I have already put Loughborough University as my firm choice where I would need to achieve AAB whilst University of Surrey is my back up.
I would like to study psychology and technically speaking I think Loughborough is ranked higher for their psychology department.
However, I genuinely just nervous about support as well as how students feel/ felt about their overall experience of taking psychology at either uni?
Original post by izabella123
I have already put Loughborough University as my firm choice where I would need to achieve AAB whilst University of Surrey is my back up.
I would like to study psychology and technically speaking I think Loughborough is ranked higher for their psychology department.
However, I genuinely just nervous about support as well as how students feel/ felt about their overall experience of taking psychology at either uni?

When you say you're "nervous about support", what sort of support are you referring to? Academic support? Mental health support? Support for those with disabilities? Something else?

In terms of "how students feel/ felt about their overall experience of taking psychology at either uni", a good source of hard data is the National Students Survey (NSS), which all final year students are invited to complete.

You can find the results of that survey (amongst a lot of other data) in The Uni Guide, here for Psychology at Loughborough and here for Psychology at Surrey. The headline "overall satisfaction" figure has Loughborough at 79% and Surrey at 91%.
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Thank you so much, this is very helpful.
Original post by izabella123
I have already put Loughborough University as my firm choice where I would need to achieve AAB whilst University of Surrey is my back up.
I would like to study psychology and technically speaking I think Loughborough is ranked higher for their psychology department.
However, I genuinely just nervous about support as well as how students feel/ felt about their overall experience of taking psychology at either uni?

Hi @izabella123 ,

Great to hear you are considering Loughborough 🙂

I study Psychology at Loughborough so can help give a bit of insight.

The rankings for Psychology at Loughborough are high. I personally really enjoy the course here as you have the opportunity to learn many aspects of Psychology through many different modules. I feel the modules have been interesting and in first year gave me a base knowledge that I needed to progress.

If you haven't already I would recommend taking a look at 'What you'll Study' on the course page to see the range of modules you can study each year. You can also choose some optional modules- I have enjoyed tailoring the course to suit me. When making my decision I found it useful to compare these modules in detail with other Universities I was considering to see which suited me best.

If you are considering doing a placement/year abroad Loughborough is great as they offer so much support in searching and securing a placement/year abroad- I found this particularly helpful when securing my placement year. Loughborough offers a placement for every course (I feel it is quite a big thing here) so the support in each department is really good.

Regarding support, Loughborough offers support in so many areas. As I said previously the support you can get through securing a placement is so helpful. Every student has a personal tutor so you always have a point of contact with a staff member on your course who is there to help and support or point you in the right direction. We also have Student Services who are there to help students in many areas and are so helpful.

Some insight into Loughborough in general. Loughborough is very much a student town and as you are on a campus it has such a strong community feel- I really love this as you tend to see a lot of people you know. People are really friendly and I have met some great friends.

The facilities at Loughborough are amazing- particularly for sport but also for learning. During the week most social events happens on campus through the Student Union. For example, there tend to be 2 nights out in the week (Wednesday and Friday) and events during the day which differ week to week. Take a look at our student union website for more insight here. At the weekends more seems to happen off campus. In town (which is walking distance from campus) there are multiple pubs, bars, cafe's, restaurants and nightclubs which tend to be full of students at the weekend. You do need to bear in mind that Loughborough is a town so can't offer what big cities can. If we fancy a bigger city night out we tend to go to either Nottingham or Leicester on the train as they are both approximately 20 minutes away. The train station isn't far from campus and there is a campus shuttle which goes to the station.

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions I am happy to help 🙂

Alex
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