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which university do I choose?

I have applied for Msc Organisational/Business Psychology in the following unis: Manchester, Loughborough, Surrey, Sussex, East Anglia and Kingston. I have received an offer from all except Manchester (im on waitlist). I am not able to figure out which university to choose as most of these places the course and modules offered are more or less similar.
Original post by psy.aarya
I have applied for Msc Organisational/Business Psychology in the following unis: Manchester, Loughborough, Surrey, Sussex, East Anglia and Kingston. I have received an offer from all except Manchester (im on waitlist). I am not able to figure out which university to choose as most of these places the course and modules offered are more or less similar.
Hello Aarya,

Choosing the right university for your MSc can be tough. I have been there, too. Here are some factors to consider when making your choice, which helped me in my decision-making process. I hope this helps!

While the courses may seem similar, delve deeper into the specific modules offered by each university. Look for modules that align with your interests and career goals. Consider whether the curriculum covers areas you are passionate about and will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for your desired career path. Reach out to the student recruitment team of these Universities, as they will help you connect with your department reps to help you understand the course modules. Also, know the assessment as well as marking criteria, and see if you are comfortable with them. It could be different for each uni.

Research the reputation of each university's psychology department and the accreditation status of the course. A reputable university with a well-regarded psychology department may provide you with better opportunities for networking, internships, and career advancement.

Consider each university's location and how it aligns with your preferences and lifestyle. Consider factors such as safety, cost of living, part-time options, and potential job opportunities in the area after graduation.

Look into each university's track record for graduate employability and whether they have strong connections with industry partners. Universities that offer internship opportunities, career guidance, and networking events can enhance your chances of securing a job after graduation. These facilities at my university helped me with part-time jobs, CV reviews, career counselling, and grad interview tips. I was able to network, and it boosted my confidence. I have also gone through various rounds of interviews with confidence, as I have the right guidance.

Consider the support services available to students, such as academic advising, mental health support, and student accommodations. A university that offers comprehensive support services can contribute to your overall academic success and well-being.

Evaluate the cost of tuition, accommodation, and living expenses at each university, as well as any scholarships, grants, or financial aid opportunities available. Compare the total cost of attendance and weigh it against the potential return on investment regarding education quality and future career prospects.

Finally, trust your instincts and consider factors such as campus atmosphere, class size, teaching style, and extracurricular activities. Contact current students or alumni for their perspectives on student life and the overall university experience. Choose the university that feels best for you academically, personally, and professionally. Take your time to research and consider all aspects before making your decision. Good luck!

Cheers,
Shri (MSc International Business Student).
Original post by psy.aarya
I have applied for Msc Organisational/Business Psychology in the following unis: Manchester, Loughborough, Surrey, Sussex, East Anglia and Kingston. I have received an offer from all except Manchester (im on waitlist). I am not able to figure out which university to choose as most of these places the course and modules offered are more or less similar.

Hi @psy.aarya ,

Great to hear you are considering Loughborough 🙂

Making a decision is really tough so I will try to give you some insight into Loughborough.

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 academically.
There is so much support available through Student Services and our Careers Network. The Careers Network is a great service which you can use as often as you want and is available to students and graduates. I know you mentioned you have looked at modules but I recommend looking at the course page not only for detailed module information but employability information (at the bottom of the page) as this gives an insight of where past Loughborough students have taken their degree.

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. Loughborough is also a very green place and is a lovely place to go on walks with great views. You do need to keep 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 give you some insight into Loughborough. If you have any questions please do ask 🙂

Alex
Original post by psy.aarya
I have applied for Msc Organisational/Business Psychology in the following unis: Manchester, Loughborough, Surrey, Sussex, East Anglia and Kingston. I have received an offer from all except Manchester (im on waitlist). I am not able to figure out which university to choose as most of these places the course and modules offered are more or less similar.

Hello! I have just posted some advice to maybe help you narrow it down! Here is the link: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7477295&p=99451888&page=1#post99451888

I hope this helps!

Hannah🐄
DMU Student Rep
MSc Psychological Wellbeing Student🧠
Original post by psy.aarya
I have applied for Msc Organisational/Business Psychology in the following unis: Manchester, Loughborough, Surrey, Sussex, East Anglia and Kingston. I have received an offer from all except Manchester (im on waitlist). I am not able to figure out which university to choose as most of these places the course and modules offered are more or less similar.

Hi @psy.aarya

It's great to hear that you have applied for Kingston! If you choose Kingston you will be based at the Business School at Kingston Hill campus. This a really great campus, a lovely environment to study at and just a short bus journey to the campus (which is free :smile:). There is a library at every campus so there is always somewhere to study and lots of great cafe's in Kingston to study at too. With Kingston being located on the Thames, there are lots of rivers and nature, it is a really interesting place to live. Also being not so far from central London means there is always lots to do and lots of career opportunities.

When it comes the psychology and business department they are both very reputable with accreditation such as AACSB International for the Business School and the course has accreditation from the British Psychological Society. Courses here at Kingston really help prepare you for going into industry, especially with specialist careers support on this course where you take part in an assessment centre to explore employment pathways and opportunities.

I also find there is so many more great support services here at Kingston such as the mental health and wellbeing services, academic support and a careers centre. I have used many of these services myself and find them very well-run, organised, professional and useful.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask :smile:
-Grace (Kingston Rep)

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