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which university should i firm; edinburgh vs warwick?

I got my last offer on the 14th may so i have until 6th june to firm and insure. I applied for PPE and received 3 offers from Warwick, Edinburgh and SOAS. Edi and SOAS gave me offers of ABB and Warwick gave me an offer of A*AA.

So the two possible combos would be firming Warwick and insuring Edi, or firming Edi and insuring SOAS. I do like SOAS bc it had more eastern world focused courses in politics and philosophy which I find more interesting, but I know that I am more likely to enter the banking industry/ more economics related field so this may not be as important. Also in SOAS, I wouldn't be able to do as many mathematical courses due to majoring in 3 areas. Edi offers a lot more flexibility in my 4 years, eg I can drop a subject I do not enjoy and I can take courses in other areas for fun. Edi is known for a good politics department as well and ofc the city is beautiful. Warwick is probably the best for economics and I think in terms of ranking it's like 3rd/4th for PPE in the country? I don't mind a campus university and ik a fair amount of ppl going there/who already go there.

Another thing is tho that Edinburgh only introduced PPE as a course 4-5 years ago so it's relatively new, so rankings don't exactly help me with my decision. And it could be a pro/con depending on how you look at it.

Yeah I just need help bc i just cannot choose.
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Original post by crucibleoflava
I got my last offer on the 14th may so i have until 6th june to firm and insure. I applied for PPE and received 3 offers from Warwick, Edinburgh and SOAS. Edi and SOAS gave me offers of ABB and Warwick gave me an offer of A*AA.
So the two possible combos would be firming Warwick and insuring Edi, or firming Edi and insuring SOAS. I do like SOAS bc it had more eastern world focused courses in politics and philosophy which I find more interesting, but I know that I am more likely to enter the banking industry/ more economics related field so this may not be as important. Also in SOAS, I wouldn't be able to do as many mathematical courses due to majoring in 3 areas. Edi offers a lot more flexibility in my 4 years, eg I can drop a subject I do not enjoy and I can take courses in other areas for fun. Edi is known for a good politics department as well and ofc the city is beautiful. Warwick is probably the best for economics and I think in terms of ranking it's like 3rd/4th for PPE in the country? I don't mind a campus university and ik a fair amount of ppl going there/who already go there.
Another thing is tho that Edinburgh only introduced PPE as a course 4-5 years ago so it's relatively new, so rankings don't exactly help me with my decision. And it could be a pro/con depending on how you look at it.
Yeah I just need help bc i just cannot choose.

Make a table and use different criteria:

Grade requirements

Course personal appeal

Course rank

Course prospects/potential

University personal appeal

University ranking

Campus vs city based

Accommodation quality

Accommodation costs

Travel time & cost between university and home


It will help you see things more clearly.
Rankings are a daft way to choose a Uni course because they can never tell you if you will enjoy that specific course or like being at that Uni. And btw, employers and other Unis know its 'just marketing' and ignore it.
Original post by crucibleoflava
I got my last offer on the 14th may so i have until 6th june to firm and insure. I applied for PPE and received 3 offers from Warwick, Edinburgh and SOAS. Edi and SOAS gave me offers of ABB and Warwick gave me an offer of A*AA.
So the two possible combos would be firming Warwick and insuring Edi, or firming Edi and insuring SOAS. I do like SOAS bc it had more eastern world focused courses in politics and philosophy which I find more interesting, but I know that I am more likely to enter the banking industry/ more economics related field so this may not be as important. Also in SOAS, I wouldn't be able to do as many mathematical courses due to majoring in 3 areas. Edi offers a lot more flexibility in my 4 years, eg I can drop a subject I do not enjoy and I can take courses in other areas for fun. Edi is known for a good politics department as well and ofc the city is beautiful. Warwick is probably the best for economics and I think in terms of ranking it's like 3rd/4th for PPE in the country? I don't mind a campus university and ik a fair amount of ppl going there/who already go there.
Another thing is tho that Edinburgh only introduced PPE as a course 4-5 years ago so it's relatively new, so rankings don't exactly help me with my decision. And it could be a pro/con depending on how you look at it.
Yeah I just need help bc i just cannot choose.

Hi there, congrats on getting all three offers! They are all great universities.

My advice would be to choose the course that interests you the most as at the end of the day its the content that matters and being interested in your classes means it will feel easier and you'll do better! It's good to take into account what the university and city offers as well. I chose to go to SOAS because of its non-Eurocentric academic focus and have loved my degree, its a small university in a big city so has a great community feel as well as lots to do. Maybe try making a pro/con list for each including things like course content, open module options, student life, campus facilities and what the city has to offer you. You could check out student blogs like these: https://www.soas.ac.uk/about/blogs or even watch youtube videos to get a sense of the university.

My top tip would be to really go through all the module options and open options as you might find courses you're really interested in! For me it was the possibility to study East Asian politics and pick up some languages throughout my course that swayed me, I have now taken beginners Thai and Korean!

All the best in your decision making.

Caera, Final year BA Japanese and International Relations
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