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Old 11-26-2007, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default UK universities to consider

I often encounter questions of which university is good for what. I can suggest a few names, but bear in mind that these suggestions reflect my own biases. Plus, they're probably out-of-date! The best way to find out more is to check out ranking tables such as the Times Good University Guide.

Humanities:
- Oxford/Cambridge. Everyone has heard of Oxbridge. And it would seem that every top student goes there. In my opinion, Oxbridge is overrated (I did say I'm biased). But their colleges do have a justified reputation for humanities, such as literature and history.
- University of Leeds. Quite possibly the best place for linguistic studies in the UK. If you want to study foreign languages, or simply specialise in English, this would be the uni for you. It's near the Lake District (Wordsworth country), so it's a nice region for hiking in the spring and summer.

Social sciences:
- LSE. Bar none. Especially for Economics (what else?). It's located in London, which I'm sure lots of people would love. But it will also mean it'll be very expensive to study here. Lots of Singaporeans here, so you won't be alone for long.
- University of Warwick. Singaporeans aren't likely to know this, but within the UK, Warwick has a very strong reputation for Economics as well, and it is considered a close second to LSE.

Business studies:
- LSE. You're based in the City, the financial and economic heart of the UK. In terms of the kinds of people you'll meet, and the courses you'd study, business studies (eg, accounting, strategy, etc) is one of LSE's strong suits.
- University of Warwick. Again, many Singaporeans aren't aware that within the UK, this uni has a very strong reputation for its Marketing, Strategy and Accounting departments. Plus, it also has close ties to industry. But it is located in the "boring" Midlands (Shakespeare country), about 1h 20min away from London by train, so that may deter students who want to study in a city-university.

Engineering:
- Imperial College. Trust me, this seems to be where all the brightest engineers from Singapore end up. You'll bump into so many Singaporeans here that you'll often wonder why you left home to come here.
- UMIST. Much further north. Pick up a scouser accent. If you're a Man U fan, need I dangle anything else to entice you to this uni? This uni has a good reputation for engineering within the UK, but is not as well known internationally.

Computer science:
- Cambridge University. I don't know which college specifically, but it appears that Cambridge has developed some strengths in this area. Apparently because a research hub has been built up around the town and uni.

Medicine:
- Edinburgh University. It's a nice city, but mighty chilly during the winter. And it has a strong international reputation for medical sciences.

Physiology:
- University of Loughborough. Within the UK, it's very well known for its physical education courses. This is where PSC sends any of its PE scholars.

Law
- Bristol University. This might sound unusual, but there are in fact a good number Singaporean law alumni who graduated here. Bristol is supposedly good for engineering as well.
- LSE. Yup, this well-known uni offers law programmes too.



Caveat emptor: The above shortlist is not meant to be authoritative! I provided those names merely to help you do your own research. There are so many universities here in the UK, so I can imagine how daunting it may be to find out which uni is the right one for you. Feel free to ask if you need any other advice.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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Default York Uni

York University is one to consider if you are looking to study Linguistics. It always ranks around top in the UK in that department.

The Computer Science department at York is also good (top 4 in UK) and attracts a lot of graduate recruiters from IT firms
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:19 AM   #3
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I think engineering in Cambridge is also very nice.but the problem is that a lot of ppl studying engineering here are not going to do engineering in their near future..
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:58 AM   #4
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LSE is the best Social Science university in Europe.

I am in LSe and I think the reason that it stands out is because of the market name of the school. As a result, there are lots of huge banks, consultant firms such as Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and much more that come to the school everyday to give a presentation and to recruit students.

Also, many well known politicians and such come to the school to give talks. During my first week here, Alan Greenspan came down to give a talk. We've also had Ministers from many different countries coming by the school for talks. This is a great opportunity for those of you with burning questions to ask these people, as you may never get the opportunity to see them again.

On top of that, LSE is very international. The students in LSE come from more nationalities than countries in the UN. It is located in the heart of London, one of the most metropolitan city in the world as well.

I believe that this is the main factor that made LSE stand out amongst the other top universities. Definitely a good choice for those who have a strong interest in the social science. The LSE name takes you places, it is also what most companies are looking for.

Do take note however, that LSE does not have a campus like most university. It is comparable to SMU in that it is located in the middle of town and does not have sports facilities like most other campuses. But the hustle and bustle of London sure does make up for it.

For those of you who are interested in applying to LSE or require more information about the school, please feel free to drop me a message and I would gladly be of assistance.
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I realise you have no recommendations for physical sciences?
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:33 PM   #6
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well we are from the LSE (i think it's easiest to give recommendations on what one knows.) i'm doing international relations and history here, and if any one has questions on the LSE, you can ask me too.
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hi i'm doing law in lse and would be more than happy to answer any questions bout lse or law. well as a start up i think law in lse has been fulfilling so far - we have our fair share of good and bad lecturers(as with every uni), but the good ones are really impressive. the most popular guy to quote is probably professor christopher greenwood who does international law, but we have other good lecturers/textbook writers as well, like hugh collins (the law department head) just to name another. course work is really manageable, and i do think that law gets easier as it goes along, probably because you understand more. also, lse offers great public lectures and talks and that makes what you're studying feel real so thats one thing bout lse i think is pretty impressive. feel free to ask any qns!
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:43 PM   #8
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I think Cambridge is an all rounded University. I was there for 2 weeks when I was in JC1, for a Science Summer Program. I must say that my experience was really enriching. Cambridge is well known for its small teacher to student ratio. I was told that it was an average of 2 students to 1 lecturer/professor. It has a very good learning environment.

Cambridge itself has 34 (if im not wrong) colleges. Each college has its own entry requirements. The harder ones to get in are King College's, Trinity College etc. They also differ in their fees because of their location. Those located near or in the City centre have higher fees. I was attached to Girton College which was quite far out but still a pleasant place.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:07 AM   #9
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The system in Cambridge is a bit complicated. There are the colleges and departments. They have different roles. The colleges are in-charge of the welfare, accommodation and admission of the students. The departments are responsible for the teaching. Colleges are more like your "CT" and boarding school ; while you go to your lectures and labs in the deparment.Students from different colleges attend the same lecture and same lab sessions. Only your tutorials(called "supervision" in Cambridge, to make a difference wth The Other University=p) are conducted by ppl from your respective colleges. Staff from the department is usually a fellow in a college as well. So actually the college does not matter a lot if you are particularly concerned with accommodation,welfare and financial aid.
However, some colleges do tend to be more competitive when it comes to admission. Trinity is, and so is St. John. For King's, I think there are very few Chinese student here..dont know why(acturally there are fewer international students, in term of percentage, comparing to other colleges)..maybe they are more conservative...
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:30 PM   #10
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I realise you have no recommendations for physical sciences?
I presume you're thinking of "pure science" like Physics or Chemistry?

Hmm...I'm a Computer & Business Studies graduate. So, I don't have personal recommendations for physical sciences. ^^;

My best guesstimates would be:
- Imperial College
- Oxford/Cambridge
- maybe UMIST as well

I've always assumed that any university with a reputation for engineering would probably have good science faculties as well. I could be very wrong. Science undergraduates or graduates? Any of you out there to provide better advice?
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