Monday, 28 March 2011

Postgrad stuff II

I'm pleasantly surprised, in less than two weeks Barts and the London reviewed my application to study a MSc in Clinical Microbiology and made me an offer...Southampton took over 6 weeks (as did Imperial to reject me).

So I have one more offer, and it's at a great medical school which I am already familiar with. Having been sent the course handbook it looks very interesting with a good mix of bacteriology, virology and immunology...there's just one problem: even with the £1000 discount for being a continuing QMUL student, the course fees are £8600! Seriously!

Whilst I'd love to stay at QMUL for one more year, I see no reason why I should pay so much more. A MSc in Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine costs £5300 whilst UCL's Infection and Immunity MSc costs £5,750. Imperial's MSc in Immunology (which I'm being considered for as a second preference) is the cheapest of the lot at £4200!

So...unless there's some secret bursary that I'm as yet unaware of, whilst Bart's and the London's MSc looks very nice, the cost is very off putting...I can do an MSc at just as good an institution for nearly half the price :( Still waiting for UCL though, so fingers crossed!

Also, no word on exam timetables as yet. They should be given out by the end of the week, so expect another post in a few days.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Postgrad stuff

Currently listening to: As Tears Go By - The Rolling Stones

So I sent off two (well technically three applications about six weeks ago) and last week I got replies from both institutions within about two days of eachother.

MSc Allergy - University of Southampton (formerly first choice) - Offer - 2:2
MSc Allergy - Imperial College London (third choice) - Rejected

I was expecting to be quite disappointed/grumpy about the rejection but I wasn't. Whilst the university has a much more prestigious rep than Southampton, the course is two years long and part time which would make it very expensive. By rejecting me (and not I them) I feel less pressurised to automatically go for the more "prestigious" option, had I been given an offer.

Plus I'm still being considered for the one year full time MSc in Immunology as a second preference. But why, you may ask, is Southampton no longer my first choice? A few weeks ago I was reflecting on BSc Biomedical Sciences, what I like, dislike and so on. And whilst I do really like immunology, I also love learning about infectious diseases and microbiology. Whilst I know immunology and allergy courses will have some microbiology content, realistically it won't be much. That's when I found UCL's MSc in Infection and Immunity which I applied for immediately. It seems to be a really decent mix of immunology and microbiology, my two favourite subjects. It's at a great university, it's full time and a year long meaning I can still apply for medicine this September for 2012 entry.

I also applied for Barts and the London's MSc in Clinical Microbiology, but on the whole I'm leaning towards UCL simply because I don't want to lose immunology either and UCL's seems to be the only course with both microbiology and immunology. I really hope they give me an offer!