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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:32 pm 
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I was asked this question the other day and could only think of Theology, which may be wrong. Does anyone know the five least popular academic ie. not media studies, subjects?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:01 am 
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What do you mean by least popular, is it number of candidates per place or number of students studying the course?

This is good guide for competition per place, open the diff courses and on the right you'll see the info and number of students on the course too.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergra ... index.html

I am not sure if thats what you are looking for.

What the h-e-ll is material science it seem to have fewer people studying for it (much less than theology) and has a damn good success rate? Looking at career options it seems to be geared towards manufacturing and that explains its unpopularity :?.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:38 am 
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Reckon Oxford classics - nearly all get interviewed and large proportion get offer.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:24 am 
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material science..study of materials and how they behave, quite physicsy....

I did some when I did my HNC years ago.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:44 am 
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yoyo123 wrote:
material science..study of materials and how they behave, quite physicsy....

I did some when I did my HNC years ago.

yes, lots of chemistry as well, biotech companies like it...saldy I could go on about it but suffice to say if colloids and polymers mean little to you it is unlikely to be of interest.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:57 am 
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hermanmunster wrote:
Reckon Oxford classics - nearly all get interviewed and large proportion get offer.


...and then swap to Law. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:00 am 
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but suffice to say if colloids and polymers mean little to you


sol a mystery to most folks...


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:02 am 
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Materials science is one of those crossover subjects that most sixth formers won't have heard of which would explain the relative unpopularity at first degree level. IMHO the Cambridge generalised Nat Sci system helps here :OH studied this (with a physics/ chemistry leaning) and emerged specialising in Materials - went on to do a PhD in the subject (mainly polymers) and then working for ICI. Interestingly DS1 is now set on a PhD in a similar field having come to materials (in his case metal alloys) via an engineering route. Vital subjects if we are to keep on manufacturing things in a more sustainable and efficient way in future.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:48 am 
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ourmaminhavana wrote:
hermanmunster wrote:
Reckon Oxford classics - nearly all get interviewed and large proportion get offer.


...and then swap to Law. :)


Is that right!! ho ho


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:20 am 
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You are a fountain of knowledge Sherry_d!

Was interested to hear that Material Science is less popular. There are definitely ways to try and work the system though as with Classics and Law. Appy for Materials and move over to Maths. Does Cambridge give details of percentages, numbers etc?


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