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Does it matter of you go to a prestigious university? (1 Viewer)

Which would be better to study at?

  • Western Sydney - advanced medical science

    Votes: 2 9.1%
  • Macquarie - medical science/ cognitive and brain sciences

    Votes: 8 36.4%
  • UNSW - psychological science

    Votes: 12 54.5%

  • Total voters
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Currently finished year 12 and I've accepted offers into advanced medical science at western and medical science/ cognitive and brain sciences at Macquarie. I'm still indecisive on which to go to and made pros and con list I'm leaning more to western since I like the program more there but I'm just worried that I might struggle to find jobs in the future because it's not a prestigious university, so I was wondering if employers really care about what uni you go to? Like is the reputation of a university a key factor for jobs or is it more of what course you do?
I also have a conditional offer at unsw but it's for psychological science and I'm not that interested in it anymore just because I feel constricted like the only career path is to be a psychologist, for me I'm still unsure what I want to do so I want to have a lot of options open. I know you can transfer unis but I'm just worried if I don't get into medical science at unsw and my family really wants me to go to either unsw or uts which I wouldn't mind if I get to do medical science there. So just wanted a different view on this and if you could give any advice it would be appreciated :)
 

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Congratulations on your offers! Let's have a look at your options and thoroughly analyse each of them, which will hopefully enable you to make an informed decision regarding which program to undertake and at which university.

1- Western Sydney University:

WSU today is not the same as WSU 7 years ago and WSU tomorrow will not be the same as WSU today. Western Sydney University is currently in a stage of gradual improvement, with multifaceted projects aimed at overall quality enhancement, including education, facilities, campuses and so on.

As you are probably aware, the Bachelor of Advanced Medical Science is designed for high achieving students who wish to extend their knowledge and skills beyond those offered by the standard Bachelor of Medical Science, making this degree superior to the Bachelor of Medical Science. Due to this, being enrolled in this program already indicates that you have an advantage over students taking the standard degree in terms of educational background. Of course, maintaining this advantage is essential and can only be done by performing favourably throughout your time at university, which includes results and GPA.

Additional information about this degree includes:
  • This degree has a minimum performance requirement. Students must maintain a GPA of 5 or above to remain in the program. Those who do not maintain this average will be transferred to the Bachelor of Medical Science.
  • The Bachelor of Advanced Medical Science, being an advanced degree, will automatically grant you membership at WSU's The Academy, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development, local and international internship and engagement opportunities that you could potentially benefit from. To remain a member of The Academy, students must maintain a GPA of 5.5 or above. Failing to reach this GPA will put an end to your membership, although you can definitely be offered to become a member again if you subsequently succeed in achieving the required GPA (or above).
2- Macquarie University:

MQ's Bachelor of Medical Sciences/Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, being a double degree program, allows you to gain knowledge and skills in more than one area. This could be beneficial when seeking employment opportunities as it expands the list of possible roles that you could undertake. Some examples of professions that will be made possible as a graduate of this double degree program, as stated by MQ are:
  • Biotechnologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Data analyst
  • Research scientist
Of course, similar to any program, your performance throughout your time at university, in addition to any relevant work experience that you are able to gain during your time at university, such as through internships, are important and will only serve to make you a more competitive candidate when seeking jobs after you graduate.

3- The University of New South Wales:

UNSW's Bachelor of Psychological Science is a three-year degree in psychology with a complementary major in a related discipline. Some of the majors that you can study as part of this degree include:
  • marketing
  • human resource management
  • criminology
  • linguistics
  • philosophy
  • vision science
  • neuroscience
Completing this program with a combination of psychology and marketing/human resource management will open the door to a career in the business world, whereas completing this program with a combination of psychology and philosophy/criminology/linguistics will open the door to a science-related career.

Conclusion:

Interest in studying a particular degree is a very important factor. You do not seem interested in UNSW's program, meaning that UNSW's Bachelor of Psychological Science is perhaps not a suitable option for you, which leaves you with WSU's Bachelor of Advanced Medical Science and MQ's Bachelor of Medical Sciences/Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, both of which seem to align with your study interests and career aspirations more consistently.

It is important to note that the "prestige" of a university exerts very little influence (if any), except in the case of a Bachelor of Laws, which is where Go8 universities like USyd and UNSW tend to be preferred. Generally speaking, your employability will depend on you, both as a student (through your performance) and as a graduate (whether you are able to gain any relevant work experience prior to graduation).

I hope this helps! 😄
 

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What is the commute like for each of your options?
 

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I also have a conditional offer at unsw but it's for psychological science and I'm not that interested in it anymore just because I feel constricted like the only career path is to be a psychologist,
A degree in psychological science does not allow you to be a psychologist. That would require a further 3 years of study in the form of a 1 year honours, and a 2 year masters
 

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To answer the bigger question “does going to a prestigious uni matter?” - Cognitive bias is a pretty real thing regardless of the actual facts
 

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It is important to note that the "prestige" of a university exerts very little influence (if any), except in the case of a Bachelor of Laws, which is where Go8 universities like USyd and UNSW tend to be preferred. Generally speaking, your employability will depend on you, both as a student (through your performance) and as a graduate (whether you are able to gain any relevant work experience prior to graduation).
I wouldn't say that. The university definitely matters to some degree, but it's not a make or break situation like in some Asian countries.
 

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This may not be completely related, but I know for degrees like medicine, the perceived prestige of the university doesn't matter whatsoever. Upon completing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you are guaranteed an internship (preferenced in the state you completed your medical degree), but I've heard they put an emphasis on not choosing universities for its prestige.
 

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I wouldn't say that. The university definitely matters to some degree, but it's not a make or break situation like in some Asian countries.
This really depends on the specific field in question. The legal industry can perhaps be perceived as an industry where the university that a job applicant attended is taken into account by employers, hence the reason that several students who complete/intend to study a Bachelor of Laws tend to choose either USyd or UNSW. Is the IT industry similar in this regard? Perhaps you could provide more information on that matter :D

The same notion applies to business-related careers. In the case of HR, a number of roles require that applicants complete a Bachelor's degree with a focus on HR, although the institution that an applicant attended matters very little - having a degree in addition to adequate and relevant work experience (the extent of which may depend on the particular role) are the factors that are prioritised.

Pragmatism and bias with respect to selecting job applicants based on the university(ies) that they attended are undoubtedly existent. However, one cannot assume that this is the case of every field and is not likely to be the case of OP's field as all three universities that OP received offers for can deliver the knowledge and skills required at a high standard, allowing OP to successfully start a career in her chosen field.
 

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It is worth remembering that uni is just the first step to various career paths. It honestly doesn't matter too much about the specialisation unless a job specifically is after it.

Prestige isn't an important factor but it does help to identify candidates that are more switched on. Candidates from more competitive unis tend to have shorter learning curves. However this matters less after a few years after uni.
 

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