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!