Hi! It's first time I write. I'm an Italian Undergraduate in Physics, I'm about to get my first three years-degree in Italy(laurea triennale) in Physics, general-theoretical curriculm, within a few months(3,4). I'm planning to apply in a UK University for a one-year MSc or MPhil. Obviously, my dream is to get a place in a top University, such as Cambridge(it's only an impossible dream), Imperial, UCL, King's College(do you know others worthy institutions?). Would you advise me to apply for Edinburgh? A new postgrad course is starting in Semptember 2012... I'm 22, and if I was admitted I'd begin next autumn, when I'll be 23. My question is: what are the real entry requirements? I mean...except Cambridge, who requires a 1st honours degree, the other institutions require a 2:1 Bachelor. I'm going to get the Italian "110 e lode", the highest mark in an undergraduate degree. I'm not boasting my achievement, I'm absolutely aware that I'm NOBODY. I've told you that for the following reason: I would like to know how likely is to be given a place....Obvously, I know that Cambridge is almost an impossibile dream...however I really hope that, if a college requires a 2:1 Bachelor(roughly equivalent to 100-107 Italian mark), with the highest Italian mark I can hope to be eligilbe. Am I wrong?? I'm thinking that if it is possibile to get a position with a 2:1, it'll be very likely to do so with a 1st honours or Italian equivalent...so I'm hoping...but I'm obviously uncertain. For example, Cambridge does not allow 2:1 students to apply. Moreover I've also won a national written competition for a studentship, resulting 3rd amongs all Italian first-year Physics students three years ago...will I be albe to put this in my application? Will they require also my grades for each examinations? Unfortunately, my current University is not so famous, it's Salerno, but I'm sure none of you has never heard about it. However, courses are very similar in Italy for the first 3 years, no matter the University you attend. I'm very anxious, 'cos I'll have to spend a lot of time for IELTS to apply, and I could get no good place, this resulting in the loss of an academic year. I don't want the best, but an insitution worth this sacrifice. As a matter of fact, shouldn't I get a place in a good university(not Cambridge, I know it's too much), I'd regret not to have gone to La Sapienza of Rome, which is good for Physics, though not comparable with King's, Imperial, UCL, etc. etc. Please, help! Thanks!