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Sussex or Plymouth for Electronic Eng?

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    I am applying to university this year to study Electronic Engineering with a Foundation year which will move onto the MEng with a work placement year. Therefore I will be aiming to spend 6 years at uni which is the main reason I am very scared of making the wrong choice.

    I have narrowed my options down to Sussex and Plymouth because they're offering decent and achievable grades, have good statistics and are in the South of England.

    I am now stuck.

    I visited Sussex yesterday (Friday) and Plymouth today (Saturday) and I have no idea which one to firm. They're both very good in my opinion and It's a real headache choosing between the two.
    I'd say that Sussex may have a better surrounding as its campus is very green and "pretty", yet there is still Brighton a few minutes away which is packed and buzzing. But what I saw of Plymouth was very old and run down.
    However, I'd also say that Plymouth has the better course as it is statistically stronger and also has a worldwide reputation from the robotics course. I also liked that the foundation year was purely electronics based instead of Sussex's General Engineering foundation.

    But I'm not even sure on those opinions. :unimpressed:

    Anyone want to offer their opinions on one of both of the universities?
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    There doesn't appear to be much between them, to be honest, personally, I'd go with the one you felt the most at home at. If the departments finances aren't in bad shape that is good too - it means they'll have more interesting projects to fund and more motivated lecturers.

    I wouldn't knock a general engineering foundation course either, whilst it may not be specialised, the foundation year should be the tool-kit on which to build. At most universities you aren't going to really specialise until year 3 and 4 anyway - the majority of the engineering courses at my university were the same for the first 2 years, some specialist modules here and there, but 90% was the same.

    At this level, I wouldn't put too much kudos on statistics alone either. Sure, if you were picking from Oxford and Cambridge or the Russell group against Sussex/Plymouth I'd call you on it, but you're not, you're aiming at a level comfortable to you, and because of that, just go with the one that feels right. At the end of the day, most companies aren't fussy where the MEng came from (and if they are they probably aren't worth working for), so long as you have the certificate in the first place. Especially if that certificate says "Master of Engineering" on it.

    If that doesn't help you, then do what I did, and pick the university out of a hat. If your immediate reaction is dissapointment, just go with the other one. Gives you a good anecdote for Freshers week

    But good choice, I thoroughly enjoyed electronic engineering.

    Stu Haynes MEng
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    You did your masters in electronics engg? Which university??
    I am a student of electronics and electrical engg.. 3rd year....what should i do next? Compleate my bachelors and try for a job or go for masters?? By the way i am doing my engg from WBUT,INDIA
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    (Original post by Lukeeee)
    I am applying to university this year to study Electronic Engineering with a Foundation year which will move onto the MEng with a work placement year. Therefore I will be aiming to spend 6 years at uni which is the main reason I am very scared of making the wrong choice.

    I have narrowed my options down to Sussex and Plymouth because they're offering decent and achievable grades, have good statistics and are in the South of England.

    I am now stuck.

    I visited Sussex yesterday (Friday) and Plymouth today (Saturday) and I have no idea which one to firm. They're both very good in my opinion and It's a real headache choosing between the two.
    I'd say that Sussex may have a better surrounding as its campus is very green and "pretty", yet there is still Brighton a few minutes away which is packed and buzzing. But what I saw of Plymouth was very old and run down.
    However, I'd also say that Plymouth has the better course as it is statistically stronger and also has a worldwide reputation from the robotics course. I also liked that the foundation year was purely electronics based instead of Sussex's General Engineering foundation.

    But I'm not even sure on those opinions. :unimpressed:

    Anyone want to offer their opinions on one of both of the universities?
    I'm going to Sussex uni to study Electronic Engineering anyway which one did you decided to go??

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