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    Just wanna add that UCL civil engineering is top class. I am in my second year and I'm legit enjoying it. its hard but rewarding. lecturers are OGs . a lot of field trips to give you practical knowledge, and of course a big plus is the 3rd year exchange programme (you could end up at caltech if you work hard enough, and pay 1k instead of 9k for that year). the department recently lost its legendary irreplaceable Chris Wise (look him up, he's exceptional), but they're looking for a replacement now...
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    (Original post by Boss's)
    Just wanna add that UCL civil engineering is top class. I am in my second year and I'm legit enjoying it. its hard but rewarding. lecturers are OGs . a lot of field trips to give you practical knowledge, and of course a big plus is the 3rd year exchange programme (you could end up at caltech if you work hard enough, and pay 1k instead of 9k for that year). the department recently lost its legendary irreplaceable Chris Wise (look him up, he's exceptional), but they're looking for a replacement now...
    Wow that really makes me positive about it. I loved the department when I visited so it's great to know that having it as a second choice after Oxford is not dumb

    If you don't mind me asking, what were your statistics? Also, around what time did you get offered?

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    Wow that really makes me positive about it. I loved the department when I visited so it's great to know that having it as a second choice after Oxford is not dumb

    If you don't mind me asking, what were your statistics? Also, around what time did you get offered?

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    For A levels i got:maths A* further maths A (1 UMS off an A*, missed the imperial offer :cry2:) physics A chem AS level A . They gave me an offer a few days after the recruitment/UCAS day, which i think was in Jan. A*AA standard offer. good luck with your applications!
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    I got rejected from UCL by one grade for Mech Eng. One thing for sure though is that so many people want to go there. The demand there is crazy, even for Mech/Chem Eng. I'm not sure if im happy or sad that I got rejected. But it was my firsr choice..
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    (Original post by Boss's)
    For A levels i got:maths A* further maths A (1 UMS off an A*, missed the imperial offer :cry2:) physics A chem AS level A . They gave me an offer a few days after the recruitment/UCAS day, which i think was in Jan. A*AA standard offer. good luck with your applications!
    Oh thank you! My grades are likely to be A*A*Aaa (maths physics chemistry, AS english and economics) so I feel pretty good about myself now.

    What was the recruitment day like? Did you have an interview?

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    I am an ex UCL student and this thread is way overdue. In fact there are many de[departments where UCL is actually pretty mediocre.

    UCL is at least a couple of levels below Oxbridge, no way is it on that level.
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    (Original post by Zenomorph)
    I am an ex UCL student and this thread is way overdue. In fact there are many de[departments where UCL is actually pretty mediocre.

    UCL is at least a couple of levels below Oxbridge, no way is it on that level.
    If i may ask what departments?
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    (Original post by bekinwari)
    If i may ask what departments?
    Hard sciences, most languages, politics, business. Obviously the remainder are very good but still , it is overrated.
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    hi! does anyone know what the biochemical engineering department at ucl like?
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    If the quality of education is not satisfactory, sue them.

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    (Original post by jl1998)
    hi! does anyone know what the biochemical engineering department at ucl like?
    (Original post by bekinwari)
    Thanks so much for sharing this. Please do you have any idea if the Biochemical Engineering Depatrment is okay?
    Hi, you were asking about how Biochemical Engineering was like at UCL and I thought I would share my experience with you. I'm currently studying it and I'm going to state what I think are a few problems.

    First of all I'm going to say UCL isn't that good at teaching Engineering, that's the bottom line. It only takes a few months of studying Engineering there to confirm that. If you want to study Engineering then study it somewhere else, not at UCL. There are plenty of universities in the UK that top UCL when in comes to Engineering. UCL changed the structure of their Engineering degrees from 2014 onwards and in my opinion it wasn't a step in the positive direction. They scrapped an entire Chemistry module (worth 1.0 credit!!) and replaced it with IEP and D&PS (I'm not going to explain what they are but if you ever study Engineering at UCL you'll find out what they are and how pointless they are).

    Secondly, a lot a of the academics will tell you that UCL is one of the best in the world for Biochemical Engineering and that it is their best Engineering department. Whilst this might be true, this fact doesn't really prove much since UCL is the only university in the UK that teaches Biochemical Engineering so that is to be expected. It doesn't mean that they are really good at teaching it and I assure you that if other universities in the UK taught Biochemical Engineering they would have turned out better than UCL for it. Bath also teach Biochemical Engineering but with their course the first 3 years are more like Chemical Engineering and only in the 4th year do you specialise into the Bioprocess Stream. I wouldn't really call their one 'Bio'Chemical Engineering and it's not like UCL Biochemical Engineering.

    Thirdly, the course is incredibly boring and rigorous. I highly advise you to have GCE A level Maths and Physics (even Further Maths if you can). I went into the course thinking there wasn't much Maths and Physics in it but I was wrong. I didn't study Physics and Further Maths (last time I did Physics was at GCSE!!). I don't enjoy Physics and I highly advise you not study this course if you don't like Maths and Physics. How they don't ask for minimum AS Physics for this course is beyond me since it's not much different from Chemical Engineering. Also this degree is for those who really want to be Engineers. If you're not passionate about being an Engineer then avoid this degree, it's not for you. It's incredibly boring and that could explain the low satisfaction rate for the course (69% http://university.which.co.uk/univer...ears-9000-h811). You will struggle to find anyone who genuinely enjoys the course and there are even 2nd year students who are thinking of dropping out (a lot of the 2nd year lot hate the course).

    That being said I hope you make the right decision. If you're passionate about being an Engineer then this course could be good for you. If your passion is Biology and Chemistry then this course is NOT for you and you should stick with a Science degree (BSc/MSci instead of BEng/MEng). There's barely any Science in the degree let alone Biology and Chemistry. I absolutely don't enjoy the course and I'm most likely not going to continue into the next year. I'm planning to switch to another course (this time a BSc) and I'm perfectly fine with that.

    Hope this helps.
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    (Original post by Gnomes&Knights)
    Hi, you were asking about how Biochemical Engineering was like at UCL and I thought I would share my experience with you. I'm currently studying it and I'm going to state what I think are a few problems.

    First of all I'm going to say UCL isn't that good at teaching Engineering, that's the bottom line. It only takes a few months of studying Engineering there to confirm that. If you want to study Engineering then study it somewhere else, not at UCL. There are plenty of universities in the UK that top UCL when in comes to Engineering. UCL changed the structure of their Engineering degrees from 2014 onwards and in my opinion it wasn't a step in the positive direction. They scrapped an entire Chemistry module (worth 1.0 credit!!) and replaced it with IEP and D&PS (I'm not going to explain what they are but if you ever study Engineering at UCL you'll find out what they are and how pointless they are).

    Secondly, a lot a of the academics will tell you that UCL is one of the best in the world for Biochemical Engineering and that it is their best Engineering department. Whilst this might be true, this fact doesn't really prove much since UCL is the only university in the UK that teaches Biochemical Engineering so that is to be expected. It doesn't mean that they are really good at teaching it and I assure you that if other universities in the UK taught Biochemical Engineering they would have turned out better than UCL for it. Bath also teach Biochemical Engineering but with their course the first 3 years are more like Chemical Engineering and only in the 4th year do you specialise into the Bioprocess Stream. I wouldn't really call their one 'Bio'Chemical Engineering and it's not like UCL Biochemical Engineering.

    Thirdly, the course is incredibly boring and rigorous. I highly advise you to have GCE A level Maths and Physics (even Further Maths if you can). I went into the course thinking there wasn't much Maths and Physics in it but I was wrong. I didn't study Physics and Further Maths (last time I did Physics was at GCSE!!). I don't enjoy Physics and I highly advise you not study this course if you don't like Maths and Physics. How they don't ask for minimum AS Physics for this course is beyond me since it's not much different from Chemical Engineering. Also this degree is for those who really want to be Engineers. If you're not passionate about being an Engineer then avoid this degree, it's not for you. It's incredibly boring and that could explain the low satisfaction rate for the course (69% http://university.which.co.uk/univer...ears-9000-h811). You will struggle to find anyone who genuinely enjoys the course and there are even 2nd year students who are thinking of dropping out (a lot of the 2nd year lot hate the course).

    That being said I hope you make the right decision. If you're passionate about being an Engineer then this course could be good for you. If your passion is Biology and Chemistry then this course is NOT for you and you should stick with a Science degree (BSc/MSci instead of BEng/MEng). There's barely any Science in the degree let alone Biology and Chemistry. I absolutely don't enjoy the course and I'm most likely not going to continue into the next year. I'm planning to switch to another course (this time a BSc) and I'm perfectly fine with that.

    Hope this helps.
    Thank you so much for your reply... Im going to the offer day this week so ill have a proper look but that does sound like the opinion of alot of people on this forum on ucl engineering.
    Im am studying further maths chemistry and physics right now so maybe that will give me a different perspective on the course!
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    (Original post by ChemEngineer37)
    Hi everyone,

    I'm a current 4th year student at UCL, and I'll be graduating at the end of this year. I thought it was about time that I made a post about what chemical engineering is really like at UCL, for anyone who thinks they might want to attend.

    First of all, I understand the appeal. I know what it's like to think that going to UCL will be an amazing experience, and how good it will be for your future career, and how great it will be living in London. Maybe that's true for other departments at UCL, but if you're considering coming here for chemical engineering, I'd advise against it.

    Now on to the real stuff.

    The department doesn't care about its students. That's the bottom line. There's a good reason why the student satisfaction is so low. You will get very little support from the department and especially from the lecturers, most of whom give lectures like they're being forced to do so with a whip, like their students are just an inconvenience. I've had lecturers who, if you went to their office to ask something, would be incredibly unhelpful and almost unwilling to give help. I can't count the number of emails I've sent that have gone unanswered. You really notice it when you have lectures in other departments, and you actually enjoy them, unlike in your own department where you have to listen to someone who doesn't want to be there. To give someone credit, the Head of Education for the department is great and does whatever she can to help students, but unfortunately that stops with her.

    There is a system of personal tutors, who are supposed to ensure that you are handling the course well and have no issues. Some of my friends have seen their tutors maybe twice the whole time they've been at UCL.

    The teaching system is also a joke. For the first three years of my degree, the only kind of contact time I had was in the form of lectures. No tutorials, no seminars, no problem solving classes. That's beginning to change now (they've "rehauled" the curriculum), but I haven't heard good things from the first batch of people to go through the new system. The lectures are incredibly dull, too. Go to UniStats and compare UCL to ICL (or Bath, or Manchester). The numbers speak for themselves. Very few lecturers seem to have any teaching ability whatsoever. Just look at the stats for feedback (which is terrible. I've received coursework with nothing but three or four ticks on it, and no explanation whatsoever of where marks have been lost).

    Most of the department is heavily disorganised. The Admissions Tutor is inept. I've had him for 2 modules and he has no solid notes, he just writes messy incomplete ones on the board, then finishes the lectures two weeks before the end of term and uses the same exam questions every single year. I've heard stories of him "accidentally" admitting too many/the wrong students. The Departmental Tutor (the person who runs the department) changed recently. The old one was okay, but obviously stuck in his ways, but the new one is awful. I can only imagine the department getting worse in the years to come because of him. I once emailed him about modules (which he is in charge of), and received no whatsoever, and had to go through three other people to get an answer.

    If you really want to seriously become an engineer, consider going to other universities like Manchester, Bath, Bristol, Queens etc. I've heard so many people from these places say how much they enjoy their courses. But at UCL, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in the department who says they enjoy chemical engineering. It's quite sad really. I had Bath as my insurance choice, and I regret not going there all the time. If you really want to come to UCL, do another course like electrical/biochemical/software engineering, but definitely not chemical. A friend who recently graduated with a BEng said she feels more happy now than she did for the whole three years she was doing chemical engineering.
    any comments about the maths department?
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    This summarizes the UCL Chemical engineering course as accurately as possible. One of the worst decisions of my life... At least the graduate prospects are good but the course will make you hate engineering...
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    (Original post by malagueno)
    This summarizes the UCL Chemical engineering course as accurately as possible. One of the worst decisions of my life... At least the graduate prospects are good but the course will make you hate engineering...
    How did you get on in terms of employment?

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    Well thanks for the info!
    Would you have any idea about how Imperial is like?
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    Hi, I was wondering if you know how people feel About the natural sciences department, more towards biology and chemistry? If they enjoy the course and lectures? I'm currently deciding on what to firm and insure and UCL is one of them. Thanks!
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    (Original post by Boss's)
    Just wanna add that UCL civil engineering is top class. I am in my second year and I'm legit enjoying it. its hard but rewarding. lecturers are OGs . a lot of field trips to give you practical knowledge, and of course a big plus is the 3rd year exchange programme (you could end up at caltech if you work hard enough, and pay 1k instead of 9k for that year). the department recently lost its legendary irreplaceable Chris Wise (look him up, he's exceptional), but they're looking for a replacement now...
    Omg after reading OP's paragraphs about chem eng, this realllllly reassured me I'm planning on firming UCL for 2016 entry instead of Bath! Please tell me Im doing the right thing
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    (Original post by zaybun)
    Omg after reading OP's paragraphs about chem eng, this realllllly reassured me I'm planning on firming UCL for 2016 entry instead of Bath! Please tell me Im doing the right thing
    m8 have you chosen not to read this thread at all?
    OP is warning the likes of us to stay away from the department, (and FYI Bath engineering is far better).
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    Difficult to decide between Manchester and ucl as my insurance. Can someone please help me choose? Thank you in advance.

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