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    MIT is in a league of its own tbh
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    It's all been said before, but Imperial. It's not on a level with MIT, but its place in the UK university pool is analogous.
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    (Original post by TurboCretin)
    It's all been said before, but Imperial. It's not on a level with MIT, but its place in the UK university pool is analogous.
    To be fair MIT is much better for general engineering, but for Computer Science i'd say Imperial is close to being level. From what i've been told Stanford is head and shoulders above everyone else for CS.
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    (Original post by Chucklefiend)
    I'm looking to apply to a UK university with a similar philosophy, style and academic pedegree to MIT. I'm not interested in crusty old buildings or snobby class-based elitism; but rather cutting edge facilities, sleek modern architecture and high quality teaching. I want to study somewhere renowned for attracting the most academically able students regardless of class or race. Basically somewhere like MIT or Copenhagen, but in the UK. Does such an institution exist?

    Oh and I'm hoping to study Physics. Thanks for your help
    It does. The University of Warwick fits in your description almost perfectly.
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    (Original post by london12)
    To be fair MIT is much better for general engineering, but for Computer Science i'd say Imperial is close to being level. From what i've been told Stanford is head and shoulders above everyone else for CS.
    MIT, Berkeley, CMU, and to some extent, Caltech, are just as good for CS in the US.
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    (Original post by Chucklefiend)
    I'm looking to apply to a UK university with a similar philosophy, style and academic pedegree to MIT. I'm not interested in crusty old buildings or snobby class-based elitism; but rather cutting edge facilities, sleek modern architecture and high quality teaching. I want to study somewhere renowned for attracting the most academically able students regardless of class or race. Basically somewhere like MIT or Copenhagen, but in the UK. Does such an institution exist?

    Oh and I'm hoping to study Physics. Thanks for your help
    Even though Imperial is your best bet in the UK, don't expect any outstanding teaching or anything.

    Prepare to just learn everything yourself and be disappointed by the lecturers. The facilities are good though
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    Can't go wrong with Imperial College London..
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    has to be Imperial College London
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    Univ of Edinburgh !!!!
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    No, your all wrong, id probably say :
    Bolton, i hear thats top for Maths
    University of East London: Best for Physics
    Imperial has a reasonable reputation but not in the same league as those mentioned above.
    And finally
    Thames Valley, great for Maths and Physics
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    (Original post by Chucklefiend)
    I'm looking to apply to a UK university with a similar philosophy, style and academic pedegree to MIT. I'm not interested in crusty old buildings or snobby class-based elitism; but rather cutting edge facilities, sleek modern architecture and high quality teaching. I want to study somewhere renowned for attracting the most academically able students regardless of class or race. Basically somewhere like MIT or Copenhagen, but in the UK. Does such an institution exist?

    Oh and I'm hoping to study Physics. Thanks for your help
    For Physics:
    Imperial College London
    Oxford
    UCL
    Manchester
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    (Original post by therealOG)
    For Physics:
    Imperial College London
    Oxford
    UCL
    Manchester
    Correction:

    Physics,

    Imperial College
    Oxford
    Cam (natsci)
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    Ironically, it is Cambridge that would be the most comparable university to MIT, not Imperial.

    People forget, or just have no clue in the first place, that MIT is a multi-faculty university; it offers humanities subjects as well as science subjects; in fact, its linguistics and philosophy department is world leading (for obvious reasons if anyone knows anything about the university's staff). Imperial does not offer the humanities; its focus is exclusively on the sciences, therefore it does not have the same philosophy as MIT.

    Unfortunately, there are no universities (as far as I am aware) that have the same sort of idea about constructing buildings like MIT. A lot of people are drawn towards the 'crusty old buildings' and most new buildings are integrated as best they can, without attempting to look too garish. The University of Bristol's Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information is a perfect example:

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    (Original post by slylion1)
    Correction:

    Physics,

    Imperial College
    Oxford
    Cam (natsci)
    I thought this was for a straight Physics course so I didn't put Cambridge down....
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    New Jersey has one though?

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    The OP said he was looking for a generally modern feel campus university.
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    As everybody has already said, it's Imperial. My father did his PhD there and his tales of being homeless and skint in London living off his friends really put me off considering that as an option. It's only the rich kids that can afford the living costs of London, you get no guarantee that rooms in the halls will be available (they never are) and it's basically a nightmare, which is truly unfortunate. If you really are an exceptional student you should consider universities abroad such as ETH Zurich and TU Berlin, however it would be a waste of money to go abroad when your needs could easily be served within the country. For physics, apply to Cambridge, Durham, St Andrews (though I live in St Andrews, and basically every student here is a privately educated Oxbridge rejects and the buildings are anything but modern, however student satisfaction is high and it has an amazing reputation), Bristol, Warwick, Edinburgh or Glasgow based on your grades. I intend to study physics at Edinburgh as it is a beautiful city, the student life is brilliant and being Scottish, I pay no fees (so really for me it was between Glasgow, St Andrews and Edinburgh).
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    So the question seems to be a bit vague, but in terms of "a university specialising in science, engineering, and technology" then Imperial is the direct analogue.

    Of course that isn't even strictly true for MIT; that's more akin to CalTech. MIT also has strengths in business and economics, as well linguistics, philosophy, architecture and some approaches to experimental and digital arts. So it does in fact have a broader base than suggested.

    Cambridge is probably closer to MIT in truth, as while it does have exceptional strength in engineering, science, mathematics and so on, it also has a breadth of other academic offerings that often complement these (for example economics and financial mathematics, aspects of intellectual property law, and conservation science efforts related to the history of art).

    Both produce scientific research of comparable quality as MIT and you'll find graduates of each at the others. Cambridge in fact had an exchange with MIT for a number of years. They're all fine universities. UCL could also be considered as a contender. I would argue Warwick has slightly less strength in the related academic areas excepting mathematics, where it is on par with these. Oxford also is natural consideration, although isn't at the same level as Cambridge and Imperial (more equal to UCL) in sciences etc. The level of difference here is miniscule however, and they're all fantastic universities to consider.

    For more applied science strengths, Imperial is probably the winner, with Strathclyde as a good consideration in Scotland.
 
 
 
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