Hi, I've just started my A2's. I'm studying Maths, Further Maths and Physics. In my AS's I got 3 A's in the subjects I'm continuing this year, and a B in Chemistry. I am looking to apply at Cambridge University and Imperial College London as my prioritised 2 choices. For a long time now I was set on doing Mechanical Engineering. I have a super keen interest in roller coasters, I suppose which is a bit out of the norm, and they are something I'd love to end up working on/with. I am also highly interested in computer architecture, and it was only recently dawned on me that I might want to consider a degree in Information Systems Engineering, as offered by ICL. The relief about the Cambridge course is that it is a general engineering course, during which you specialise. So for example after your first year you might decide Civil Engineering is the route you want to take; you then complete your degree with a degree in Civil Engineering. However, at Imperial you must apply for one or the other, and this is the case with my other Uni choices as well (Sheffield, Bristol, Warwick).
I have been advised not to apply for both Mechanical Engineering and Information Systems engineering, and I feel myself like this would be the right thing to do as it's just showing my indecisive personality through which is really something I don't want as a first impression. My centres internal deadline for UCAS applications for those Oxbridge candidates is this week so this is a very last minute decision, proving to be rather stressful. I realise the degree choice is mine and mine only and I'm not asking for anyone to sway me either way, I'm simply uncertain about which I want to do and was wondering if anyone could shed any light on going through the same experiences, or at least give me some advice on how to tackle this.
Sorry if this is in the wrong subforum by the way, I had no idea where to put it.
Thanks in advance.
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Cold feet about degree choice watch
- Thread Starter
- 26-09-2011 01:31
- 26-09-2011 13:21
When I originally applied I had Cambridge - Natural Sciences, Heriot-Watt - Chemistry, Strathclyde - Chemical Engineering, Loughborough - Chemical Engineering etc.
My PS was solely based for Cambridge and I still got 5 offers in the end.
But that was a few years ago mind you. It may be harder now :/
- Thread Starter
- 26-09-2011 23:31
Can you go into the field of computers with a Mechanical Engineering degree? For example the design and development of processors. Or would you have to totally specialise in engineering specific to computers before doing something like that?
- 26-09-2011 23:39
Target your PS towards your favorite course, then throw in how you are interested in this or that, and link things up too. I targeted my PS towards civil engineering at durham which is also the general then specialize, but I also applied for an eng math and for an aerospace. This was last year, 5 offers =)
Just be interesting but dont waffle, and sound like an interested, capable and enthusiastic person (without sounding ridiculously big headed or over freakishly excited =D ). Good luck!