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I applied for Mechanical Engineering, one of my choices was Imperial College London and I just heard back from them saying I was rejected. But apparently they 'reviewed' my application and have invited me for an interview. The bit that I am confused about is that I am being interviewed for Materials Science. I just have a few questions:
1: Why was I rejected from MechEng but my application seems to have been given to the materials department?
2:Is it worth going to the interview? I am kind of set on Mechanical Engineering but open to materials.
3:Will materials science have any significant overlap with Mechanical Engineering?

Thanks in advance for any help
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I know that Mech Eng has a lot of materials in it, but it's only one topic of several that we cover. If you want to do Mech Eng, I'd stick with it, but I don't see any harm in going to the interview for MS.
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(Original post by NK1994)
Hi,
I applied for Mechanical Engineering, one of my choices was Imperial College London and I just heard back from them saying I was rejected. But apparently they 'reviewed' my application and have invited me for an interview. The bit that I am confused about is that I am being interviewed for Materials Science. I just have a few questions:
1: Why was I rejected from MechEng but my application seems to have been given to the materials department?
2:Is it worth going to the interview? I am kind of set on Mechanical Engineering but open to materials.
3:Will materials science have any significant overlap with Mechanical Engineering?

Thanks in advance for any help
I don't know a lot about it, but I'm an aero engineer and have done a few materials modules. There isn't that much overlap. It looks at what happens to materials on the molecular scale, why things break (eg. microscopic cracks in a steel grow due to corrosion and forces being applied which then means the material is weakened) and things like that. It's a lot of chemistry and physics.

Read up about it, then you can find out about whether it is worth going to the interview. I say why not?

1/It will give you interview experience
2/They might love you and consider you for MechEng again (not likely)
3/ You might love the subject

It can be very sciency and technical (sounds obvious but it's quite a contrast to engineering), although very interesting, it is quite specific. I'm not really sure what you can do careers wise.
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This same also happened to me last year. I was rejected for physics but invited to interview for geophysics. It honestly is well worth going, as they will give you A LOT of information on the course etc. Generally happens as they may have a lack of applicants for materials science, but raise awareness by inviting those rejected students for interview.
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The same thing happened with me, but except with Physics at Oxford- I declined since I think it is better to do the subject I enjoy, even if it isn't Oxbridge.
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Thanks for all the speedy replies.
I think I will go to the interview (bit of a hassle though because I live in scotland) and find out about materials. It does sound quite interesting as a degree but I think it may be specialising too early for me and I would like to keep my career options open and not commit to a life of scientific research (which seems to be the main career for MS graduates) this early.
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Hi,
I applied for Mechanical Engineering, one of my choices was Imperial College London and I just heard back from them saying I was rejected. But apparently they 'reviewed' my application and have invited me for an interview. The bit that I am confused about is that I am being interviewed for Materials Science. I just have a few questions:
1: Why was I rejected from MechEng but my application seems to have been given to the materials department?
2:Is it worth going to the interview? I am kind of set on Mechanical Engineering but open to materials.
3:Will materials science have any significant overlap with Mechanical Engineering?

Thanks in advance for any help
This is how modules are ranked based on the % contribution to the final mark

Highest % Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Mechanics, Stress Analysis, Mathematics

Middle % Materials, Mechatronics

Slightly lower % Design & Manufacturing

Lowest % Computing, Experimental reporting skills
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Hi,
I applied for Mechanical Engineering, one of my choices was Imperial College London and I just heard back from them saying I was rejected. But apparently they 'reviewed' my application and have invited me for an interview. The bit that I am confused about is that I am being interviewed for Materials Science. I just have a few questions:
1: Why was I rejected from MechEng but my application seems to have been given to the materials department?
2:Is it worth going to the interview? I am kind of set on Mechanical Engineering but open to materials.
3:Will materials science have any significant overlap with Mechanical Engineering?

Thanks in advance for any help
Have you had the interview yet?
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Hi all I have an interview for aeronautics materials on Thursday and was just wondering if anyone will know what the interview will be like ? Will there be a lot of maths , or a lot of Chem ? Or just personal questions ? Any tips will be greatful 👍
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