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    i recieved a conditional offer from Imperial (ABB) to study Materials science and Engineering, but after added research (for some reason i didnt do before applying) i realised that materials is too specialised and i might just end up in a lab doing research (how wrong i was), as a result i contacted them and asked if the offer could be changed to civil engineering, theyve accepted me on the course for AAB, now im getting cold feet!, not because of the required grades specifically, but because of the oppurtunities i may miss out on in materials - this thought hit me after reading up on nanotechnology and its implications for the future and how it will oneday provide answers to alot of daily problems, so would it be wise to tell imperial if they will still accept me back on the materials course? bearing in my mind i havent replied to ucas yet, thanks in advance, rep given.
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    i recieved a conditional offer from Imperial (ABB) to study Materials science and Engineering, but after added research (for some reason i didnt do before applying) i realised that materials is too specialised and i might just end up in a lab doing research (how wrong i was), as a result i contacted them and asked if the offer could be changed to civil engineering, theyve accepted me on the course for AAB, now im getting cold feet!, not because of the required grades specifically, but because of the oppurtunities i may miss out on in materials - this thought hit me after reading up on nanotechnology and its implications for the future and how it will oneday provide answers to alot of daily problems, so would it be wise to tell imperial if they will still accept me back on the materials course? bearing in my mind i havent replied to ucas yet, thanks in advance, rep given.
    Generally in my experience the admissions tutors are resonably nice charactors. You haven't got anything to loose by asking. I may be wrong on this but I think that once the offer is made it can't be withdrawn. So they may say no but I don't think you can loose your offer.

    You might find that they will actually quite happily let you switch to similar degree programs even a few weeks into your first term.

    Don't discount Civil (although I speak as a Civil). A civil engineer would be providing answers to daily problems and there will always be a need for them.
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    thanks for the help, but what bothers me the most is that civil may not provide the technological aspects that materials would
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    thanks for the help, but what bothers me the most is that civil may not provide the technological aspects that materials would
    Yeah this is probably true, at least at undergraduate level.

    Perhaps this is due to Civil being much broader than Materials Eng. Hence, the job prospects are better.

    Do you want to be working with technological field later in life? If you do then Materials Eng I guess.
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    in case you havent heard it, civil engineers will be on very high demand over the next six years or so for the upcoming London 2012 olympics.here's what the employers say:
    "CITB ConstructionSkills, which is responsible for recruiting and training Britain’s construction workforce, estimates that the industry will need almost half a million new recruits between now and 2010 — that means finding 88,000 new recruits every year for the next five years. "
    this is just an extract of an article that I've read recently ... please read it fully from the following website before making a final decision:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...108615,00.html

    I know whether you like the job also matters much, but we need to develop the habit of 'liking the job we do' instead of always 'doing the job we like'
 
 
 
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