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filza1993
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I am currently a 3rd Year Engineering student in the UK, and I am applying for my Masters to UCL and Imperial. Is it necessary to have work experience? I mean will it affect my application that I have no work experience?

I am quite active at university, I am a student ambassador, and mentor. I am also the course rep and Vice President of a society. Would these achievements complement the fact I don't have work experience.

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Plenty of people go straight from undergrad to postgrad without getting work experience, so in my opinion, a lack of work experience won't disadvantage you. If you didn't exactly meet the entry requirements, experience might be helpful. But I'd say that your main concerns are getting the right final degree result and two good academic references.

In my experience, extra-curriculars unrelated to the Masters topic, have little or no place in the selection process.
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Though your achievement doesn't supplement work experience but it's not an issue for not having work experience to get into Masters.. But I must appreciate that your achievement is quite commendable as you have done so many things at such an young age.
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(Original post by filza1993)
I am currently a 3rd Year Engineering student in the UK, and I am applying for my Masters to UCL and Imperial.
Lots of demand for engineering post-grads, advancing to a masters in engineering is one of the most uninhibited (plus a relatively large amount of funding woo!).
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As long as you have the money and a 2:1 degree then you can get into almost any engineering masters degree you want as very few students, especially the good ones, choose postgraduate degrees.
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I do have the money and I am on track for a 1st (a high one too around 80%+). Also, I am currently doing a project with a company for which is very relevant to the degrees I am applying for. I am just worried that there might be others with similar qualifications with work experience and I don't want to be rejected out-right, especially as UCL and Imperial are the most competitive universities in the world.
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(Original post by filza1993)
I do have the money and I am on track for a 1st (a high one too around 80%+). Also, I am currently doing a project with a company for which is very relevant to the degrees I am applying for. I am just worried that there might be others with similar qualifications with work experience and I don't want to be rejected out-right, especially as UCL and Imperial are the most competitive universities in the world.
I can't imagine a situation in which someone with a high First in a relevant subject would be rejected "out of hand" for a Masters, even by UCL or Imperial. Your application and references would have to be dire to over-ride that type of undergrad result. Those are the factors on which you need to concentrate, not work experience.
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I can't imagine a situation in which someone with a high First in a relevant subject would be rejected "out of hand" for a Masters, even by UCL or Imperial. Your application and references would have to be dire to over-ride that type of undergrad result. Those are the factors on which you need to concentrate, not work experience.
Thanks a lot feel much more confident now! Also, I doubt my application or references would be or are that bad. So fingers crossed!
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(Original post by filza1993)
I do have the money and I am on track for a 1st (a high one too around 80%+). Also, I am currently doing a project with a company for which is very relevant to the degrees I am applying for. I am just worried that there might be others with similar qualifications with work experience and I don't want to be rejected out-right, especially as UCL and Imperial are the most competitive universities in the world.
Haha, not a chance. Most people in your situation, who are already working with a company, wouldn't even bother going back to university to do a masters anyway. Your competition will most likely come from students who failed to secure graduate jobs and want to avoid being officially unemployed, foreign students buying into the prestige of a UK masters to take back to their home country, or people looking to go into PhDs.
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