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    Hello all,
    I'm interested in studying Mechanical engineering and I'm going to apply for 2015 intake. I actually want to become a Motorsports Engineer but first I'm thinking of going for a Mechanical Engineering Undergrad degree and later specialise in Motorsports. My areas of interest are Thermal Engineering, Vehicle dynamics, Mechanics and Engine design. Also, I'm looking for a course which has a sandwich/placement year. Any Mechanical/Automotive engineers out there who can suggest me universities based on my requirements?
    PS: I'm an International student who's currently doing a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (post GCSE) so admissions tutors from universities like Cardiff and Nottingham have told me that I'm eligible for entry directly to the second year of their courses. Well, is the First year of the course very important or do you start specialising from the Second year?
    Looking forward to hearing from you all!
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    Well... To be honest with you.. The first year is pretty much useless and you don't really specialize in anything. For the first year, at most unis mechanical engineers take the same/similar modules as Aero/automotive students. That way if you do change your mind, you could switch departments to aero easily at the end of the first year. It'd be better if you would just go for second year, saves more time and money. You start specializing on the third and fourth years with personal individual projects.
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    (Original post by nearlygod)
    Well... To be honest with you.. The first year is pretty much useless and you don't really specialize in anything. For the first year, at most unis mechanical engineers take the same/similar modules as Aero/automotive students. That way if you do change your mind, you could switch departments to aero easily at the end of the first year. It'd be better if you would just go for second year, saves more time and money. You start specializing on the third and fourth years with personal individual projects.
    Thank you for replying nearlygod. I've got an offer from Cardiff University to study Mechanical engineering with a year in Industry from year 2 onwards.
    I'm still waiting for offers from other universities. What do you feel about Cardiff? I know that it's a Russell group university and I really like the city but I've also applied to other universities like Bristol, Loughborough and Leeds and they might probably give me a First year offer. Will opting to study from the first year at Bristol which is ranked higher be a better choice than studying from the second year at Cardiff?
    Will it be difficult for me to adjust in Cardiff?
    Thanks
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    If I remember correctly Imperial is the best in the UK for mechanical engineering. Don't take my word for it though, I'm not applying for mechanical myself. Good luck!
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    (Original post by MechanicalManiac)
    Thank you for replying nearlygod. I've got an offer from Cardiff University to study Mechanical engineering with a year in Industry from year 2 onwards.
    I'm still waiting for offers from other universities. What do you feel about Cardiff? I know that it's a Russell group university and I really like the city but I've also applied to other universities like Bristol, Loughborough and Leeds and they might probably give me a First year offer. Will opting to study from the first year at Bristol which is ranked higher be a better choice than studying from the second year at Cardiff?
    Will it be difficult for me to adjust in Cardiff?
    Thanks
    If you have the chance to skip 1st year then why on earth would you go into 1st year again lol :confused:

    its more debt just for a petty reason. I would just go into year 2 and get it over with.
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    (Original post by nearlygod)
    Well... To be honest with you.. The first year is pretty much useless and you don't really specialize in anything. For the first year, at most unis mechanical engineers take the same/similar modules as Aero/automotive students. That way if you do change your mind, you could switch departments to aero easily at the end of the first year. It'd be better if you would just go for second year, saves more time and money. You start specializing on the third and fourth years with personal individual projects.
    Thank you for your advice. I'm making Cardiff my firm choice and I think I'd achieve my conditional grades quite easily. I'm still a bit confused about which one amongst Loughborough and Bristol to select as my insurance. I've received a first year offer from both these universities but I've got an option to do a year in Industry at Loughborough. That would definitely enhance my job prospects but at the same time Bristol is ranked higher than Loughborough which makes declining an offer from them even more difficult! What would be your suggestion?
    Cheers!
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    If you have the chance to skip 1st year then why on earth would you go into 1st year again lol :confused:

    its more debt just for a petty reason. I would just go into year 2 and get it over with.
    Thank you for your advice. I'm making Cardiff my firm choice and I think I'd achieve my conditional grades quite easily. I'm still a bit confused about which one amongst Loughborough and Bristol to select as my insurance. I've received a first year offer from both these universities but I've got an option to do a year in Industry at Loughborough. That would definitely enhance my job prospects but at the same time Bristol is ranked higher than Loughborough which makes declining an offer from them even more difficult! What would be your suggestion?
    Cheers!
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    (Original post by MechanicalManiac)
    Thank you for your advice. I'm making Cardiff my firm choice and I think I'd achieve my conditional grades quite easily. I'm still a bit confused about which one amongst Loughborough and Bristol to select as my insurance. I've received a first year offer from both these universities but I've got an option to do a year in Industry at Loughborough. That would definitely enhance my job prospects but at the same time Bristol is ranked higher than Loughborough which makes declining an offer from them even more difficult! What would be your suggestion?
    Cheers!
    No one will care about the reputation apart from petty teenagers obsessed with rankings. Just pick the one you liked the most (in terms of modules, location and whether you can see yourself spending your years studying there). Good luck
 
 
 
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