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    I am applying for an EEE MEng degree and have relatively manageable conditional offers from: Bath, UCL, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh.

    I have almost finished my IB exams and the final grade will come in around mid-July. I have to confirm my firm and insurance choices before that, but the choices are incredibly difficult to choose from!

    From what I know so far:

    Bristol and Manchester come in the second tier. Somehow they comprehensively beat each other in different rankings and factors yet seem to even out overall. Their international QS ranking are 29 and 30. Bristol seems better in the domestic overall rankings but Manchester is better when focusing solely on EEE.

    For me Bath and UCL are probably first choice.
    Bath is small (14,000 - which I like), has great (sports and lab) facilities, pretty campus and is engineering focused. Moreover, it is consistently near the top for student satisfaction. But there is inexplicably a great difference in its domestic and international rankings.
    UCL, while being large, expensive and less engineering focused, is the 5th best university in the world (QS). Its name might be a decisive factor for me in the future.

    Could anyone shed any light on the pros and cons of these universities, and especially explain the divergence in domestic and international Bath rankings?

    Thanks for your time!
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    (Original post by hamster8huey)
    I am applying for an EEE MEng degree and have relatively manageable conditional offers from: Bath, UCL, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh.

    I have almost finished my IB exams and shall then await the final grade to come in around mid-July. I have to confirm my firm and insurance choices before that, but the choices are incredibly difficult to choose from!

    From what I know so far:

    Edinburgh is pretty much ruled out in terms of engineering.
    Bristol and Manchester come in the second tier. Somehow they comprehensively beat each other in different rankings and factors yet seem to even out overall. Their international QS ranking are 29 and 30. Bristol seems better in the domestic overall rankings but Manchester is better when focusing solely on EEE.

    For me Bath and UCL are probably first choice.
    Bath is small (14,000 - which I like), has great (sports and lab) facilities, pretty campus and is engineering focused. Moreover, it is consistently near the top for student satisfaction. But there is inexplicably a great difference in its domestic and international rankings.
    UCL, while being large, expensive and less engineering focused, is the 5th best university in the world (QS). Its name might be a decisive factor for me in the future.

    Could anyone shed any light on the pros and cons of these universities, and especially explain the divergence in domestic and international Bath rankings?

    Thanks for your time!
    What's wrong with Edinburgh for engineering?
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    Take the rankings with a pinch of salt.

    As far as I'm aware:
    Bath is pretty decent for engineering, as you say the campus is lovely, has a good reputation and focus on industrial placements so the job prospects are good.
    UCL is not as good for engineering as it is for life sciences / humanities, living in London is expensive, but is internationally well known.
    Bristol and Manchester are both very good for EEE and are good student cities - lots going on but not London prices.

    If I were you I'd look at the specific modules offered by each department - which university offers modules (particularly in years 3 and 4 where you can specialise more) which interest you the most? I'd say that's far more important than league tables, which are often pretty off anyway.
 
 
 
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