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Hi,

Is UCL worth applying to for chemical engineering?

UCL is always very low on the rankings for chem eng (19th in one ranking i think) and I've heard the chem eng department isn't the best but I will hopefully be visiting it on open day.

Give me your opinions guys as I really want the next best uni after Imperial and Cambridge!
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I currently go to the UCL Chemical Engineering department frequently for a year 12 summer school for six weeks.
I personally love the atmosphere in the engineering department.
I've heard this as well, but apparently they are building new labs for September 2015, so I don't think it's much of a worry.
The chemical engineering department in terms of teaching is really good. I haven't asked, but I don't think UCL does a placement year which is disappointing but I'll check this with them. I think definitely visit the open day. The building as a lot of people say is old but not that old and rusty that it looks like a rubbish department.


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I currently go to the UCL Chemical Engineering department frequently for a year 12 summer school for six weeks.
I personally love the atmosphere in the engineering department.
I've heard this as well, but apparently they are building new labs for September 2015, so I don't think it's much of a worry.
The chemical engineering department in terms of teaching is really good. I haven't asked, but I don't think UCL does a placement year which is disappointing but I'll check this with them. I think definitely visit the open day. The building as a lot of people say is old but not that old and rusty that it looks like a rubbish department.


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Oh okay, cool. I definitely need to see the department then. However, I still cannot get my head around the such low graduate prospects compared to other unis, as UCL usually has a 20% unemployment rate!
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Oh okay, cool. I definitely need to see the department then. However, I still cannot get my head around the such low graduate prospects compared to other unis, as UCL usually has a 20% unemployment rate!
I definitely think it's because UCL don't have a year out for a work placement or an internship and students will have to find it themselves as employers like students with at least a year's experience. I'm meeting the admissions tutor in a few weeks so I'll let you know then what the main reason is, but I'm sure it's the work placement thing haha


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I definitely think it's because UCL don't have a year out for a work placement or an internship and students will have to find it themselves as employers like students with at least a year's experience. I'm meeting the admissions tutor in a few weeks so I'll let you know then what the main reason is, but I'm sure it's the work placement thing haha


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Ah okay, good point. Though you could say Imperial don't do a placement either though do they and they have a >90% employment rate. But obviously, Imperial > UCL
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Ah okay, good point. Though you could say Imperial don't do a placement either though do they and they have a >90% employment rate. But obviously, Imperial > UCL
Lol yeah
But I'm sure imperial provides them a placement, it's up to the student to accept or not.
UCL don't even provide placements I think which is the downside.


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Oh and also, I met a lot of the students there and most of them have come from other universities to do a masters at UCL.


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