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    Hi everybody, I'm thinking of applying to Cranfield's Master's course in Computational Fluid Dynamicss.
    I was wondering my chances to get an acceptance. What do you think the acceptance rates of this programme is around?

    Don't know but acceptance rates tell only half the story of competitiveness, if even that.

    Undergraduate entry to Oxbridge is around 20%, but is much higher than say, Harvard, in the US. This does not mean it's four times easier to get into Oxbridge. In fact, Oxford Brookes has a lower acceptance rate compared to Oxford, just like how Manchester Metropolitan has a lower acceptance rate than Cambridge does. The competition to Labour Party leadership was four people fighting for one place - does this mean it's more competitive to gain a place at Manchester Metropolitan University than to become the Right Honourable Leader of the Opposition?

    At postgraduate level, it means even less. Even more people give their offers up due to 1. their going for another course, 2. their deciding that further studying is not the best option for them at this point of them, 3. their not meeting the conditions, 4. their not having sufficient funds to fund the degree, and acceptance rates don't tell you any of these. This is without mentioning other factors that make, for example, MBA entry is be much 'less competitive' than most other courses based on acceptance rate or taught masters to generally be 'more competitive' than research masters.

    The only way to know the level of competition is to know the backgrounds of both successful and unsuccessful applicants.
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