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    I'm currently considering to apply to Glasgow and Sheffield Unis for aerospace engineering. I know that Glasgow doesn't offer aerospace engineering but its aeronautical engineering course offers many spacecraft related modules so i'm ok with that. I would just like to know how the universities themselves and their engineering departments and facilities are. Which one is considered to be the best for aerospace? What is the student satisfaction like??
    Thank you very much in advance!!
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    (Original post by Alvarofieira)
    I'm currently considering to apply to Glasgow and Sheffield Unis for aerospace engineering.
    Hey there!

    Glad to hear you're interested in Glasgow! First off, there is no "best" university for anything, it depends on what you're wanting to do, where you'd be happiest and the opportunities you take. Going to either Glasgow or Sheffield will give you great degrees and plenty of opportunities.

    I'm a 5th year student for Aeronautical at Glasgow and I've loved my time here. There is indeed a lot of spacecraft related modules, the majority of them are systems related, but there are spacecraft dynamics classes and the like. Do note that the main focus for the degree is on aircraft, however when you get to your final years, you can specialize more. Besides, many classes will teach you fundamentals which can be applied to anything (e.g. aerodynamics, structures, thermodynamics, etc).

    I've personally never had any issues with the Engineering department at Glasgow, and the facilities are generally very good. For example, a brand new wind tunnel has just opened which students are starting to use. Glasgow has very high international student satisfaction, and you'll be able to find more detailed ratings/comments from most University Ranking websites.

    Others will be able to give you information on Sheffield!

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    It's pretty much a coin flip to be honest, they're both internationally and domestically known engineering schools, both in decent sized cities.

    From the Sheffield perspective we definitely have the advantage if you think you might want to work in the electronics side of things. It's not as specialised as Glasgow's degree, I'd describe it as Device engineering with a semester and some other occasional modules in Aero. As a result it's quite jam packed and so rather stressful too, first year is OK but be prepared to push yourself to the limit after that. Given how interdisciplinary the subject is and how many new things are being implemented at the moment there can be organisation problems at times but most things get fixed.

    In terms of space stuff Sheffield only offers one dedicated module, but our university is quite involved with consulting on space projects so you can find stuff outside of the curriculum. We also have pretty strong links with robotics and manufacturing which are both quite aero related topics.
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