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I will be applying to read engineering for 2018 entry, and I cannot decide between Oxford and Cambridge. I am keen to go for a General engineering course, but the courses at Oxford and Cambridge seem very similar.

Are there any notable differences between the two based on which I could make a decision?

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I will be applying to read engineering for 2018 entry, and I cannot decide between Oxford and Cambridge. I am keen to go for a General engineering course, but the courses at Oxford and Cambridge seem very similar.

Are there any notable differences between the two based on which I could make a decision?

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General Engineering sounds more like a practically biased projects-based physics/chemistry/biomed course.

The downside is your options within engineering will be limited by the nature of the courses being spread too thinly for a good level of depth into any discipline.

Your post-grad competition will be people who have already specialised with great degrees from a plethora of Russell Group as well as Oxbridge output.

Choose this option if you intend to continue postgraduate education or use the degree for a numerically biased general career.

Choose the university with the most applicable social-scene and the location you would most like to live.
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I will be applying to read engineering for 2018 entry, and I cannot decide between Oxford and Cambridge. I am keen to go for a General engineering course, but the courses at Oxford and Cambridge seem very similar.

Are there any notable differences between the two based on which I could make a decision?

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Well for one the Cambridge Engineering department is significantly bigger than Oxford. It has about twice as many engineers as Oxford. It's the 2nd largest course at Cambridge after Natural Sciences.

Have you visited?
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General Engineering sounds more like a practically biased projects-based physics/chemistry/biomed course.

The downside is your options within engineering will be limited by the nature of the courses being spread too thinly for a good level of depth into any discipline.

Your post-grad competition will be people who have already specialised with great degrees from a plethora of Russell Group as well as Oxbridge output.

Choose this option if you intend to continue postgraduate education or use the degree for a numerically biased general career.

Choose the university with the most applicable social-scene and the location you would most like to live.
Nope, you graduate with a fully accredited MEng in mechanical/electronic/chemical/civil/aero/bio/whatever engineer depending on the modules you take during years 3 and 4. And the majority of grads take up roles in engineering.
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Nope, you graduate with a fully accredited MEng in mechanical/electronic/chemical/civil/aero/bio/whatever engineer depending on the modules you take during years 3 and 4. And the majority of grads take up roles in engineering.
Thanks for that. :-)

You answered my comment regarding specialisation post grad and also I had not realised it is an MEng qualification.
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Well for one the Cambridge Engineering department is significantly bigger than Oxford. It has about twice as many engineers as Oxford. It's the 2nd largest course at Cambridge after Natural Sciences.

Have you visited?
I can't decide whether that is a good thing or a bad thing! I have visited Cambridge and liked it, but not Oxford. What is the Department of Engineering like at Oxford?
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I can't decide whether that is a good thing or a bad thing! I have visited Cambridge and liked it, but not Oxford. What is the Department of Engineering like at Oxford?
Can't help you with that sorry.

My eldest son is at Cambridge studying Engineering - he's enjoying it very much.
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How come he decided to pick Cambridge not Oxford?
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Can't help you with that sorry.

My eldest son is at Cambridge studying Engineering - he's enjoying it very much.
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How come he decided to pick Cambridge not Oxford?
Mainly because he preferred the course. It's a bigger department at Cambridge and has a wider range of modules in years 3 & 4.
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