I've received offers from both Nottingham and Surrey to do aerospace engineering but I'm at a total impasse as to which one to choose. I really liked Surrey's campus from the open day and it's not too far yet not too close from my home. However, I've heard from countless people (including my maths teacher lol) that the nightlife at Nottingham is amazing. Surrey is higher in the rankings and offers a better course but from what I know Nottingham still offers excellent teaching.
Any insight would be great, please help me out!
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- Thread Starter
- 07-11-2017 16:20
- 07-11-2017 16:27
- 07-11-2017 16:30
I'd probably go with Surrey too.
- Community Assistant
- 07-11-2017 20:56
I'd go with Notts. Surrey's course looks pretty meh and its reputation is exaggerated as a result of SSTL, which in turn is going to improve its rankings due to the higher entry standards that brings. That would normally be fine, if not absolutely fantastic as you would get a strong industrial link, except Surrey's undergraduate aerospace course barely has any space modules which is a bit like joining the air force and then being trained as light infantry. Sure they're related, but it's not exactly playing to their strengths. And if you're particularly interested in SSTL, they regularly hire from other universities, so it's not like going to Surrey provides an advantage there either and the same goes to the rest of the space industry.
In terms of their stats, looking at uni stats the profile of their graduating students is pretty standard with the exception of a disproportionately high amount of firsts which is a good sign of grade inflation, that could be an advantage in some places but if anyone knows about it then your grade is going to be worth a bit less. Also the % going into engineering is a touch lower than other similar unis.
On the other hand Notts course is quite new, I believe only 1 or 2 cohorts have started at this point. Which means there will be some teething pains, especially for a multidisciplinary program such as aerospace, and it means the degree isn't currently accredited. The good news is that one or 2 cohorts before you is going to get rid of most of those teething problems, and the degree will be accredited by the time you graduate. Their course also better resembles those provided by other top Aerospace unis (they tend to have a fairly similar syllabus, just with a few tweaks) so you can be reasonably sure of the quality of degree despite how new it is.