ok. here goes:
i want to study engineering because i enjoy it as a subject and think it offers many transferrable skills for many careers. in the future, however, i intend to work in finance. right now i'm stuck on where to apply (oxford or cambridge). both departments have 5* ratings but i think cambridge has the slightly upper hand in terms of engineering (not quite sure about this argument though, just a rumour i heard). however, oxford offer EEM (engineering, economics and manegement) which is supposed to be oxford's best course (again, based on rumours).
so for someone in my position, which do you think i should go for? (i already have A grades in maths, further maths and physics and was on a 2 year gap year.)
In my opinion if you want to go into finance then go for the Oxford's EEM course. Cambridge's course is aimed more at people who just want to be engineers, whereas Oxford seem to offer a larger variety of subjects in their engineering courses. Check out both of their prospectuses as this is only a personal opinion.
Oxford's Engineering Program seems like the best program in the entire Universe..If I would have been accepted to Cambridge and an Ivy league school I would just reject Cambridge without any doubts but Oxford's Eng. program rocks..I have read tons about them and Cambridge seems like engineering for ordinary engineers and academics.(where Imperial seems to be better within the Island) but Oxford's program seems to give you the freedom within Engineering so that you can use those skills that you will earn wherever you want to.(Finance and Consulting just so name some)
but with EEM you can become accredited in a field AND still have an economics and management element. surely that makes it more appealing?
I'm in the same situation and I've chosen Oxford. That was also due to me loving the open day at Oxford, while finding Cambridge depressing though. And I got in, while never stating I wanted to be an engineer. I just said I loved the way of thought, and repeated that in my interviews. I'll try for EEM next year.