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Hi,
I'm really torn right now to pick between engineering and computer science. I hope to study computer engineering in university, however not many top UK universities offer courses that's a combination of electronic and computer science. I'm interested in algorithms, quantum computers and logic, but I'm also interested in hardware like microchip design, circuits and embedded systems.

My parents and teachers think I'm good enough for Cambridge and Imperial, but I'm worried I might not enjoy the course. After looking through their syllabus, I feel like their CS and engineering courses seem so divided. I doubt I will get picked, but if I do, I will be pressured to go.

If you have experience in this field or with these two universities, is there's a middle ground between the two? Or if it's best I should choose not to go? I doubt they will allow a double degree given how intensive the courses are and how often the time tables clash.

Additionally, can you clarify is information engineering the same as computer engineering?
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You would probably want something more like Electronic engineering by the sounds of it, as that should include all those topics.

Have a look at the Computer Systems Engineering degree at Sheffield (and maybe at other places) as that sounds like the kind of thing you're looking for.
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(Original post by FoxNuke)
If you have experience in this field or with these two universities, is there's a middle ground between the two? Or if it's best I should choose not to go? I doubt they will allow a double degree given how intensive the courses are and how often the time tables clash.

Additionally, can you clarify is information engineering the same as computer engineering?
You can potentially change Tripos at Cambridge partway through but it requires the agreement of the DoSs (Directors of Studies) for both courses at your college. So you may, for example, be able to change from Part I Engineering to Part II CompSci. Or vice-versa.

Go by the modules/content, not the name of the course. The Info Engineering stream at Cambridge has a fair bit of computing related content in Part II.

The other route is a BEng/BSc followed by a specialist MSc in Quantum Computing or whatever interests you.

Fundamentally find a course that interests you, no matter where it is.


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Thanks for the replies.
I decided to pick universities that have EECS courses, CS at Cambridge, Information Engineering at Imperial.
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Thanks for the replies.
I decided to pick universities that have EECS courses, CS at Cambridge, Information Engineering at Imperial.
Cool. Just be aware that you should write your PS so it's relevant to all universities, not specifically aimed at Cambridge. For Cambridge you can provide an additional PS when you complete their SAQ.

Also you don't need to apply to all 5 choices at the same time. You could, for example, keep back a few choices until after you receive your Cambridge decision in early January. Note, your PS/reference must stay the same throughout the process.

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Cool. Just be aware that you should write your PS so it's relevant to all universities, not specifically aimed at Cambridge. For Cambridge you can provide an additional PS when you complete their SAQ.

Also you don't need to apply to all 5 choices at the same time. You could, for example, keep back a few choices until after you receive your Cambridge decision in early January. Note, your PS/reference must stay the same throughout the process.

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No worries.
I have checked the modules of the course I picked and tailored my PS accordingly.
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