Just HOW good is Exeter's Engineering department?

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Had Exeter as an insurance choice for mechanical engineering, didn't get what I needed to get into Firm choice, instead I got BBB and STILL got into the university.

I'm thinking about the taking a gap year, resitting some exams and then reapplying to other universities, here's my reasoning:

1) The university isn't held high in regards to mechanical engineering, Thecompleteguide ranks the uni 12th overall, but in the MechEng department it is 21st. Here's the catch, the thing with engineering at exeter is it is completely general on the first year, meaning that the next year if you sway more towards materials you can do that or mechanical or IVE HEARD mining and mineral/environmental engineering is in the top 50 IN THE WORLD... would I even be able to change from mechanical to that if I wanted?

2) The completeguide ranks Exeter at 7th on General engineering list, which i'm confused as they say all engineering is the same on first year, so how does this make sense?

3) For MechEng the guardian has placed it at 32 in the UK! Which, if it truly is I don't think I can even consider going here, seeing as Portsmouth uni is ranked higher and is only down the road from where I live, so I would save a shi* tonne of money right? This is truly what's getting to me right now...

4) For General Engineering the guardian places it at 11th, again the course "General Engineering" doesn't exist at Exeter, it's just the same 1st year and you specialist in what you want after that...

5) Using Which! university guide I see that the average entry grades for Exeter university on their JUST "Engineering" course which AGAIN have no idea where this course comes from ??? and the average entry grades for students were AAA....

6) Using Which! university guide I see that the average grades for Exeter university for Mechanical Engineering is ABB (IT WAS BBB LAST YEAR WTF) So where are these figures coming from? Clearly they are contradicting each other.

It's making it extremely hard for me to gauge just how good the university is, i'm SO SO SO stupid for not going to any open days and applying solely because of the "rep" and "reviews" so if anyone is doing MECHANICAL or ANY Engineering courses at Exeter please let me know what it really is like, E.G. Student grades, student themselves, the department (All I know is its in the EMPS building), Mechanical Engineering specifically vs "general" engineering (Still confused about this) vs the other Engineering braches at Exeter.

I'm saying this in a time I need to hurry because my school is saying they will allow me to resit and predict me AAA this year if I reapply, which should be enough to get me into BRISTOL UNIVERSITY (My dream uni) which I think all Engineering branches are in top 10/top 5 in the UK. However what's getting me confused is that the overall Rank for Bristol is 3 places down on the UK list, HOWEVER on the QS world uni list Bristol is in the top 150 whereas Exeter is not, further adding confusion to my thoughts...

Should I just go to Exeter? I'm so confused right now, obviously this is my fault for not getting the grades the first time around. But I genuinely would appreciate some honesty right now, Thanks!
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Pretty good, people don't seem to struggle with jobs based on LinkedIn.

Friends doing it also seem to be working pretty hard.

What do you want to know? I'm at EMPS but doing maths&cs

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Pretty good, people don't seem to struggle with jobs based on LinkedIn.

Friends doing it also seem to be working pretty hard.

What do you want to know? I'm at EMPS but doing maths&cs

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Just how good it actually is, especially mechanical engineering, is it really 32nd best in the country for that subject? How good is the EMPS building in terms of build quality, research quality, lecturers ECT.
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Just how good it actually is, especially mechanical engineering, is it really 32nd best in the country for that subject? How good is the EMPS building in terms of build quality, research quality, lecturers ECT.
Rankings are pretty terrible ways of assessing how 'good' a university is. Namely because universities (especially some) tend to game them whilst others don't really care as much.

It's certainly not Imperial or Cambridge bit it's a strong department in terms of rigour and easily up there in the best 15-20 universities for most of its subjects.

Unlike some other universities our engineering program is general in the first year, then allows you to specialise with a decision on which branch to take later on in first year. Then you're basically shuffled into the stream you've chosen for the last 2-3 years. Pretty good if you don't 100% know which branch of engineering you're interested in.

EMPS looks pretty god awful on the outside but on the inside is surprisingly really nice - has a bunch of study spots and a quaint little cafe. Interior is super modern. Research is pretty decent. May not output the same volume as other larger Eng/Maths/CS/Physics departments but does well for its size.

Lecturers are from all over. Can be a bit tough to get through the accent barrier but on the whole some are good, some are average. Everything is usually recorded.

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