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    Hey there,

    I'd really like to do chemical engineering at a top uni, but I'm unsure how to structure my choices.

    I'm considering putting down 3 choices for chemical engineering at Imperial, Manchester and Edinburgh, and 2 choices for general engineering at Oxford and Durham.

    I know the career prospects for chemical engineering are good, are they as good for general engineering? would you advise I put down 4 or 5 choices for chemical engineering instead? are the career prospects not as good for chem eng if I do it somewhere like Newcastle? which is a great uni don't get me wrong.

    Any advice?

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    I take it from your last sentence you know how good and solid Newcastle is as a uni and engineering is no different, probably one of its strongest areas actually. Being from the area I think you know how highly Newcastle (along with the original civic unis) are rated in engineering. We were just discussing this yesterday, actually, that Imperial isn't really that big a deal in the north as it is in the south or abroad. We have no shortage of strong unis with engineering at their core

    Anyway, back to your question, Newcastle arguably has better career prospects than Imperial and Edinburgh in chemical engineering

    http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_...bject=CHEMICAL

    97% in a "graduate job" after six months is impressive. But engineers in general are highly sort after and I don't think you'll have any great problems in getting a job once you graduate from any solid uni (providing you have the skills and 2:1).

    I can't really say too much about general engineering although don't be too concerned about that. A general engineering degree from Oxford or Durham says a lot! The question that I think you should be asking yourself is how sure are you that you want to study chemical engineer and how much do the general courses appeal?

    I think it would certainly be worth considering Newcastle (if you decide to not apply to an general engineering course), especially as it has slightly lower entry requirements than Imperial. Could be a good back up.
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    (Original post by River85)
    I take it from your last sentence you know how good and solid Newcastle is as a uni and engineering is no different, probably one of its strongest areas actually. Being from the area I think you know how highly Newcastle (along with the original civic unis) are rated in engineering. We were just discussing this yesterday, actually, that Imperial isn't really that big a deal in the north as it is in the south or abroad. We have no shortage of strong unis with engineering at their core

    Anyway, back to your question, Newcastle arguably has better career prospects than Imperial and Edinburgh in chemical engineering

    http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_...bject=CHEMICAL

    http://www.unistats.com/retrieveColleges_en.do

    97% in a "graduate job" after six months is impressive. But engineers in general are highly sort after and I don't think you'll have any great problems in getting a job once you graduate from any solid uni (providing you have the skills and 2:1).

    I can't really say too much about general engineering although don't be too concerned about that. A general engineering degree from Oxford or Durham says a lot! The question that I think you should be asking yourself is how sure are you that you want to study chemical engineer and how much do the general courses appeal?

    I think it would certainly be worth considering Newcastle (if you decide to not apply to an general engineering course), especially as it has slightly lower entry requirements than Imperial. Could be a good back up.
    Erm 97% aren't in a graduate job; they either have a job or are in further education.
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    (Original post by prospectivEEconomist)
    Erm 97% aren't in a graduate job; they either have a job or are in further education.
    Even if it inclused those involved in further study the bottom line is Newcastle's a solid uni whose job prospect more than match Imperial's, Edinburgh's etc. Possibly even exceed them.

    You will be in high demand as a competent chemical engineer grad with a good degree, regardless of whether it's Newcastle, Imperial, Manchester or Swansea.
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    Thanks very much.

    The main thing that deterred me was that Newcastle has been ranked rather low in the guardian university rankings and from what I've seen, Imperial and the other two are seen as more 'respected'.

    Would you say for engineering it's the course that matters and not what might be considered a more or less prestigous university?
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    (Original post by Snobpence17)
    Thanks very much.

    The main thing that deterred me was that Newcastle has been ranked rather low in the guardian university rankings and from what I've seen, Imperial and the other two are seen as more 'respected'.

    Would you say for engineering it's the course that matters and not what might be considered a more or less prestigous university?
    First of all don't take rankings too seriously. The Guardian's are particularly poor and skewed. If you must use any then use the Times

    http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_...bject=CHEMICAL

    But still don't take it literally and choose unis based on rankings. Newcastle may be a few places behind but it's still solidly ranked and very well respected. I've already mentioned that, in the north, I don't think there's any massive difference in prestige between Imperial and the redbricks (I include Newcastle as one). It's only really in the south and abroad, where Imperial is seen as the large specialist institution with then London brand.

    It's debatable how much most employers take account of uni rep. Even those that do, outside IB and law, traditional unis (Newcastle being one) would be seen as fairly equal). From then on it's down to you as a person.

    So yes, I certainly do think it's the course and location and not ranking or prestige that should be the greatest concern to he applicant. This is the case not just in engineering but across most other areas. But in engineering particualrly you won't be at any disadvatange in applying for a job if your uni only ranks eigth compared to first. Quality engineers are in short supply.
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    guardian is rubbish and so are some other tables, this has been discussed millions of times. anyway, anything but guardian's ;D Dunno much about chemical so can't help with that but a degree from any of the five would look good and as someone pointed out - it's not which degree has better prospects (they all have) but what you want to study and work all your life?
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    (Original post by River85)
    First of all don't take rankings too seriously. The Guardian's are particularly poor and skewed. If you must use any then use the Times

    http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_...bject=CHEMICAL

    But still don't take it literally and choose unis based on rankings. Newcastle may be a few places behind but it's still solidly ranked and very well respected. I've already mentioned that, in the north, I don't think there's any massive difference in prestige between Imperial and the redbricks (I include Newcastle as one). It's only really in the south and abroad, where Imperial is seen as the large specialist institution with then London brand.

    It's debatable how much most employers take account of uni rep. Even those that do, outside IB and law, traditional unis (Newcastle being one) would be seen as fairly equal). From then on it's down to you as a person.

    So yes, I certainly do think it's the course and location and not ranking or prestige that should be the greatest concern to he applicant. This is the case not just in engineering but across most other areas. But in engineering particualrly you won't be at any disadvatange in applying for a job if your uni only ranks eigth compared to first. Quality engineers are in short supply.
    I think from that, I'll be considering Newcastle a lot more, thanks for your time, much appreciated
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    (Original post by Snobpence17)
    I think from that, I'll be considering Newcastle a lot more, thanks for your time, much appreciated
    No worries. Just to make it clear I'm not saying you should go to Newcastle instead of Imperial. Of course I'm not. Just Newcastle is worth considering as an option and, providing you are a competent engineer (well, grad), won't be disadvantaged in looking for a job. Certainly not just because you went to a uni slightly further down the rankings.
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    (Original post by River85)
    No worries. Just to make it clear I'm not saying you should go to Newcastle instead of Imperial. Of course I'm not. Just Newcastle is worth considering as an option and, providing you are a competent engineer (well, grad), won't be disadvantaged in looking for a job. Certainly not just because you went to a uni slightly further down the rankings.
    Yeah, you've given me a great, unbiased piece of advice, obviously the dream is still somewhere like Imperial. But yes, I won't look down on Newcastle due to it's position in some rankings
 
 
 
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