Birmingham vs Bath vs UCL chemical engineeringWatch
A big factor for me choosing Bath was the University’s excellent industrial reputation. It’s important to note that the rankings fluctuate year-to-year so they shouldn’t be the sole driver in you making your decision – a University is so much more than that! However, Bath performs well in league tables generally and for chemical engineering so for me this was a big factor.
Related to this, Bath’s placement scheme is excellent. Over two-thirds of students do a work placement or study abroad (compared to other universities where this is around 10-15%). I would highly recommend an industrial placement if engineering is what you want to do as a career. Whilst engineers are in demand, graduate jobs can be highly competitive, particualrly in large sought-after companies. Having a year of industrial experience on your CV is invaluable in the job market as it helps you develop employability skills that you don't get to develop at uni. It also allows you to apply knowledge from uni and gives your degree context. It allows you to find out the kind of industry you may or may not want to work in.
The department of engineering at Bath have a really supportive placement team who’s role is dedicated to helping students find placements and supporting whilst they are on placement. This help is invaluable in allowing students to secure placements. We have an online database where all the placement vacancies are posted, which means it is easy to see what you want to apply for. Some of these are open to all students but some are Bath specific, which makes securing a placement much more likely. The team also help with CV and application checking and interview preparation. After you have secured a placement, the team ensure your contact is in place and keep in contact with you whilst you are working to ensure everything is going well.
I would recommend having a look at the details of the modules at each University so that you can see the differences between the courses. Chemical engineering is a varied course – as well as teaching basic engineering principles such as thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, we also learn about bioprocess technologies, environmental management, accounting and finance, project management and mathematical modelling. Most modules will be taught the same across the board so I would recommend having a look for differences, if there are any. I know that the department at Birmingham is much bigger than Bath's, so this will give you a different feel of learning and community - it's personal preference really. I don't know how big the course at UCL is.
There are lots of similarities between courses at different universities, so big factor in your decision making should be the university experience itself. Both Bath and Birmingham are campus universities, whereas UCL is a city university. Both Birmingham and UCL are much bigger than Bath, in terms of the city and the university. The nightlife at Birmingham and UCL is most likely to be bigger and more diverse. I am personally not a big city person so Bath was a perfect size for me and I felt really at home when I went to visit. There is plenty going on – a busy high-street with lots of shops, pubs and bars, nightclubs and lots of cultural activities. As I am sure you are aware, Bath is very popular tourist attraction – it is very pretty and I love living there. You will find club nights nearly every night of the week in Bath, with 2 SU nights on campus a week. However, the clubs are fairly small and the majority are underground. Many students will go to Bristol for a night out, where you can find much bigger clubs. Bristol is about 10/15 minutes away by train and is great to explore 😊
I really like the campus ‘bubble’ at Bath. Everything you need is on campus, including shops and excellent sports facilities. There is such a lovely community feel on campus which I fell in love with when I went to visit. The Student’s Union is also very good – there are so many societies, sports and volunteering opportunities to get involved with. I would highly recommend getting involved when you start as it’s a great way to meet new people.
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions
3rd Year Chemical Engineering