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I’ve got similar conditional offers for MEng Aerospace Engineering in Bristol and in Bath.
Since, in pretty much every engineering ranking I’ve seen (especially international ones), Bristol ranks above Bath, and also because it belongs to the Russell Group, I was convinced I’d go with Bristol as my firm and Bath as my insurance choice.
However, lately, I’ve seen many great things said about Bath, for example about their incredible industry links and focus on a placement year.
I’m an international student, so I haven’t been to either city, but I think I’d feel just fine in either of them.
Should I go with the bigger, perhaps more internationally recognized Bristol, or would the highly regarded (at least in the UK) and smaller Bath provide a better education and professional future? I know Bristol has only been offering courses with a year in industry since not long ago; should I worry about that?

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They are both highly respected universities for Engineering.

You should also look at the course structure, graduate prospects, typical graduate employers, percentage of people who achieve 1st or 2:1 And also contact time for each course and the city see where you prefer to live. Use this to help guide your choice.

Bristol is Russell Group and I think you get a lot of Oxbridge and Imperial applicants applying there. The university has good links to the british aerospace industry of which there are A lot of firms located near Bristol. Bristol as a city though imo isn’t that nice although I used to work there And spend time there during the working week. Other people may have different opinions As I wasn’t around on weekends there.

Bath is highly respected for mechanical engineering. The aerospace and automotive courses are very similar to the mech eng course though you take specialised modules or courses. Bath is very active in an IMechE student Formula Student and several other competitions including aerospace ones. They also have good links to employers such as BMW Group UK, Formula One, aerospace etc. Make no mistake Bath is a great university. Bath is not that far from Bristol location wise. Look at the course structures and see which appeals to you more.

If you work in U.K. either of these will be highly respected. If you work abroad I don’t know whether employers will have heard of them ?
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Both universities are fairly equivalent to each other, the main thing to choose between them on is the city you want to live in.

Bath is a rather unique and upmarket city, small and cosy, while Bristol is somewhat bigger and so comes with some of the amenities of a larger city. Bath comfortably punches above its weight in though so the difference is less than you would expect.

It's worth noting that it's very easy to go to Bristol from Bath too, from what I remember the bus between the two is free for students at the Bath universities.
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Hi there,I'm just finishing my Aerospace degree at Bath and have had a great 5 years.In terms of recognition, I would not worry. Bath is building a huge international network and is becoming just-as if not more recognised than Bristol at the moment. The two cities are very different. Bristol is a very large industrial city where you can be living a long way from shops/the university/entertainment. Bath, however, you can walk from one side to the other in 30 minutes. The campus is slightly outside town, but in first year, if you live here, it is very well self contained. Lectures, sports facilities, your accommodation, shops and entertainment are all within a 5-10 minute walk.If a placement is important to you, Bath is unrivaled here. They have been sending hundreds of students on placements for years and years. They have incredibly good industry links and there's a team within the department who offer very good support in finding a placement.Let me know if I can help in any other ways!
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