Bristol vs Bath MEng Aerospace EngineeringWatch
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?
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 ?
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.