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I've applied to study general engineering and firmed Durham (with conditions of 3As at Advanced Higher) and made Aberdeen my insurance.

(Assuming I meet my conditions) I like the college system in Durham and the general atmosphere but I'm now wondering if it's worth the extra tuition fees?

I also have slight doubts that I'll be able to keep up with the course as I know the course will be harder than in Aberdeen but I'm not sure if Im just worried about nothing.

Has anyone got any input?
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Which course do you prefer and which atmosphere fits you better. Now looking at this info do you consider it worth it to go to Durham. In addition make sure to note that a degree in England is 1 year shorter so you may save on accommodation fees.

I would worry about keeping up as the AH are a great stepping stone to uni if we consider many English units still accept highest as standard entry.
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The courses look pretty similar other than Aberdeen allows the options to specialise in petrolium or chemical engineering wheras Durham don't have those options, however I wasn't planning to specialise in either of those two so I don't think it makes much of a difference.

A big reason I originally wanted to go to Durham is that they have a faaarr superior womens rugby team compared to Durham that I plan on joining.

In regards to the price of accomodation, I made a spreadsheet with estimated costs for the whole course a couple months ago and found that although Durham's accomodation price is higher and they have a greater number of expensive events compared to Aberdeen, the shorter course means that they cost roughly the same (not including tuition, so Durham is about £27,000 more expensive).

Also did you mean to write "I wouldn't worry about keeping up" or do you think I'm going to struggle with the course?
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I think you’ll be fine as AH are regarded as slightly harder than A levels so you could actually be in a better position than most applicants.
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I wouldn't worry about the costs too much, even working in engineering you're fairly unlikely to ever get to the point where it's making a significant difference to your livelihood.

I think one thing you need to consider is that Aberdeen, and many Scottish unis, skew highly towards getting their grads into jobs in O&G. If you don't want to specialise in petroleum or ChemE then you might find your options more limited compared to Durham.
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(Original post by Helloworld_95)
I wouldn't worry about the costs too much, even working in engineering you're fairly unlikely to ever get to the point where it's making a significant difference to your livelihood.

I think one thing you need to consider is that Aberdeen, and many Scottish unis, skew highly towards getting their grads into jobs in O&G. If you don't want to specialise in petroleum or ChemE then you might find your options more limited compared to Durham.
Yeah I don't think I want to specalise in chemical or petroleum, although I'm not sure if I'd want to specialise in mechanical, civil, electronic, or electrical.

Do you know if Durham degrees are generally better regarded in the engineering world than Aberdeen degrees or will they be treated roughly the same?
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Hi there,

I’ve studied Engineering (mech) at both universities, and I simply cannot recommend Aberdeen highly enough for overall teaching, student satisfaction, nightlife, facilities, employability (little emphasis on O&G and more on renewable/anything).

I would find it hard to say the same about Durham and am quite unimpressed with not only the engineering department (my MSc not as challenging as my 4th year BEng! So I haven’t learned much) but the facilities are non existent really, and the town is definitely not student friendly. Not to mention it doesn’t rank in nearly as many high rankings for engineering as Aberdeen (civil and Electrical being top UK 10).

The societies at Durham are mostly all in college, so unless you’re REALLY good, you may not get into the uni rugby team. Whereas you definitely would at Aberdeen
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