Leeds, Durham, Loughborough or Birmingham for engineering (mechanical)

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been told not to rely on league tables anymore so what are your opinions?
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I would say go Brum or leeds. I know someone who went brum for mech engineering and he got every job he applied for.

As far as im aware: Loughborough = sports. Durham = arts.
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I would say go Brum or leeds. I know someone who went brum for mech engineering and he got every job he applied for.

As far as im aware: Loughborough = sports. Durham = arts.
would you say there is a big difference between them then and why would you say leeds?i found that loughborough faired better than them all in the rankings aswell
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I’ll bet Loughborough has the best employability stats for mech eng.
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If it’s between Leeds and Birmingham, Leeds is by far the better city and nicer place to live for sure. I have no clue which unis better for your course tho. I think I’m general leeds uni is better.
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I would personally go a Brum,Loughborough or Leeds.

I am applying for civil eng and am applying to Brum, Loughborough an Notts (not sure on final 2), the only reason I’m not applying to Leeds is that it is too close to home and I know the city like the back of my hand, but it does have an excellent engineering Department
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would you say there is a big difference between them then and why would you say leeds?i found that loughborough faired better than them all in the rankings aswell
Lol rankings been jack **** if im being honest. They all have different methodologies and employers dont care lol. Leeds is a russell group uni, Loughborough has only very very recently been up there.
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I would personally go a Brum,Loughborough or Leeds.

I am applying for civil eng and am applying to Brum, Loughborough an Notts (not sure on final 2), the only reason I’m not applying to Leeds is that it is too close to home and I know the city like the back of my hand, but it does have an excellent engineering Department
out of them i havent seen leeds uni as i thought it was too close aswell but they ask for higher grades which i assumed kind of meant they were on a higher level than loughborough and birm, i like how the mech eng course is more generalised yet it focuses on medical eng for some reason. Whereas, Loughborough has mech eng seperated from related disciplines like aero and auto which i also dont understand. I prefer the locations of lboro and birm being further from home but i worry that i will waste good grades going there..
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(Original post by Ruben Newfield)
out of them i havent seen leeds uni as i thought it was too close aswell but they ask for higher grades which i assumed kind of meant they were on a higher level than loughborough and birm, i like how the mech eng course is more generalised yet it focuses on medical eng for some reason. Whereas, Loughborough has mech eng seperated from related disciplines like aero and auto which i also dont understand. I prefer the locations of lboro and birm being further from home but i worry that i will waste good grades going there..
Have you just finished year 12? If so don’t stress too much apply to all of them and then see what your opinion is based off what offers you get
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Have you just finished year 12? If so don’t stress too much apply to all of them and then see what your opinion is based off what offers you get
I wish, no im year 13 and have accepted durham and birm but leeds and lboro are in clearing so i have the chance of going to any of the 4 really i just havent decided
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(Original post by Ruben Newfield)
been told not to rely on league tables anymore so what are your opinions?
I'm going into my 3rd year at leeds for mech eng and it's been a great experience for me in terms of social city life and for the course. I did go to loughborough for an open day and I was really impressed, it is heavily sport orientated but this means they work with big players in the sport industry.
I guess Loughborough is a different campus, Leeds being in the city and Loughborough being much further out.
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I'm going into my 3rd year at leeds for mech eng and it's been a great experience for me in terms of social city life and for the course. I did go to loughborough for an open day and I was really impressed, it is heavily sport orientated but this means they work with big players in the sport industry.
I guess Loughborough is a different campus, Leeds being in the city and Loughborough being much further out.
What is the course like at leeds and what discipline/range of projects do they orient towards as I was worried there was a lot of content on medical eng
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What is the course like at leeds and what discipline/range of projects do they orient towards as I was worried there was a lot of content on medical eng
So the first 2 years is straight mech and you can specialise after in medical, aero, auto etc in the 3rd year. In your 1st year the design/build project is a wooden glider for aero, a small rubber band powered buggy for mech/auto and a "bioarm" (catapult) for medical. 2nd year projects are more involved with a mars rover/buggy with different aims for mech and auto and some kind of colonoscopy robot for medical. There are other smaller builds but these are the main ones. Because it's accredited, you don't get any optional modules in aerospace but you can choose aerospace modules in mech if you want to do a bit of everything.

As for content it's somewhat varied, so we do the thermofluids, engineering maths, materials, CAD (Solidworks) and some programming with MATLAB. These are all core modules which i'm fairly sure most courses will cover at some point and they continue throughout the degree just getting harder. I'm doing aerospace and i've not touched medical so there's no need to worry!

Hope that covers everything!
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would you say there is a big difference between them then and why would you say leeds?i found that loughborough faired better than them all in the rankings aswell
Loughborough is great for Mech Eng also look at Bath and Oxford Brookes - the year in industry is a good option.
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I wish, no im year 13 and have accepted durham and birm but leeds and lboro are in clearing so i have the chance of going to any of the 4 really i just havent decided
Durham is not known for Engineering at all ...
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Hi Ruben Newfield,

A number of our engineering programmes will be in clearing this year, which you can sign up for alerts here.

Our engineering department is one of our longest standing at the university and we have a strong history in engineering, providing graduates with the platform to go on and succeed in their chosen fields at some of the industry leading companies. Our Mechanical Engineering programmes in particular are incredibly popular amongst students and are taught in our multidisciplinary environment with access to state-of-the-art facilities, including our STEM Lab.

Whilst Loughborough is not a city university, we are one of the largest single-site university campuses in the UK and are highly regarded by employers for our engineering courses. Within the engineering department you will have access to tailored careers support and will meet employers every term through careers fairs etc.

As we are in clearing you still have options available to you, but try to weigh up the pros and cons of each so that you make the best decision for yourself.

Best Wishes,
Emily
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Out of all that lot
Loughborough, Leeds, Birmingham and Durham I would pick Loughborough.
I had offers from Loughborough and Leeds for their Auto Eng (MEng) courses although I didn’t visit Leeds I did visit Loughborough.

Also check out University of Bath, Oxford Brookes, Brunel for Mech Eng or Auto Eng.

Loughborough has Mech Eng, Auto Eng and Aero Eng. They share a lot of modules but also have modules specific to those courses and have seperated the Auto and Aero departments from Mech Eng. Though Auto Eng and Aero Eng are specialised versions of Mech Eng courses essentially so I am told.

There are videos online on the Loughborough virtual open day about the departments. You have to check on the internet or contact them.
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I wish, no im year 13 and have accepted durham and birm but leeds and lboro are in clearing so i have the chance of going to any of the 4 really i just havent decided
where did you end up going?
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where did you end up going?
I picked durham cause of its overall prestige and im enjoying it so far, the general course is definetly a better option for me and the modules work well with eachother despite the major differences. The workload is a LOT, seemingly higher than my mates doing engineering at other unis but in the end this could give me more knowledge and value for the expensive degree.
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I picked durham cause of its overall prestige and im enjoying it so far, the general course is definetly a better option for me and the modules work well with eachother despite the major differences. The workload is a LOT, seemingly higher than my mates doing engineering at other unis but in the end this could give me more knowledge and value for the expensive degree.
that seems like a good choice! would you say Loughborough is a good one as well? im am international student so it’s international fees are the very best I can afford, and from what I’ve seen, I can’t wait to attend, I just wanted to take a few opinions
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