Why King's ranking is disproportionally low?

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So I recently got an offer from King's for Biomedical Eng, and as per https://www.studyin-uk.in/uk-study-i...sity-rankings/, King's is below St. Andrews, Bath, Durham, Warwick, Exeter, Reading, Aberdeen etc.?
Is it really that bad?
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Well, it's almost certainly better than Exeter, Reading and Aberdeen. For the others it depend on what you like.
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Rankings aren’t really and accurate representation of teaching quality in some cases
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you're choosing unis based on rankings :eek: which is a number that changes year on year and subjective depending on the course and the person, with different tables having different criteria rather than choosing a course at a uni where you like the location/modules/living costs etc.

lol what do you have against St. Andrews, Bath, Durham, Warwick, Exeter, Reading, Aberdeen
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King's historically does bad at the NSS and has low student satisfaction for a number of reasons, I would not worry about league tables too much
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I go to KCL and honestly the teaching is great (for my course at least - im in the Faculty of Life Sciences + Medicine) - the tutors are so helpful and have helped me with my academic studies as well as even my personal life lol.
If you're not a very independent person i wouldnt recommend KCL - nor any London unis.. don't expect 100s of friends + going to bars every night etc (pre covid obvs lol) bc none of us can afford it lol.
KCL has an amazing reputation worldwide (so if you're planning of maybe moving outside of the UK its a great place to study bc of its reputation - I have friends who are from China, USA, Dubai, Singapore etc.. all who had never even heard about warwick, exeter etc bc their reputation just isnt as well viewed outside the UK)

but yeah personally I love it here but its what you make of it But in terms of the teaching it rlly is amazing
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(Original post by Jehaan)
King's historically does bad at the NSS and has low student satisfaction for a number of reasons, I would not worry about league tables too much
Oh thank you, but if you know, what makes King's score low at student satisfactions? Any particular reason?
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Oh thank you, but if you know, what makes King's score low at student satisfactions? Any particular reason?
probably bc KCL is a london uni and most london unis score low because there isn't much of a campus/community feel and its v expensive
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probably bc KCL is a london uni and most london unis score low because there isn't much of a campus/community feel and its v expensive
But KCL is comparitively affordable at about 18,000 pounds for International students. Isn't that supposed to be considerably cheaper than other UK Uni's?
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(Original post by Naveed2002)
But KCL is comparitively affordable at about 18,000 pounds for International students. Isn't that supposed to be considerably cheaper than other UK Uni's?
The cost of living will be higher than elsewhere in the UK though. Accommodation being the main one.

Edited to add: I would not use any league table to make a narrow distinction between however many final offers you receive. They should all be much of a muchness at that stage and your gut feeling about the uni and course itself should come into play.
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But KCL is comparitively affordable at about 18,000 pounds for International students. Isn't that supposed to be considerably cheaper than other UK Uni's?
i mean in terms of living in london and the accomodation. Mine cost £205 a week for halls (second cheapest option) and that didn't even include a lounge or anything like that.
As well as the cost of going out etc... having to pay club entry and then £10 for a double etc.
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(Original post by Naveed2002)
So I recently got an offer from King's for Biomedical Eng, and as per https://www.studyin-uk.in/uk-study-i...sity-rankings/, King's is below St. Andrews, Bath, Durham, Warwick, Exeter, Reading, Aberdeen etc.?
Is it really that bad?
yh this concerned me too and recently i realised kings isn’t known for their engineering but they’re one of the best unis in the course but then compared to warwick they don’t have placement or abroad years in the course which makes me wonder...there’s just a lot to consider
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yh this concerned me too and recently i realised kings isn’t known for their engineering but they’re one of the best unis in the course but then compared to warwick they don’t have placement or abroad years in the course which makes me wonder...there’s just a lot to consider
Look at the course structure as well. For Warwick, the first year and a term you study general engineering (so the foundations of all the disciplines) before specialising. I don’t think Kings structure it like this. Then consider whether you want a campus uni or not. Kings is in London so you won’t really get a campus feel. Kings does have a good reputation attached to it
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Look at the course structure as well. For Warwick, the first year and a term you study general engineering (so the foundations of all the disciplines) before specialising. I don’t think Kings structure it like this. Then consider whether you want a campus uni or not. Kings is in London so you won’t really get a campus feel. Kings does have a good reputation attached to it
yeah the course at kings pretty much specialises in first year which is good and thank you
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I go to KCL and honestly the teaching is great (for my course at least - im in the Faculty of Life Sciences + Medicine) - the tutors are so helpful and have helped me with my academic studies as well as even my personal life lol.
If you're not a very independent person i wouldnt recommend KCL - nor any London unis.. don't expect 100s of friends + going to bars every night etc (pre covid obvs lol) bc none of us can afford it lol.
KCL has an amazing reputation worldwide (so if you're planning of maybe moving outside of the UK its a great place to study bc of its reputation - I have friends who are from China, USA, Dubai, Singapore etc.. all who had never even heard about warwick, exeter etc bc their reputation just isnt as well viewed outside the UK)

but yeah personally I love it here but its what you make of it But in terms of the teaching it rlly is amazing
does kings have good/useful graduate prospects
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