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I am interested in the university of Birmingham, University of Sheffield and University of Leeds for the Mechatronics and Robotics BEng course, but I am not sure which one is best, so if anyone has an opinion for where is best even if it is not one of the ones I am looking at, please enlighten me.
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Read the online course descriptions carefully for each one - look at all the optional units for each year. Which ones actually interest you?

What 'extras' are available - study abroad, work experience, placements etc. These will add greatly to your graduate CV.

Look at the Campus Tour films on YouTube. And any 'tourist' films you can find for those cities. Which ones appeal to you as somehwere to live for 3 or 4 years?

What random 'other people' think about these places is meaningless - its you going to Uni, not them.
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(Original post by imnotsure01)
I am interested in the university of Birmingham, University of Sheffield and University of Leeds for the Mechatronics and Robotics BEng course, but I am not sure which one is best, so if anyone has an opinion for where is best even if it is not one of the ones I am looking at, please enlighten me.
Read through the core and optional modules for the courses. I found it useful to make a spreadsheet so I could directly compare each year at each university and highlight the modules I was most interested in. Then it was easy to see who had the most modules that appealed to me.

For engineering, other things to look at would be what facilities are on offer such as labs and creation spaces. As well as optional extras such as years in industry, years abroad and what engineering-based societies they have.

In terms of Student life, I found videos were some of the best resources. The University of Sheffield has some great Engineering centred video tours on Youtube which show you around their facilities, I'm sure the others also will if you do a bit of digging around.

Campus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKno6ojJd_Q

Engineering Campus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPDnsazzXkY

Day in the life of an Engineering student. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXftKa8fuK4
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Try and visit your choices too - many unis are conducting open days now. Some of the unis my son was keen on in terms of course content dropped off his list after a visit if he didn't get a good feel for the city, or the accommodation/transport, or the dynamics of the department. You will be living there for 3/4 years so you need to be happy.

I can't speak for the course at Sheffield, but we did have a wander around the Diamond building where a lot of the engineering facilities are based - it's very impressive.
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Hi imnotsure01 ,I am a third year student currently studying Psychology at the University of Sheffield. While I do not know much about the specifics of the Mechatronics and Robotics BEng course I can try to give you a good overview of Sheffield as a place to live and study and provide some useful links which might give you some more information.

The course website provides a great overview of what Sheffield has to offer - if you have not already looked I have provided the link here:https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergra..._source=google

The course has lots of great opportunities including industry placements and the chance to study abroad if this is something that interests you. In addition, should you wish to there is the opportunity to transfer from BEng to MENg at the end of the second year.

The course consists of a variety of interesting modules; in your first and second year you will learn how to control robotic systems and cover advanced control theory among a range of others. In your third year you will be able to specialise and engage with modules that suit your particular interests and really tailor your degree to aspects of the course that you enjoy. The course content is currently under review for the 2022/23 year and new information will hopefully be posted soon. It would be a good idea to keep an eye on the course website (the link I included). This will keep you updated on any new information regarding the course and help you uncover everything it has to offer.

On the course you will also have access to a variety of great facilities. Sheffield is the only department in the UK dedicated to control and systems engineering. You will have access to robotics, real-time systems and power systems labs as well as state of the art electronics and control labs in the diamond. The Diamond is a particularly great building - its got lots of study space, lecture halls and even has its own cafe, so would be useful for a longer day at university.

The university of Sheffield more generally is a great place to consider studying at (in my opinion!) We were rated a top 100 university in 2021 and have also been awarded number one student union in the UK in 2020. In my experience, Sheffield has been a great place to live and study and had also provided a real sense of community and social life.

The University itself hosts hundreds of societies and activities to get involved in which cater for almost any interest. For me this side of university has been really great and made the experience much more enjoyable. So if you would also like the social and community based side of university - Sheffield would be a great choice.

If you have questions about studying at Sheffield or questions more generally please do not hesitate to ask.

Ella
BSc Psychology
University of Sheffield
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