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Imperial or Cambridge biomedical engineering?

I really like the sound of the imperial biomedical engineering course - and it is what really interests me, but would the Cambridge course have more 'prestige'/better graduate outcomes? Also, are the people at Imperial as smart as at Cambridge and how does their ambition compare?

Also, would anyone say the teaching at Cambridge is better (cos of
the small supervisions etc.) or are they equivalent?

I'm a home student, so I was also concerned about Imperial (not sure specifically for biomed) having a vastly overseas student body so I may struggle to make friends - whereas Cambridge has more diverse students from different backgrounds (so you don't only speak about STEM). Is this an issue/is the lack of non-stem at imperial and majority overseas (no offence) make it boring + hard to make friends?

Thanks so much and sorry for the long post :smile:
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In case it wasn't clear, I am unsure between the Cambridge general engineering and imperial biomed eng :smile:
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Reply 2
Any thoughts would be much appreciated : )
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I wouldn't say there's an issue making friends at Imperial. I'm in my first year at Imperial and I have quite a few international friends (more than home students actually) so the only way I think you would struggle is if you go in thinking that way. It's true you are constantly surrounded by STEM but there are so many different societies at Imperial and not to mention all the things you can do in London! Imperial also has horizon courses as well as I-explore which are both non-stem courses. It's definitely not boring here at all!

I can't really say much about Cambridge or engineering in general (I do Biology) but I would imagine that in both places the students are motivated and have great teaching.

Have you got offers at both or are you just interested in the courses? Imperial has an online chat thing where you can speak to current students - maybe talking to people doing biomed eng could be useful? :smile:
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Original post by coco:)
I wouldn't say there's an issue making friends at Imperial. I'm in my first year at Imperial and I have quite a few international friends (more than home students actually) so the only way I think you would struggle is if you go in thinking that way. It's true you are constantly surrounded by STEM but there are so many different societies at Imperial and not to mention all the things you can do in London! Imperial also has horizon courses as well as I-explore which are both non-stem courses. It's definitely not boring here at all!

I can't really say much about Cambridge or engineering in general (I do Biology) but I would imagine that in both places the students are motivated and have great teaching.

Have you got offers at both or are you just interested in the courses? Imperial has an online chat thing where you can speak to current students - maybe talking to people doing biomed eng could be useful? :smile:

Thanks for your reply - how would you say the social scene is - is it easy to socialise/join clubs etc. or is it quite insular and people stick to their rooms ? Also is it ridiculously expensive :biggrin:
Reply 5
Original post by Anonymous
Thanks for your reply - how would you say the social scene is - is it easy to socialise/join clubs etc. or is it quite insular and people stick to their rooms ? Also is it ridiculously expensive :biggrin:

Yup, it's really easy to join clubs /societies, there are quite a lot of freshers events as well as the autumn and winter balls that we've had and your department will probably have things going on too. I don't live in halls but I hang out with people on my course quite a bit. And because I don't live in halls (I live at home) I can't really say much about how expensive it is but it is London... with that being said there are a lot of things you can enjoy for free and just planning your spending wisely will be important here or at Cambridge. You also get a higher maintenance loan for studying in London and people do manage. I don't know if this is important to you but you only get to live in halls for one year at Imperial unless you want to apply to be a hall warden (can't remember the exact name but it's something like that) whereas some (maybe most) colleges at Cambridge give undergraduates accommodation for all three years of their course.

I think the best way to go about this (as I'm obviously biased towards Imperial) is deciding which course you would enjoy more - speak to the students, look at the course structure, go to open days... etc.
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Reply 6
Any one got a biomedical engineering offer from imperial yet ?

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