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Imperial vs Bath for Mechanical Engineering

Hey guys,

I have offers from both bath and imperial to study a MEng in Mechanical Engineering, but I'm struggling with figuring out which one to gear my firm and insurance towards. I know how well renowned Imperial is, and I think the grades to go there are achievable, but I feel like I won't get as much of a community vibe, and potentially won't have as much fun.

Any help or outside ideas would be really appreciated!
Original post by ajchk
Hey guys,

I have offers from both bath and imperial to study a MEng in Mechanical Engineering, but I'm struggling with figuring out which one to gear my firm and insurance towards. I know how well renowned Imperial is, and I think the grades to go there are achievable, but I feel like I won't get as much of a community vibe, and potentially won't have as much fun.

Any help or outside ideas would be really appreciated!

What do you think of their locations? Imperial is in central london so there is lots going on, whereas Bath is a campus university?
And what are their offers?
Reply 2
Original post by booklover1313
What do you think of their locations? Imperial is in central london so there is lots going on, whereas Bath is a campus university?
And what are their offers?

I think I much prefer the look of a campus uni, I've lived in a big city for the last 7 years so I'd like a change!

Imperial - A*A*A
Bath - AAA
Are there any offer holder days you can go to? Both unis are amazing, so it's hard to give you a proper answer as to which to put down. If you want to be outside of a city, and like the course at Bath, then it does sound like a good fit.
What about other opportunities that they offer - do they both have good links to industry/help with summer placements et?
Reply 4
Original post by booklover1313
Are there any offer holder days you can go to? Both unis are amazing, so it's hard to give you a proper answer as to which to put down. If you want to be outside of a city, and like the course at Bath, then it does sound like a good fit.
What about other opportunities that they offer - do they both have good links to industry/help with summer placements et?

Both seem quite similar in terms of placements, however, Bath seems a lot more hands-on in terms of learning and examination. I'm planning to take a masters in motorsport engineering after the mechanical engineering degree, do you think it would be worth prioritising enjoyment or reputation of the uni? In my mind, Bath has a step up on Imperial in every sense apart from pure reputation.
Original post by ajchk
Both seem quite similar in terms of placements, however, Bath seems a lot more hands-on in terms of learning and examination. I'm planning to take a masters in motorsport engineering after the mechanical engineering degree, do you think it would be worth prioritising enjoyment or reputation of the uni? In my mind, Bath has a step up on Imperial in every sense apart from pure reputation.


I think one thing to bear in mind is that Imperial sometimes gets a reputation as being ‘boring’ or not fun, but that isn’t necessarily true. If I were you, I would try to go to offer holder days and speak to students. Imperial does have a world-renowned reputation, but then again you want to be happy at the uni you pick.

I’m sure you will do well at either uni, and a good degree from Bath will open many doors. Especially if you go on to do a masters, the significance of your first undergrad uni will be a bit lower.

The other thing is that I would advise against picking a university based solely on its reputation. What other things draw you to Imperial?

You will be there for a number of years, and if you really love the course at Bath, and think you would be happy, it’s a good choice. But don’t rule out Imperial without speaking to people & finding out their experiences.
I agree with the user above that you shouldn't pick a uni based on reputation alone. Bath is an amazing uni, and going there won't affect your employment opportunities or chances to get into a Master's programme compared to Imperial.

It very much sounds like you're leaning towards Bath as it's a campus uni and more hands on. I think you have your answer there! But if you can, do visit both unis if they do offer holders' day just to be sure.

Good luck! :smile:
Hi there! I am a final year chemical engineering student at the University of Bath.

While I cannot comment on mechanical engineering specifically or Imperail College, I am happy to provide some insight into the University of Bath

When choosing a University, the most important thing is to see if the course aligns with your interests: What modules do you study and how do they differ between Universities? How many optional modules are available and do the options interest you? How much flexibility and choice do you get in research and design projects? How practical is the course? Is a year in industry available? Are there any opportunities to study abroad? The course is what you will be studying for 3/4 years so important to make sure it is right for you.

Once you have assessed the course, the second biggest thing is to think about what you want from your University experience: City or campus? Small or big? Big city or small city? How many students are in the city? Can you get involved in what your interested in in the city? What is the nightlife like? How are the transport connections and what is nearby? All of these factors are personal to you and ultimately which University you choose has a big impact on your experience. At the end of the day, your picking where you are going to be living, socialising and doing hobbies for the next 3/4 years, so it's important that you feel happy and comfortable in the city my best advice would be to, if you can, visit both Universities and see which you prefer. That's when you will really find out what feels right.

A little bit of information about Bath which hopefully will help with your decision making!

Bath is a campus University, with the campus being situated about 10 min bus journey out of the city centre. Unlike a city University, all of the University buildings are located on campus (with the exception of few accommodation buildings and a study space in the city centre). This makes for a campus ‘bubble’ as I would call it. Everything you need is on campus, including shops and excellent sports facilities. There is such a lovely community feel on campus which I fell in love with when I went to visit. The Student’s Union is also very good there are so many societies, sports and volunteering opportunities to get involved with. I would highly recommend getting involved when you start as it’s a great way to meet new people.

Bath is a fairly small city - it is fairly lively but ultimately small compared to the likes of Bristol, Manchester and London (it is definitely more like a town than a city). Some people find that Bath can be quite quiet particularly if you are used to living in a big city. I am not a big city person so Bath was a perfect size for me and I felt really at home when I went to visit. There is plenty going on a busy high-street with lots of shops, pubs and bars, nightclubs and lots of cultural activities. However, the clubs are fairly small. While a night out in Bath is fun, it is not huge and it is very student heavy. Many students will go to Bristol for a night out, where you can find much bigger clubs. Bristol is about 10/15 minutes away by train and is great to explore. As I am sure you are aware, Bath is very popular tourist attraction it is very pretty and I love living there.

A big thing that makes Bath stand out is its placement scheme and this was a big factor for me personally in choosing Bath. Over two-thirds of students do a work placement or study abroad (compared to other universities where this is around 10-15%) - while that is a testament to the support Bath provide for placements, it also means that a large portion of your year group go on placement, meaning you typically can stick with the same group of people throughout the year. The department of engineering have a really supportive placement team who’s role is dedicated to helping students find placements and supporting whilst they are on placement. This help is invaluable in allowing students to secure placements. We have an online database where all the placement vacancies are posted, which means it is easy to see what you want to apply for. Some of these are open to all students but some are Bath specific, which makes securing a placement much more likely. The team also help with CV and application checking and interview preparation. After you have secured a placement, the team ensure your contact is in place and keep in contact with you whilst you are working to ensure everything is going well.

Hope this helps - do let me know if you have anymore questions!

Leah

Final Year Chemical Engineering
Original post by ajchk
Hey guys,

I have offers from both bath and imperial to study a MEng in Mechanical Engineering, but I'm struggling with figuring out which one to gear my firm and insurance towards. I know how well renowned Imperial is, and I think the grades to go there are achievable, but I feel like I won't get as much of a community vibe, and potentially won't have as much fun.

Any help or outside ideas would be really appreciated!

Both have excellent engineering reputations.

If you would like to consider a career outside of engineering such as: IB, quant, data science, management consulting. Then I would go to Imperial (those careers are very competitive and small margins make a big difference).

If you want to pursue engineering or technical related career, or aren’t bothered about chasing IB from day 1 then go where you prefer overall. Bath engineering has an excellent reputation and the way the large engineering firms recruit means you would be fine at either.

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