Is there degree hierarchy at Imperial?

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I have an offer to do Physics at Imperial and one of my worries is that students there might be cliquey. Do students look down on Course X and look up to Course Y? I'd assume the harder to get into courses like Maths and Computing would be looked up to, whereas Design engineering and newer courses won't be. I just get the sense that there is probably going to be some level of elitism.
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Not, really, I do EE and although some people are c****, that is the same everywhere - there's no real culture of elitism at imperial.
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Tbh, this exists everywhere. While it is easier said than done, think of college as a means to an end & use it to further yourself.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I have an offer to do Physics at Imperial and one of my worries is that students there might be cliquey. Do students look down on Course X and look up to Course Y? I'd assume the harder to get into courses like Maths and Computing would be looked up to, whereas Design engineering and newer courses won't be. I just get the sense that there is probably going to be some level of elitism.
I'm a current first-year physics student and the only "hierarchy" I've experienced comes down to jokes with friends. Everyone thinks their course is the best/hardest, but it's all said in good light. I have a friend who does bio-chem and she's always out so we view her course as being "less hard", but in reality she's just super social and accepts she'll turn up to lectures tired. I've not met anyone who seriously views one course as being lesser.
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I have an offer to do Physics at Imperial and one of my worries is that students there might be cliquey. Do students look down on Course X and look up to Course Y? I'd assume the harder to get into courses like Maths and Computing would be looked up to, whereas Design engineering and newer courses won't be. I just get the sense that there is probably going to be some level of elitism.
You need the XKCD "Degree Off" ...... https://xkcd.com/1520/

Followed by "Purity" ..... https://xkcd.com/435/

Honestly, it simply doesn't work the way you seem to suggest, particularly when even a "newish" course like Design Engineering has an A*AA entry requirement minimum and an interview where you need to show off a portfolio to complement the A* in maths and a 6:1 application/entry ratio. Odds are most of your friends will be people you meet in halls from multiple courses and departments, no one gets precious about which course is tougher.
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People don't "look up" to any course, because if they preferred that course then they'd have applied to it. Beyond an occasional obvious bait post on the Imperial Secrets page (or the jokey section of the student newspaper) people don't really look down on other courses either.
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