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Oxford or Imperial for Geology

Hi, I’ve received offers from imperial and Oxford for geology / earth sciences (thankfully), and I can’t seem to make up my mind. On one hand I am advised that oxfords name alone will help a lot in my career, whereas imperial is probably better for going into industry and Oxford is more for research/ academia. I’m not too pressed about the ‘Oxford experience as such’, but which of the two are genuinely better for a career in geology related fields.
Original post by TSid89
Hi, I’ve received offers from imperial and Oxford for geology / earth sciences (thankfully), and I can’t seem to make up my mind. On one hand I am advised that oxfords name alone will help a lot in my career, whereas imperial is probably better for going into industry and Oxford is more for research/ academia. I’m not too pressed about the ‘Oxford experience as such’, but which of the two are genuinely better for a career in geology related fields.


Where else have you applied?
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Where would you prefer living? Oxford or London?
Can you afford the costs of going to Imperial? If not its a moot point.

Congratulations on the offers! Both sound amazing.
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Original post by Muttley79
Where else have you applied?


Leeds, Manchester, Durham
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Original post by ageshallnot
Where would you prefer living? Oxford or London?

Personally London, due to greater diversity etc plus I’m used to living in a city and I don’t think Oxford has the same attractions as a typical city.
@Plagioclase - any thoughts?
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Original post by ajj2000
Can you afford the costs of going to Imperial? If not its a moot point.

Congratulations on the offers! Both sound amazing.

Thanks!
I’ll be able to cover the cost hopefully as I’ve found shared and pretty cheap accom which rounds to about £3k only for the academic year so I think it won’t be too much of an issue.
Say if the cost isn’t an issue, would imperial be a better choice?
Original post by TSid89
Thanks!
I’ll be able to cover the cost hopefully as I’ve found shared and pretty cheap accom which rounds to about £3k only for the academic year so I think it won’t be too much of an issue.
Say if the cost isn’t an issue, would imperial be a better choice?

Not a field I know a lot about I'm afraid so hopefully someone in that area can advise. I had a couple of friends who took Geology at Oxford, loved it and do amazing sounding things now (one went to the South Pole on a field trip) but that was a long time ago.
Original post by TSid89
Thanks!
I’ll be able to cover the cost hopefully as I’ve found shared and pretty cheap accom which rounds to about £3k only for the academic year so I think it won’t be too much of an issue.
Say if the cost isn’t an issue, would imperial be a better choice?


£3k in London??? A cardboard box on the Thames embankment??? 😆
Original post by TSid89
Hi, I’ve received offers from imperial and Oxford for geology / earth sciences (thankfully), and I can’t seem to make up my mind. On one hand I am advised that oxfords name alone will help a lot in my career, whereas imperial is probably better for going into industry and Oxford is more for research/ academia. I’m not too pressed about the ‘Oxford experience as such’, but which of the two are genuinely better for a career in geology related fields.

Oxford's course is excellent, and is definitely designed with academia in mind. I don't have first-hand experience with Imperial's course, but I've only heard good things about their Earth Sciences department. I agree with @ageshallnot that the very different setting (Oxford vs London) is a major factor you should consider here.
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Original post by TSid89
Hi, I’ve received offers from imperial and Oxford for geology / earth sciences (thankfully), and I can’t seem to make up my mind. On one hand I am advised that oxfords name alone will help a lot in my career, whereas imperial is probably better for going into industry and Oxford is more for research/ academia. I’m not too pressed about the ‘Oxford experience as such’, but which of the two are genuinely better for a career in geology related fields.

One factor to consider is whether you want a career in geology/resource industry. The Earth Sciences course at Oxford is very broad, a point they make on their website. There are only a couple of lectures on economic minerals and the resource industry in the third year, and only if you take that option. This is unlikely to impress a mining company and in recent years Oxford graduates who want to follow that career path have taken a follow up Masters course at the Camborne School of Mines (Exeter Uni). The Imperial course has a more applied focus and often leads directly to jobs in the mining industry. From a practical consideration, Oxford has been closing its chemistry labs and selling off its mass spectrometers in recent years.
If you are considering a career in pure research and academia then Oxford may be the better option.

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