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I've got offers for Chemistry at both Imperial College London and the University of Bath but I just don't know which to choose. I want to enjoy university life and I'm a very anxious person so any insight to the courses or university life at those 2 universities would help a lot. Thanks.
Sorry I can’t help you but isn’t Imperial a much better uni than Bath. Obviously do think about the social life and etc but imperial is in London and ur guaranteed to meet more people. However you will have additional costs of living there. It all depends on you in the end. I have not been to any but Imperial sound better to me :smile:.
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I can help with this as a chemistry student at Imperial and I completely disagree with Kinga12. If you want to enjoy university life go to bath that's the simplest answer I can give you. You will be surrounded by people who are at university to have a good time and people will naturally be a lot more sociable because of it. Imperial College is not a sociable university by any means and it's exceptionally hard work. If you want to achieve a 1st class degree you can expect to be working 40 hours minimum a week in first year and chemistry is regarded as an easier subject at Imperial as well. The difficulty of work goes up exponentially after first year as well. Also first year counts unlike most unis.

There is no doubt Imperial is a fantastic university and if you're truly passionate about chemistry and doing it as a career I'd really consider it. Additionally, if you're very ambitious and career-focused you'll be far better off going to Imperial as I believe it's the best university in the UK for graduate prospects (yes oxbridge can be better but there is far more of a significant career focus at Imperial than oxbridge from my experience). To put it in context a lot of the people i know at imperial have offers from the best investment banks, PhD programs, hedge funds and consulting firms going. Again this needs to be put in context though as if you can't keep up with the work load you won't have much of a chance of having the time to apply for jobs. You probably need to reflect on how naturally chemistry and maths come to you in this decision.

Finally the social life is hit or miss at Imperial. I know plenty of people who love it and plenty who hate it. There's a general inverse correlation between class of degree and how sociable you are. It's relatively risky.

My advice would be as follows: if you want to enjoy university, have a relatively relaxed time and get a good degree and make brilliant friends go to bath. It's the safe decision. If you're willing to take a risk and get the most out of imperial both academically and on a career front then go to Imperial. You could fly through, manage to be sociable, get a great job and have a good time but you equally could crash and burn and become pretty depressed which is really common at Imperial.

Just a side note I'm not an Imperial hater by any means. I'm a very sociable person and I work hard and find maths and chemistry comes very naturally so I've enjoyed it enough and I'm really grateful on the career side, however, I know I would have had a lot more fun at a different university e.g durham/bath/edinburgh
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Original post by Talexis
I can help with this as a chemistry student at Imperial and I completely disagree with Kinga12. If you want to enjoy university life go to bath that's the simplest answer I can give you. You will be surrounded by people who are at university to have a good time and people will naturally be a lot more sociable because of it. Imperial College is not a sociable university by any means and it's exceptionally hard work. If you want to achieve a 1st class degree you can expect to be working 40 hours minimum a week in first year and chemistry is regarded as an easier subject at Imperial as well. The difficulty of work goes up exponentially after first year as well. Also first year counts unlike most unis.

There is no doubt Imperial is a fantastic university and if you're truly passionate about chemistry and doing it as a career I'd really consider it. Additionally, if you're very ambitious and career-focused you'll be far better off going to Imperial as I believe it's the best university in the UK for graduate prospects (yes oxbridge can be better but there is far more of a significant career focus at Imperial than oxbridge from my experience). To put it in context a lot of the people i know at imperial have offers from the best investment banks, PhD programs, hedge funds and consulting firms going. Again this needs to be put in context though as if you can't keep up with the work load you won't have much of a chance of having the time to apply for jobs. You probably need to reflect on how naturally chemistry and maths come to you in this decision.

Finally the social life is hit or miss at Imperial. I know plenty of people who love it and plenty who hate it. There's a general inverse correlation between class of degree and how sociable you are. It's relatively risky.

My advice would be as follows: if you want to enjoy university, have a relatively relaxed time and get a good degree and make brilliant friends go to bath. It's the safe decision. If you're willing to take a risk and get the most out of imperial both academically and on a career front then go to Imperial. You could fly through, manage to be sociable, get a great job and have a good time but you equally could crash and burn and become pretty depressed which is really common at Imperial.

Just a side note I'm not an Imperial hater by any means. I'm a very sociable person and I work hard and find maths and chemistry comes very naturally so I've enjoyed it enough and I'm really grateful on the career side, however, I know I would have had a lot more fun at a different university e.g durham/bath/edinburgh


Thank you, that’s really helpful. The problem for me is that I want to enjoy myself and not stress myself out but I know that my parents would be disappointed if I went to bath and rejected imperial. Plus, i’m not sure if i’ll struggle to get a job in the science field if i go to bath…
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If you just want to be a chemist in industry then sure you won’t struggle from bath but if you want to do a PhD in a competitive field going to Imperial would for sure help a lot. Also chemistry is becoming very data driven and Imperial has one of the only chemistry courses which is very programming heavy. Also just a heads up when I started chemistry I was convinced I was going to do a PhD and now I’m going into finance. A lot of people tend to switch and if you want to go into finance, consulting, law etc you’d be better off at Imperial. Again of course you can do anything you want from either university if you’re driven enough but the probabilities of getting offers are better at imperial.
Original post by H3CKT0R
I've got offers for Chemistry at both Imperial College London and the University of Bath but I just don't know which to choose. I want to enjoy university life and I'm a very anxious person so any insight to the courses or university life at those 2 universities would help a lot. Thanks.


Bath - Imperial is toxic
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Original post by Muttley79
Bath - Imperial is toxic


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Hi when did you receive the offer from imperial? I haven’t heard anything back after the interview, are you applying for 2023 entry? Thx
Original post by H3CKT0R
I've got offers for Chemistry at both Imperial College London and the University of Bath but I just don't know which to choose. I want to enjoy university life and I'm a very anxious person so any insight to the courses or university life at those 2 universities would help a lot. Thanks.

Hi when did you receive the offer from imperial? I haven’t heard anything back after the interview, are you applying for 2023 entry? Thanks a lot:smile:
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Original post by H3CKT0R
I've got offers for Chemistry at both Imperial College London and the University of Bath but I just don't know which to choose. I want to enjoy university life and I'm a very anxious person so any insight to the courses or university life at those 2 universities would help a lot. Thanks.

Based on my experience imperial was not good. If you’re a person who enjoys the university feel then Imperial might be a miss. If you’re really smart then it might be a hit but you’ll still have to work incredibly hard. The fact that imperial is a hit or miss socially makes the experience risky.

As the person above said, it really kind of depends on your luck. It’s very international and a stem focused school. You should choose where you think you’ll do the best. It doesn’t matter how prestigious a place is if you end up dropping out or firming it and getting a low classification.

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