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Mechanical Engineering UCL or General Engineering KCL

I applied to Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Kings and Southampton with IB 777 in Physics, Maths and Economics ( equivalent A*A*A*). I got rejected from the first two and must decide whether I want to firm UCL and Kings.

I keep hearing that mechanical engineering at UCL is bad and that KCL is not known for engineering with the course not yet accredited. I feel gutted at my failures and regret not having applied to better unis (ie USA). Nevertheless, I am unsure of which course to firm or whether I should take a gap year and reapply next year. Please share any thoughts or experiences which could help in my decision-making process...
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Original post by Soybean806
I applied to Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Kings and Southampton with IB 777 in Physics, Maths and Economics ( equivalent A*A*A*). I got rejected from the first two and must decide whether I want to firm UCL and Kings.

I keep hearing that mechanical engineering at UCL is bad and that KCL is not known for engineering with the course not yet accredited. I feel gutted at my failures and regret not having applied to better unis (ie USA). Nevertheless, I am unsure of which course to firm or whether I should take a gap year and reapply next year. Please share any thoughts or experiences which could help in my decision-making process...


Lead engineer here who occasionally hires STEM graduates.
It depends on your goals, but 99% of times it doesn't matter which Uni you attended from career prespective. Make sure the degree is accredited by IMechE, though. This is important. And of course make sure to study well :smile:
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Original post by Soybean806
I applied to Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Kings and Southampton with IB 777 in Physics, Maths and Economics ( equivalent A*A*A*). I got rejected from the first two and must decide whether I want to firm UCL and Kings.

I keep hearing that mechanical engineering at UCL is bad and that KCL is not known for engineering with the course not yet accredited. I feel gutted at my failures and regret not having applied to better unis (ie USA). Nevertheless, I am unsure of which course to firm or whether I should take a gap year and reapply next year. Please share any thoughts or experiences which could help in my decision-making process...

Yh the complaints about the mech eng at ucl was from like 5 years ago, now it's really good from what I hear. It's right below imperial imo
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Original post by ThatguyAl
Lead engineer here who occasionally hires STEM graduates.
It depends on your goals, but 99% of times it doesn't matter which Uni you attended from career prespective. Make sure the degree is accredited by IMechE, though. This is important. And of course make sure to study well :smile:

Thanks a lot for the quick response and insight from within the field; thereby facilitating the decision. From what I've collected, UCL does have the IMechE accreditation whereas KCL doesn't yet have any accreditation from the IET so indeed it would be more prudent of me to lean towards UCL.
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Original post by Anonymous
Yh the complaints about the mech eng at ucl was from like 5 years ago, now it's really good from what I hear. It's right below imperial imo

Right yeah, that would make more sense given they recently invested in newer equipment. My worry mostly stemmed from it still being significantly lower in the rankings when compared to other engineering courses at UCL or in the UK as a whole despite said investment.
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Original post by Soybean806
Right yeah, that would make more sense given they recently invested in newer equipment. My worry mostly stemmed from it still being significantly lower in the rankings when compared to other engineering courses at UCL or in the UK as a whole despite said investment.

I had the same worry initially after getting rejected from imperial but I believe the UCL brand outweighs it's ranking (in most rankings for eng in the uk, ucl is after imp and oxbridge and is in top 50 in the world for eng so no worries with the ranking)

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