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MechEng: UCL Vs Manchester

I'm currently stuck between whether I should put UCL or Manchester as my firm acceptance as an upcoming Mech Eng student in the fall of 2024. I'm aware that Manchester has a better engineering programme whilst UCL has better international prestige, and I was wondering how picking one over the other would affect future job prospects, the quality of teaching I receive and my college social life. I would be more than grateful if any of the current and past students taking these courses could share their own experiences. Thank you!
Job prospects will be the same unless you want to go into investment banking, in which case UCL may make things slightly easier.

Quality of teaching is hard to gauge necessarily, however UCL engineering seems to attract a lot of criticism from current and former students, although I think they've changed some of how the course works with the minor programme and such.

Social life is what you make of it. You can have as much or as little of a social life at either uni as the other. This is dependent on you, not the uni you go to.
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Original post by artful_lounger
Job prospects will be the same unless you want to go into investment banking, in which case UCL may make things slightly easier.
Quality of teaching is hard to gauge necessarily, however UCL engineering seems to attract a lot of criticism from current and former students, although I think they've changed some of how the course works with the minor programme and such.
Social life is what you make of it. You can have as much or as little of a social life at either uni as the other. This is dependent on you, not the uni you go to.

Thank you so much for the reply! I'll take it into consideration!
Original post by renatl
Thank you so much for the reply! I'll take it into consideration!

Hi there,

I also have an offer from Manchester for MEng Mechanical Engineering for 2024!

I didn't apply to UCL, because firstly, I picked Imperial instead (which I was unsuccessful), and also because it doesn't have a variety of choices that make it stand out as others.

I intend to specialise in the computation/design side of Mech Eng, so I have looked at other unis instead of UCL, since they have a broader range of topics, including those I am interest in. What do you think of specialising in?

Overall, I would go Manchester. But in my case, I have other universities to choose from. What are your other choices, may I ask?
Original post by renatl
I'm currently stuck between whether I should put UCL or Manchester as my firm acceptance as an upcoming Mech Eng student in the fall of 2024. I'm aware that Manchester has a better engineering programme whilst UCL has better international prestige, and I was wondering how picking one over the other would affect future job prospects, the quality of teaching I receive and my college social life. I would be more than grateful if any of the current and past students taking these courses could share their own experiences. Thank you!

Where else did you apply - UCL isn't noted for Engineering.
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when did u hear from ucl?
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Original post by Aqil Azhar
Hi there,
I also have an offer from Manchester for MEng Mechanical Engineering for 2024!
I didn't apply to UCL, because firstly, I picked Imperial instead (which I was unsuccessful), and also because it doesn't have a variety of choices that make it stand out as others.
I intend to specialise in the computation/design side of Mech Eng, so I have looked at other unis instead of UCL, since they have a broader range of topics, including those I am interest in. What do you think of specialising in?
Overall, I would go Manchester. But in my case, I have other universities to choose from. What are your other choices, may I ask?

Warwick, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial (which I've been rejected from), so I'm currently trying to decide on which to firmly accept between Manchester and UCL. I've yet to decide on what I'd like to specialise in, and one of the reasons why I became interested in MechEng was because of how broad it is.
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Original post by Muttley79
Where else did you apply - UCL isn't noted for Engineering.

Warwick, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial (was rejected). I spent less time thinking about my universities of choice than most because I was quite overwhelmed with school work lol.
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Original post by zainq
when did u hear from ucl?

I think a few days before I made this original post so near the end of March? If you've yet to hear back from them I suggest sending an email to the undergraduate admissions team (of course, you can ignore this if I'm being presumptuous).
Original post by renatl
Warwick, Queen Mary University of London and Imperial (was rejected). I spent less time thinking about my universities of choice than most because I was quite overwhelmed with school work lol.

Warwick isn't noted for Engineering either - stick with Manchester.
In your case, Manchester is the better option for 3/4/5 years, content-wise and life-wise. Period.

Despite that, on my side, I am still thinking about whether I'll choose Manchester, because I have spoken to many current students, who have said that it is more theory focused, but if you are fine with searching for work experience/ engineering-related activities independently, then it should be fine.

Anyways, I hope to see you in Manchester, if we both choose UoM!
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Original post by Aqil Azhar
In your case, Manchester is the better option for 3/4/5 years, content-wise and life-wise. Period.
Despite that, on my side, I am still thinking about whether I'll choose Manchester, because I have spoken to many current students, who have said that it is more theory focused, but if you are fine with searching for work experience/ engineering-related activities independently, then it should be fine.
Anyways, I hope to see you in Manchester, if we both choose UoM!

Yes, I'm looking forward to it! If everything goes well with my exams, I'm looking forward to seeing you at UoM too (if you choose it in the end)!

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