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Which uni for Mechanical Engineering- Durham or Sheffield

I am deciding which to firm but am unsure. Durham as a university with a collegiate system sounds fun but it is a bit far and I am not sure how good the engineering department there. Sheffield, I heard has a great department, but ranks lowly in rankings like QS so I am stuck.
Rankings actually don't mean much in the real world - employers do not use them to select graduates, and even academics ignore them when recruiting for PhDs etc.

Go where you will feel comfortable - and where the course interests you.
Any degree that has any sort of work placement will add value to your graduate CV.
Which city will be easiest to live in - and dont forget the cost of accommodation for after your first year.
Original post by brob9090
I am deciding which to firm but am unsure. Durham as a university with a collegiate system sounds fun but it is a bit far and I am not sure how good the engineering department there. Sheffield, I heard has a great department, but ranks lowly in rankings like QS so I am stuck.

Hi brob9090,
My name is Sofia and I am a 3rd Year Biochemistry student at the University of Sheffield. Although I cannot share my personal experience of mechanical engineering at Sheffield as I do a different course, I can offer some general advice 🙂 . I have a few friends doing Mech Eng and they seem to really enjoy it! Our mechanical engineering department is also very well respected and is ranked amongst the UK's top 5 Mechanical Engineering departments for research excellence as well as achieving consistently high student satisfaction. Our engineering facilities are also state-of-the-art here at Sheffield and include the Engineering Heartspace and the Diamond.

Both unis are very well respected, so it will just be about which one you feel suits you better. For example, I originally chose Sheffield as I loved the friendly atmosphere and the lovely green spaces all around the city (and close proximity to the Peak District, as I like hiking!). Due to this, if you haven't done so already, I would highly recommend attending an open day to get a feel for the uni. You can find more information about Open Days here: Open days | Undergraduate study | The University of Sheffield
Hope this helped, and please don't hesitate to ask me any other questions you may have 🙂 ,
Sofia (3rd Year Biochemistry Student)
Open Days are designed for next year's applicants - not those making this year's F&I choices now.
Better to take a Campus Tour and chat to the current student running it - Campus tours | Undergraduate study | The University of Sheffield

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