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Best university for (mechanical) engineering?

Hi, I'm currently in year 12 studying Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A*) and Chemistry (A). I want to study either mechanical or general engineering. I am looking at Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Durham, Warwick, Manchester and Bristol. Does anyone have any recommendations as to which of these unis are better or if I should consider any others?
Thanks

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There isn't a 'best' or 'better' Un or course fro any subject - its what is right for you, your interests, your needs/comforts, and your grade expectations. Yes, this might sound frustrating - when you want a quick answer/way to go - but it really is about going to all the different Uni Open Days, listening to subject presentations, looking around and working out what appeals to you. Do not be blinded by 'London' or 'RG' or 'rankings' - none of this guarantees that you will like that course, or enjoy being at that Uni.

Look at ......
Department of Mechanical Engineering (bath.ac.uk)
Study mechanical engineering | University of Southampton
Mechanical Engineering | Study at Bristol | University of Bristol
BEng Mechanical Engineering - course details (2024 entry) | The University of Manchester
Department of Mechanical Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | The University of Sheffield
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Original post by McGinger
There isn't a 'best' or 'better' Un or course fro any subject - its what is right for you, your interests, your needs/comforts, and your grade expectations. Yes, this might sound frustrating - when you want a quick answer/way to go - but it really is about going to all the different Uni Open Days, listening to subject presentations, looking around and working out what appeals to you. Do not be blinded by 'London' or 'RG' or 'rankings' - none of this guarantees that you will like that course, or enjoy being at that Uni.
Look at ......
Department of Mechanical Engineering (bath.ac.uk)
Study mechanical engineering | University of Southampton
Mechanical Engineering | Study at Bristol | University of Bristol
BEng Mechanical Engineering - course details (2024 entry) | The University of Manchester
Department of Mechanical Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | The University of Sheffield


Thank you very much for your reply. I was just wondering whether anyone had any experience with or felt strongly about any of these unis or courses?
Original post by Rahuls14
Hi, I'm currently in year 12 studying Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A*) and Chemistry (A). I want to study either mechanical or general engineering. I am looking at Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Durham, Warwick, Manchester and Bristol. Does anyone have any recommendations as to which of these unis are better or if I should consider any others?
Thanks


Id say Oxbridge, Imperial then the rest is a bit of blur, like they all very equal but id put UCL, Manchester, Bristol, Bath,Sheffield and Southampton. But Warwick and Durham are very finance and humanities specialist universities so they don't tend to spend as much on engineering as the others i mentioned
Original post by Singam21
Id say Oxbridge, Imperial then the rest is a bit of blur, like they all very equal but id put UCL, Manchester, Bristol, Bath,Sheffield and Southampton. But Warwick and Durham are very finance and humanities specialist universities so they don't tend to spend as much on engineering as the others i mentioned


Sorry the way ive listed universities isn't a ranking its just the order i typed them in 😅
Original post by Rahuls14
Thank you very much for your reply. I was just wondering whether anyone had any experience with or felt strongly about any of these unis or courses?

Do you want to be an Engineer?

If so you should really look at courses offering a year in industry ie not Oxbridge.
Imperial is pretty toxic and not recommended.

Bath is good and Loughborough - look at the course content not league tables which don't really apply to Engineering.
Another thing to consider which i did is % of students who go on to do engineering. Bath Bristol say 40% go on to Engineering, UCL is about the same i think. Sheffield is about 65% on the course pages, its something to consider, plus engineering projects is key, thats what helped my decision
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Original post by Singam21
Id say Oxbridge, Imperial then the rest is a bit of blur, like they all very equal but id put UCL, Manchester, Bristol, Bath,Sheffield and Southampton. But Warwick and Durham are very finance and humanities specialist universities so they don't tend to spend as much on engineering as the others i mentioned


Ok thanks. I heard that Warwick was good for engineering and I've seen it rank highly. Would you say otherwise?
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Original post by Singam21
Another thing to consider which i did is % of students who go on to do engineering. Bath Bristol say 40% go on to Engineering, UCL is about the same i think. Sheffield is about 65% on the course pages, its something to consider, plus engineering projects is key, thats what helped my decision


What do you mean by engineering projects sorry? Years in industry or course projects?
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Original post by Muttley79
Do you want to be an Engineer?
If so you should really look at courses offering a year in industry ie not Oxbridge.
Imperial is pretty toxic and not recommended.
Bath is good and Loughborough - look at the course content not league tables which don't really apply to Engineering.


Yes I probably want to be an engineer but I'm not sure. Does Cambridge not offer a year in industry? Also I heard imperial had good industrial connections. I've heard bath and Loughborough are good however I've not seen them rated highly. Does being a Russel group uni matter much? How would you suggest comparing unis?
Thanks very much
Original post by Rahuls14
Ok thanks. I heard that Warwick was good for engineering and I've seen it rank highly. Would you say otherwise?


Warwick is good, but its definitely more finance specialist then engineering, hence when others are available i didn't find the need to pick warwick
Original post by Rahuls14
What do you mean by engineering projects sorry? Years in industry or course projects?


My example is going to be Sheffield but things like formula student, rocket building compeition, and other student teams for engineering outside of your degree.
Original post by Rahuls14
Yes I probably want to be an engineer but I'm not sure. Does Cambridge not offer a year in industry? Also I heard imperial had good industrial connections. I've heard bath and Loughborough are good however I've not seen them rated highly. Does being a Russel group uni matter much? How would you suggest comparing unis?
Thanks very much


Yh Cambridge and Imperial (for some engineering) don't offer year in industry cause they thinks its a waste because what employer won't want an oxbridge student. Thats their belief anyway
Original post by Rahuls14
Yes I probably want to be an engineer but I'm not sure. Does Cambridge not offer a year in industry? Also I heard imperial had good industrial connections. I've heard bath and Loughborough are good however I've not seen them rated highly. Does being a Russel group uni matter much? How would you suggest comparing unis?
Thanks very much

RG is irrelevant for Engineering - you need to look for a mix of theory and industry 'hands on'. Also accreditation is important.

If you are looking at F1 then the top two are Brookes and Bath: https://imeche.org/events/formula-student/previous-events

I teach Maths so a lot of my students study Engineering and even top [4 x A*] don't look at Oxbridge now [they don't offer a year in industry]. Imperial is avoided for the lack of student support. Bath has the best year out options and with Loughboough you get an additional qualification from the year.
Original post by Muttley79
RG is irrelevant for Engineering - you need to look for a mix of theory and industry 'hands on'. Also accreditation is important.
If you are looking at F1 then the top two are Brookes and Bath: https://imeche.org/events/formula-student/previous-events
I teach Maths so a lot of my students study Engineering and even top [4 x A*] don't look at Oxbridge now [they don't offer a year in industry]. Imperial is avoided for the lack of student support. Bath has the best year out options and with Loughboough you get an additional qualification from the year.


Well Sheffield are Formula Student Champions 2021
Original post by Singam21
Well Sheffield are Formula Student Champions 2021

Once! Brookes 8 times and won lots of classes in 2023
Reply 17
Thank you for all your responses. How would the level of teaching and resources available vary between these unis? Is there a way of comparing? Also is the prestige of a Cambridge/imperial degree not that useful in securing a job?
Original post by Rahuls14
Thank you for all your responses. How would the level of teaching and resources available vary between these unis? Is there a way of comparing? Also is the prestige of a Cambridge/imperial degree not that useful in securing a job?


Well it definitely is useful, still do apply to those top uni's. Teaching and resources u can find more when you go to the university and from student opinions online
Reply 19
Ok thx for the quick reply. I will probably apply Cambridge and imperial but I will try to go to a few more open days to see what the other universities are like.

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