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well i went up to imperial college in london today for an interview for a 4 year theoretical physics course (MSci)... it wasnt really an interview, more of a Q&A session and a tour, but still it was interesting. so here's my opinion on imperial after seeing it first-hand (points in no particular order)

pro:
impressive research record/friendly professors
excellent facilities (labs/computers/sports etc.)
nearby to museums/galleries etc (ie a pro of being in london)
nice accommodation (at least for the first years) in a classy area.
highly-paid jobs (supposedly) freely available for summer work
year in europe as part of the course (id want to go to germany) sounds VERY cool!
good nightlife (id expect!) with big clubs etc.

cons:
crappy 60s architecture
noise/bustle/pollution/crime of london life
anonymity of living in a big city/student body
so many international students (it seemed like 50% or more!!).
expense
only guaranteed IC accommodation for the first year
26% female (arrrrrrrrrrgh!!) on physics course. although hopefully there will be lots of ladies doing bio/med etc. to make up the numbers :confused:
the physicists there seemed kind of geeky (ah well i suppose thats to be expected!) and shy

summing up i think IC has probably moved from choice #3 to #2 primarily because of its international reputation for excellence, leaving my current preferences thus:

#1 oxford
#2 IC
#3 durham

thoughts anyone?
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Thanks for that useful post edders! And good luck.
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Thanks for that useful post edders! And good luck.
well i was given an offer (as was everyone in my group of people) there and then.
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well i was given an offer (as was everyone in my group of people) there and then.
Woweeee, blow them away with their intellect and charm why don't you What was the offer?
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Ah yes, IC has a fantastic physics course, good choice Plus if you come here, I'm sure you'll soon enough get used to (and really like) the chaotic environment - and you'll have plenty of things to do if you do come to London. As for the 'geekiness' - my brother goes to imperial (electronic engineering) and he found plenty of non-geeky people to hang around with so I wouldn't worry about that Another advantage is that lots of renound companies come searching at imperial to find people for future jobs after they finish their degree!

Sounds like you are likely to be getting an offer - normally when they do those sorts of "Q&A sessions" and tours, it is more to try and persuade you to see that IC is the place for you, rather than seeing if they want you or not. Good luck anyway!
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Woweeee, blow them away with their intellect and charm why don't you What was the offer?
its an unconditional offer as ive already done my alevels
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well i was given an offer (as was everyone in my group of people) there and then.
Yeah, they always do that. so does bristol. if you get an interview, you're in.
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oh oops, just read you already have an offer - no surprise there!
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its an unconditional offer as ive already done my alevels
Oh doh! You can't blame me for forgetting, I'm tired.
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hey thanks for the advice lucy
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Yeah, they always do that. so does bristol. if you get an interview, you're in.
ah ic. you applied last yr elpaw?
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Ah yes, IC has a fantastic physics course, good choice Plus if you come here, I'm sure you'll soon enough get used to (and really like) the chaotic environment - and you'll have plenty of things to do if you do come to London. As for the 'geekiness' - my brother goes to imperial (electronic engineering) and he found plenty of non-geeky people to hang around with so I wouldn't worry about that Another advantage is that lots of renound companies come searching at imperial to find people for future jobs after they finish their degree!

Sounds like you are likely to be getting an offer - normally when they do those sorts of "Q&A sessions" and tours, it is more to try and persuade you to see that IC is the place for you, rather than seeing if they want you or not. Good luck anyway!
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Imperials my 1st choice and I'm really scared I'll muck up the interview. Is it true that the interview is nearly all subject/knowledge based?
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Imperials my 1st choice and I'm really scared I'll muck up the interview. Is it true that the interview is nearly all subject/knowledge based?
if you read my original post properly youll see the extent of my knowledge of the matter
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ah ic. you applied last yr elpaw?
yes i did apply, they were my insurance choice. i applied for phys with a year in europe (italy)
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Wow, thanks! You almost doubled my total rep count :eek: Will return the favour when I have some more to give
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Wow, thanks! You almost doubled my total rep count :eek: Will return the favour when I have some more to give
do you really think ad needs more rep? :rolleyes:
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do you really think ad needs more rep? :rolleyes:
LOL! Gosh, someone's a bit green
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yes i did apply, they were my insurance choice. i applied for phys with a year in europe (italy)
i think that is my situation along (oxford 1st IC 2nd) with 5 of the other 6 people that were there lol (#6 being cam #1)
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did you need all that maths you learnt?

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