Engineering in UK

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By Avinash_Agrawal (Avinash_Agrawal) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 01:53 pm: Edit

hi..does any one have a clue as to how good is it to go to UK for engineering?? is it worth it?? which is better ?? US or UK??

also...getting a BE degrre in UK takes only 3 yrs...does that make a difference?? is it an advantage or disadvantage??

By Avinash_Agrawal (Avinash_Agrawal) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 09:50 am: Edit


By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 09:58 am: Edit

UK is very good in Engineering. Imperial is excellent.

Best Engineering prograsms outside the US:

Best Engineering programs in the US

By Avinash_Agrawal (Avinash_Agrawal) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 01:34 pm: Edit


By Yahni (Yahni) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 05:13 am: Edit

I wouldn' t choose UK over US (except Imperial) for engineering...

By Rums (Rums) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 05:44 am: Edit

Why wouldn't you? In the UK Engineering is an academically rigorous as well as vocationally-geared course that is studied at the Undergraduate level in either 3 years (with the award of B.Eng) or 4 years (with a year in industry in the UK or Abroad, and/or award of a Masters, M.Eng). Keep in mind that in the UK if you are studying Engineering you will not normally study any areas outside of your discipline (except for perhaps a foreign language, if say you intend to do part of your degree at an Erasmus/Socrates exchange university, or if you wish to complete your YinI with a foreign firm) any options you do have will be strictly engineering-based, this is in contrast to the more flexible Liberal Arts system in the US whereby you might be expected to take courses entirely unrelated to engineering. Top-20/Russel Group universities are certainly just as good as top tier US schools, in fact, if you plan on working with a multinational engineering firm you'd be better off with a British degree than an American one. On the other hand, if you plan on finding work exclusively in North America then perhaps a US degree (keeping in mind the Liberal Arts system) would be better. A degree from any Red Brick or Ancient university in the UK will get you far, eg from Oxbridge, Edinburgh, London (Imperial College or University College), Manchester (UMIST) etc etc.

By Nabiilah (Nabiilah) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 09:54 am: Edit

I think that US/canadian universities have better programs, they form you better. The fact that u r taking classes unrelated to engineering would make u see beyond just engineering and develop yourself...

By Attacksushi (Attacksushi) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 03:20 pm: Edit

It depends what you're after. If you're positive that you want to focus on engineering, then the UK would be a good option (although engineering is frequently one of the more competitive subjects to get into, so if you're aiming for a top university, be warned). If, however, you're uncertain, you might want to stick with the US, where the curriculum is broader.

Neither really has a 'better program'. It just depends on whether you are ready to specialise at eighteen or not.

Also, do be warned that our 'high schools' teach to a higher standard than yours; I know many Americans who came to the UK for university and struggled to keep up.

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