What is the best university to study engineering?

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There are many variations of engineering: general, mechanical, aerospace, electrical and civil to name a few. Each one of these degree programmes will be incredibly different. For example, civil engineering will focus more on structures and materials than a electrical engineering degree might. Therefore, to determine the best university to study engineering you should start by identifying the area of engineering that you would like to study. Next, you should check the university rankings for that specific subject (to do this, google search “official top 100 university engineering”). At this point, you might think that the university at the top is the best - not necessarily, this just means that that university has the best score after some quantitative (rather than qualitative) data has been collected. Choose a list of different universities from that list and consider the differences between them - is one university a city/campus university, what modules does this course include, what is a typical class size etc.? The best university is not necessarily the one with the highest score, because the best university for you is highly subjective. For example, I’ve been to a Russell Group city university, and a non-Russell Group campus university. My experiences of each were vastly different, but at the time they were the ‘best’ universities for me. As a result I did much better than I would have in an arguably better university.

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