[Q] Dilemma between choosing university (in UK) for undergraduate degree

I’m in my last year of school and have had the privilege of being offered conditional places at the top two universities here – Imperial College London and Cambridge.

The degree for Imperial is Mechanical Engineering and the degree for Cambridge is their General Engineering course where you specialise in the last two years. I guess the most relevant stream to specialise in would be a mixture of Information, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

I can do a year long internship at both, and I plan to do so however at Imperial I also have the opportunity to spend my last year at a partner university like ETH Zurich, MIT and Berkeley + University of California.

I’ve tried comparing as best as I can on LinkedIn however all I see is roughly the same numbers for each university in the industry for the searches I try.

What makes it hard is I cannot tell which modules(classes) on either course are better suited for someone looking to go into this industry in the future.

From what I can tell and have experienced from visiting Imperial seem to do the more interesting projects (undergraduate + research) but for Cambridge’s undergraduate degree the undergrad course content dives into the Machine Intelligence side of things as well as the other important areas whereas Imperial understandably leaves that for their CS course.

Course List for Imperial:

List towards the end of pdf

Breakdown of Modules

Projects in 3rd and 4th Year:

Year Long Project open for public viewing in 3rd Year

4th Year project is the same basis as 3rd Year but more advanced

Course List for Cambridge:

Year 1 Modules Year 2 Modules Year 3 Modules Year 4 Modules

Projects in 3rd and 4th Year:

2 x 4-9(reports) week long project in 3rd Year

Year Long project in 4th Year, examples include: Development of Brain-Machine Interfaces, Reinforcement Learning for Automation, Robotic Cooking Assistant

From making this post I’ve realised that the question boils down to:

Some Mechanical Aspect, less practical work + more theory with lots opportunity to explore Machine Intelligence(Cambridge)


Lots of Mechanical Aspects, more practical work + less theory(still a ton) with limited opportunity to explore Machine Intelligence(Imperial).

Although this is not an easy task and may take up your time, I’d be very grateful if anyone experienced can provide any insight to help differentiate between the two, as I don’t know of anybody in the industry and I am stumped.

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