Imperial College or Cambridge?

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Hello everyone...

After applying to the Universities and passing their interviews, I've been accepted to study at Imperial College and Cambridge. The subjects are nuclear engineering and nuclear energy.

Now I'm trying to decide between the two and thought maybe I could get some of your input which will help me in my final decision.

Of course IC is known (to me at least) to be stronger in the field of engineering generally and nuclear engineering specifically when compared with Cam. The brief course description on their website shows clearly that their nuclear engineering is focusing on the technical side to the finest details. The programme at Cam is a little bit different as it also takes a look at the policy and management side in addition to the technical aspects and thus making it in my opinion more broad.

First of all, I've applied to these programmes because I plan to do a PhD study and I wanted to understand some aspects with nuclear power before proceeding in that field. Also I aiming towards a job position in the energy field.. I don't see my self in the future being someone who works on developing new nuclear energy technology but rather be one of the people who plan, implement, and monitor projects in the relevant energy field.

I kinda feel IC is a little bit too techie for my interest, however they do cover subjects that interest me in more than one course (Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning, Nuclear Safety Management, and Radiation Protection) when compared to Cam they only have one which is Fuel Cycle, Waste & Decommissioning.

So tell me... what are your opinions? What do you think?
 

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Anyone? Please?
 
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i don't think your career path is set based on which school you go to. just focus on learning and the opportunity will present itself. the world could be a difference place by the time you graduate. either school is good.
 
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I've heard that Oxbridge are not as good for postgrad as they are for undergrad. Imperial, from what I've been told, is hardly too geeky. Also, because Imperial's in London, they have very strong links with major engineering companies all over.

Imperial's the best in the UK for engineering generally and are favoured over Oxbridge for formula 1. Just saying...
 

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