I will be applying shortly for my uni choices. I'm planning on studying Earth Sciences (MSci, 4 year degree) and would be hoping to get into Oxford or Imperial. Eventually I'd like to go into energy equity (preferably cleantech rather than O+G) or commodity finance, probably after a Masters in Finance (e.g. Metals and Energy Finance at Imperial).
However, for undergrads I was wondering how important it is for internships and placements to be at a target uni, particularly as I won't be doing a traditional degree for IB. Oxford and Imperial would likely be AAA, and I'd like my insurance to be a bit lower. Durham would probably offer AAA (best out of the five A-levels I'm taking from speaking to the admissions tutor) and has a course I really like, whilst both St Andrews and UCL would probably allow a B. UCL is obviously a target uni, but I wasn't a huge fan of the dept. and teachers even if the course is good. Edinburgh and Exeter also both have good courses, whilst Leeds has an interesting Environment and Management Course but is pretty much a non-target and is AAA.
So assuming Oxford, Imperial and Durham are on the list, which two (out of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Exeter, UCL and Leeds) would give me the best shot at an IB Spring Week placement? Does UCL really hold such an advantage over the two Scottish unis for example?
Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.