Engineering is one of the popular degrees in our region, but do you know the different options available for you to choose from?
Engineering students can choose between a 3-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree or a 4 year Integrated Master of Engineering (MEng) degree. There is also the additional option of a 1-year placement (Sandwich) year during your studies, which is linked mostly with the MEng.
To become a Chartered Engineer, it is preferred to complete the 4-year accredited Master of Engineering (MEng) degree with a placement year.
Each university will offer a variety of engineering degrees ranging from Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering to Civil Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Architectural Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Students who are unsure of what specialization to choose from will also have the opportunity to study a General Engineering Degree. This will allow them to experience different engineering disciplines before specializing in one. Students may then progress to a specialized undergraduate engineering degree program at the end of Year 1 or Year 2 depending on the university.
Top 10 UK universities for General Engineering (The Complete University Guide, 2017):
- Imperial College London
Nevertheless, do not base your university choice solely on its ranking; read the course content of each of your chosen universities to find the one suits your career ambition.
What are the Entry Requirements?
Entry requirements differ between universities, but generally students are expected to obtain 33-36 IB points or A Level ABB/AAB (essential subjects are Mathematics and Physics) and an IELTS of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0.
For the International Foundation Year, the Foundation in Science and Engineering prepares students for entry on to the first year in Engineering or related undergraduate degree. Entry requirements will include IELTS 5.0 to 5.5 (depending on the university) and completion of 12 years of schooling with very good grades in maths.
How do I Apply?
Applications must be made via UCAS if applying to Year 1 or through the chosen university if applying for the International Foundation Year. Note down the UCAS code for the University and the correct course code before starting your application.
What skills are important?
Essential skills admissions tutors might be looking for in students include problem solving, numeracy, analytics and IT skills.
Tip: Keep talking with engineers to learn about the career paths of different engineering fields. TryEngineering is also an excellent source of information.