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Faculty of Engineering

MEng or BEng?

Learning and Assessment - Postgraduate - School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Studying the MEng, BEng means your undergraduate degree can be extended to postgraduate level.

Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng), a vital distinguishing qualification in the UK job market.

To gain chartered status after a BEng degree you will have to complete a period of further learning such as a postgraduate course.

If you choose to study the four year MEng, you will have the opportunity to work on a wider range of project work, including group work, which will help you develop practical transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, delegation, identifying and solving problems, and communications skills. There are requirements at the end of the third year for progression to the MEng. If you choose to enrol on the MEng, BEng you can still decide to graduate after three years with a BEng.

However, if you are sure from the start that you only want to study for three years, for example if you are an international student, it is also possible to apply just for the BEng version of our courses. The BEng course is identical to the first three years of the MEng course and has the same entry requirements.

Benefits of an MEng:

  • An MEng degree is the most direct route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) Status.
  • You will have the opportunity to work on a greater range of project work, including group work.
  • The MEng will help you develop practical transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, delegation, identifying and solving problems, and communications skills.
  • Future career prospects are excellent, and MEng graduates can expect to command higher salaries.

What our students say:

"I believe the reason I have been offered multiple jobs is because I am studying an Integrated Masters degree. Masters students are more sought after by employers and there are many options as to which industry we can work in after graduation. I feel I am now better equipped to start work as a professional engineer due to completing my masters. I have had more time to tailor my degree towards my career interests, which is very beneficial, and when you start work the pay is higher for a masters student. As all the students are together for four years and have made strong friendships this has benefited everyone as we are able to help each other and form closer teams when we undertake project work."
Melanie, MEng Civil with Environmental Engineering

"By doing the Masters year of my degree, I feel that I have gained a number of different things. Firstly I have gained an easier entrance into a job that most other bachelor degree entries would. Also, the experience of working as part of a team for project work will prove extremely important throughout my future career."
Phillip, MEng Mechatronics and Robotics