Author: Dr James Scobie, Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor
There are a lot of things to consider when you’re deciding on which degree to apply for. At Bath, we have five mechanical engineering degrees, with and without placements, and with the choice of BEng or MEng. Variety is a great thing, but it also means you have a lot to think about when weighing up your choices. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! I get lots of students reaching out to understand more about the different degree options before they apply.
Finding out what the benefits of studying an MEng over a BEng is always a popular topic. Extending your undergraduate degree into a postgraduate degree has many pluses, especially if you’re looking for a career as a professional engineer. So here are the top reasons I think you should know.
1) Most direct way to becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
To become a Chartered Engineer, there’s certain criteria in academic qualifications and professional experience you need to meet first. You’ll need an accredited undergraduate degree as well as accredited further learning at master’s level. Our accredited MEng courses fulfil all the educational requirements needed to apply for CEng status making the process easier for you. And, if you choose to take a placement year, this also counts towards the professional experience requirements.
2) A more in-depth study experience
You’ll be able to choose from a range of master’s level units in your final year, giving you more flexibility to specialise in areas that interest you. You’ll also spend a whole semester working fully on a group project often linked with industry. Here, you’ll get practical experience solving a problem from start to finish. You can also take on different roles within your group to develop transferable skills in leadership, management, strategy, planning, decision-making, and communication. All of these are valuable additions to your CV.
3) Improving your career prospects
Many employers will take on MEng graduates because of their extra level of study experience so it could help you in a competitive sector. On average, an MEng graduate’s starting salary is usually higher compared to a BEng graduate. And Chartered Engineers will typically command higher salaries than non-chartered.
I hope this helps you make your decision. In the meantime, you can find out more about student life at Bath by talking to our current students on Unibuddy. Or watch our open day presentation to find out more about our courses.