Study Engineering: Why and How?
Engineering has been one of the most prestigious and well reputed professions in Pakistan all through its history. The recent developments in the job market can be inviting for those who are interested in the fields of science, technology and engineering as more developments in telecommunications, networking, software development and aerospace are taking place in the country.
Organizations like Pakistan Engineering Council continue to facilitate careers for engineers in the country by provision of programmes like JobShop where employers can find appropriate engineers to work for them and engineers can search for job opportunities available to them.
There is even a greater value for engineers that have studied overseas and can be a major asset in the development of technological sector of the country. This is why there are scholarships available to the prospective Pakistani engineering students to study abroad at many univesities in the UK.
Many students choose to study engineering at the Postgraduate level to attain the degree of MEng. Engineering itself has diverse range of disciplines you can choose from including aerospace, mechanical, electrical, marine and many more.
The Masters programme in most universities in the UK is one year long while some programmes also include a placement for the completion of the degree, which extends the study time to two years. There are two semesters in the given year; each lasts 3-4 months. The disciplines you would be required to specialise in depend on the majors you pick for your degree.
The students would need to have at least achieved a degree of Bachelors from a recognized institution. Some universities might ask for a Bachelors degree in specific area of study but most have a requirement for Bachelors in Science.
You might also be asked to achieve a certain number of bands on IELTS exams; usually 6.0 or a certain score on the TOEFL exam.
Students can also choose to take up a Pre-Masters course to be better prepared for their Postgraduate studies in future.
Career and Academic Prospects
Engineers are highly paid all over the world. Qualified engineers in the UK are paid from £29,000 to £45,000 annually. In Pakistan there is a high demand for engineers too with salaries ranging from PKR55, 000 to PKR110,000 per month.
While some people take up jobs and start their professional careers after Postgraduate education, others choose to study further for their M. Phils and PhDs. The UK universities have great reputation among the global society and can open great academic avenues for you in future.
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