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Why choose an accredited engineering course

Engineering is a popular degree and there are many reputable universities offering the course. But, what do you need to know when choosing one engineering degree over another?

 

Why go for accredited degree programmes?

Some employers specifically recruit graduates from a particular accredited degree programme. To ensure that your chosen degree is highly sought by employers, ask the university or even speak to potential employers. Also, be sure that your accredited degree is recognised professionally. A degree may be accredited by more than one engineering institution, especially those that cover several engineering disciplines.

 

What are they?

Most accredited degrees are bachelors, honours or MEng. An increasing number of MScs are being put forward for accreditation. Some Foundation degrees are also accredited.

 

Become a chartered engineer

The process of seeking registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) is made more straightforward by holding an accredited degree. Therefore, it’s always important to start off on the right foot.

 

Benefits

Accredited engineering degrees offer students a mark of assurance that the degree programme meets the standards defined and set by the engineering profession. They provide confidence that some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration with a licensed professional engineering institution have been met.

 

Not accredited? Don’t worry

An engineering degree doesn’t always have to be accredited. A university decides whether or not it wishes to apply for accreditation. Holders of non-accredited degrees may also work towards becoming Incorporated or Chartered Engineers. Their applications will be individually assessed by their chosen professional engineering institution. Advice will be offered about any additional courses that should be followed in order to demonstrate equivalence with an accredited programme. Your choice of degree will depend on other aspects in addition to its accreditation status, such as the engineering discipline, the breadth of coverage, the laboratory and other facilities, the opportunity for placements in the UK or overseas, and the extent of university-employer relationships.

 

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