There are principally two kinds of degree that you might go for at university – BEng or MEng. A BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) degree is usually a three-year course covering all the general material you will need to study. This course is ideal for those who want an engineering degree, but who don’t necessarily want to become a chartered engineer.
A BEng can be attractive to non-UK students, as often it satisfies the requirements to become a professional in their home country.
A MEng (Master of Engineering) degree is usually a four-year course. While it contains much of what is taught in the BEng course, it also allows students to specialise in a certain type of engineering, and provides a more focused and extended period of study.
Some graduates claim that it is easier to become chartered with a MEng, and that some companies look more favourably on those with this type of degree. But universities that offer both types of course allow students to change from a BEng to a MEng before the end of the second year, if they meet certain academic standards.
If you achieve a first- or second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject area, it is possible to go on to take a postgraduate qualification at a prestigious place such as Cranfield University.