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What is it Like to Study Engineering at University?

What is it Like to Study Engineering at University?

What is it Like to Study Engineering at University?

What it’s like to study the course that they’re now doing. What are the usual pitfalls and clichés that you’re going to come across? Well, we’ve compiled a list of FAQ’s that students often have, check them out!


What do I need to study Engineering?

A passion for the subject that you happen to be studying is always helpful, but more than that, you need to have a real interest in it. With Engineering, the main draw is that most of the work that you will have is practical, so the main thing that you need is a passion for practical work. A logical way of thinking will be needed if you want to get the most out of an engineering degree.

What grades do I need to study Engineering?

The grades are important when it comes to studying any sort of degree, but the issue also lies in the fact that you will also have to pick the right subjects to study first. The subjects you should study are fairly easy to guess, Chemistry (If you’re doing chemical engineering), Physics and Mathematics are all required. Mathematics is an absolute must! Putting it bluntly, if you don’t enjoy mathematics, do not do engineering, you basically cannot survive in the engineering world without maths, and you will need to study it further in your degree, so be prepared!

How much reading is involved?

It’s almost impossible to gauge just how much reading you will need in a degree like this. The reading load can change depending on the course and the university that is offering it. Most of your work will be practical, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be occasional needs to delve into textbooks. Although engineering graduates have all said that the reading that they have done has been hugely beneficial for them and incredibly confusing because of how difficult it is to understand. Any reading you will have may make up for the quantity in the difficulty department.

How difficult is it to study Engineering?

Engineering ranks among one of the hardest degrees you can do. The degree requires you to have everything from logic and common sense to a tremendous amount of patience when things don’t go your way. Engineering can be very difficult because you’re essentially becoming a “professional problem solver”. This is not a bad thing at all as it is not only an exceptionally hard degree, but a very well sought after one too. Some of the biggest names in the world of business have a degree in engineering, such as Bill Nye (The Science Guy!), Rowan Atkinson, Neil Armstrong, Teri Hatcher and Kalpana Chawla. This degree is not for everyone, and for many people, it has chewed them up and spat them back out again, but when you have completed your degree, you’ll be more than prepared for whatever the world has to offer.

How much coursework is there involved when studying Engineering?

There is a fair amount of coursework for an engineering degree, but there is also a lot of examination and practical work which are going to contribute as well. Unfortunately, this means that coursework is likely to count for nearly 33% of your overall grade as you will have the other two modules at 33% each too. This obviously varies depending on the university that you’re at, but the coursework is likely to take up a lot of your time. However, the work that you put in in your coursework will be invaluable to you as you’ll soon start to pick up skills and refine skills as you go along and that is absolutely needed for studying engineering.

How much does it cost to study Engineering?

It’s almost impossible to get the exact costing of an undergraduate engineering degree as costings really do tend to vary depending on the university that you happen to be studying at, however, an estimated £8,500 – £12,000 tuition fee undergraduate degree is a fair estimate. Prices can be either side of those prices depending on the university and the tier of the degree that you do.

What’s my job likelihood after studying Engineering?

The likelihood of a job at the end of a degree is difficult for everyone, however with an engineering degree, you can find a number of jobs quite easily as you can’t actually get any of the jobs listed below without an engineering degree of some sort. The likelihood of finding a job is again difficult to predict as it all depends on how hard you’re looking for a job. The degree will qualify you for a number of different jobs, so you will have a large pool of jobs to choose from and you will also have a slightly more enviable position than graduates with other degrees as you will have skills that every company will need at some point, so you will be a lot more desirable than those with purely vocational degrees.  

What jobs can I get after studying Engineering?

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Contracting Civil Engineer
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Corporate Investment Banker
  • Mining Engineer
  • Patent Attorney
  • Production Manager
  • Technical Sales Engineer
  • Water Engineer

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