MEng or BEng?

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An Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) is a four-year degree that extends your studies to Masters level. It’s the highest award for undergraduate studies in engineering in the UK.

Benefits of an Integrated Masters

There are several benefits if you opt to take the Integrated Masters:

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) status: the majority of our UK students undertake a MEng, BEng course as it’s the most direct way of meeting the educational requirements for subsequent registration as a Chartered Engineer.
  • Greater breadth and depth of study: you’ll have the opportunity to be involved on a wider range of project work, including exciting individual and team-based projects, typically with industrial involvement.
  • Enhanced employability: you’ll develop practical transferable skills such: as team-working; decision-making; delegating; identifying and solving problems; and communications skills.
  • Higher salaries: Integrated Masters graduates typically command higher salaries than those who leave with a BEng degree.

Here’s our guide to Master of Engineering (MEng) and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees:



Q: What happens if I decide during my studies that I no longer wish to undertake the fourth year of the BEng, MEng course?
A: The majority of our students enrol directly onto one of our Integrated Masters degree courses. If you do decide during your degree that you no longer wish to undertake the fourth MEng year, that isn't a problem. You have until the middle of the third year to decide whether you wish to graduate after three years with a BEng honours degree. Some students decide to graduate with a BEng because they’ve decided to study a specialist one-year MSc postgraduate degree course or a research degree in the form of a PhD.

Q: Is it possible to apply directly for a three-year BEng course?
A: If you’re sure from the start that you only want to study for three years, for example if you’re an international student, you can apply directly for a BEng degree course. The BEng degree course is identical to the first three years of the MEng, BEng course.

Q: Does the BEng have lower entry requirements than the MEng?
No, the MEng, BEng and BEng courses have the same entry requirements.

Q: Can I become a Chartered Engineer if I graduate with a BEng?
Engineers with a BEng degree can apply to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) once they’ve had appropriate training and experience in the workplace. BEng graduates who wish to achieve Chartered Engineer status will need to undertake further learning such as an MSc postgraduate course at some stage after graduation.

The Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) degree satisfies the educational requirement to become a Chartered Engineer. Engineers with this type of degree can apply to become a Chartered Engineer once they’ve completed the required amount of training and experience in the workplace (typically four to five years after graduation).

What our students say

‘I chose to complete a MEng instead of the BEng as the extra year gave me more in-depth knowledge into my field of engineering. In addition, I believe that the Integrated Masters made me a more attractive candidate for potential employers.’
Gary Slavin, MEng Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering

‘For me it was a decision considering the long term. I wish to become a Chartered Engineer at some point after I graduate and I found out that it is required to have a Masters before you can do this (or it is a much faster process if you do in any case). Also, since it was integrated here I would not have to reapply and I would still get the financial support through the student loans company, etc.’
Stephanie Moakes, MEng Civil and Structural Engineering 

‘I believe the reason I have been offered multiple jobs is because I am studying an Integrated Masters degree. Masters students are more sought after by employers and there are many options as to which industry we can work in after graduation. I feel I am now better equipped to start work as a professional engineer due to completing my Masters.I have had more time to tailor my degree towards my career interests, which is very beneficial, and when you start work the pay is higher for a Masters student. As all the students are together for four years and have made strong friendships. This has benefited everyone as we are able to help each other and form closer teams when we undertake project work.’
Melanie, MEng Civil with Environmental Engineering

‘By doing the Masters year of my degree, I feel that I have gained a number of different things. Firstly I have gained an easier entrance into a job than most other bachelor degree entries would. Also, the experience of working as part of a team for project work will prove extremely important throughout my future career.
Phillip, MEng Mechatronics and Robotics