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A MEng degree is a specialist Masters degree in Engineering. It is a four-year undergraduate degree that extends your studies to Masters level.

Most people will have heard of a BSC or a MSc but what are MEng degrees and what does MEng mean? We have explained the difference between these engineering degree pathways below.

What does ‘MEng’ stand for?

MEng simply stands for Master of Engineering. It’s the award given for engineering degrees and is both an undergraduate and a postgraduate qualification in one. It’s usually a prerequisite for becoming a chartered engineer and is the highest engineering qualification you can achieve at university – although you could go on to study a research degree.

Some examples of MEng degrees would be Electrical Engineering or Electronic Engineering.

MEng vs MSc vs BEng.

If you are wanting to pursue a career in engineering then there are a few different degree options available to take your career in engineering to the next level:

  • MEng – a specialist Masters degree in engineering is four years. It is an undergraduate engineering degree with an integrated Masters.
  • MSc – a postgraduate Masters degree that takes one year to complete. You will need a relevant Bachelors degree to apply.
  • BEng – a Bachelor of Engineering is an undergraduate degree programme of three years. BEng students can further their studies with a Master’s course (MSc) after they graduate.

Is a MEng an undergraduate degree?

A MEng is an undergraduate degree (because no other degree is required to start the course). However, an MEng degree has an integrated Masters programme. A MEng degree can prepare you to qualify as an engineer. Before gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, you will have to complete further training and a professional qualification.

Should I choose a MEng or BEng degree?

Whether you do a MEng (integrated masters) or a BEng degree is a personal choice. It will depend on your goals and ambitions. If you choose a BEng, you can apply to do a Masters course separate to your bachelor’s degree. However, if you know that you want to be a Chartered Engineer, a MEng might better suit your goals and it can be a more cost effective solution.

If you’re unsure which course type is right for you, get in touch with Edge Hill University and we’ll happily talk you through your options.

Read more information about MEng degrees below to help you make a fully informed decision.

What do you study on a MEng degree?

A MEng degree is designed to prepare you for future senior and specialist roles within the engineering industry. Many students who study this degree type also intend to become a registered professional engineer. As a graduate of a MEng degree, you’ll be well prepared for specialist jobs and leadership responsibility. Many students choose to pursue this degree option due to the greater breadth and depth of study that comes with enhancing their degree with the integrated Masters.

MEng Courses at Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University has a range of MEng degrees:

Can MEng students go on to further study?

After graduating with a MEng Degree, your technical skills will be in-demand across the globe. A MEng degree will also open the door for you to pursue further study and research, such as a PhD. Many students go on to complete a postgraduate research degree.

What jobs can I get with a MEng degree?

As a graduate of a Master in Engineering degree, the world’s your oyster. Your technical skills and expertise will be in demand from companies around the world. You’ll work across sectors to apply your knowledge to real-world problems.

Potential roles for MEng graduates include:

  • Digital Design Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Robotics Design Engineer
  • Technical Consultant
  • Vehicular Design Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Medical Equipment Engineer
  • Power Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Space Engineer
  • Systems Design Engineer
  • Project Management
  • Systems Analysis
  • Research and Development
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Railway Engineer
  • Systems Analysis

Graduates also go on to work in renewable energy and telecommunications. You could also apply your skills in industries such as computer science, accountancy, and teaching. Your transferable skills will also make you an attractive prospect for the financial management and accountancy industry.


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Our growing engineering provision gives students an exciting practical environment in which to grow their interest into passion. Home to a £13m Tech Hub, Engineering at Edge Hill is your chance to explore a whole host of areas and become a specialist in electronic engineering, robotics, intelligent automation or computer engineering.

Find out more about our range of Engineering degrees and book your place at our next open day to see our world-class facilities, specialist labs and amazing campus.

March 2, 2023