The Best Engineering Institutes in the UK

Published On: 29 Sep 2011

 | Last Updated On: 28 May 2014

Engineering and technology is one of the most sought after courses globally and especially in India, where an engineering degree is seen as one of the best professional course to be pursued. Engineering may not be the easiest areas of study, but its branches continue to be in demand, and because they are challenging, it is also rewarding.

Pursuing an engineering or technology degree in the UK which is one of the most preferred destinations for international education seems like a logical step for a great career. UK universities and colleges offer a wide array of programs recognized all over the world. At present 50,000 research programs and post-graduate programs are available in UK universities.

Why Choose UK for engineering courses:

Engineering turnover has grown over 2.2% for over past four years in UK and it has been reported that £ 1.1 trillion in turn over for the year ending in March 2012 from engineering which is almost 24.5% of all UK turnover.

Right now it is reported that more than 5.4 million people are employed over 500,000 engineering enterprises in UK and engineering companies are projected to be in need of 1.86 million people with engineering degrees in the coming four to five years. £ 26,019 is the average salary engineering graduates and with demand for engineers by 2020 expected to turn double fold, this number could go further up.

UK universities emphasize more on the quality of research work and the latest methodologies to conduct them.  Most masters programs in the UK are of one-year duration as compared to two-year programs in other countries. Universities in the UK offer students a chance to interact with students from different countries.

Some pointers to choose the university:

·         Check whether the university is accredited by an official recognizing body.

·         Verify if the university has been endorsed by a quality assurance agency.

·         Make sure that the job opportunities available after completing a particular program in the UK.

·         Learn more on the level of academic excellence offered.

·         Learn about the kind of research methods used.

·         Check whether one will get free access to the learning resources

·         Scholarships and infrastructure facilities available for a particular program.

University rankings:

There are great many universities in UK which offer excellent quality of teaching and infrastructure for research. Cambridge and Oxford Universities have set high standards of educational excellence which are being followed by the new institutions coming up in the UK. Students are given industrial exposure during the programs so that they get acquainted with the latest technologies.

According to the reports based on QS university rankings, the top 10 engineering colleges in UK follow as below:

·         University of Cambridge

·         Imperial College, London

·         University of Oxford

·         University of Manchester

·         Cranfield University

·         The University of Nottingham

·         The University of Sheffield

·         UCL (University College London)

·         University of Bath

·         University of Bristol

Higher Education institutions in the UK have been certified by most of the official recognizing bodies. These universities have proved themselves by innovating research methodologies and implementing them in their engineering courses. The UK’s higher education financing board keeps a check on the academic values of the universities. Different parameters like student satisfaction, job opportunities, admission criteria and student to staff ratio and excellence in research help measure the effectiveness of the institute.

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