Best Engineering Specialisations in UK
: According to the UK Council for International Student Affairs, engineering is the second-most preferred subject among international students (as many as 32.7 % studied engineering in 2013-14) in the UK. The trend indicates that engineering is seen by a large majority of students as a safe career option which also offers a wide range of career opportunities. They are not wrong in their assessment because as per a list of graduates with the highest initial salary published by The Complete University Guide, engineering courses dominate with the maximum representations at the top (a total of four disciplines in the top ten). We can thus safely assume that these select courses are some of the best engineering specialisations in UK. Chemical Engineering, which comes in third after Dentistry and Medicine, is the top engineering discipline, closely followed by Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering.

Many students understandably want to know what constitutes the best engineering specialisations in UK from a salary prospective. It is an important question because the ultimate aim after getting any degree for a student is to get a well-paid and secure job; after all not all specialisations pay equally. At the lower end of the spectrum, engineering graduates on an average earn almost half of what a top-flight specialisation like Chemical Engineering may command. So, picking the best engineering specialisations in UK can be a career defining moment for students as it would give them an edge in the job market. Also a degree from a university ranked among the top engineering universities in the world helps, sd more reputed the institution, the more weightage it adds to your degree.

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Here we bring you some of the best engineering specialisations in UK that could help you fast-track your career:

Civil Engineering:  

Many might have thought that after the massive strides in computer science and internet technology, traditional engineering disciplines like Civil Engineering would be cast aside and new disciplines like Computer Science and Data Analytics will take over. But in the real world, nothing of that sort has happened; if anything Civil Engineering has held on to its position as one of the pre-eminent disciplines. Starting salaries of fresh graduates stand at an impressive £24,764, good enough to lure in a large number of freshmen. The median salary is £28,795.

With more than half a dozen universities in UK ranked within the top 100 universities for studying Civil Engineering, it is a no-brainer that the discipline ranks among the best engineering specialisations in UK to study.

Career scope: Some of the popular job roles of a civil engineer include building contractor surveyor, contracting civil engineer, site engineer and water engineer. According to a list published by Engineering UK, some of the top two employer destinations for civil engineering are –Professional, scientific and technical activities (33.9%) and Construction (26%).

QS Academic Ranking of World Universities in Civil Engineering 2015:

Name of the University

World Ranking

Yearly fees

Imperial College London

4

£26,750

University of Cambridge

5

£24,069

University of Oxford

23

£15,295 to  Â£22,515

The University of Manchester

39

£20,500

The University of Sheffield

48

£14,500 and £18,750

Mechanical Engineering:

The UK has as many as five universities that are ranked within the top 50 universities for Mechanical Engineering published by QS, which more or less puts the discipline left, right and center in the list of best engineering specialisations in UK. If these top universities alone are not enough to convince you about the merits of Mechanical Engineering, it has another feather up its sleeve: with the median salary of a Mechanical Engineering professional in the UK locked at a healthy £29,979, you will not be found wanting on the financial side as well.

Also, a mechanical engineer is considered as a jack of all trades, as they have the basic know-how of every field of engineering, be it electricity, structures, mathematics, computer applications and physics and drafting. What it does is when the chips are down (say there is not enough jobs in the core Mechanical Engineering sector, or there is a recession), a Mechanical Engineer can easily get a job in almost any field that has anything to do with an engineer.  

Career scope: Some of the common job roles of a Mechanical Engineer include job profiles like aerospace engineer, contracting civil engineer, maintenance engineer and mechanical engineer.

QS Academic Ranking of World Universities in Mechanical Engineering 2015:

Name of the University

World Ranking

Yearly fees

University of Cambridge

3

£24,069

Imperial College London

6

£ 26,000.00

University of Oxford

9

£15,295 to  Â£22,515

The University of Manchester

41

£20,500

Chemical Engineering:  

With a starting salary of £28,641, Chemical Engineering is the best paid engineering degree in the UK and one solid reason why it deserves to be one of the best engineering specialisations in UK to pursue. But it is not just about the money why an aspiring Mechanical Engineer should head to the UK, because UK offers some of the most conducive academic environment along with top class resources to equip students in a way that they can meet the challenges of our times and be of value to society.  Considering that almost half a dozen universities of the country decorate the list of top universities in the world for Mechanical Engineering, you can very well assume the kind of products these universities churn out each year.

Chemical engineers study how the physical, chemical and biochemical state of a substance can be transformed into something else, like plastic into oil.

 

Career Scope: Chemical engineers are engaged in large numbers in industries like oil and gas; pharmaceuticals; water treatment; and toiletries.

Name of the University

World Ranking

Yearly fees

University of Cambridge

4

£24,069

Imperial College London

6

£ 26,000

University of Oxford

8

£15,295 to  Â£22,515

The University of Manchester

24

£20,500

UCL (University College London)

38

£20,700

Computer Science:

With a starting salary of £23,628, Computer Science is one of the best engineering specialisations in UK to get into. Considering we live in a world that is getting more and more IT-oriented, computer science will only get more traction with more jobs and higher salaries. There are many success stories associated with computer science, especially in domains like cyber-security, which has become such a war cry, as also software testing and product design.

A computer science programme at top universities in the UK provides students a supportive and friendly environment where they are constantly pushed to challenge the periphery of knowledge and become masters of the subject. This high level of education and exposure make computer science among the best engineering specialisations in UK.

 

Career Scope: The job portfolio of a computer science engineer is as colorful as it is varied. Some of the most lucrative career opportunities lie in the field of application development, animation and graphic design, software testing and cyber-security.

QS Academic Ranking of World Universities in Computer Science 2015:

Name of the University

World Ranking

Yearly fees

University of Oxford

3

£15,295 to  Â£22,515

University of Cambridge

 7

£24,069

The University of Edinburgh

14

£25,900 (Full-time)

£8,635 (Part-time)

Imperial College London

15

£20,500.00

Kings College London

51-100

£21,750

Automotive Engineering:

Another engineering discipline that elbows its way to the list of best specialisations in UK is an Automotiove Engineer. One of the atypical career choices, considering that Automotive Engineering is offered only at a select few universities, it sure does pay well: starting salaries hover between £23,000 and £30,000. In senior positions, people are expected to get upwards of £65,000, which is by no means bad.

According to The Engineer, vehicle production in the UK will continue to increase at a steady rate of 9% per year until 2016, which will in turn would add many new jobs and push up salaries. This report also gives credence to the argument that Automotive Engineering is one of the best engineering specialisations in UK.

 

Some of the universities where automotive engineering can be pursued include University of Leeds, Birmingham University and The University of Warwick. The discipline is concerned with the life-expectancy of vehicles and includes tasks like manufacturing and performance and durability testing. Vehicles can be racing cars, vans and trucks. However, pass outs typically work in one of the three main areas: design; research and development and production.

 

Career scope: Automotive engineers work in various capacities in manufacturing companies, design firms, engineering consultancies and parts suppliers.

 

Top ranked universities in the UK for pursuing Automotive Engineering:

Name of the University

World Ranking

Yearly fees

Birmingham City University

87

£16,920-£18,900

Loughborough University

228

£17,000-£19,350

University of Leeds

87

£19,000

The University of Warwick

48

£15,820

Once students select their fit from the best engineering specialisations in UK, they need to move to other aspects of the admission process, be it English proficiency tests –IELTS/TOEFL, or GRE. The admission process in the UK is very competitive and every effort should be made to get the maximum points.

 

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