Types of degree
We offer a number of programme options for each degree scheme to help you get the most out of your time here.
MEng (Hons) Programme
The MEng programme is an engineering degree which leads to a higher qualification than the traditional BEng programme, and requires an additional year of study. The programme shares the first two years with the relevant BEng programme, while the last two years expand and strengthen your knowledge in your chosen engineering subject.
The MEng programme offers a quicker, more direct route to chartered engineer status than the BEng programme. Continuation on this programme is subject to good performance in your first two years of study.
BEng (Hons) Programme
This programme is the traditional way of studying engineering and involves three years of study in your chosen subject, or four years if you choose the Year in Industry option. Not all engineers wish to seek chartered status. For instance, those opting for careers in the Armed Forces, the financial sector, or some kinds of consultancy work may find that the BEng degree proves to be a more appropriate choice than the MEng.
Chartered engineer status still may be attained with a BEng degree, although the professional institutions require further studies to be undertaken.
Year in Industry Programme
This sandwich programme is an enhancement of either the MEng or the BEng programme as it incorporates a year of industrial placement. This placement takes place after you have completed your first two years of engineering study, so the MEng programme takes five years to complete and the BEng programme takes four years. However, you are paid a salary during your industrial placement.
MEng International Programme
This programme is an enhanced version of the existing MEng programme for each discipline. It involves spending a semester abroad in the the third year of the programme studying modules which are equivalent to those which would normally be available at home. These modules will be credited to your MEng degree to replace the home semester.
This programme has been introduced to give you the opportunity to gain international experience which is becoming more and more valued by employers.
Year in Europe Programme
The Year in Europe programme is also an enhancement of the MEng programmes and enables you to spend a year attending a higher education establishment in France, Germany or Spain. Your year in Europe is undertaken after completing your first three years of study in Cardiff, so the MEng programme will take five years to complete.