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Engineering student working on an aircraft engine

How to become a chartered engineer in the UK

Chartered engineer – or CEng – is one of the most recognizable international engineering qualifications. It shows that you’re highly qualified in your field. An accredited engineering degree in the UK is the first step towards professional registration. You’ll be rewarded with better career prospects with an engineering degree and certified status, plus a higher earning potential. Discover how to become a chartered engineer in the UK in this comprehensive guide.

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How to become a chartered engineer

Unsure how to become a chartered engineer? Here’s the typical study route:

Why choose a career in engineering?

Engineers are in demand globally. Your engineering skills are needed across all industries, making it a smart career choice. From reducing the impact of pandemics to finding sustainable power sources, engineers help shape the world we live in. Graduate with a degree, work towards becoming a chartered engineer and you’ll be rewarded with a high-impact career and huge earning potential.

Huge job market – 1 in 5 UK employees work in the engineering sector (EngineeringUK 2019)


Well-paid roles – £27,000-£108,000 average salary for graduate to director in engineering industry (The Engineer Salary Survey 2020/21)

Graduates in demand – 203,000 skilled engineers needed annually in the UK alone (EngineeringUK 2019)

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Typical UK salary: £27,000-£108,000 (The Engineer Salary Survey 2020/21) Typical hours: 38-42 hours per week Typical length of study and training: 4-5 years of study and 4+ years of industry experience

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Where can I study engineering in the UK?

The UK has a world-famous history of engineering innovation, which continues to this day. Over a fifth of the UK’s economy is generated from the engineering sector. This provides universities with strong industry links, and students with a huge range of internship and employment opportunities. Whether you want to work in mechanical, civil or electrical, a UK engineering degree will offer the best start to your career as an engineer.

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Queen’s University Belfast

Industry experience is at the heart of Queen’s engineering degrees. You’ll have a range of placement and internship opportunities on your doorstep in Belfast, a growing tech city.

Secure your place on an engineering degree with the International Foundation for Science and Engineering, or choose a combined Undergraduate degree with International Year One. With scholarships available for your full study journey, plus low tuition fees, this program is a cost-effective route to studying at a Russell Group university.

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Study engineering in Scotland

Scotland is renowned for its engineering excellence. It’s home to some of the UK’s top universities for engineering, from Strathclyde and Dundee to Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

INTO University of Stirling’s International Foundation in Science, Sport, Computing and Engineering is your pathway to a leading Scottish university. It’s also the best value route to a Scottish degree. By choosing our pathway and progressing to a degree, you could save as much as £4,500 on fees (compared to an equivalent study plan at an alternative INTO Center).

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Newcastle University

Some of history’s great engineering innovators started here. And today, academics continue to push the boundaries of engineering. From global renewable energy projects to developing sensorless controls for Dyson, Newcastle’s engineering experts are making advances to improve our world.

Receive the best preparation for your engineering degree during the International Year One in Engineering, with embedded careers support from day one. Then join the innovators of the future at Newcastle University – a Russell Group, world top 150 university (QS World University Rankings 2022).

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