Why study an Engineering degree?
Engineering is one of the oldest and most fundamental academic disciplines, and dates right back to the invention of the wheel. Since then, societies have relied upon engineering for vital infrastructure, housing and energy.
The UK and US both have histories of remarkable engineering achievements. In Britain, engineers such as Brunel helped bring about the Industrial Revolution, while engineers in America built the Hoover Dam.
Both countries are therefore exceptional destinations for studying Engineering, and getting practical, hands-on experience.
But what are the best universities for Engineering?
In the USA, Kaplan is proud to partner with Northeastern University. Northeastern’s Graduate Engineering School ranks in the top quarter of Engineering schools in the country according to U.S. News 2017.
In Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa is very highly regarded in Engineering, and is ranked 4th in the United States for Petroleum Engineering (U.S. News 2017). Tulsa has state-of-the-art oil drilling facilities to boast of, and the University's excellent reputation helps its Engineering graduates find good jobs after leaving university.
In the UK, Kaplan is also connected to many institutions with a history of Engineering. The University of Nottingham, for instance, is ranked 5th for Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2017), 8th for Chemical Engineering (Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017), and 11th for Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2017).
Aberdeen is ranked 7th in the country for Civil Engineering (Complete 2017), and 8th for General Engineering (Guardian 2017). Meanwhile, Salford is 3rd in the UK for Mechanical Engineering teaching effectiveness (Guardian 2017), and top 10 for student experience in the subject (Times 2017).
Both universities have extensive links to businesses in the energy and engineering industries, helping students to gain vital practical experience. Industry exposure is another key factor when considering what makes the best universities for Engineering.
The University of Glasgow also ranks highly across many Engineering disciplines, coming 3rd for Civil Engineering (Times 2017), 4th for Electrical & Electronic Engineering and 12th for Mechanical Engineering (Times 2017).
The University of Birmingham offers many varied degrees in the subject, from Electrical and Railway Engineering to Metallurgy. Birmingham ranks 3rd for Chemical Engineering, and top 10 for 3 other kinds: Civil, Electronic & Electrical, and Mechanical (Guardian 2017).
Other Kaplan partner universities feature highly in the rankings for different Engineering disciplines, such as 12th place for the University of Liverpool, and 16th place for UWE Bristol in General Engineering (Guardian 2017).
The Guardian also ranks City, University of London 11th for both Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
If you’re a master’s student, it’s also worth considering Cranfield University. This specialist University only offers postgraduate study, and has a reputation for excellence in the field of Engineering.
Cranfield is fully equipped to cater to all manner of niche Engineering disciplines – it even has its own airfield. The wide selection of Engineering-related master’s degrees available include Flight Dynamics, Explosives Ordnance Engineering, Aerospace Vehicle Design, Carbon Capture and Storage, and Design & Innovation for Sustainability.
How to study Engineering in the UK or USA
Whether you’re just leaving school and interested in studying Engineering, or already have a degree and want a specialist master’s, Kaplan can help you get ready to study abroad. Our pathway courses will help you find the right Engineering degree, and prepare you for university study.
Browse our study abroad course options to start building a foundation for your future… and perhaps you’ll go on to use your engineering knowledge to build much more.