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Spotlight on Nottingham: engineering your future

09 Jun 2021 - Fiona Raleigh

The UK has an impressive engineering history, and the country has produced many great engineers, including Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone!). This reputation for excellence has continued into the 21st century, and many UK universities offer a world-class education in Engineering.

Engineering degrees at the University of Nottingham are some of the best in the UK, and the University is dedicated to pushing boundaries and producing world-changing research on wide-ranging areas of Engineering.

Types of Engineering degrees

There are plenty of different types of Engineering degrees on offer at the University of Nottingham. Depending on your interests and career goals, you could study Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.

The good news is that the University of Nottingham is highly ranked in all of these subjects!

University of Nottingham Engineering rankings

9th for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering in the UK

Complete University Guide 2022

3rd in the UK for Chemical Engineering

Guardian University Guide 2021

13th in the UK for Civil Engineering

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

14th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

Guardian University Guide 2021

2nd in the UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Guardian University Guide 2021

These fantastic rankings show that you’ll receive an excellent education in Engineering at the University of Nottingham. A Nottingham Engineering degree is highly regarded by employers, and will give you an edge in the job market.

World-class Engineering research

One of the reasons the University earns such high rankings is its world-class research. The Faculty of Engineering’s advanced research into global challenges attracts high-calibre researchers, who work on creating sustainable technologies for the future. You could benefit from this cutting-edge research and enjoy an inspirational learning environment.

Research projects include:

• The Cleaner Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture Technologies Research Group. The primary incentive is to develop new, innovative methods to reduce fossil fuel emissions that are causing irreversible damage to the earth’s atmosphere.
• The Resilience Engineering Research Group. This research group focuses on improving the resilience of engineering systems to the consequences of natural and manmade disasters.

Impact is at the heart of the University’s research. All of its Engineering research projects aim to benefit society, the economy and academia, in a global way.

Engineering at Nottingham University

The University of Nottingham is also a proud advocate of Women in Engineering. The Engineering Faculty was awarded with the Silver Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) accreditation, not once but twice! This award shows their commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEM subjects. STEM is a term used to refer to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Study a pathway course: your route to a degree

If your qualifications don’t currently meet the level required to study an Engineering degree at Nottingham, then a pathway course can help you gain entry to the University. You’ll learn English language and academic skills, as well as important subject knowledge that will help you when you start your degree.

An Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Certificate offers an exciting introduction to the subject. The course is taught by the University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering, and explores modules including ‘Properties of Matter / Vibrations and Waves’ and ‘English for Engineering and Science’. It’s a great way to gain access to a degree: in 2020, 95% of Kaplan who passed the course received an unconditional offer from the University. You’ll gain a fascinating overview of Engineering principles before you progress to one of a wide range of undergraduate degrees at the University of Nottingham.

The course will also help prepare you for a successful career, and graduates with an Engineering degree (or Physical Sciences-related degree such as Mathematics or Computer Science), can expect a good salary and excellent employment opportunities. For instance, graduates from the Department of Civil Engineering can expect an average UK starting salary of £26,595, while for a Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering graduate its £31,426.

Study a pathway course

Alternatively, if you would like to pursue a master’s degree, but you feel you would benefit from more preparation, a Pre-Master’s course could be right for you. Our Science and Engineering Pre-Master’s course offers you the opportunity to develop skills in research and experimental design, before you continue on to your master’s degree at the University of Nottingham.

Guaranteed entry

Both the Foundation Certificate and Pre-Master’s offer guaranteed entry to the University of Nottingham when you pass at the required level, with good attendance.

After your degree, you can choose from a wide range of careers. Aerospace Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Product Designer are just some of the many amazing jobs that you could look forward to!

Start your path

If you’re an international student and want to benefit from a great education in Engineering at the University of Nottingham, why not get in touch? You can find out more about the University itself, or how a pathway course could help engineer your future.

Alternatively, use our the handy degree finder below to search for Engineering degrees at Nottingham.

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