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.

A degree in Engineering is therefore an extremely respected and useful asset to have if you’re interested in changing the world around you.

So, what are the best universities for Engineering?

Kaplan is partnered with many institutions with a great history of Engineering. Here are our best universities for Engineering in the UK and USA.

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham, for example, offers many varied degrees in the subject.

Birmingham ranks 9th in the UK for Chemical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2023), 16th for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2023), and is in the top 15 for Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2023).

Arizona State University

Arizona State University‘s ranks 40th in Best Graduate Engineering Schools and 33rd for undergraduate Engineering degrees, according to U.S News & World Report 2023.

ASU is also named a world top 150 university for Engineering by Times Higher World University Rankings 2023.

ASU offers a huge range of bachelor’s and master’s engineering degrees across its Tempe and Polytechnic campuses.


An innovative institution that was co-founded by ASU, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney, TEDI-London is an excellent choice if you’re interested in studying Engineering.

Its founding universities are highly ranked international universities, which means you’ll benefit from world-leading research and forward-thinking teaching methods.

  • ASU is #1 in the USA for Innovation (U.S. News & World Report, 8 years, 2016–2023)
  • King’s College London ranks 37th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023)
  • UNSW Sydney ranks 45th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023)

At TEDI-London, you are considered a Trainee Engineer, rather than a student. You’ll work on practical projects that cover many different areas of Engineering, from Civil and Electrical Engineering to Environmental, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. This approach ensures that you are prepared to enter the workforce when you graduate.

You can choose from two exciting degree options: BEng (Hons) Global Design Engineering
MEng (Hons) Global Design Engineering.

University of Connecticut 

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is very highly regarded in Engineering, and its School of Engineering ranks in the top 70 in the USA (U.S. News & World Report 2023).

It also values entrepreneurship and innovation, and its students and faculty are encouraged to develop start-ups and new technologies. This makes it an exciting place to study Engineering and feel inspired to address major challenges.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is a historic and prestigious university in Scotland with an excellent reputation for Engineering.

It ranks highly across many Engineering disciplines, coming 5th for Civil Engineering, 15th for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and 15th for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2023).

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has an incredibly strong reputation for Engineering, making it one of the best universities for Engineering in the UK.

It’s ranked 3rd for Civil Engineering and 7th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2023) and 16th for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Complete University Guide 2023).

University of Nottingham

Another of the best universities for Engineering in the UK is the University of Nottingham. It is ranked 10th for Chemical Engineering, 9th in the UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2023) and 11th for Mechanical Engineering (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).

It also ranks 12th in the UK for Civil Engineering (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023) and 9th for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (Complete University Guide 2023).

Cranfield University

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 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 Aerospace Vehicle Design, Explosives Ordnance Engineering and Design Thinking.

How to study an Engineering degree 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, we can help you gain entry to a degree at one of the best universities for Engineering in the UK or USA.

If your grades don’t currently meet the entry requirements, you could take a pathway course with us to help you qualify.