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Study a graduate program in engineering

What will I study in a graduate engineering program?

Engineering is one of the most versatile postgraduates to study at university, and one that is in high demand.
 
As an engineering postgraduate, you could be studying anything from vehicle manufacture (cars, boats, even planes); large scale building engineering; the manufacture of manmade materials; or the technological engineering of smartphones, computers and so on.
 
You will be able to specify your graduate engineering program or simply take a general engineering course which covers all areas in less depth, ideal if you’re still not sure what you want to specialise in.
 
The most typical graduate engineering programs are:

  • Aeronautical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical and Production
  • Nuclear

Length of program

Depending on which country you study in, postgraduate courses will vary in length. Here are some examples of country and length:

  • UK- 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • China – 1-4 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

You must have a strong knowledge of basic engineering skills and facts before undertaking a doctorate, so at least a second class undergraduate degree in a form of engineering is required.
 
However, some graduate engineering programs have strong leanings towards Computer Science, Business and IT (for example) and in such cases a degree in that subject may suffice.
 
If you choose to study in a country with a different first language to your own, you may need to take a language course/test before admitted.

Career development

Engineering is a degree currently in high demand, so there will be plenty of job opportunities for you when you have completed your postgraduate.
 
Engineering is a very versatile degree so you could end up working in a number of industries, including:

  • Aeronautical; Aerospace; Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Construction
  • Defence
  • Electronics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Energy
  • the Navy/Army

You could choose to work in a very practical environment, or work more with computers and programming.
 
Your first job after your postgraduate course will probably be one of team working on a specific engineering project. The more you progress through the career, the more you will be able to pick your own projects and head your teams.

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate engineering programs varies widely, depending on the country, the institution and the course. Furthermore, you may have to pay higher fees as an international student.
 
Here are some examples of countries and how much their average engineering graduate program will cost you:

  • UK – £7,500 for home/ EU - £21,500 for overseas
  • USA - $20,000 - $60,000
  • China – RMB 30,000 – 40,000
  • Canada - $25,000 home - $65,000 overseas

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