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    Hi,

    I'm going to complete my BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering & Management course this year. However I'm considering returning to university this September to complete a BEng Civil Engineering course.

    I completed a placement year for my BSc course and found that I was extremely interested in Civil Engineering. The mathematical/technical side really appeals to me. I achieved a B in A-level Maths and don't feel my BSc course has challenged me mathematically.

    Every construction firm has a construction division and a civil engineering division. I'm hoping that dual qualifications would enhance my employability.

    I would be able to complete the BEng course within 2 years, due to my existing qualification.

    Is this a wise move or am I wasting my time?
    I'm 22, so would be 24 by the time I finish the BEng. Should I continue to 25 to gain a Master in Engineering (MEng) and become a Chartered Engineer? How difficult is it to become Chartered without completing a masters?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by PatrickSch)
    How difficult is it to become Chartered without completing a masters?
    According to the Engineering Council, the easiest way to become Chartered is via an accredited Masters or EngD.
    http://www.engc.org.uk/ceng.aspx

    There are other routes but these involve being a professional engineer and building up competencies via working experience:
    http://www.engc.org.uk/professional-...ndards/uk-spec

    I suspect the Masters route would be the faster of the two.
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    Doing another entire u'grad degree would seem like a waste of time to me. Why dont you contact some Unis that do the 4 year u'grad MEng in Civils (Imperial & Surrey are two examples) and ask if you can either enter the MEng halfway through or even for the final year, or if there is a 1 year postgrad degree that would give you the same eligibility for Chartered status. There must be some way of 'converting' your Construction BSc to Civil Engineering without starting at point zero again, surely.
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    (Original post by PatrickSch)
    Hi,

    I'm going to complete my BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering & Management course this year. However I'm considering returning to university this September to complete a BEng Civil Engineering course.

    I completed a placement year for my BSc course and found that I was extremely interested in Civil Engineering. The mathematical/technical side really appeals to me. I achieved a B in A-level Maths and don't feel my BSc course has challenged me mathematically.

    Every construction firm has a construction division and a civil engineering division. I'm hoping that dual qualifications would enhance my employability.

    I would be able to complete the BEng course within 2 years, due to my existing qualification.

    Is this a wise move or am I wasting my time?
    I'm 22, so would be 24 by the time I finish the BEng. Should I continue to 25 to gain a Master in Engineering (MEng) and become a Chartered Engineer? How difficult is it to become Chartered without completing a masters?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Without a Masters, you will need to find another route to become a Chartered Engineer. There are technical report routes, experience routes and company training scheme. It depends on which engineering institution you want to join.

    Also for the avoidance of doubt, just having a Masters degree will not get you a CEng. It just ticks one of the many boxes you need to get one. You will still need to have at least 4-5 years of work experience, plus a reasonable amount of autonomy in your role before you can apply for one.

    Having an accredited Masters is the easiest way to tick one of those boxes.
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    (Original post by Klix88)
    According to the Engineering Council, the easiest way to become Chartered is via an accredited Masters or EngD.
    http://www.engc.org.uk/ceng.aspx

    There are other routes but these involve being a professional engineer and building up competencies via working experience:
    http://www.engc.org.uk/professional-...ndards/uk-spec

    I suspect the Masters route would be the faster of the two.
    EngD would be the quickest of the two ways to charter. The masters you still need to build up industrial experience afterwards. The EngD allows you to charter straight after completion. You get a lot of responsibility, innovation/research and management experience in industry on the EngD so there is no doubt as to CEng as soon as you finish, whereas most masters grads even with 4 years experience will struggle.

    You still need an accredited undergraduate degree with either masters or EngD to get chartership.
 
 
 
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