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I want to do a masters in advanced engineering, my problem is that my university says I need a relevant degree, but doesn't define whether it needs to be engineering or just science in general? My current degree I'm doing know is psychology, bsc, ill be likely to get a first or 2:1, am teaching myself linear algebra and differential equations for the sake of a future career anyway so will put that on my application. Do I have a chance or is there no chance because of psychology?

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I want to do a masters in advanced engineering, my problem is that my university says I need a relevant degree, but doesn't define whether it needs to be engineering or just science in general? My current degree I'm doing know is psychology, bsc, ill be likely to get a first or 2:1, am teaching myself linear algebra and differential equations for the sake of a future career anyway so will put that on my application. Do I have a chance or is there no chance because of psychology?

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Hi,
My two cents worth... So when they say relevant degree they do mean an engineering or analytical based degree. From my experience of helping uni friends with applications, it is rather difficult to switch to an engineering MSc without doing a 'hard science'. (psychology apparently counts as a soft science).

Have you actually contacted the PG admissions office?, its always best to introduce yourself and your current situation, remember to be friendly and enthusiastic I'm sure these people have a say over your application so it's best to get on a personal basis with them. Let them remember a voice or face to the application name.

These people will be able to really give you the best advice. (this is what I have done in my experience and its what really counts and works). And be prepared to be shot down, it's happened to me a few times but just keep at it.

Also, If this is something that you really want to pursue, have you thought about completing an accelerated BEng in two years? This might be something that is available to you, if the MSc is not an option for this academic year.

Good luck!
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No I haven't contacted anyone yet it is just something I'm considering/hoping was an option for me as yeah I would like to pursue it.

Ultimately though I intend to make an application since it did say they are addressed on an individual basis but like you say the psychology being soft science made me think it may not work.

What is an accelerated BEng? haven't heard of it before.

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As a final year mechanical engineering student, applying for Msc advanced mechanical engineering 2016, with 21 months placement experience in world leading engineering companies.

I would say you do not have the background.

Bear in mind you will be competing with students from engineering disciplines who have the required mathematics and physics backgrounds, along with 3-4 years of engineering courses, I feel you are underestimating what engineering actually is.

Psychology is certainly a soft science and careers in that area are aimed towards humanities based positions like human resources.

You can get jobs at engineering companies by all means doing HR or business.

But I really feel you are underestimating the prerequisites to engineering, for example, do you know about manufacturing methods, stress analysis, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, solid mechanics and dynamics, finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, machine design, Computer aided design?

Regarding mathematics in preparation, you should be looking at linear algebra, differential equations, partial differential equations, fourier and laplace transforms, numerical methods, programming in python, VBA, or MATLAB.

I'm not saying it's impossible, but I feel considering it, having done Psychology is incredibly naive, and I've never met an engineer (and I've met 1000's) who hasn't come from a Physics, Chemistry, or an engineering discipline.
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You can always ask the universities, but in your case unless you have a significant amount of relevant non-academic experience (which it doesn't sound like you do) the answer is likely to be 'no'.

Which area(s) of engineering are you interested in? Have you joined any of the engineering institutions to gain more exposure?
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Hi

No I haven't contacted anyone yet it is just something I'm considering/hoping was an option for me as yeah I would like to pursue it.

Ultimately though I intend to make an application since it did say they are addressed on an individual basis but like you say the psychology being soft science made me think it may not work.

What is an accelerated BEng? haven't heard of it before.

thanks.
Well it's something I have coined from my experience, I would say it's an unofficial thing that I know exists.

I will share my experience to help your process.

So I studied natural sciences where I specialised in Inorganic Chemistry and Molecular biology. Upon graduation (and if I'm honest mid way through my degree) I decided I really wanted to work in an engineering capacity.

So after my BSc, I did a few applications for MSc in engineering and after a few informal interviews/discussions I was advised it would probably be best to do a BEng (both for academic and work prospects too).They decided due to my background that Instead of a three of four year BEng I had the necessary prerequisite 'skills' to complete it in 2 years.

If I'm honest, I'm glad I did, in my personal case I would say my math skills were bumped up notably but not as much as I was expecting. And I was exposed to the engineering culture and way of doing things. Also I'm more preped and the wiser now to do a masters in engineering than with just my BSc. But in hindsight it would have been doable with a bit of elbow grease.

I don't want to sound negative or in any way burst your bubble, but it is a BIG ask to go from psychology to engineering MSc. It may be an option though to do a broad MSc. For instance I know the Oil and Gas MSc in Aberdeen uni take on physicist, geologist and other sciences and the course is more of a sort of all encompassing cover all basis type MSc (at least thats what PG office tell me). However I will be starting a Petroleum MSc and I have been told they only accept 'engineers' no one else no geologist or hard science backgrounds.

I honestly think, if you have the will and are determined to choose engineering as career choice, then what is a couple years in comparison to a 40-50 year career?. Do a BEng (pick wisely I would say in the current climate Mechanical and Chemical are very good with a good grounding and valuable transferable skills, just my opinion if you have something in mind then go for that).

From that point options will begin to emerge and things/objectives will become much more accurate and clear.

Cheers!
Haider
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