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    I'm a year 12 student who has recently started my as-level courses for the year consisting of as-level:
    - Mathematics (Edexcel)
    - Further mathematics (Edexcel)
    - Physics (OCR)
    I've always wanted to become an engineer due to my interest in physics and my talent in mathematics and also having some experience in the basics of engineering having studied BTEC-Level 3 engineering.

    The problem was that when i went into looking at the different sectors of engineering , I had to choose between aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering . I watched a couple of videos portraying the perspectives of the lives of both types of engineers and there is only so much information they can give.

    Hopefully someone would help my confused state of mind
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    Why not do a degree in General Engineering and specialise later?
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    (Original post by yt7777)
    Why not do a degree in General Engineering and specialise later?
    I could but wouldn't that be a waste of time
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    (Original post by MoAmine)
    I could but wouldn't that be a waste of time
    No, you typically specialise during the course and graduate as an accredited mechanical engineer, or whatever.

    It lets you see which specialisation you enjoy before having to actually decide.

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    (Original post by MoAmine)
    I could but wouldn't that be a waste of time
    Not at all a waste of time, personally I actually think its better then you come out with a much broader skillset and any graduate scheme you end up on will train you in the discipline you get placed in to, also Oxford, Cambridge and Durham all only teach General Engineering (Oxford: Engineering Science, Cambridge: General Engineering, Durham: General Engineering) so there must be some point in doing it this way.

    Also, you could do general engineering then specialise through a Masters and that will give you another 3 years to decide what specialism is best for you
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    (Original post by yt7777)
    Not at all a waste of time, personally I actually think its better then you come out with a much broader skillset and any graduate scheme you end up on will train you in the discipline you get placed in to, also Oxford, Cambridge and Durham all only teach General Engineering (Oxford: Engineering Science, Cambridge: General Engineering, Durham: General Engineering) so there must be some point in doing it this way.

    Also, you could do general engineering then specialise through a Masters and that will give you another 3 years to decide what specialism is best for you
    Just to be clear, yes all those courses start as "general" but you can (and most do) specialise during the course and depending on your choice of modules you graduate as a fully accredited specialist mechanical/aero/civil/eee/chemical/whatever engineer. You don't need to take a specialist MSc after a "general" BEng/MEng.
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    If you want to specialise in mechanical or aero then you can choose a course with a common core such as Leeds.
 
 
 
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