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Is it possible to go into engineering careers after doing a natural sciences degree?
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Yes but you'll be more limited.
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Yes but you'll be more limited.
How so?
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You'll need to do an MSc afterwards, that likely means that you will lose one out of breadth or depth that comparable MEng grads have, alongside have far less experience of the industry. It's also more difficult to finance an MSc compared to an MEng
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You'll need to do an MSc afterwards, that likely means that you will lose one out of breadth or depth that comparable MEng grads have, alongside have far less experience of the industry. It's also more difficult to finance an MSc compared to an MEng
Does this mean I will then have to take a separate degree?
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Lots of engineering companies hire science graduates as engineers. It’s easier if you do have an engineering degree but for example, when I visited Airbus I met people who’d done chemistry or physics degrees instead and got onto the engineering grad programme even tho it said on the application you needed an engineering degree.

You can even become a chartered engineer (but again, it’s more difficult) https://membership.iop.org/chartered-engineer-ceng
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Is it possible to go into engineering careers after doing a natural sciences degree?
Have you gone off natural sciences or just thinking ahead. What uni?
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Lots of engineering companies hire science graduates as engineers. It’s easier if you do have an engineering degree but for example, when I visited Airbus I met people who’d done chemistry or physics degrees instead and got onto the engineering grad programme even tho it said on the application you needed an engineering degree.

You can even become a chartered engineer (but again, it’s more difficult) https://membership.iop.org/chartered-engineer-ceng
Is a CEng from Institute of Physics really of the same value as say IMechE or another body ?
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Lots of engineering companies hire science graduates as engineers. It’s easier if you do have an engineering degree but for example, when I visited Airbus I met people who’d done chemistry or physics degrees instead and got onto the engineering grad programme even tho it said on the application you needed an engineering degree.

You can even become a chartered engineer (but again, it’s more difficult) https://membership.iop.org/chartered-engineer-ceng
So would it be the same for natural sciences?
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Have you gone off natural sciences or just thinking ahead. What uni?
thinking ahead
doin g natural sciences at durham or cambrdige
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Is a CEng from Institute of Physics really of the same value as say IMechE or another body ?
It's the same criteria set by the engineering council regardless of which institution you go through. If you got chartered with IoP you could transfer membership to the IMechE and they'd give you member level as long as your mechanical engineering experience is non-trivial.
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How so?
Some opportunities will want an engineering degree, others will be open to any stem degree.
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So would it be the same for natural sciences?
Probably depends which sciences you choose to specialise in. Cause if you’re going for more physics and material sciences a lot of the content is relevant to at least some branches of engineering. If you choose to study more of the biology content, your degree will be less relevant to engineering
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Probably depends which sciences you choose to specialise in. Cause if you’re going for more physics and material sciences a lot of the content is relevant to at least some branches of engineering. If you choose to study more of the biology content, your degree will be less relevant to engineering
If I specialise in a physics related discipline what would my chances of switching to an engineering profession be?
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If I specialise in a physics related discipline what would my chances of switching to an engineering profession be?
As you’re aiming for top universities, employers will want you and you would almost definitely be able to find a career in engineering. However, as a science graduate, you won’t have as many opportunities as engineering graduates and may have to start working in a smaller company or in an area you are less interested in until you have more experience.

If you are dead-set on a career in engineering, doing an engineering degree would make your life easier but lots of science graduates do end up doing engineering so I wouldn’t worry or make your degree choice based on that.
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