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Hello, I would like to know how a physics BSc may be able to become a chartered engineer, in a big engineering field such as electrical. Also would a one year masters really make me a competitive graduate applicant for these jobs? If not what path would you recommend which would make me competitive for these jobs on par with a MEng or BEng?
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Hello, I would like to know how a physics BSc may be able to become a chartered engineer, in a big engineering field such as electrical. Also would a one year masters really make me a competitive graduate applicant for these jobs? If not what path would you recommend which would make me competitive for these jobs on par with a MEng or BEng?
You can check if your Physics degree is accredited for CEng registration
at: https://www.engc.org.uk/education-sk...+physics&s=all
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Hello, I would like to know how a physics BSc may be able to become a chartered engineer, in a big engineering field such as electrical. Also would a one year masters really make me a competitive graduate applicant for these jobs? If not what path would you recommend which would make me competitive for these jobs on par with a MEng or BEng?
To your first question, yes it's possible. Chartered status is primarily about your skills and competencies. The accredited degree helps smooth the process but if you are working at the requisite level you can still become chartered (though the catch is that lots of jobs probably won't satisfy that requirement).

To your second question, it's going to be harder without an engineering degree, but not impossible. Electrical/electronics is probably the area of traditional engineering that is most open to candidates from a physics background. The best way to become as competitive as the BEng/MEng candidates is to have a BEng or MEng degree - actually, relevant work experience would probably be even better, but that may also be difficult to get without a BEng/MEng.
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You can check if your Physics degree is accredited for CEng registration
at: https://www.engc.org.uk/education-sk...+physics&s=all
Unfortunately my Bachelors is not accredited for this.
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To your first question, yes it's possible. Chartered status is primarily about your skills and competencies. The accredited degree helps smooth the process but if you are working at the requisite level you can still become chartered (though the catch is that lots of jobs probably won't satisfy that requirement).

To your second question, it's going to be harder without an engineering degree, but not impossible. Electrical/electronics is probably the area of traditional engineering that is most open to candidates from a physics background. The best way to become as competitive as the BEng/MEng candidates is to have a BEng or MEng degree - actually, relevant work experience would probably be even better, but that may also be difficult to get without a BEng/MEng.
So the only way you are telling me is to do another degree which is BEng? Is there anyway a BSc physics can qualify for thoose MEng and BEng degrees without starting university over again?
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So the only way you are telling me is to do another degree which is BEng? Is there anyway a BSc physics can qualify for thoose MEng and BEng degrees without starting university over again?
That's not what I said. I said it can be done, but it's going to be more difficult to do so without an engineering degree. If you have a physics BSc you could do an engineering MSc. This may also help to some degree, though the lack of work experience may still be an issue in some instances.
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It is not necessary to have degree(s) that are accredited to satisfy the educational base for chartered engineer. All professional engineering institutions have ways you can show that you have gained the required knowledge and understanding in other ways. These applicants may have engineering degrees in other disciplines, or be from other countries or they may be physicists, chemists or even biologists or mathematicians but they will have been working in a field for sometime and so gained the requisite knowledge. I've read somewhere (can't find a link) that 70% of IET's members go through this alternative route so it's not at all unusual. However, getting a job in the relevant field without the usual degree may be hard - it's worth considering an MSc that helps to bridge the gap from your Physics BSc to working as an engineer.
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