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mechanical and electrical engineering degree

I am looking at courses to apply for next year and have been unsure which engineering degree to go for. I saw universities offer a joint mechanical and electrical engineering degree but am unsure whether it is worth doing a joint or better to do a single type of engineering. As far as I can see the course is accredited.

I've been going back and forth between many different degrees but am finding it impossible to decide.
Original post by cg445
I am looking at courses to apply for next year and have been unsure which engineering degree to go for. I saw universities offer a joint mechanical and electrical engineering degree but am unsure whether it is worth doing a joint or better to do a single type of engineering. As far as I can see the course is accredited.

I've been going back and forth between many different degrees but am finding it impossible to decide.


Most people have certain predisposition towards one or the other. Although besides working strictly in maintenance or design it doesn't matter as much as you think. Try to probe which one do you enjoy more and which one you're better at.

Before I started my engineering qualifications I had no idea which one would be better for me, but I found out that besides some specific elements, I do and enjoy mechanical much more than electrical. Electrical doesn't come as easy to me and it takes genuine effort to understand the principles, which I can't say for mechanical.

So I suggest you try to find out which one is your thing. You'll end up using bits of both either way and you'll only need subject specific knowledge if you apply to roles that are strictly based on either one (e.g. if you wanted to design electrical installations, it's obvious that electrical degree would be better than mechanical).
Mechanical & electrical is a really powerful combination imo.

Almost all mechanical systems are controlled electronically nowadays through actuators & motors & electronic systems enable some really clever use of inherently mechanical things. Mechatronics has been around for longer but tends to be associated with robotics so mechanical & electrical engineering is a nice combination.

If you want to specialise on the electrical side id go for EEE, but mechanical with electrical engineering is a nice combination for someone interested in automotive, aerospace or similar sectors.
Original post by cg445
I am looking at courses to apply for next year and have been unsure which engineering degree to go for. I saw universities offer a joint mechanical and electrical engineering degree but am unsure whether it is worth doing a joint or better to do a single type of engineering. As far as I can see the course is accredited.

I've been going back and forth between many different degrees but am finding it impossible to decide.

It's a good degree to go for if you like a bit of both of mechanical and electrical, and are looking for roles or careers where a knowledge from both would be useful. From what I have seen, the joint mechanical and electrical degree is typically more biased towards the mechanical side, but you will obviously still cover electrical modules.

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