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Mechanical vs general engineering

I didn't get the grades I needed to study mechanical engineering so I've been through clearing and had 2 offers - one to study an MEng at York uni in engineering (no specialism) and one to study a BEng in mechanical engineering at Liverpool uni.

I'm really stuck in deciding which to go for. The York course looks interesting, but I'm worried that a general engineering degree might make me look a bit like a jack of all trades and master of none when it comes to a career. If it came down to applying for a "specialised" engineering job such as mechanical, would I be employable without a specialised qualification?

Also, I don't know which uni is seen as more prestigious, or if that even matters.

York looks like a nicer place to live, but Liverpool looks like there's probably more going on. The Liverpool course is "only" a BEng but I could always do a separate MEng after that (couldn't I?). I'd like an MEng because I want to be chartered.

I'm trying to decide where to go and for every positive I can find for one place I can find an equally compelling positive for the other.

Help! If anyone has any info or opinions on either uni or either course to help me make a decision I will be forever in your debt.
(edited 8 months ago)
Original post by cribbo
I didn't get the grades I needed to study mechanical engineering so I've been through clearing and had 2 offers - one to study an MEng at York uni in engineering (no specialism) and one to study a BEng in mechanical engineering at Liverpool uni.

I'm really stuck in deciding which to go for. The York course looks interesting, but I'm worried that a general engineering degree might make me look a bit like a jack of all trades and master of none when it comes to a career. If it came down to applying for a "specialised" engineering job such as mechanical, would I be employable without a specialised qualification?

Also, I don't know which uni is seen as more prestigious, or if that even matters.

York looks like a nicer place to live, but Liverpool looks like there's probably more going on. The Liverpool course is "only" a BEng but I could always do a separate MEng after that (couldn't I?). I'd like an MEng because I want to be chartered.

I'm trying to decide where to go and for every positive I can find for one place I can find an equally compelling positive for the other.

Help! If anyone has any info or opinions on either uni or either course to help me make a decision I will be forever in your debt.

Hey, what a great position to be in!

I'm going to loop in @University of York who may be able to help you with some of your specific questions and maybe a little more about living at York.

There is so much more to education than the end outcome, this is somewhere you will spend 3 years of your life, grow, develop and meet life long friends...so I would really think about where you would be happiest (not to mention that will likely lead to a better grade and thus employability!).

Good luck!
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Original post by Paulwyn
Hey, what a great position to be in!

I'm going to loop in @University of York who may be able to help you with some of your specific questions and maybe a little more about living at York.

There is so much more to education than the end outcome, this is somewhere you will spend 3 years of your life, grow, develop and meet life long friends...so I would really think about where you would be happiest (not to mention that will likely lead to a better grade and thus employability!).

Good luck!


Yeah there could be worse problems to have I suppose :smile:

Thanks for the reply!
Original post by cribbo
Yeah there could be worse problems to have I suppose :smile:

Thanks for the reply!

Hi!

Yes I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about student life at York - just give us a shout :smile:
Original post by cribbo
I didn't get the grades I needed to study mechanical engineering so I've been through clearing and had 2 offers - one to study an MEng at York uni in engineering (no specialism) and one to study a BEng in mechanical engineering at Liverpool uni.

I'm really stuck in deciding which to go for. The York course looks interesting, but I'm worried that a general engineering degree might make me look a bit like a jack of all trades and master of none when it comes to a career. If it came down to applying for a "specialised" engineering job such as mechanical, would I be employable without a specialised qualification?

Also, I don't know which uni is seen as more prestigious, or if that even matters.

York looks like a nicer place to live, but Liverpool looks like there's probably more going on. The Liverpool course is "only" a BEng but I could always do a separate MEng after that (couldn't I?). I'd like an MEng because I want to be chartered.

I'm trying to decide where to go and for every positive I can find for one place I can find an equally compelling positive for the other.

Help! If anyone has any info or opinions on either uni or either course to help me make a decision I will be forever in your debt.

Does the York course not specialise in a particular discipline in years 3 and/or 4?

Also if you are enrolled in a BEng (at a university that offers the MEng) you can easily switch to the MEng (providing you get sufficient grades - usually a 60% average). In that regards, whether you enrol as BEng or MEng doesn't really matter.
Original post by Smack
Does the York course not specialise in a particular discipline in years 3 and/or 4?

Also if you are enrolled in a BEng (at a university that offers the MEng) you can easily switch to the MEng (providing you get sufficient grades - usually a 60% average). In that regards, whether you enrol as BEng or MEng doesn't really matter.


Hi!

I believe you can switch but [email protected] will be able to confirm if you drop them an email :smile:
Can I ask what grades & in which A levels you got ? Well done on these 2 offers at 2 great universities
Original post by cribbo
I didn't get the grades I needed to study mechanical engineering so I've been through clearing and had 2 offers - one to study an MEng at York uni in engineering (no specialism) and one to study a BEng in mechanical engineering at Liverpool uni.

I'm really stuck in deciding which to go for. The York course looks interesting, but I'm worried that a general engineering degree might make me look a bit like a jack of all trades and master of none when it comes to a career. If it came down to applying for a "specialised" engineering job such as mechanical, would I be employable without a specialised qualification?

Also, I don't know which uni is seen as more prestigious, or if that even matters.

York looks like a nicer place to live, but Liverpool looks like there's probably more going on. The Liverpool course is "only" a BEng but I could always do a separate MEng after that (couldn't I?). I'd like an MEng because I want to be chartered.

I'm trying to decide where to go and for every positive I can find for one place I can find an equally compelling positive for the other.

Help! If anyone has any info or opinions on either uni or either course to help me make a decision I will be forever in your debt.

If you do a BEng you can almost certainly move onto the MEng after 2 years if your on track for a 2.1 or higher. And yes with a BEng you can do a postgraduate engineering masters (as an MSc -equivalent to MEng).

Id say mechanical engineering isn’t really specialised - it’s still very broad any you can move into almost any industry.

The difference between mechanical and general is the physics you study (mainly around how to utilise and harness energy / power), in mechanical it is is focused on mechanical or moving systems versus general covers mechanical systems as well as chemical/electrical/structural - and you’ll get a but less depth in general but more breadth.

I would focus your decision on would you prefer to study general or mechanical engineering as the BEng/MEng/MSc issue is not a big deal at university if you are on track for a 2.1
(edited 7 months ago)
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Original post by cribbo
I didn't get the grades I needed to study mechanical engineering so I've been through clearing and had 2 offers - one to study an MEng at York uni in engineering (no specialism) and one to study a BEng in mechanical engineering at Liverpool uni.

I'm really stuck in deciding which to go for. The York course looks interesting, but I'm worried that a general engineering degree might make me look a bit like a jack of all trades and master of none when it comes to a career. If it came down to applying for a "specialised" engineering job such as mechanical, would I be employable without a specialised qualification?

Also, I don't know which uni is seen as more prestigious, or if that even matters.

York looks like a nicer place to live, but Liverpool looks like there's probably more going on. The Liverpool course is "only" a BEng but I could always do a separate MEng after that (couldn't I?). I'd like an MEng because I want to be chartered.

I'm trying to decide where to go and for every positive I can find for one place I can find an equally compelling positive for the other.

Help! If anyone has any info or opinions on either uni or either course to help me make a decision I will be forever in your debt.

Did you look at an MEng at Oxford Brookes - probably a better choice

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