Engineering is a profession as well as a field of study and research, and all our degree programmes are assessed regularly by the relevant professional institutions for accreditation. Being awarded an accredited degree means that your university education is recognised as an integral part of the formation of a professional engineer.
The accreditation process takes into account several things:
- the quality of the student intake (in terms of school leaving qualifications);
- the content of all teaching modules, mandatory and optional;
- the academic coherence of each degree programme, its depth and breadth;
- the links of each programme to professional fields of activity, for example, in industry and self-employment;
- the qualifications awarded to graduates;
- the professional and employment record of students after graduation.
There are five main professional institutions:
- British Computer Society (BCS)
- Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
- Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
- Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
These, and others, are part of the Engineering Council which is the main regulatory and standards-setting body for the engineering profession. Degree programme accreditation and professional formation, leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, are covered by UK-SPEC (UK Standards for Professional Engineering Competencies).
The Engineering Council is linked to the main overseas professional bodies and is working towards mutual recognition of engineering qualifications across national boundaries. All five main institutions, as well as some foreign institutions such as the IEEE, have representatives in our Departments, from whom you can get further information about joining as a Student Member, about professional development, careers and much more.