• Question: How long does it take to study engineering?

    Asked by maccer to Shruti, Mark, Faranak, Douglas, Charlene, Alistair on 4 Mar 2019.
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      Faranak Bahrami answered on 4 Mar 2019:

      Depends if you want to do a bachelors only or masters, or PhD. also some people take a placement year, where in their undergraduate degree (bachelor) they find a job in the industry in order to get some experience.

      In general,
      – bachelor of Engineering is 3 years without placement (4 with placement)
      – Masters is 1 year (in other countries it can be 2 years)
      – PhD can be between 3 to 4 years

      You can be an engineer by just getting a bachelors degree, it just depends on your preferences on how specialise you want to get in a specific field.

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      Shruti Turner answered on 5 Mar 2019:

      The answer very much depends on what area of engineering you want to go into and how you want to get there.
      You can do at apprenticeship from 16/18 which can last a variety of lengths of time (I don’t know much about this route).
      If you choose the university route, then the minimum engineering degree length is 3 years, for your Bachelors. This will qualify you as an engineer. You can choose to do more in depth and specialised study in a 4th year called your Masters. IF you want to go into the research side of engineering, then you’ll most likely need to do a PhD on top of that which is another 3-4years or so.
      All the timescales I’ve given are for the UK, they vary in other parts of the world. e.g. in the US, the Bachelors is 4 years, Masters is 2 years and PhDs up to 10!