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Frequently Asked Questions

General undergraduate FAQs

What is the difference between a BEng and a MEng qualification? 

The Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree is a three year undergraduate course covering all the essential material in a particular discipline/area of study. This course is ideal for those who want an engineering degree but may seek alternative careers such as accountancy or management. For non-UK students, the BEng degree can be particularly attractive as it may satisfy the requirements for becoming a professional engineer in their home country.

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree (also an undergraduate degree) lasts four years and contains much of the same taught material as the BEng programme, but provides opportunities for the more able students to undertake extended study. A high standard of work must be maintained for students to remain on, or transfer to, this course.

Graduates can obtain chartered status in the UK with either degree, providing the degree is accredited by the relevant professional institution. However, if you follow the BEng route, further academic study will be required. All our engineering degrees are accredited by the relevant professional institutions and so satisfy the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

 
I'm not sure whether I should study for a MEng or a BEng qualification
There is some flexibility to transfer between BEng and MEng up to the end of the second year, providing you meet the course requirements, but think carefully about whether you want a career in engineering and your likely A-level qualifications – generally we expect higher grades for MEng applicants.
 
Can I enter the second year directly?
If you have a HND with excellent exam results in appropriate subjects, we can consider you for entry directly to the second year. We also admit overseas students with appropriate qualifications to the second year.  All applications for second year entry are considered on an individual basis.
 
Can I apply for more than one course?
If you apply for more than one course it is possible that we will make you more than one offer. We advise you to discuss your course choice with your teacher / career advisor and/or our admissions tutors so that you apply for the course that best suits your ability and career aspirations.
 
What if I get to Nottingham and want to change the course I'm taking – is it possible?

Transferring to another engineering degree in your first year may be an option if the course you wish to transfer to is of a similar nature. For example, transfers between Chemical and Architecture would be very difficult.  You should talk with your course tutor who will be able to advise you.  Any queries about changing your degree to a non-engineering degree will need to be referred to the relevant Department who will then be able to advise you, however many courses have a limited number of places.

Courses within the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering and Electrical and Electronic engineering have been specially designed so that you select your specialism at the end of the first year, which makes transfers between the Department’s courses much easier.

 
Am I able to take a year out?

We are happy to defer entry if you want to take a gap year before you start your degree, particularly if you are gaining industrial experience.  It is best to leave the decision to defer until your arrangements for a gap year have been confirmed, but we can accept requests for deferred entry at any time, even after your exam results have been announced.  You need to have met the conditions of your offer before we can defer your entry. 

The Year In Industry can arrange work experience for students before and during a university course.  They can help you arrange a placement in a location close to home if required.  You are paid, and your gap-year experience will enhance your CV when you graduate.  This is an independent, charitable organization which has a regional office based within the Engineering Faculty at The University of Nottingham.

 
Can I get industrial experience whilst studying for my degree?

There are different opportunities to obtain experience in the real engineering world during your degree studies:
Vacation Experience: We liaise with many different companies at both research and teaching level. Some of these companies offer opportunities for degree sponsorship, providing vacation employment opportunities and financial support throughout your degree studies.  Most provide opportunities for summer vacation employment between years 2 and 3, or years 3 and 4.

Year out in Industry:  We are happy for you to take a year out during your studies between your 2nd and 3rd years, if this is related to your degree.  A University registration fee is payable for this industrial year which will entitle you to retain student status, therefore enabling you to apply for student loans. This structure leads to the award of an Industrial Diploma in addition to the final degree.

 
Can I study abroad?

Yes, we have links with top educational establishments around the world and we encourage students to take advantage of these. Nottingham is also part of a world-wide group of major universities known as Universitas 21. This provides potential opportunities to study in countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia.

Engineering is one of the founding divisions at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia and provides opportunities for exchanges. For more information see Study Abroad.

 
What kind of salary can I expect?

Figures from the Engineering and Technology Board Report 2009/10 show median starting salaries in 2008 as being:

  • Manufacturing engineering :£27,000
  • Chemical: £26,500
  • Mechanical engineering: £25,000
  • Electrical/Electronic engineering: £24,500
  • Civil engineering: £24,000

The median salary for all employee jobs: £20,801

The Engineering and Technology Board Report 2009/10 gives details of the annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE) which provides information on earnings and hours paid for employees within industries, occupations and regions.  The gross mean annual salary of occupations within Engineering shows management positions yield the highest salaries.  Electrical engineers had a mean salary of £42,732 in 2008 – an 11% rise since 2007.  Civil engineers’ mean salaries were up to £39,132 from £36,500 in 2007, and mechanical engineers also saw average gross annual pay rise from £37,131 to £38,797 in the same period. 

 
How do I apply?

If you are applying for admission to a full-time first degree course (even if you already hold a first degree), you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and use the UCAS online service, Apply (link to http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply/ ).  Apply is a secure, web-based application system which is available 24 hours a day.  It can be used anywhere that has access to the internet, so you can fill in your application where and when it suits you.
For full details visit the UCAS website: http://www.ucas.ac.uk/
Your application should reach UCAS between 1 September and 15 January for entry in the following September, although for some courses, applications may be considered up to 30th June.

 
What happens when I apply?

All applications receive individual consideration. Your application will be sent from UCAS through the University Admissions’ office to the relevant Department. When we receive it, the Admissions Tutor will evaluate your suitability, taking account of academic potential and personal qualities as well as your previous academic performance and referee's statement. If you live within travelling distance of Nottingham, we will normally invite you to visit us.  This gives us a chance to talk to you; it also gives you the opportunity to find out more about us and the course for which you have applied.  

The programme for a visit typically includes:

  • a talk from an admissions tutor
  • a tour of the campus
  • lunch in a hall of residence (free of charge)
  • a tour of the facilities in the Department
  • a short interview

During the visit you will be able to meet and talk informally with students already studying on the course.
If you live a long way from Nottingham either within the UK or abroad, we will assess you using the information provided on your UCAS form and, if appropriate, make you an offer through UCAS.  There are a number of opportunities to visit throughout the year and when it is not possible to attend one of these, individual visits may be arranged in advance subject to staff availability.

 
When will I know the outcome of my application?

All formal decisions have to go through UCAS which means that the process can take some time. After you have submitted your application you will receive, within three-four weeks, either a decision from UCAS and/or an invitation to attend an interview.  If you apply in December, this may take longer because of the holiday period.  If you attend an interview, you will receive a decision from UCAS between one and two weeks after that.

 
What are the tuition fees and what support is available?
Like most other universities in England and Wales, Nottingham charges students an annual fee tuition fee. Students living in the UK or EU can defer the cost of tuition fees until after university by applying for a tuition fee loan.  The money will be paid direct to your university.  Full details can be found on the fees page. The University also offers a range of scholarships, details of which can be found on funding pages
 
What are the entry qualifications?
Applicants to degree programmes will normally be expected to have studied three subjects to A-level. Grades vary from course to course so please check the website for details before you apply.
We welcome applications from students taking the Advanced Diploma in Engineering. Each application will be assessed individually and offers will be made to students who are taking either an A-level in mathematics, OCR Level 3 Certificate or modules of equivalent content in the Diploma.
Other qualifications considered are:  BTEC, International and European Baccalaureate Diploma, Scottish Advanced Highers and the Irish leaving Certificate.  For further information, please contact the course admissions tutor.
 

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General postgraduate FAQs

Will postgraduate study help my career?
Virtually all our higher degree graduates enter employment or further study during the first six months after graduation. 
 
Where am I going to live?

The University Accommodation Service offers free advice on finding the right place to live.  The University has more than 6000 rooms on, or very close, to the campus.  Accommodation ranges from halls of residence to self-catering flats.  The Accommodation Service can also provide help in finding private rented housing.

 
What's the closing date for applications?
Our postgraduate courses start late September / early October.  Although there are no formal closing dates, you need to apply well before you intend to start studying so that the University can process your application.  Furthermore, many deadlines for funding are several months before the start of the academic year (September / October) and require you to have an offer of a place, so you need to apply to the University as early as possible to have the best chance of obtaining funding.
 
How do I apply?
You can download the pdf application form or apply on-line.  If you complete the on-line application form we will not be able to process your application until the University has received your supporting documentation.
 
Is it better to apply on-line?

We prefer you to apply on-line, but we will not be able to process your application until we have received all of the documents supporting your application.

 
What qualifications do I need?

Taught Course Applicants

Applicants are considered on the basis of their academic merits, abilities and potential. Graduates should normally have a good higher second (or equivalent) in their first degree in a suitably discipline. In some circumstances, a lower second class degree may be accepted.
International students whose first language is not English must achieve an appropriate level in an approved test in English before they can register.  Examinations should have been taken within two years of registering to study at Nottingham.  The preferred English language examinations and levels are shown below.  These are the minimum requirements, some courses may require higher pass marks so please check with the relevant Department first:
- IELTS (overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5 in any element)
- TOEFL (paper version: 550 with a minimum score of 4.0 in the written element; computer version 213 with no less than 4.0 in Essay Rating).
If you cannot demonstrate this level of proficiency you can take a course in the Centre for English Language Education at The University.

Research Applicants

Applicants for PhD/Mphil are generally required to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent) and /or an MSc (merit) in an appropriate subject.
Candidates are required to submit a research proposal with their applications.
International students whose first language is not English must achieve an appropriate level in an approved test in English before they can register. Examinations should have been taken within two years of registering to study at Nottingham.  The preferred English language examinations and levels are shown below.  These are the minimum requirements, some courses may require higher pass marks so please check with the relevant Department first:
- English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 with no less than 5 in any one element
- Test for English as a Foreign Languages (TOEFL): paper version, 550 with a minimum of 4.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE); internet-based version, 79 with no less than 17 in any element.

 

Applicants for MSc (by Research) are generally required to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent).

It is beneficial if candidates submit a research proposal with their application.

International students whose first language is not English must achieve an appropriate level in an approved test in English before they can register.  Examinations should have been taken within two years of registering to study at Nottingham.  The preferred English language examinations and levels are shown below.  These are the minimum requirements, some courses may require higher pass marks so please check with the relevant Department first:

-English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 with no less than 5 in any one element.

-Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper version, 550 with a minimum of 4.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE); internet-based version, 79 with no less than 17 in any element.

 

Other examinations may be accepted, please check with the Postgraduate Admissions Office: postgraduate-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk  
If you cannot demonstrate this level of proficiency you can take a course in the Centre for English Language Education at The University.

 
How long will the University take to process my application?
This can vary depending on the time of year, but it usually takes two to four weeks from the time we receive your application form and supporting documentation.
 
I think I know what I want to do but what about the costs?
You will have to find ways to fund your postgraduate study and we know that this can be a frustrating search.  However, funding is available out there so 'keep trying!' Advice on finding postgraduate funding support is availablehere.
 
Can I work part-time and study?

Some postgraduate students choose to take up paid work as a way of funding their studying.  The Centre for Career Development is able to arrange part-time work during term-time and vacations – please contact them for more information.

In addition, some academic schools offer opportunities for postgraduate research students to supplement their income while gaining experience in teaching or laboratory demonstrating.  For further details, please contact the Department in which you plan to study.

Contact

Centre for Career Development
t: +44 (0)115 951 3680
e: ccd-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk  
w: www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers  

 
I got my degree a few years ago, will it still stand?
Yes, possibly - we consider each case on its own merits.  If your academic background is in a non-engineering area, then we will be very happy to discuss with you whether the degree programme you are considering is suitable.
 
What are the tuition fees and what support is available?
Like most other universities in England and Wales, Nottingham charges full-time UK students an annual tuition fee, however, if you wish to defer the cost of your tuition fees until after you have left university you can apply for a tuition fee loan and the money will be paid direct to your university.  European students will also be charged the same annual fee as UK students and will benefit from being able to defer payment under the same terms as UK students.  Full details can be found in the postgraduate funding and fees pages.
 
When will the course start?

Most of our postgraduate courses begin in September each year. In 2016, the start of the autumn semester is Monday 26 September 2016.

 

 

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