Students in the department have gone on to a variety of different careers, including civil engineers, engineering technicians, quality assurance and regulation officers and engineering professionals.
As well as offering you the chance to pursue a fulfilling career within industry and related areas, the postgraduate programmes offered by the department provide an excellent foundation for further research and a significant number of our students continue their studies to PhD level and beyond.
Following graduation about 20% of students apply for and are
accepted onto PhD study at Nottingham in the department or at other
universities. The MSc course is not an automatic path to PhD study,
applications should be made once registered on the MSc course.
The course can enable you to:
- prove to an employer that you are a forward thinking individual, who cares about your own professional development
- achieve a qualification equivalent to a face-to-face degree programme
- advance your career prospects
The course will enable you to develop:
- your knowledge and understanding of human factors relevant to organisations and society
- the skills that can be used in the design and management of organisational systems to improve performance, productivity and quality while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the workforce
- ability to communicate effectively to people at all levels within an organisation
- ability to work independently and to design and conduct independent research within an organisational context
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 97% of postgraduates in the Engineering Faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,738 with the highest being £40,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career Prospects and Employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.