Department of
Architecture and Built Environment

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a BEng and 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.

Can I live in halls of residence or other University accommodation?

All full-time first-year students are guaranteed a place in University accommodation provided they make Nottingham their firm choice and return their accommodation application before the 1 August deadline.

A wide variety of privately managed accommodation is available within walking distance of the Department and University facilities.

Can I take a year in industry?
You will be encouraged to undertake industrial placements, usually at the end of year two. Between September and December the larger industry-based organisations come to the Department to recruit students for industrial placements. The ‘Year in Industry’ scheme is a not- for-profit organisation that provides placements for students. They have an office within the Faculty of Engineering.
How much practical work will I do?
Practical work is an integral part of the course and includes laboratory, field work and industrial visits. We use labs to develop analytical, problem-solving and team-working skills. The amount of practical work undertaken is high in the first year: typically 20 per cent of the course.
What staff support is available during the course?
The Department runs an academic tutorial system. First-year students see their tutor on a weekly basis. In later years tutors advise on module/course choices and career options. Personal tutors are also assigned to act in a pastoral role if necessary.
Will I get exposure to industry?
Industry is at the heart of everything we do. Staff have industrial backgrounds or work with industry on a day-to-day basis through their research activities. Our labs mirror many industrial processes and we use guest lecturers to deliver material within several course modules. We run programmes with industrial visits and most of our modules involve industrial case studies.
What are the job prospects at the end of the course?
The majority of our students who want jobs get them within six months of the end of their course. Many get head-hunted well before the end of their final year. Our engineering degrees offer excellent and varied careers. Their analytical, team-working and problem-solving nature means they are in demand from non-engineering sectors (for example, management and finance) as well as in technical scientific and engineering roles.
Can I switch between courses?
You will be able to switch between BEng and MEng degrees at the end of year two. You will need an overall average of 55 per cent at the end of year two in order to qualify for the MEng.
I haven't studied the correct subjects - is there any way I can do engineering?
If you have not studied the subjects required, or your grades were too low to meet the entry requirements, you could consider applying for the Engineering Foundation Year Programme.
How much are the fees?

Like many universities in England, Nottingham charges full-time UK and EU students an annual tuition fee, which in 2015-16 was £9,000. However, you will not have to pay your fees while studying – the government will lend eligible students the money, which you will start to pay back once you have left university and are earning at least £21,000. 

Fees for students from outside the EU vary from subject to subject. 

What bursaries and scholarships are available?

Around a third of students at Nottingham are likely to be eligible for a non-repayable University of Nottingham Core Bursary. Some students will also be eligible for support through Nottingham Potential Bursaries and the National Scholarship Programme. These are in addition to any support you may receive from the government. For more information please see

If you are an international applicant (outside of the EU), please see the “New international students” section on

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Department of Architecture and Built Environment

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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