Why study engineering

10 September 2021
New students arriving at The University of Sheffield International College

Engineering is a wide-ranging field with fascinating and diverse career opportunities. You could be working in many different industries, making lasting changes to the world. As an engineer, you’ll use the latest technology to design products and systems. From international opportunities to high earning potential, there are many great reasons to study engineering. Read on to learn more about where a degree in engineering could lead you.

Types of engineering

There are four main types of engineering: electrical, civil, mechanical, and chemical.

Electrical engineering

Electrical engineers study, design and maintain new technology and electrical systems in buildings and products. They work in many areas and industries, including transport, building and services, manufacturing and production, telecommunications, robotics, and digital technology.

Civil engineering

Civil engineering involves the design, testing, construction, and maintenance of the environment. Civil engineers work across transportation, environmental, structural, geotechnical and control projects. They develop projects for drilling, bridges and canals, roads, renewable energy, and even respond to natural disasters.

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineers design, develop and operate machines and systems. Mechanical engineering is among the widest engineering disciplines as it involves anything with moving parts. A mechanical engineer can work across the many stages of product development, from research and design to installation and commissioning. For more information, read our Mechanical engineer.

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineering uses scientific ideas to develop new products from raw materials. As a chemical engineer, you could contribute to the design and manufacture of product development or testing new materials. You may work in industries such as mining, food production, mineral processing, and petrochemicals.

Reasons to study engineering


Engineers are needed all over the world and are in high demand, so you’ll find some great job opportunities once you graduate. Some areas of engineering are in particularly high demand, such as electronics, aerospace, industrial and nuclear. Once you’ve completed your degree, if you choose to move away from engineering, the skills you will have developed on your program – such as numeracy and problem solving – will put you in a good position to work in other industries and roles.

High salary potential

A key benefit to a degree in engineering is the high earning potential upon graduation. Graduate engineering roles typically offer a salary of around £24,000. Once you’ve gained more experience, you can expect to earn anything from £50,000 and £80,000 per year (National Careers Service).

International opportunities

Qualified engineers often have opportunities to travel internationally and help to develop infrastructures around the world. Once you’ve completed your degree and have some work experience, you could apply to work for a large global company such as BP, Ford, or Airbus. Organisations like these are always on the lookout for qualified, ambitious engineers.

Enjoy the prestige

Another reason to study engineering is that the career comes with a certain level of prestige. Many people are impressed when they find out someone is an engineer. Qualifications needed to become an engineer are known to be among the most challenging of all careers, and it’s a big achievement to obtain them. For more details on what it takes to become an engineer, please see our career guide on how to become an engineer.

Why study engineering in the UK?

  • UK degrees are internationally respected and recognised. A UK university qualification will make you stand out to prospective employers, both in the UK and elsewhere around the world.
  • UK universities are famous for their high academic standards and teaching by world-class researchers and industry professionals.
  • Studying in the UK will give you the opportunity to connect and form working relationships with colleagues and academics. Taking full advantage of these networking opportunities can prove valuable when you graduate and enter the job market. With the new Graduate Immigration Route, you’ll be able to stay and work in the UK for up to two years after graduation.

How to study engineering at Bellerbys College, UK

Bellerbys College Engineering Foundation will prepare you to study an undergraduate degree in engineering. Our Engineering Foundation is taught at our Brighton campus, close to many technology and digital companies, offering you a lively and energetic city to study and explore your ideas.

Upon successful completion of our Engineering Foundation, you can progress to study for your engineering degree at a reputable UK university, for example Durham University, University of Exeter, or University of Sussex. Our recent students have gone on to study degrees in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, architectural engineering and aerospace engineering.

Bellerbys offers a range of courses for you to choose from, created specifically for international students like you. When you join us, our dedicated team will support you in your chosen academic path.

To start your engineering career, apply to Bellerbys College today.