|University of Cambridge > Department of Engineering > Teaching Office index page|
Accreditation of the Cambridge 4-Year Course
by the Professional Engineering Institutions
Most students reading Engineering at Cambridge will at some stage consider becoming professional engineers, and many will be firmly intending to do so. The engineering profession as a whole is currently supervised by the Engineering Council (UK). There are a number of chartered Institutions or similar bodies, each concerned with a particular branch or type of engineering. Corporate membership of the appropriate Institution is the professional qualification for that branch of engineering, and carries with it the title of Chartered Engineer. A Cambridge Master of Engineering degree, with the appropriate choice of modules in Part II, provides exemption from part or all of the examination requirements at all the principal institutions (although a number of years of practical training and responsible experience are also required for corporate membership). See below for conditions of exemption for each institution.
The Institutions welcome enquiries from engineering students and will supply, on request, information about careers and reading lists. Undergraduates may apply for student membership of any of the Institutions listed below. Student membership is generally free and entitles the student to receive certain publications and to attend meetings organised in all parts of the country.
All the four-year MEng courses offered by the Engineering Department are accredited by one or more of the following Institutions, depending on the Engineering Area studied.
Students are encouraged to become Student or Affiliate members of one or more of the Professional Institutions.
The MEng course is also recognised by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) as meeting the requirements of a “second cycle” European accredited engineering programme. In essence, this means that it meets the European standard for a Masters degree.
CONDITIONS OF EXEMPTION (see the Options document for course details)
|ALL Institutions:||Students must complete two management modules (those in Group E plus '4I1 Strategic valuation') during the final two years of the MEng course.|
|CIHT, IHE, ICE and IStructE:||The MEng is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the same requirement of 2 management modules being taken in Part II. For the purposes of accreditation, '4D16 Construction and management' (offered 2010-11 but not 11-12; will next run in 2012-13) can be counted as one of the 2 management modules.|
|RAeS, IMechE and IET:||The MEng is accredited for all Engineering Areas.|
|InstMC:||The MEng is accredited for the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Area. Other Engineering Areas are also accredited provided that at least two of the following modules are taken:
|IPEM:||The MEng is accredited for students who take the "Engineering for the Life Sciences" Engineering area in both Part IIA and Part IIB.|
CUED INSTITUTION LIAISON OFFICERS
More details, including application forms, relating to membership of individual institutions can be obtained from the institutions' web sites (click on the institutions' names below), or from the appropriate departmental liaison officer, listed below:
|ICE||Institution of Civil Engineers||Dr RA Fenner||(raf37@eng)|
|IStructE||Institution of Structural Engineers||Dr CJ Burgoyne||(cjb@eng)|
|IMechE||Institution of Mechanical Engineers||Prof JA Williams||(jaw@eng)|
|IET||Institution of Engineering and Technology||Dr RA McMahon||(ram1@eng)|
|RAeS||Royal Aeronautical Society||Prof WN Dawes||(wnd@eng)|
|InstMC||Institute of Measurement and Control||Prof JM Maciejowski||(jmm@eng)|
|CIHT||Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation||Dr CJ Burgoyne||(cjb@eng)|
|IHE||Institute of Highway Engineers||Dr CJ Burgoyne||(cjb@eng)|
|IPEM||Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine||Dr GM Treece||(gmt11@eng)|
THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL
Graduates in Engineering, who are Corporate Members of one of the Engineering Institutions above are invited to register with the Engineering Council to achieve Chartered Engineer status (CEng). This is usually acquired by application through the particular Institution at the time of acceptance as a Corporate Member.
Students may like to become involved with the various activities of the Engineering Council which promote engineering amongst young people.
Engineering Council homepage: http://www.engc.org.uk/
© Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge
Information provided by the teaching-office