After completing your initial degree you may wish to delve straight into the world of work. However, there are many positive benefits to undertaking Postgraduate study. This is particularly true if you are planning on following a career in a specialised area of the Built Environment. Read on to discover why.
Although a graduate degree can give you an excellent grounding in the civil and structural engineering profession, Postgraduate study can give you the edge over other candidates when it comes to getting that all important job. That’s because it hones both additional and specialist skills that may not be addressed on a more general graduate course. Because you study your subject in more depth and have the opportunity to work on real projects, you will be much better prepared to hit the ground running when you do get a job. Also, having committed yourself to a further one or even three years of study shows you have a real interest in the Built Environment.
There are lots of civil and structural engineering-related masters courses to choose from and a masters-level qualification can help you on your way to becoming a Chartered Engineer. Many Postgrads opt for the traditional PhD route, but now gaining in popularity is the engineering doctorate (EngD). This is usually industry-based and involves research on actual commercial projects. Whatever you decide to choose to do at Postgrad level, it will add to your commercial skills, your ability to communicate with a whole variety of different people, and prepare you for a management role.
Postgrad study is not cheap, but the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) does provide funds for engineering-related postgraduate study, particularly PhD and EngD studentships. At present the EPSRC funds 1077 engineering and civil engineering studentships to the tune of £346,177,657. Go to the website at www.epsrc.ac.uk for more information.
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