Top UK Engineering Universities

Updated April 17, 2017

The United Kingdom is famous for its engineers. Steam engine inventor James Watt and George Stephenson, inventor of the locomotive, lead the way but behind them many others who graduated from British universities with top engineering degrees. The top U.K universities are also among the oldest. The Times Good University Guide, ranks the U.K. universities, preparing the Watts and Stephensons of the future.


Cambridge University's reputation attracts professionals and students from all over the world, and the engineering department is one of the largest, at ten per cent of the university's activities. The Times Good University Guide 2010 ranks it No.1, with 4.6 for quality of research, 94 per cent graduate prospect, and a 85 per cent student satisfaction rating. As of 2010, 1000 undergraduates studied within the department with 132 faculty staff. Its many opportunities for postgraduate study, include aerodynamics, nanotechnology and management and finance.

Cambridge University Engineering Department Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1PZ 011-44-1223-332600


Oxford University, has a large engineering science department and offers courses that cover a broad range of engineering skills. The department offers versatility, with students covering the general disciplines of engineering early in their university careers before moving on to more specialised options.The Times Good University Guide 2010, ranks Oxford No.2, with 93 per cent graduates prospects rating and 3.7 for quality of research. Students find employment in areas such as aerospace and health care.

Department of Engineering Science University of Oxford Parks Road OXFORD OX1 3PJ 011-44-1865-27300


Durham University's school of engineering and computing sciences has all courses fully accredited by four institutions of engineering. It teaches in a research-led fashion and the department is proud of its staff's knowledge of the latest developments. In addition to engineering modules, students study management. All undergraduates study similar subjects in their first few years, with nine options available for study in their final year. The department offers opportunities to study further with MSc courses in fields such as software engineering and communications engineering. It ranks No.3 on The Times list, with 91 per cent for graduate prospects and 2.5 for research quality.

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Durham University South Road Durham DH1 3LE 011-44-1913-341700


Warwick University ranks fifth, behind Nottingham Trent's fourth place on The Times list. The Warwick engineering school scored 89 per cent for graduate prospects. The school had almost 1000 undergraduates and 300 staff in 2010. In addition to its undergraduate programs, the department teaches at both master's and PhD level, with typical taught master's courses including studies in the fields of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering.

School of Engineering University of Warwick Coventry CV4 7AL United Kingdom 011-44-2476-528193

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Simon Fuller has been a freelance writer since 2008. His work has appeared in "Record Collector," "OPEN" and the online publication, brand-e. Fuller has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Reading and a postgraduate diploma from the London School of Journalism.