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Why Study Computing, Engineering or Physical Science Degrees in the UK

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:08

Choosing the UK as your destination to study a postgraduate level degree in Computing, Engineering or Physical Science makes sense for a number of compelling reasons.

The UK’s universities have a well-documented high reputation throughout the world especially in terms of research facilities and high quality tuition. Nationally technology clusters and opportunities continue to develop at great pace, with East London and Cambridge being recognised throughout the world as centres for innovation and high tech development. The UK is also a place where you will find some of the most significant companies within these fields, including BAE Systems (partners of UCLan), Rolls Royce, BP and Dyson and is also the country which Google have chosen as their European base. 

There are a large variety of options available but graduate students will usually take one of three main types of qualification. MPhils and PhDs are higher degrees which are primarily research based and involve one to three years of research submitted as a thesis. MAs and

MScs will typically last for one year if studied full-time and often involve a dissertation as well as coursework.

Hot Sectors for Employment 

Choosing to study Computing, Engineering or Physical Science at graduate level will place you in an extremely great position in terms of career prospects. There are sectors of employment in which companies are constantly seeking new recruits. Computing, Engineering and Physical Science generally fall into what can be described as ‘hot’ sectors. This means that the growth within these fields is rapid and more often than not provides excellent salaries to postgraduates. Furthermore a qualification gained in the UK carries high kudos throughout the world. 

Green Engineering is rapidly expanding sector in need of fresh talent. This is not just about developing solar panels and tidal power. There are also a large amount of opportunities worldwide within the energy companies, looking to increase efficiency and develop sustainable sources. 

Safety and security are other key growth areas. These could be within the fields physical defences and cyberwarfare. The world’s aging population also poses significant challenges for tomorrow’s engineers, from healthcare technologies to creating advanced robotics to help elderly citizens. Key to these modern demands are inter and cross disciplinary approaches to learning, research and problem solving. 

Here are a selection of five UK universities offering postgraduate courses in fields of Computing, Engineering and Physical Science which are definitely worth researching further:

University of Surrey - Master in Information Security

This MSc will equip you to become a security expert of the future, broadening your awareness and expert knowledge with in-depth, practice-oriented technical skills in cyber and information security

University of Leeds - MResClimate and Atmospheric Science

This 1-year course is designed to prepare graduates in the physical sciences and mathematics for research careers in Climate, Atmospheric or Environmental Sciences. It is ideally bridging the gap between undergraduate studies in physics, chemistry, mathematics and environmental sciences and study for a PhD.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) – Renewable Energy Engineering MSc/PGDip

This advanced MSc course in the area of renewable energy engineering has an emphasis on the design, analysis and implementation of renewable energy project. The course is designed to help you develop critical understanding that you can apply to assist the wide range of renewable energy industries.

Kings College London - M.Sc. Advanced Software Engineering 

The University of Manchester – M.Sc. Software Engineering


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