A Master of Engineering degree (abbreviated MEng., M.E. or M.Eng.) can be either an academic or professional master’s degree in the field of engineering.

In academic terms, a master is one who has completed a specific course of study at the post-graduate level. These degrees are granted by a number of different types of institutions and can take anywhere from two to four years to obtain.

What is a Master in Engineering Studies? These courses are most often taken as a bridge between an undergraduate degree and doctoral studies. The focus in these programs is usually on the academic side of engineering, with a typical selection of courses covering civil engineering, plastics, software engineering or environmental engineering. Classes may vary widely depending on the specific engineering focus of the programs, such as civil, computer, mechanical, or nuclear. However, courses tend to require a high level of mathematic and scientific performance from students and may include hands-on projects or theoretical dissertations as well.

One might expect to acquire a detailed knowledge of an engineering specialization over the course of one of these master’s programs. This might assist in various professional tasks as an engineer. Graduates may also improve their organizational and research abilities, skills that are useful in both personal and professional situations.

A Master of Engineering or Master of Science in Engineering can take one of two forms: an academic degree, or a professional degree emphasizing skills and practical analysis over the former’s theory and research. The types of engineering degree available to you will partly be determined by the country and the institution in which you have chosen to study.

For example, the Master of Engineering degree in Australia is a two- to three-year research degree with an end-of-year thesis, while in the US and Canada a Master of Engineering is a two-year professional degree taken after a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering. In the UK the four-year postgraduate Masters in Engineering (MEng) is designed to prepare students to become chartered engineers, and may extend to five years for students to spend a year in industry. Some universities in the UK now also offer Doctor of Engineering (EngD) programs. These lead to a qualification equivalent to a PhD, but take a research-focused industry approach, rather than the traditional academic approach.