Can you study engineering online?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Engineering made the internet possible – and the internet has made studying for an engineering degree online possible. It’s a neat example of the huge difference engineering makes to our lives, and how engineering innovation drives progress.

Many of the world’s top universities now offer engineering subjects online, from diplomas to master’s degrees, post-graduate courses to top-up degrees. It means that students and engineering professionals can access the finest teaching, facilities, and innovative research no matter where they are in the world, so long as they have a high-speed internet connection.

Online degree programmes are opening doors for those looking to embark upon or enhance an existing career in engineering. It’s also great news for the UK, where engineers are in short supply.

What can I study?

Engineering is an attractive field of study as there are so many avenues to explore. Many engineering subjects can now be studied online, including:

  • Electrical and electronics engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Mechatronics engineering
  • Design technology
  • Renewable energy engineering
  • Water engineering
  • Engineering leadership and management
  • Micro/nano systems and technology

How can I study for an engineering degree online?

Study part time – studying part time is a fantastic option for those who don’t want to, or simply can’t afford to, give up existing work or life commitments in order to commit to the hours required for full-time study. This study route takes longer to complete, but offers a great degree of flexibility, allowing students to easily fit their studies around life, work and family.

Study full time – for those who can commit to the full-time hours required, this study route provides the quickest pathway to graduation. It does also still offer a degree of flexibility, as course materials are available online 24/7 meaning students can still choose to fit in their study hours at times to suit them.

Study with Work-Based Distance Learning degrees – WBDL allows students who have existing jobs within an engineering field to study while they work. Students learn via a mixture of online and work-based teaching, being accredited for skills and knowledge they’ve already earned in the workplace.

Courses such as Engineering Management and Business Management are popular choices for students opting for the WBDL study route. Courses like these allow those with engineering expertise to branch out and develop competencies in leadership, strategy, decision-making, innovation and execution. Graduates become more attractive to employers, and possess the enhanced skills and confidence they need to move on and set up their own successful engineering companies.

Benefits of studying for your engineering degree online

Location isn’t an issue

Studying online enables you to access exciting research and world-class teaching from anywhere in the world. You can benefit from courses, seminars and webinars led by industry experts and senior researchers, regardless of whether or not you live close to a first-rate engineering campus.

More affordable

  • Without the need to relocate to the university or college that attracts you most, you can save on accommodation and commuting costs.
  • Because online courses are typically less costly for learning institutions to provide, fees for online engineering courses tend to be cheaper than on-campus courses.
  • If you choose a WBDL course or continue to work as you study part time, your earnings won’t be affected by your decision to undertake a period of study.

Opening doors to opportunity

Online engineering degrees are delivered in a networked, community-driven environment. This provides students with an opportunity to study alongside, and form lasting friendships with, a diverse group of individuals who bring their professional and industry perspectives into the online classroom. You’ll meet students, tutors and industry figures from all over the world, opening doors to future career paths at home and abroad.

Practical industry experience

Choosing a WBDL engineering degree course means you’ll benefit from experiential learning too. These courses are tailored to your existing engineering career and specific workplace, allowing you to put your learning directly into practice on a daily basis, and ensuring you’re a work-ready graduate.

The University of Lincoln Work-Based Learning top-up degrees will help you achieve your career goals and obtain a qualification with a global focus. Find out more about the Lincoln WBDL programmes.


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