Engineering at UEA is built on strong links with industry. Employers value our emphasis on multi-disciplinary working, transferable skills, and independent thinking.

Engineering covers a huge range of skills and disciplines, so we make sure our students are trained in everything from mathematics to managing risk. We’ve got a great track record of getting our graduates employed, thanks to our vocational and diverse teaching and extra-curricular activities.

We not only develop the skills that make a great engineer, but we also introduce our students to employers and working engineers. Students are exposed to real-world scenarios, get the chance to regularly meet industry professionals, and explore innovative technology first-hand on numerous site visits.

In fact, thanks to our great industry links, we've been shortlisted for a National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Award for 'Best Collaboration between a University and Employer'. Our extensive collaboration with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) has gained recognition as one of the 'most effective and influential collaborations [...] between a university and employer to offer students additional employability skills and opportunities'.

Current students: you can discover the full range of employability resources and opportunities on your This Is ENG Blackboard site (UEA login required).

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All degree courses within the School of Engineering at UEA are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council. Some degree courses are also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Energy Institute.

There are lots of advantages to studying an accredited course:

  • Completing an accredited course enables you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and competencies as outlined in the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC.
  • Graduates of accredited courses benefit from improved career prospects and higher earning potential.
  • Our accreditation is an international recognition and can pave the way to career opportunities in the UK and abroad.
  • Students will be able to register as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) after graduating and gaining suitable professional experience.

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Select Partnership Scheme

Select is a pioneering scheme that takes advantage of our strong partnerships with local, national, and international engineering companies. Hosted annually, the Select event brings together engineers at all stages of their careers through speed interviews and networking.

Designed for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students, the Select scheme equips you with employability skills and builds your self-confidence in a friendly environment. To prepare for the main event, you'll attend a bespoke workshop targeted at skills development and identifying your goals. The scheme's objective is to build connections between our students and professional partners, giving you the chance to gain work experience and deepen your understanding of the engineering sector.


On a Year In Industry (also known as a placement year) course, you'll spend the first two years at UEA, the third year on an industry placement, and then return to the University to complete your degree. During your placement , you'll be paid a realistic wage and be supported throughout your year in industry.

Engineering at UEA has excellent connections with leading engineering organisations, keen to host Year In Industry students. Many of these students go on to hold graduate roles at the same company where they spent their placement year.

Support from our award-winning careers service

All UEA students benefit from free guidance, workshops, and training through CareerCentral, our award-winning careers service (voted #1 in the UK for job prospects, StudentCrowd, 2022). You'll have access to the full CareerCentral offering from day one of your studies, up until three years after you graduate.

Here are just a few examples of how CareerCentral can support you:

  • Finding a job while you study
  • Discovering different career pathways
  • Writing an effective CV
  • Looking for graduate employment
  • Developing your interview skills
  • Matching you with a mentor
  • Looking for placements and internships

Find out more about CareerCentral and the services on offer.

Professional Society Membership

Professional societies are like clubs which specialise in a particular discipline. Members are people who share an interest in that subject. Becoming a member of a professional society can give you access to exclusive links with industry, funding, events, journals, and support. We fund student membership of:

  • Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Energy Institute
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
  • Women in Science and Engineering
  • Nuclear Institute


We host paid summer internships in our facilities, helping students gain a greater understanding of their studies and develop practical skills, with the expert guidance of our academics and technicians. We run different internships every year to provide a variety of opportunities during your course.

Hear from previous student interns about their experience.