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A Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) is an academic or professional master's degree in the field of engineering. This article is about academic degrees. ... Professional Masters degrees are awarded by a university and require that a candidate already has been awarded a first degree, normally a bachelors degree to matriculate into the program. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... Engineering applies scientific and technical knowledge to solve human problems. ...

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United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the MEng is an undergraduate award, available after pursuing a four or five year course of study at a university. These are taught courses, with only a small research element in the final year, and are not available as postgraduate qualifications in most cases. Most British universities offer both the traditional three year or four courses in engineering, leading to a BSc or BEng, as well the MEng. A few, such as the University of Cambridge, offer only a four year MEng although even these make provision for leaving at the end of the 3rd year. In some educational systems, an undergraduate is a post-secondary student pursuing a Bachelors degree. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... Research is an active, diligent, and systematic process of inquiry in order to discover, interpret and/or revise facts. ... Quaternary education or postgraduate education is the fourth-stage educational level which follows the completion of an undergraduate degree at a college or university. ... BSC is an abbreviation for: Bachelor of Science - ususally written BSc (academic degree) Barcelona Supercomputing Center Base Station Controller (part of a GSM mobile phone network) BSC-protocol - standard for computer communication developed by IBM The British Society of Cinematographers Birmingham-Southern College - Birmingham-Southern College basic - represents theoretical exact... Bachelor of Engineering (BE or BEng) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded to a student after four or five years of studying engineering at an accredited college or university in the United States and other countries, such as Australia. ... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ...


Structure

In terms of course structure, MEng degrees usually follow the pattern familiar from bachelor's degrees with lectures, laboratory work, coursework and exams each year. There is usually a substantial project to be completed in the fourth-year which may well have a research element to it, and a more teaching-based project to be completed in the third year. At the end of the third year, there is usually a threshold of academic performance in examinations to be to be reached to allow progression into the final year. Final results are, in most cases, awared on the standard British undergraduate degree classification scale, although some universities award something structurally similar to 'Distinction', 'Merit', 'Pass' or 'Fail' as this is often the way that taught postgraduate master's degrees are classified. A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course that generally lasts three or four years. ... A lecture on linear algebra at the Helsinki University of Technology A lecture is a presentation on a particular subject given in order to teach people about that subject, for example by a university or college teacher. ... Biochemistry laboratory at the University of Cologne. ... Coursework refers to work carried out by students while they are studying a course at university or school that contributes towards their overall grade, but which is assessed separately from their final exams. ... In education, certification, counselling, and many other fields, a test or exam (short for examination) is a tool or technique intended to measure students expression of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. ... The British undergraduate degree classification system is a grading scheme used to distinguish between the achievements of undergraduate degree holders (such as those gaining bachelors degrees or undergraduate masters degrees) in the United Kingdom. ...


History

MEng courses were introduced in the UK in the mid 1980s in response to growing competition from technical-degree graduates from continental Europe, where degree courses are often longer than the usual three years in the UK. There was a feeling among recent graduates, the engineering institutions, employers and universities that the longer and deeper study offered on the continent needed to be made available to UK students too. Since to obtain a taught Master's degree in the UK typically already took an additional year after a bachelor's degree, it was decided that this extra year would be made a formal part of the undergraduate course and, instead of taking both bachelor's and master's degrees, students would proceed to become Masters in a single step of four years. The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989, but in a pop cultural sense it could be considered to span from about 1979 to 1990. ... An alumn (with a silent n), alum, alumnus, or alumna is a former student of a college, university, or school. ... A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ...


Since its introduction, the MEng has become the degree of choice for most undergraduate engineers as was intended. The most common exception to this is international students who, because of the substantially higher fees they are charged, sometimes opt to take the tradition BEng/BSc route where that is available. Most of the engineering institutions have now made an MEng the minimum academic standard necessary to become a Chartered Engineer. Graduates who graduated before the changes in the rules will still be allowed to use their bachelor's degree for this purpose and those who have earnt a bachelor's degree since the changes can usually take some additional courses (known as 'matching sections') over time to reach an equivalent standard to the MEng. An engineering society is a professional organization for engineers of various disciplines. ... Chartered engineer is a professional qualification in Engineering (not a degree) offered by professional associations with a Royal Charter from the British monarchy similar to the Professional Engineer in other countries. ...


Other undergraduate masters

The MEng is one of a number of 'new' undergraduate master's degrees recently introduced in the UK; they are also commonly available in mathematics (MMath), physics (MPhys), chemistry (MChem) and biology (MBio or MBiol) as well as other subjects. A more comprehensive list may be found on the Wikipedia page for British degree abbreviations. Wikibooks Wikiversity has more about this subject: School of Mathematics Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Mathematics Look up Mathematics on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Mathematics Bogomolny, Alexander: Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles. ... A Master of Mathematics (or MMath) degree is a specific masters degree for courses in the the field of mathematics. ... Since antiquity, people have tried to understand the behavior of matter: why unsupported objects drop to the ground, why different materials have different properties, and so forth. ... // Introduction Chemistry is a large field encompassing many subdisciplines that often overlap with significant portions of other sciences. ... Main articles: Life The most salient example of biological universality is that all living things share a common carbon-based biochemistry and in particular pass on their characteristics via genetic material, which is based on nucleic acids such as DNA and which uses a common genetic code with only minor... Abbreviations are normally used to specify a degree, rather than spelling out the name in full. ...


United States and Canada

In the United States and Canada, the Master of Engineering degree is a Professional Master's degree offered as a coursework-based alternative to the traditional research-based Master of Science. Unlike the Master of Science degree, the Master of Engineering degree is regarded as a terminal degree. It is typically a two-year program, and many universities allow students to choose between the Master of Engineering and the Master of Science. Professional Masters degrees are awarded by a university and require that a candidate already has been awarded a first degree, normally a bachelors degree to matriculate into the program. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate or graduate course of one to three years in duration. ...


Germany

In Germany, the country of origin of European engineer's degrees, the local engineer's degree (Diplomingenieur, a first degree after 5 years of study.) will be abolished until 2010, and will be replaced by postgraduate master's degrees (MSc and MEng). An engineers degree can be a postgraduate academic degree which is intermediate in rank between a masters degree and a doctorate (US engineers degree), or its a postgraduate or first degree, equivalent to a masters degree. ...


The first Master of Engineering courses were introduced in Germany in 2000. This type of master's degree is in very most cases offered by German Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen). Unlike the Master of Engineering degree in the United States and Canada, the German Master of Engineering degree is not regarded as a terminal degree. It is typically a two-year program with applied oriented coursework and an applied research thesis. This article is about the year 2000. ... An institute of technology or a polytechnic is a vocational higher educational institution that specialises in technical education. ...


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Master of Engineering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (694 words)
In the United States and Canada, the Master of Engineering degree is a Professional Master's degree offered as a coursework-based alternative to the traditional research-based Master of Science.
Unlike the Master of Science degree, the Master of Engineering degree is regarded as a terminal degree.
Unlike the Master of Engineering degree in the United States and Canada, the German Master of Engineering degree is not regarded as a terminal degree.
CU CSCI ME Degree Program (748 words)
The principle difference between the Master of Engineering and the Master of Science degrees is that the Master of Engineering degree does not require a residency on campus.
They can be from any department in the College of Engineering as long as they have "significant Computer Science content." However, the course must be taught by a member of the graduate faculty, and the course must be pre-approved by petition to the Graduate Committee via email to Vicki Kunz.
The Masters Comprehensive Exam or CSCI 6800 (Master of Engineering Project) is required.
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