Top universities for Engineering degrees in 2017

Top universities for Engineering degrees in 2017

The Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking has recently released best universities for engineering degrees for 2016-2017 academic year.


The engineering industry has been developing at a high pace over the past decades which resulted in a high demand of engineering specialists of all levels across a number of technical disciplines. Indeed, there is a growing demand for technical universities all over the world that can offer world-class degrees to their students.

It is common practice in Europe for students to enrol on a degree with a specific discipline within engineering, the most popular being civil engineering, electrical engineering and chemical engineering degrees. The Times Higher Education releases the 2016-2017 university ranking for engineering and technology to help students with their college choices. The ranking features just over 100 universities across 18 different countries.

Although the list reveals that most top technical universities are based in the United States and the United Kingdom, schools in Switzerland, China and Singapore perform great and also appear high up in the rankings. Interestingly, China appears to be the third most-represented country in the ranking, going ahead of Canada, Germany and Australia.
The Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking uses an identical methodology to the World University Rankings, but with a higher focus on innovation and a less focus on citations.

For the full list of degrees covered in the ranking please visit The Times Higher Education website: 


Here are the Top Five universities for engineering degrees in the world:

1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Half of academic divisions at Caltech (3 out of 6) offer taught and research degrees in engineering and technology subjects, both fairly cross-disciplinary: the engineering and applied science division, the biology and biological engineering division, the chemistry and chemical engineering division. To customise a course of study students declare a major from a choice of five distinct subjects at the end of the first year and pick modules from an interdisciplinary studies programme.

You’ll be surprised to know that Caltech is one of the smallest universities in the world, however Caltech prides itself on ambition and innovation.

2. Stanford University
Also in California, Stanford’s School of Engineering has been at the cutting edge of new technology and innovation for the past decades. Students can choose their field of study from nine departments and eight interdepartmental undergraduate programmes. In addition, institutes, laboratories and research centres are available to boost their education.

Research in Stanford University is focused on 10 of the “most daunting human challenges of the coming decades”, e.g. information technology, systems design, urban design, network security, robotics, bioengineering, materials and matter, climate change, affordable accessible healthcare and computation and data analysis.

3. University of Oxford
Third in the world ranking and top in the UK, students from the University of Oxford, unlike in the US, are admitted for a specific engineering degree.

Undergraduate students enrol for a four-year course in specific subjects such as electrical or mechanical engineering, biomedical or chemical engineering, civil engineering and information engineering. However, only half of the applicants get through the interview stage and only 15% get their place secured.

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Since 1861, the School of Engineering at MIT has invented a range of products and new technologies to resolve major engineering dilemmas. Yet the School increases its focus on innovation by launching the MIT Innovation Initiative and aims to draw more talents by providing young people with educational experiences, mentoring and funding to encourage their creativity and supporting their research projects.

Laboratories and departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology specialise in all kinds of researches, from insights on food security to soldier nanotechnology.

5. University of Cambridge
Last but not least in the top five is the UK based one-of-a-kind Cambridge University, where students have an opportunity to specialise in a full range of engineering topics, including instrumentation, sustainability and aerothermal engineering. Unlike some UK courses, Cambridge University programme allows flexible study options to combine various topics.

According to the statistics, there are seven applications per place but the course overall is fairly large, with more than 300 students enrolled in any one year.


Resources: European universities:

- Best universities in Europe 

- Best universities in France 

- Best universities in the Netherlands 

- Best universities in Germany 

Resources: best universities worldwide:
- Best universities in the world 

- Best universities in the United States 
- Best universities in the UK 


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