Studying engineering is a smart choice for career-minded students and there are technical universities all over the world offering world-class degrees.
Most students in Europe enrol on a degree for a specific discipline within engineering. Common specialisations include civil engineering, electrical engineering and chemical engineering.
The 2019 subject ranking for engineering and technology, from Times Higher Education, features 900 universities across more than 70 countries.
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Although the schools at the very top are in the United States and the United Kingdom, universities in Singapore, China and Switzerland perform extremely well and appear high up the rankings.
China is the third most-represented country in the list of the best universities for engineering, ahead of the UK, Germany, Australia and Canada. Only Japan and the United States have a higher number of universities present in the ranking.
The ranking uses the same methodology as the THE World University Rankings, but with a higher weighting for innovation and a lower weighting for citations. The full methodology can be found here.
Scroll down for a full list of degrees covered by the ranking and what you can do with these degrees.
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Top 5 universities for engineering degrees
1. University of Oxford
University of Oxford students are admitted for a specific engineering degree, differing from US universities where students can pick from various strands of engineering to study.
For undergraduates, this will be a four-year course in engineering science or more specifically biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, information engineering or mechanical engineering.
Just under half of all applicants for these courses get through to the interview round and 15 per cent secure a place on a course.
Many Oxford engineering graduates go on to careers as professional engineers, although some enter business, consultancy or further study.
2. Stanford University
Stanford University’s School of Engineering has been at the cutting edge of new technology and innovation for the past century.
There are nine departments in the school, and additional institutes, laboratories and research centres.
Research focuses on 10 of the “most daunting human challenges of the coming decades”. These are: systems design, bioengineering, network security, climate change, robotics, information technology, materials and matter, urban design, affordable accessible healthcare, and computation and data analysis.
Across the nine departments there are eight interdepartmental undergraduate programmes that students can major in.
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3. Harvard University
The John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is the newest school at Harvard University, having been established in 2007. Its roots are in the Lawrence Scientific School, which was founded in 1847 and became a school in its own right in 2007.
The school covers a number of teaching areas such as applied mathematics, applied physics, bioengineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental science and engineering, and materials science and mechanical engineering.
Alumni from the school have been awarded a Nobel Prize, a MacArthur Award, a Turing Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship among others.
4. California Institute of Technology
Three of the six academic divisions at the California Institute of Technology teach and research engineering and technology subjects: the biology and biological engineering division, the chemistry and chemical engineering division, and the engineering and applied science division.
Both teaching and research are fairly cross-disciplinary. Undergraduates declare a major at the end of their first year.
There are five distinct engineering majors and an interdisciplinary studies programme that allows students to customise a course of study.
Caltech is one of the smallest universities in the world but prides itself on ambition and innovation.
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Since 1861, the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has produced a stream of products and new technologies to solve engineering problems.
In the past few years, the school has increased its focus on innovation, launching the MIT Innovation Initiative. Research associated with the initiative has led to 60 US patents licensed by multinational companies.
Another parallel initiative provides students with educational experiences, mentoring and funding to encourage their creativity and support their projects.
Laboratories and departments in the school produce a range of research, from insights on food security to soldier nanotechnology.
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Best universities for engineering 2019
Click each institution to view its World University Ranking 2019 profile
|Engineering Rank 2019||Engineering Rank 2018||University||Country/Region|
|1||3||University of Oxford||United Kingdom|
|2||1||Stanford University||United States|
|3||NR||Harvard University||United States|
|4||2||California Institute of Technology||United States|
|5||4||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||United States|
|6||5||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom|
|7||6||Princeton University||United States|
|8||8||National University of Singapore||Singapore|
|10||11||Georgia Institute of Technology||United States|
|11||13||University of California, Berkeley||United States|
|12||10||Imperial College London||United Kingdom|
|13||NR||University of California, Los Angeles||United States|
|15||16||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore||Singapore|
|16||17||University of Michigan||United States|
|17||12||Carnegie Mellon University||United States|
|18||=14||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||Switzerland|
|19||=18||Delft University of Technology||Netherlands|
|21||NR||Yale University||United States|
|22||28||University of Texas at Austin||United States|
|23||=18||Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||Hong Kong|
|23||=14||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||United States|
|25||=20||Cornell University||United States|
|26||=20||Technical University of Munich||Germany|
|27||24||RWTH Aachen University||Germany|
|28||25||Purdue University||United States|
|29||31||University of California, Santa Barbara||United States|
|30||NR||University of Pennsylvania||United States|
|31||29||University of Toronto||Canada|
|32||23||Northwestern University||United States|
|33||27||Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)||South Korea|
|34||26||Columbia University||United States|
|35||33||University of California, San Diego||United States|
|36||32||Seoul National University||South Korea|
|=37||34||Johns Hopkins University||United States|
|=37||35||The University of Tokyo||Japan|
|40||30||University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|42||39||University of Science and Technology of China||China|
|43||41||Shanghai Jiao Tong University||China|
|44||40||University of Wisconsin-Madison||United States|
|=47||NR||Duke University||United States|
|=47||=63||University of Southern California||United States|
|50||=47||Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)||South Korea|
|51||49||Rice University||United States|
|52||54||Pennsylvania State University||United States|
|53||38||KTH Royal Institute of Technology||Sweden|
|54||55||Karlsruhe Institute of Technology||Germany|
|56||46||University of Manchester||United Kingdom|
|=57||45||University of Edinburgh||United Kingdom|
|=57||44||University of Washington||United States|
|59||65||Tokyo Institute of Technology||Japan|
|60||43||Technical University of Berlin||Germany|
|=61||60||City University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|=61||56||Texas A&M University||United States|
|63||59||Chinese University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|=63||=52||Ohio State University||United States|
|65||62||University of British Columbia||Canada|
|66||58||Technical University of Denmark||Denmark|
|68||=52||Pohang University of Science and Technology||South Korea|
|69||51||Eindhoven University of Technology||Netherlands|
|70||67||Hong Kong Polytechnic University||Hong Kong|
|70||=63||University of Melbourne||Australia|
|71||69||University of New South Wales||Australia|
|=72||=99||Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris||France|
|=72||78||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||United States|
|75||87||University of Southampton||United Kingdom|
|=76||66||Australian National University||Australia|
|=76||70||University of California, Davis||United States|
|79||NR||New York University||United States|
|80||68||Brown University||United States|
|81||72||University of Maryland, College Park||United States|
|=82||79||Chalmers University of Technology||Sweden|
|85||73||University of Queensland||Australia|
|86||75||University of Bristol||United Kingdom|
|87||=96||University of Wollongong||Australia|
|88||74||University of Minnesota Twin Cities||United States|
|89||101–125||University of California, Irvine||United States|
|92||81||National Taiwan University||Taiwan|
|93||76||University of Sydney||Australia|
|94||77||University of Stuttgart||Germany|
|=95||91||University of Colorado Boulder||United States|
|=95||=89||Indian Institute of Science||India|
|97||95||University of Erlangen-Nuremberg||Germany|
|99||176–200||Huazhong University of Science and Technology||China|
|100||101–125||Korea University||South Korea|
|101–125||101–125||University of Adelaide||Australia|
|101–125||101–125||Arizona State University||United States|
|101–125||101–125||University of California, Riverside||United States|
|101–125||=99||University of Delaware||United States|
|101–125||88||University of Freiburg||Germany|
|101–125||151–175||Harbin Institute of Technology||China|
|101–125||151–175||University of Macau||Macao|
|101–125||101–125||University of Massachusetts||United States|
|101–125||101–125||Michigan State University||United States|
|101–125||101–125||National Tsing Hua University||Taiwan|
|101–125||NR||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||United States|
|101–125||=93||North Carolina State University||United States|
|101–125||101–125||University of Notre Dame||United States|
|101–125||101–125||University of Nottingham||United Kingdom|
|101–125||=89||Polytechnic University of Milan||Italy|
|101–125||126–150||Queen Mary University of London||United Kingdom|
|101–125||101–125||Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna||Italy|
|101–125||84||University of Sheffield||United Kingdom|
|101–125||101–125||Technical University of Darmstadt||Germany|
|101–125||101–125||University of Technology Sydney||Australia|
|101–125||101–125||Wageningen University & Research||Netherlands|
|101–125||83||University of Waterloo||Canada|
|101–125||126–150||Xi’an Jiaotong University||China|
|126–150||101–125||University of Alberta||Canada|
|126–150||126–150||University of Bath||United Kingdom|
|126–150||126–150||University of Birmingham||United Kingdom|
|126–150||126–150||Case Western Reserve University||United States|
|126–150||126–150||Colorado School of Mines||United States|
|126–150||101–125||University of Florida||United States|
|126–150||151–175||Hanyang University||South Korea|
|126–150||=99||University of Leeds||United Kingdom|
|126–150||126–150||University of Luxembourg||Luxembourg|
|126–150||86||Norwegian University of Science and Technology||Norway|
|126–150||126–150||Ruhr University Bochum||Germany|
|126–150||151–175||Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey||United States|
|126–150||151–175||University of South Australia||Australia|
|126–150||126–150||University of Surrey||United Kingdom|
|126–150||151–175||University of Tennessee, Knoxville||United States|
|126–150||101–125||University of Twente||Netherlands|
|126–150||101–125||Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology||South Korea|
|126–150||NR||Vanderbilt University||United States|
|126–150||126–150||University of Warwick||United Kingdom|
|126–150||126–150||University of Western Australia||Australia|
|126–150||126–150||Yonsei University (Seoul campus)||South Korea|
|151–175||126–150||University of Bologna||Italy|
|151–175||126–150||Boston University||United States|
|151–175||176–200||University at Buffalo||United States|
|151–175||126–150||University of California, Santa Cruz||United States|
|151–175||NR||Dartmouth College||United States|
|151–175||126–150||Indian Institute of Technology Bombay||India|
|151–175||151–175||King Abdulaziz University||Saudi Arabia|
|151–175||126–150||Lomonosov Moscow State University||Russian Federation|
|151–175||176–200||University of Malaya||Malaysia|
|151–175||151–175||Newcastle University||United Kingdom|
|151–175||101–125||Polytechnic University of Turin||Italy|
|151–175||NR||Pompeu Fabra University||Spain|
|151–175||151–175||University of Texas at Dallas||United States|
|151–175||101–125||Trinity College Dublin||Republic of Ireland|
|151–175||151–175||University College Dublin||Republic of Ireland|
|151–175||126–150||Vienna University of Technology||Austria|
|176–200||201–250||University of Arizona||United States|
|176–200||201–250||University of Bayreuth||Germany|
|176–200||151–175||Brunel University London||United Kingdom|
|176–200||176–200||Cardiff University||United Kingdom|
|176–200||176–200||Drexel University||United States|
|176–200||176–200||University of Duisburg-Essen||Germany|
|176–200||176–200||University of Exeter||United Kingdom|
|176–200||176–200||University of Iceland||Iceland|
|176–200||201–250||Khalifa University||United Arab Emirates|
|176–200||176–200||University of Liverpool||United Kingdom|
|176–200||NR||University of Miami||United States|
|176–200||176–200||National Chiao Tung University||Taiwan|
|176–200||201–250||University of Padua||Italy|
|176–200||NR||University of Pittsburgh||United States|
|176–200||176–200||Queen’s University Belfast||United Kingdom|
|176–200||251–300||University of Rome III||Italy|
|176–200||151–175||Sapienza University of Rome||Italy|
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