Best universities for engineering degrees 2022

Find the best colleges for engineering and technology using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2022 data

October 6 2021
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Top 10 universities in the world for engineering

Scroll down for the full list of best universities in the world for engineering.

Engineering Rank 2022 Engineering Rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 Harvard University United States
2 3 Stanford University United States
3 5 University of California, Berkeley United States
4 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
5 6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
6 2 University of Oxford United Kingdom
7 8 Princeton University United States
8 7 California Institute of Technology United States
9 =9 ETH Zurich Switzerland
10 =12 National University of Singapore Singapore

Studying engineering is a smart choice for career-minded students, and there are universities all over the world offering world-class degrees.

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Most students enrol on a degree for a specific discipline within engineering. Common specialisations include civil engineering, electrical engineering and chemical engineering.

The 2022 subject ranking for engineering and technology from Times Higher Education features 1,188 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 second most-represented country in the list of the best universities for engineering, ahead of the UK, Germany, Australia and Canada. Only the United States has 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 information on what you can do with these degrees.


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Top 5 universities for engineering degrees

5. University of Cambridge

-The University of Cambridge’s engineering undergraduate course is four years long.
-There are six postgraduate programmes in engineering that can be taken either as a taught course or as research study.

The first two years of the undergraduate course provide a broad engineering education, and the third and fourth years allow students to select modules to specialise their course further. These include aerospace and aerothermal; bioengineering; civil, structural and environmental; electrical and electronic; and energy, sustainability and the environment, among others. 

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

-The MIT School of Engineering is one of five schools at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the largest of the five.
-The school offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and encourages students at all levels to conduct research.

The school has eight academic departments and two interdisciplinary institutes. Departments include aeronautics and astronautics, biological engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear science and engineering, among others.


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3. University of California, Berkeley

-The College of Engineering is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley.
-The department was first established in 1931.

Students can choose to pursue a number of different areas, including civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering, among others.

Notable alumni of the college include Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, Marc Tarpenning, the co-founder of Tesla, Andrew Ng, co-founder and executive chairman of Coursera, and Peter Norvig, director of research at Google.

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.

1. 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 of the school have been awarded a Nobel prize, a MacArthur Fellowship Award, a Turing Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others.


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Best universities for engineering 2022

Click each institution to view its World University Ranking 2022 profile

Engineering Rank 2022 Engineering Rank 2021 University Country/region
1 1 Harvard University United States
2 3 Stanford University United States
3 5 University of California, Berkeley United States
4 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
5 6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
6 2 University of Oxford United Kingdom
7 8 Princeton University United States
8 7 California Institute of Technology United States
9 =9 ETH Zurich Switzerland
10 =12 National University of Singapore Singapore
11 11 University of California, Los Angeles United States
12 =9 Peking University China
13 14 Imperial College London United Kingdom
14 =12 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
15 15 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
16 17 Yale University United States
17 16 Tsinghua University China
18 18 Carnegie Mellon University United States
19 20 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
20 19 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
21 21 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
22 24 Technical University of Munich Germany
23 22 University of Texas at Austin United States
24 25 Cornell University United States
25 23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
26 28 University of Toronto Canada
27 29 Columbia University United States
28 26 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
29 34 Zhejiang University China
30 30 RWTH Aachen University Germany
31 40 University of California, San Diego United States
32 =35 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
33 27 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
34 32 The University of Tokyo Japan
35 31 University of Science and Technology of China China
36 =42 UCL United Kingdom
37 38 University of Pennsylvania United States
38 37 Northwestern University United States
39 41 Johns Hopkins University United States
40 33 Purdue University West Lafayette United States
41 =35 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
42 =42 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
43 50 University of Washington United States
=44 =53 Fudan University China
=44 =46 University of Manchester United Kingdom
=46 39 Seoul National University South Korea
=46 48 UNSW Sydney Australia
48 =53 KU Leuven Belgium
49 45 University of British Columbia Canada
50 44 University of Wisconsin -Madison United States
51 =75 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
52 49 Duke University United States
=53 52 Rice University United States
=53 =53 Technical University of Berlin Germany
55 =71 Monash University Australia
56 78 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
57 74 University of Melbourne Australia
58 56 Kyoto University Japan
59 =46 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
60 64 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
61 58 Texas A&M University United States
62 63 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
63 57 University of Southern California United States
64 51 Ohio State University (Main campus) United States
65 66 University of Sydney Australia
66 88 The University of Queensland Australia
67 61 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan
68 69 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
=69 77 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
=69 67 Nanjing University China
=71 70 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
=71 81 Xi’an Jiaotong University China
73 62 McGill University Canada
74 89 Tongji University China
75 65 Penn State (Main campus) United States
76 82 University of Waterloo Canada
=77 60 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
=77 =71 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
=79 68 Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
=79 73 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University United States
81 59 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
82 =75 Tohoku University Japan
83 92 University of Wollongong Australia
84 101–125 University of Leeds United Kingdom
=85 101–125 Central South University China
=85 93 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
87 79 New York University United States
88 80 University of Maryland, College Park United States
89 86 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
90 =84 University of Minnesota United States
91 98 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
92 100 University of Adelaide Australia
=93 101–125 Australian National University Australia
=93 90 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
95 101–125 Aalborg University Denmark
96 101–125 Politecnico di Milano Italy
97 97 Wageningen University & Research Netherlands
98 101–125 University of Alberta Canada
99 87 University of California, Davis United States
100 =84 University of California, Irvine United States
101–125 126–150 Aalto University Finland
101–125 99 Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
101–125 101–125 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
101–125 101–125 University of Bristol United Kingdom
101–125 83 Brown University United States
101–125 101–125 University of Colorado Boulder United States
101–125 101–125 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany
101–125 126–150 University of Groningen Netherlands
101–125 101–125 Harbin Institute of Technology China
101–125 =94 Indian Institute of Science India
101–125 NR Institut Polytechnique de Paris France
101–125 126–150 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
101–125 91 Korea University South Korea
101–125 176–200 Linköping University Sweden
101–125 126–150 University of Macau Macao
101–125 126–150 North Carolina State University United States
101–125 101–125 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
101–125 101–125 University of Southampton United Kingdom
101–125 101–125 Southeast University China
101–125 101–125 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) China
101–125 =94 TU Dresden Germany
101–125 101–125 University of Technology Sydney Australia
101–125 101–125 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville United States
101–125 101–125 Tianjin University China
101–125 96 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) South Korea
101–125 101–125 Wuhan University China
126–150 126–150 University of Auckland New Zealand
126–150 101–125 University of California, Riverside United States
126–150 101–125 Case Western Reserve University United States
126–150 151–175 Curtin University Australia
126–150 151–175 Deakin University Australia
126–150 NR University of Freiburg Germany
126–150 126–150 Hanyang University South Korea
126–150 101–125 University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
126–150 126–150 University of Massachusetts United States
126–150 126–150 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
126–150 151–175 Northeastern University United States
126–150 NR Université Paris-Saclay France
126–150 126–150 Qatar University Qatar
126–150 101–125 Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
126–150 101–125 Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom
126–150 151–175 Queensland University of Technology Australia
126–150 126–150 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
126–150 126–150 University of Stuttgart Germany
126–150 126–150 University of Surrey United Kingdom
126–150 101–125 Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
126–150 126–150 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
126–150 126–150 University of Warwick United Kingdom
126–150 126–150 The University of Western Australia Australia
126–150 151–175 Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea
151–175 176–200 University of Bath United Kingdom
151–175 151–175 Beijing Normal University China
151–175 151–175 Boston University United States
151–175 201–250 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
151–175 151–175 Cardiff University United Kingdom
151–175 126–150 Colorado School of Mines United States
151–175 126–150 University of Delaware United States
151–175 151–175 Edith Cowan University Australia
151–175 201–250 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China China
151–175 126–150 Ghent University Belgium
151–175 151–175 Griffith University Australia
151–175 201–250 IMT Atlantique France
151–175 176–200 Khalifa University United Arab Emirates
151–175 151–175 University of Liverpool United Kingdom
151–175 151–175 Michigan State University United States
151–175 151–175 Nankai University China
151–175 176–200 Newcastle University United Kingdom
151–175 151–175 Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
151–175 151–175 University of Notre Dame United States
151–175 176–200 University of Oulu Finland
151–175 126–150 Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa Italy
151–175 301–400 Sichuan University China
151–175 151–175 South China University of Technology China
151–175 176–200 Swinburne University of Technology Australia
151–175 176–200 Vanderbilt University United States
176–200 201–250 Aarhus University Denmark
176–200 201–250 University of Arizona United States
176–200 201–250 Beihang University China
176–200 151–175 Beijing Institute of Technology China
176–200 176–200 University at Buffalo United States
176–200 151–175 Drexel University United States
176–200 251–300 University of Exeter United Kingdom
176–200 201–250 Hunan University China
176–200 201–250 King Saud University Saudi Arabia
176–200 201–250 Kyushu University Japan
176–200 151–175 Lancaster University United Kingdom
176–200 126–150 Lund University Sweden
176–200 151–175 University of Malaya Malaysia
176–200 176–200 Missouri University of Science and Technology United States
176–200 176–200 Polytechnic University of Turin Italy
176–200 176–200 RMIT University Australia
176–200 151–175 Ruhr University Bochum Germany
176–200 176–200 Sejong University South Korea
176–200 151–175 Soochow University China
176–200 176–200 Sorbonne University France
176–200 201–250 University of Southern Queensland Australia
176–200 201–250 Stony Brook University United States
176–200 176–200 TU Wien Austria
176–200 176–200 University of Texas at Dallas United States
176–200 151–175 University of Twente Netherlands
176–200 176–200 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland

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