Best universities for engineering degrees 2017

Find the best colleges for engineering and technology using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data
September 28 2016

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 2016-2017 subject ranking for engineering and technology, from Times Higher Education, features just over 100 universities across 18 different 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 best universities for engineering, ahead of Germany, Australia and Canada.

The ranking uses the same methodology as the World University Rankings, but with a higher weighting for innovation and a lower weighting for citations.

Scroll down for a full list of degrees covered by the ranking.


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Top five universities for engineering degrees

1. California Institute of Technology

Three of the six academic divisions at Caltech 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 is 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.

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 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.

3. University of Oxford

Unlike in the United States, Oxford students are admitted for a specific engineering degree.

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 got through to the interview round and 15 per cent secured a place on a course.

Many Oxford engineering graduates go on to careers as professional engineers, although some enter business, consultancy or further study.

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Since 1861, the School of Engineering at MIT 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 parents 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.

5. University of Cambridge

At Cambridge, students can specialise in a full range of engineering topics, including instrumentation, sustainability and aerothermal engineering.

Unlike some UK courses, the programme allows flexible study options to combine various topics.

All colleges in Cambridge accept engineering applicants, but some colleges prefer students to take a year out before applying.

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


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Best universities for engineering 2016-2017

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Rank 2016-2017

University

Country

1

California Institute of Technology

United States

2

Stanford University

United States

3

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

5

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

6

Princeton University

United States

=7

National University of Singapore

Singapore

=7

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

9

ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Switzerland

10

University of California, Berkeley

United States

11

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland

12

Peking University

China

=13

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

=13

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

15

Carnegie Mellon University

United States

16

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States

17

University of Michigan

United States

18

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore)

Singapore

19

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

20

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

21

Northwestern University

United States

22

Cornell University

United States

23

Tsinghua University

China

24

University of California, Santa Barbara

United States

25

University of Texas at Austin

United States

26

Columbia University

United States

27

Purdue University

United States

28

Technical University of Munich

Germany

29

RWTH Aachen University

Germany

30

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

South Korea

31

University of Toronto

Canada

32

Seoul National University

South Korea

33

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

34

KU Leuven

Belgium

35

University of Tokyo

Japan

36

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sweden

37

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

=38

University of Science and Technology of China

China

=38

University College London

United Kingdom

=40

Technical University of Berlin

Germany

=40

Pohang University of Science and Technology

South Korea

42

Johns Hopkins University

United States

43

University of Washington

United States

44

University of California, San Diego

United States

45

Monash University

Australia

46

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

47

Kyoto University

Japan

48

Pennsylvania State University

United States

49

Rice University

United States

50

University of Southern California

United States

51

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

South Korea

52

McGill University

Canada

=53

Technical University of Denmark

Denmark

=53

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

55

Tohoku University

Japan

56

University of New South Wales

Australia

57

Ohio State University

United States

58

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

59

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

60

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Germany

61

École Polytechnique

France

62

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

63

University of British Columbia

Canada

=64

University of Minnesota

United States

=64

Eindhoven University of Technology

Netherlands

=64

University of Melbourne

Australia

67

Zhejiang University

China

68

University of Queensland

Australia

69

Brown University

United States

70

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

71

Texas A&M University

United States

=72

Fudan University

China

=72

University of Maryland, College Park

United States

=74

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

=74

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

76

Chalmers University of Technology

Sweden

77

University of California, Davis

United States

78

University of Waterloo

Canada

79

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

80

CentraleSupélec

France

81

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

United States

82

Polytechnic University of Milan

Italy

83

University of Sydney

Australia

84

University of Alberta

Canada

85

Nanjing University

China

86

Lund University

Sweden

=87

University of Stuttgart

Germany

=87

New York University

United States

89

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

90

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Germany

91

University of Colorado Boulder

United States

92

University of Southampton

United Kingdom

93

University of Delaware

United States

94

North Carolina State University

United States

95

University of Massachusetts

United States

=96

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom

=96

Aalborg University

Denmark

=96

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

99

Mines ParisTech

France

=100

University of Notre Dame

United States

=100

Boston University

United States

Engineering and technology degrees:

  • Acoustics
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Automation and control systems
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction and building technology
  • Earth and environmental engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Energy and fuels
  • Imaging science and photographic technology
  • Industrial engineering
  • Instruments and instrumentation
  • Marine engineering
  • Materials science
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Metallurgy and metallurgical engineering
  • Mining and mineral processing
  • Nuclear science and technology
  • Operations research and management science
  • Robotics
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Engineering and technology – other topics

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