Professional engineering bodies and accredited courses

Professional engineering bodies and accredited courses

The Engineering Council

The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. It sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics that govern the award of professional qualifications, such as chartership.


The Council accredits several postgraduate courses. Universities apply for accreditation because some employers specifically recruit from accredited programmes, and students on these can be sure that their degree is recognised professionally, both at home and abroad. To find an accredited course, visit

Professional Engineering MSc Gateways Initiative

The Engineering Council also runs engineering gateways, including a professional engineering MSc, aimed at those in work who want to study towards qualification but cannot commit full time. Find out more at

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Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

With 80,000 members, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers specialises in assessing candidates for inclusion on the Register of Professional Engineers. The Institute offers a wide range of scholarships, prizes and grants to support mechanical engineering students, and accredits degree programmes at universities across the UK.

Masters scholarships

There are two masters scholarships: the Postgraduate Masters Scholarship, worth up to £6,500 full time for exceptional graduate students who wish to pursue further study in mechanical engineering; and the James Clayton Award, worth up to £1,000 for students who have membership or an accredited degree.

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Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) formed when the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers merged in 2006. It has offices in London, Glasgow, Hong Kong and Bangalore, among others, and has a worldwide membership exceeding 153,000 people.


The institute accredits degree courses in manufacturing, information, electrical and electronic engineering. It also secures scholarships, grants and prizes for professional development schemes for engineering students.

Awards and scholarships

The IET offers a number of different awards and scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students worth up to £10,000. There are also a number of other prizes for students and recent graduates as well as those further along in their careers.

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