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Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.

Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering. Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics.

Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering

Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering - the basics

Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

About this subject


Engineering is a very broad subject covering many diverse disciplines and within each discipline there are numerous specialisations. Engineers seek to create, develop and apply technology, processes and systems which enhance the lives of people and protect them from harm. Engineering innovation is central to delivering equitable and sustainable solutions to the most pressing global challenges. Sustainable solutions are not merely about the environment, but also addressing social and economic concerns at all levels in order to create a more robust and resilient world.

Graduates will either develop skills to solve broadly defined, single-domain problems, or to solve progressively more complex, integrated, socioeconomical and technological systems. Engineering graduates are highly sought after and can be successful in a variety of careers.

Professor Alistair Greig – Chair of the Advisory Group 
Professor of Marine Engineering and Director of Studies, University College London

The 2023 edition of the Statement attempts to encompass the very broad field that is engineering, including the important cross-cutting themes of sustainability, employability, and equality, diversity and inclusivity.

The Statement has received wide ranging support from the engineering community. I hope that it will act as a valuable framework for developing high quality degree courses that deliver graduates equipped with the necessary skills to address the engineering challenges of tomorrow.

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