[CANADA] Engineering as a Second Degree vs MEng? Need advice
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Why not switch to an undergrad engineering program?
oops sorry i forgot to mention that! basically i looked into switching into eng at my current uni and the advisor said that even though a lot of my credits would transfer, i’d still officially have to start as a first year (i’ve completed 2 years of undergrad so far). she also said that it would probably be more time/money efficient for me to come back after undergrad and do eng as a second degree if i really wanted at that point but that MEng in BME with my background could work too
I guess I’m struggling to see how completing your current degree, and then going back to first or second year engineering as a second degree is somehow cheaper and shorter? If you go the MEng route, you’re still looking at 4 years until that’s completed assuming you take 2 years to finish your degree and 2 years for a masters.
What’s your goals in BME? Do you think an MEng is enough time to learn the skills you need or would an undergrad degree teach you more?
ah yes gotcha! so to clarify, since i am doing a bio+math undergrad there is a decent amount of overlap with engineering coursework, enough that i could finish the second undergrad degree in 2 years. as for the MEng since its course based i’ve heard that it usually takes 1 year to complete since there’s no thesis component
as for my goals in BME, i would be really interested in working on neural engineering projects, and believe it could make good use of my undergrad studies. the things i’m stuck on deciding are the exact same your questions in the end - i’m not sure if the MEng degree would be enough to teach me what i’m missing...i’m wondering if a combination of technical exams + work experience could be enough to fill in any last gaps, knowledge wise, if i did go ahead with the MEng?
Work experience needs relevant skills to get, so it might be hard to find a job if you don’t have many engineering skills. If you proceed to a PhD I’m sure that won’t be an issue.
I’d recommend checking out job descriptions to see what employers are looking for
makes sense, i’ll do that! thanks for the help :)
Some schools will let you build your MSc/MEng to tick all of the accreditation boxes, although usually it is physics or chemistry graduates that go that route.
thanks for letting me know!