The UK offers many opportunities for students looking to pursue an education in engineering, be it in terms of aerospace, automotive or any other field of engineering. An education in engineering however can be expensive, so we did some digging around and compiled a list of five schools (in no particular order) that offers both quality—in terms of its staff and facilities—and affordable education in this field.

Staffordshire University

If you are looking for a leading school of engineering, known for its innovation and practical study, then the School of Engineering at Staffordshire University located on its Stoke-on-Trent campus is the right choice. The School offers courses in: Aeronautical, Automotive and Motorsport; Electrical, Electronic, Mechatronics and Telecommunication Engineering; Mathematics; and Mechanical Engineering. The School of Engineering at Staffordshire University is known for its state-of-the-art laboratories and technology centres, which include its Information Technology Laboratories used for teaching mathematics and the Rapid Prototyping Centre which offer industry standard hardware and software.

International student tuition for academic year 2016/2017: Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) GBP10,600; Postgraduate (Masters) GBP12,000

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Teesside University

The School of Science and Engineering at Teesside University has a prime location in one of the UK’s engineering regions—Middlesbrough—which hosts major international automotive, aerospace, engineering design, manufacturing and civil engineering industries. The School is well-equipped with laboratories and learning facilities and managed by a professional staff, making it a great place for engineering studies. Undergraduate engineering courses offered at Teesside University, School of Science and Engineering include Mechanical Engineering; Instrumentation and Control Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Civil Engineering; Chemical Engineering; and Aerospace Engineering among others. Postgraduate courses cover Civil and Structural Engineering; Electrical Power and Energy Systems; Instrumentation and Control Engineering (Oil and Gas) and Mechanical Engineering.

International student tuition for academic year 2016/2017: Undergraduate GBP10,750; Postgraduate GBP10,950

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Harper Adams University

If you’re looking to acquire the expertise in the design, development and testing of off-highway vehicles, agricultural vehicles and agricultural machinery, then this school located in Edgmond, Shropshire is a sure bet. The University’s Engineering Department offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mechanical engineering, mechanical science, materials, electronics and mechatronics, engineering design and math. Harper Adams University’s Engineering Department has an excellent reputation built by an academic staff of professional engineers who are experts in specialised engineering fields such as robotics, production line optimisation, agricultural chemical application, CAD and 3D modelling.

International student tuition for academic year 2016/2017: Undergraduate GBP10,200; Postgraduate GBP12,500

Check out Harper Adams' undergraduate and postgraduate profiles.

University of Bolton

This school is highly regarded for its practical oriented teaching in its specialised design studios, engineering laboratories and innovation factory facilities. University of Bolton – Engineering is recognised for its professional faculty who are active in research work and provide consultancy services for notable engineering organisations. Engineering courses offered at the University at an undergraduate level include, Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering; and at a postgraduate level, include studies in Advanced Composites Design; Engineering, Product Design and Textiles Specialisms; and Systems Engineering (in Electronic, Mechanical and Mechatronics) and Engineering Management.

International student tuition for academic year 2016/2017: Undergraduate GBP11,250; Postgraduate GBP11,250.

Check out University of Bolton's undergraduate and postgraduate profiles.

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham provides an excellent learning environment in engineering study and research. The University’s goal is to transform our understanding of the world to make life easier, healthier and more sustainable; hence, its research covers everything from atoms to astronomy, computers to cars and robots to robust materials. The University offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in many areas of engineering, including Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering; and Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, among others.

International student tuition for academic year 2016/2017: Undergraduate GBP13,860; Postgraduate Taught GBP14,850, Postgraduate Research GBP13,680.

Check out the University of Birmingham's postgraduate profile. 

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About the Author: Kingsley Chidi holds an Engineering Degree in Electronic Engineering with concentration in ICT. He is a passionate writer and blogger with many years experience as a freelance writer; writing for blogs, individuals and companies.