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Which way success?

Is it more important to study for an MEng rather than a BEng degree for a successful career in civil engineering?

Yes

'We'd advise the better students to do the MEng. The amount you spend is relatively small compared to the amount you can earn.'

Surrey University head of civil engineering Gerry Parke 'We generally recruit MEng candidates. There's a cost involved with a BEng student becoming chartered, and that's a consideration. This year's intake are the first BEng graduates which will become incorporated engineers.' Mott MacDonald graduate development and recruitment manager Natalie Curling 'We're committed to promoting the MEng course because we're not sure how available further learning will be to our graduates.

There is an understanding that industry wants MEng graduates.'

Senior structural engineering lecturer at one of the UK's top universities 'Our preference is to encourage chartered engineer status in the long term. So we take on MEng graduates or BEng graduates with MScs because then it's clear cut.

We're not clear what further learning actually means.' Allen Paul, member of Arup's graduate recruitment task force

No

'We offer further learning, so we take on both, ' Gary Anderson, Jacobs Babtie 'It makes some difference, but not all the difference. You only ever use qualifications as a means of getting to the next step - in this case getting the right job.' White Young Green's Leeds office engineering director Derek Wall 'We'll employ either. I'll strongly recommend a BEng graduate to become incorporated and then, if they want, to become chartered.'

Nuttall graduate training manager Steve Hyde 'BEng degrees offer a good foundation and not everyone needs to top up to develop their career.' Graduate training manager with a top civil engineering contractor

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