Undergraduate Teaching 2019-20

Accreditation of the MEng

Accreditation of the MEng

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All students are encouraged to become student or affiliate members of one or more of the professional institutions.


Most students reading Engineering at Cambridge will at some stage consider becoming professional engineers, and many will be firmly intending to do so. The engineering profession as a whole is currently supervised by the Engineering Council (UK). There are a number of chartered institutions or similar bodies, each concerned with a particular branch or type of engineering. Corporate membership of the appropriate institution is the professional qualification for that branch of engineering, and carries with it the title of Chartered Engineer.

A Cambridge Master of Engineering degree (MEng), with the appropriate choice of modules in Part II, provides exemption from part or all of the examination requirements at all the principal institutions (although a number of years of practical training and responsible experience are also required for corporate membership). See below for conditions of exemption for each institution.

The institutions welcome enquiries from engineering students and will supply, on request, information about careers and reading lists. Undergraduates may apply for student membership of any of the institutions listed below. Student membership is generally free and entitles the student to receive certain publications and to attend meetings organised in all parts of the country.

Accrediting bodies and CUED institutional liaison officers

All the four-year MEng courses offered by the Department of Engineering are accredited for the 2017-2021 student intakes by one or more of the following institutions, depending on the engineering area studied.  More details, including application forms, relating to membership of individual institutions can be obtained from the institutions' websites or from the appropriate liaison officer:

Acronym Institution Liaison officer


Institution of Civil Engineers

Membership benefits

Dr D Liang


Institution of Structural Engineers

Membership benefits

Dr J Orr


Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Membership benefits

Dr DJ Cole


Institution of Engineering and Technology

Membership benefits

Prof TD Wilkinson


Royal Aeronautical Society

Membership benefits

Dr J P Jarrett


Institute of Measurement and Control

Membership benefits

Professor M C Smith


Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Membership benefits

Dr D Liang


Institute of Highway Engineers

Membership benefits

Dr D Liang


Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Membership benefits

Dr GM Treece

The MEng course is also recognised by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) as meeting the requirements of a “second cycle” European accredited engineering programme. In essence, this means that it meets the European standard for a Master’s degree.

Conditions of exemption

Institutions Conditions of exemption

All Institutions:

Students must complete two management modules (which includes those in Group E plus '4I1: strategic valuation') during the final two years of the MEng course.

CIHT, IHE, ICE and IStructE:

The MEng is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the same requirement of two management modules being taken in Part II.

RAeS, IMechE and IET:

The MEng is accredited for all engineering areas.


The MEng is accredited for the instrumentation and control engineering area. Other engineering areas are also accredited provided that at least two of the following modules are taken:

  • 3F1: signals and systems
  • 3F2: systems and control
  • 4F1: control systems design
  • 4F2: Robust and nonlinear systems and control
  • 4F3: An optimisation based approach to control


The MEng is accredited for students who take the bioengineering engineering area in both Part IIA and Part IIB.

The Engineering Council

Graduates in Engineering, who are Corporate Members of one of the Engineering institutions above are invited to register with the Engineering Council to achieve Chartered Engineer status (CEng). This is usually acquired by application through the particular institution at the time of acceptance as a Corporate Member.

Students may like to become involved with the various activities of the Engineering Council which promote engineering among young people.

European-Accredited Engineering Programme

The Engineering Tripos (MEng) has been designated as a second cycle European-accredited engineering programme within the EUR-ACE system

Last updated on 12/02/2020 12:25