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Published: 24 December 2015

Engineering scholarships

Considering an undergraduate engineering degree but concerned about the cost? Learn more about scholarship schemes for engineering students.

There are a variety of UK scholarships available to engineering undergraduates. Each programme will have its own eligibility criteria, so check you qualify before you apply.

This guide highlights some of the scholarships available to students who are yet to start their engineering degree. Other schemes are available for current undergraduate students or those considering an engineering apprenticeship.

How to apply for a scholarship

To apply for an engineering scholarship, you may need to:

  • Achieve certain grades in your A-levels or equivalent exams
  • Have applied for a course that’s accredited by the funding body or scholarship sponsor
  • Provide a reference
  • Demonstrate your commitment to the subject
  • Attend an interview

Contact the scholarship provider for full details about the entry process and eligibility criteria for each programme.

Accredited engineering degrees 

Some scholarships are only available to students studying an accredited engineering programme. Depending on the discipline, the University of Surrey's undergraduate engineering degrees are accredited by professional bodies including:

  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineering
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society
  • The Institution for Chemical Engineering
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • The Institution of Structural Engineers
  • The Institute of Highway Engineers
  • The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Full details about accreditations for each degree are available under the ‘Professional recognition’ heading on the relevant programme page.

You can find a list of our programmes on our Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Sciences  subject pages.

Engineering scholarships

Scholarships that may be available to prospective undergraduate engineering students include:

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

ICE Scholarship Scheme

£1650 to support your studies
Salaried training in every year of your programme
A first class university education

Learn more on the ICE Scholarship web pages.

Quest undergraduate scholarship

  • £2,500 for every year of study (up to a maximum of four years, or five in Scotland)
  • Paid work placements every summer
  • The potential of a full-time job with a leading civil engineering or construction company when you graduate

Learn more on the Institution of Civil Engineers website

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The IET offers a range of scholarship opportunities, and publishes a scholarships and bursaries guide each year.

Engineering Horizons Bursary

  • Annual award of £1,000 per year, for the duration of the undergraduate degree or apprenticeship
  • Free membership of the IET for the duration of their course.

Further details are available on the Institution of Engineering and Technology website.

Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

  • An IET Scholarship of at least £1,000 per year, for up to three years for Bachelors students and four years for MEng students
  • Free membership of the IET for the duration of the course

Diamond Jubilee Scholarships are currently sponsored by BT and Siemans, with additional funding from BAE Systems, ERA Foundation, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and Belling Charitable Settlement.

For more information, visit the Institution of Engineering and Technology website.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers offers a range of scholarships and awards for apprentices, prospective undergraduates and first year students studying mechanical engineering.

IMechE AMEC Undergraduate Scholarship

  • A scholarship of £8,000, with students receiving £2,000 per year, for up to four years
  • The potential for an industry placement by the sponsor

IMechE Land Rover Spen King Sustainability Award

  • A scholarship of £8,000, with students receiving £2,000 per year, for up to four years
  • A placement with Jaguar Land Rover

IMechE Eaton Undergraduate Scholarship

  • A scholarship of £8,000, with students receiving £2,000 per year, for up to four years
  • The potential for an industry placement by the sponsor

Find out more about IMechE undergraduate scholarships

For more scholarships, visit the Women in Engineering Society website.

Electronics Skills Foundation Scholarships

The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) offers scholarships to Electronics undergraduates at its partner universities including the University of Surrey. Students who win scholarships benefit from:

  • Being connected to a leading employer in the electronics sector
  • An annual bursary of £1,000 a year
  • Paid summer work placements

Surrey scholarships

The University of Surrey offers a range of bursaries and scholarships for students, including the Surrey Merit Scholarship which offers a £2,000 cash award and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study.

Learn more about our undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

Discover our programmes in the fields of civil and environmental engineering, electrical and electronic engineering and mechanical engineering.