Department of Engineering and Design


Due to our respected industry accreditation, successfully completing an engineering or design degree at Sussex will put you at the head of the pack as you embark on your career.

By choosing an engineering or design degree at Sussex, you will be on the road to becoming a committed, professional designer or engineer, and will gain the highest recognised and respected qualification possible at university level.

Our relevant degree courses in the Department of Engineering and Design are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the  Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Institution of Engineering Designers (iED). 

The Engineering Council 

The Engineering Council is the national regulator of the engineering profession in the UK. It not only holds the register of the quarter of a million professionally recognised engineers but also sets and maintains the “internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles.

This ensures that employers, government and wider society - both in the UK and overseas - can have confidence in the knowledge, experience and commitment of registrants (”

The value of accreditation 

The accreditation process by professional bodies guarantees that graduates are given the opportunity by their institutions to develop the necessary competence required of a Chartered Engineer.

This is achieved through the assessment of programmes against defined and accepted standard criteria. The Department of Engineering and Design is monitored for progress regularly and is required to amend courses in alignment with industry trends.

What is a chartered engineer (CEng?)

The title CEng is protected by civil law and is one of the most recognisable international engineering qualifications. According to the UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence), “Chartered Engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.They might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, or pioneer new engineering services and management methods. Chartered Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills (” 

Benefits of CEng professional qualification 

- The status of being part of a technological elite 
- Recognition of your expertise and hard work 
- Higher earnings potential 
- Improved career prospects 
- Greater influence within your organisation and industry 
- Access to life-long learning 
- International recognition of your qualifications 
- Letters after your name eg J.Smith CEng

For more information, refer to the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence [PDF 291.02KB].

Information about CEng was taken from the Engineering Council website       

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