University of Bath

Women in Engineering

Our Women in Engineering initiative provides information and highlights opportunities for aspiring female engineers.

Female students at the University of Bath discuss a prototype.
Female students at the University of Bath discuss a prototype.

What is engineering?

Engineering uses maths and science to enable us to do ordinary and extraordinary things - the buildings we live in, the infrastructure we travel on, the trains, cars and aeroplanes we travel in, the factories and machinery that make things, and lots more besides. Professional engineers design these things and take charge of their manufacture or construction. They need good mathematical ability, but much more than that. They have to be imaginative, responsible, creative, and they must be very good at working with all sorts of other people. Geography, economics, art, history, modern languages, psychology, as well as the traditional maths and physics, can all help you to become an excellent engineer.

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A female pupil finds out what it's like to be an engineer

Financial support for studying engineering

There are a range of University funding opportunities and industry scholarships available for female students. These fund some or all of their undergraduate study and can include paid placements.

Support from the University and industrial sponsorship

What jobs could I go into?

After studying engineering you may choose to go into sectors as varied as management consultancy, broadcasting or the financial sector, as well as the more direct career paths listed below.

Architecture: Town Planner, Production Designer, Building Surveyor, Architect, Architectural Technologist.

Chemical Engineering: Chemical Engineer, Energy Engineer, Product Development Scientist, Production Manager, Quality Manager.

Civil Engineering: Site Engineer, Water Engineer, Engineering Geologist, Environmental Consultant, Quantity Surveyor.

Electronic & Electrical Engineering: Broadcast Engineer, IT Consultant, Network Engineer, Systems Developer.

Mechanical Engineering: Aeronautical Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Production Manager, Patent Attorney, Mechanical Engineer.

Find out what jobs engineering students go on to

Engineering as a career

Engineers are in great demand across a variety of fields from industry to academia. You will be trained in a range of hard and soft skills that will make you highly employable including:

  • problem solving
  • effective communication and presentation
  • team-working and leadership
  • project and time management
  • research, numeracy and design

Read some experiences from our graduates

Resources

Visit the following websites for further information on studying and working in engineering:

  • Headstart - Headstart courses offer Year 12 students STEM experience programmes at universities across the UK.

  • Tomorrow's Engineers - Tomorrow’s Engineers provides information and resources about careers in engineering. They also run a schools programme.

  • Career pilot - Your choices at 14, 16 and 18. Explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time - even to university level.

  • WISE - The WISE Campaign encourages women to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths or construction study and careers.

  • EngineerGirl - A website designed to bring attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents.

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Student Women's Engineering Society (WESBath)

WESBath aims to support current female students within the Faculty of Engineering & Design and to encourage the next generation of future female engineers. They are affiliated to the Women's Engineering Society, a national organisation.

Find out more about the society and how you can get involved