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Should I Study Engineering or Science?

  • 15-03-2023 5:19pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4

    Hi all,

    I'm in sixth year looking at my CAO choices. I'm struggling to decide between studying engineering or science.

    If I was to study engineering, I would choose either biomedical or mechanical. If I was to study science, I would probably choose biology with some physics electives.

    My favourite LC subjects are biology and physics.

    I think that I would like a career in research.

    Many thanks for your help!


  • Registered Users Posts: 388 ✭✭A97

    Both courses would be reasonably good for getting into the research space if that is what you want to do when you graduate. Engineering is arguably more broad as you won't necessarily have to commit to a certain career path right away (you will have a year or two to decide between the likes of biomedical, mechanical, civil, electrical, computer, chemical engineering etc, whereas you might have to decide right away or after one year for which branch of science you want to specialise into), although the timing of when to specialise depends on different colleges and courses. Engineering also might give you wider job prospects upon graduating (say if you change your mind and you don't want to do research anymore after you finish your degree).

    A biomedical engineering degree is an engineering degree first and foremost. You will learn enough biology to get by, but the focus will be more on the engineering. In that sense, the science degree might be better for your preferences as you will do more biology than physics, rather than the other way around.

    Look at the college/course websites and check out the module descriptors. These will give you a good idea of what you will study in each course.

    Any of these degrees will be very hard work, so be prepared for that. It will take up a lot of time and even if you are good at school, you will most likely find it challenging at times. What is most important is that you enjoy what you do, but remember to take breaks and enjoy the college experience too. It will be over before you know it, so don't let it pass you by!

    Best of luck with whatever you decide.