Our first year has been designed to provide a contemporary and flexible educational model that builds upon essential engineering fundamentals to develop your broader understanding of behaviour, policy, entrepreneurship, and global perspectives and kindles the passion necessary to address the societal challenge agenda. The first year is shared across the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.
Electrical Engineering 1 - 20 credits
In this module, the fundamentals of electronic and electrical engineering are covered. It will begin with analogue circuits describing the fundamentals of circuit analysis and the design of analogue devices. The fundamentals of digital systems will then be covered using Boolean algebra and related techniques to analyse digital circuits up to an introduction to flip flops. Finally electrical power and machinery systems will be introduced.
Engineering Materials - 10 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials and their key properties used in engineering in order to allow them to select the appropriate materials for a given application. The module also introduces fundamental science that determines the electrical or mechanical properties of materials, such as atomic / molecular structures. In addition students will also be introduced to software which will allow them to model the properties and behaviour of engineering materials and analyse the results of experiments.
Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
The module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding of the mathematics used in engineering and to develop the skills of its use.
Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer - 20 credits
In this module, the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and energy conservation, and introduce associated engineering applications.
Integrated Design Project 1 - 20 credits
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design process and the skills employed therein, within an engineering context.
Computing for Engineers - 10 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce engineers to computers and computer programming using an important modern programming language which has applications from small embedded systems to supercomputers.
Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics in the context and application in engineering. The module covers: general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to provide context for the taught material.
This year you will begin to specialise. Your core courses will include digital systems and embedded computing, electronic circuits, devices and electromagnetics, maths for engineering, energy systems and control, communications systems, and software engineering. You will enjoy undertaking both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary group projects. In recent years students have built, programmed and raced robots in the end of year challenge. Assessments in the integrated design project are devised in consultation with our partners in industry, and are presented in an end of term showcase. All modules compulsory.
- Digital Systems and Embedded Computing - 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics 2 - 20 credits
- Electronic Circuits and Electromagnetics - 20 credits
- Integrated Design Project 2 - 20 credits
- Electrical Energy Systems and Control - 20 credits
- Communication Systems - 10 credits
- Multidisciplinary Software and Systems Engineering - 10 credits
Year 3 (in industry)
An Industrial Year extends the length of your undergraduate degree by a year and is taken after year 2. The Industrial Year is well regarded by industry and the IET as providing a good opportunity to test and develop skills and techniques used by engineers the world over.
During this year you will be paid by the company, and will have the opportunity to get involved in a real project. You will find this opportunity immensely helpful in developing your technical ability as well as your personal skills. Some gain sponsorship from their placement company, and may even be offered a graduate job on completion of their degree!
You’ll come away with a clearer idea of what you want to do. We have strong links with industry, many of the companies we work with will regularly recruit our students. Opportunities are promoted throughout the year and we’ll help you through the application process.
Tuition fees for placement years
There is a reduced tuition fee for the academic year spent in industry or whilst studying abroad (where available). Fee information and further clarification is available on the University fees and funding page.
This is your final year and now you can really focus on the areas that interest you the most. You will apply the creative, technical, analytical and decision making skills you have developed into delivering an individual research project as well as a group design project. You will choose options to complete your degree.
- Electronic Engineering - 20 credits
- Integrated Design Project 3 - 20 credits
- Individual Project - 40 credits
Choose 40 credits. Example optional modules:
- Advanced Communication Systems - 20 credits
- Power Electronics and Power systems - 20 credits
- The Internet of Things - 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics 3 - 20 credits
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.