You’ll gain new viewpoints on the mathematical and physical basis of engineering that you studied at school. You’ll also encounter new topics, including structures, fluid mechanics and digital systems.
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures and practical lab work, working on projects in structural and mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computing. With a given goal in mind, you’ll be expected to make your own design decisions, then build and test the finished product.
Moving into your second year, you’ll continue to study the core subjects that provide a basis for modern engineering. In year two, these are Maths, Electronic and Information Engineering, Structures, Materials and Dynamics and Energy Systems.
These modules will include practical lab work, which focuses on Communications, Instrumentation and Control, Dynamics, Structures and Materials, Thermofluids, Heat Transfer and Electrical Machines.
You will gain an understanding of how your technical knowledge relates to engineering in the wider world. This includes: Technical Writing and Communication Skills; Engineering Ethics; Safety and Risk; Engineering, Sustainability and the Environment.
During the summer term, you’ll study four practical modules. These will include a design module in mechanical or electrical computer aided design, as well as two other modules of your choice.
In recent years, these have included:
As you enter your third year, you will begin to specialise into your chosen branch of engineering. You’ll have a choice of papers to write, supported by practical work. These might include:
You will gain an understanding of how your technical knowledge relates to engineering in the wider world. This includes: Engineering Project Management, Financing Projects and Technology Strategy.
Your chance to really get to grips with the engineering design process. In teams of 4-5 students, you’ll write the sort of detailed design proposal that could be used as the basis for a new product or engineering project. Recent projects have included:
You’ll be making economic and design decisions, choosing between conflicting priorities and allocating work amongst the group. This will take place in the project meetings which you'll arrange alongside your weekly classes with an academic.
Additional guidance and technical advice will be provided by visiting Professors of Engineering Design, drawn from their own industrial experience.
Your fourth and final year will see you choose six specialist options from across engineering science. These change each year, but the current options are:
You will carry out a self-led project in your fourth year. It usually involves original research or significant design and construction work, undertaken in close consultation with an academic supervisor.
Our departmental supervisors offer over 100 topics for you to choose from. You may also be able to work on an idea of your own (or one suggested by a sponsoring company), as long as you can find an academic willing to supervise it.
Recent fourth-year projects have included: