What you will study
There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.
To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.
You’ll begin your studies with
Engineering the future (T174), a 30-credit module that introduces you to the extraordinary breadth of contemporary engineering. Using case studies, you’ll consider the different components of design, materials, mechanics and engineering practice and learn about how we undertake modern engineering. In a new 30-credit module available from February 2014, undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T174,,1 Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1 (T176), you’ll take the first steps to gaining professional engineering status by developing a personal development plan. You’ll investigate the skills and knowledge required by professional engineers, and examine your motives and ambitions. There’ll also be a compulsory one week residential school, where you’ll work alongside your peers in activities on materials engineering, structural design, metal ore refinement, noise measurement, and robotics in a variety of settings. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T176,,1
Mathematics forms an important part of this stage, as it underpins your later study. In
Using mathematics (MST121) (30 credits), you’ll learn how to solve problems through mathematical modelling. Tools such as matrices, vector analysis and calculus are included to demonstrate the power of mathematics to support engineering methods. You’ll then progress to undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,MST121,,1 Exploring mathematics (MS221) (30 credits), which explores calculus in more depth, as well as concepts important in engineering such as complex numbers. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,MS221,,1
At the end of Stage 1, you’ll be clear about the direction you need to take to become a professional engineer, and you’ll have a good understanding of the range of techniques which make up modern engineering.
At Stage 2, you’ll refine your ability to use engineering analysis to develop engineering solutions, and begin focusing on your chosen specialism.
Engineering is about extending society’s horizons by solving technical problems – from meeting basic needs for food and shelter to generating wealth by trade. Engineers prefer to see difficulties as challenges or opportunities. They appear to be solving problems, but they’re actually creating solutions: an altogether more imaginative activity. In
Engineering: mechanics, materials, design (T207) you will be exploring how technical solutions are created, you’ll combine the mechanics of solids and fluids with the structure and properties of materials. This includes aspects of engineering analysis, design, and modelling methods, using appropriate mathematical software. You’ll also develop analytical, communication, and learning skills in a context that provides grounding for higher-level, more specialised study. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T207,,1
You’ll continue your professional development and attend another week long residential school. This follows the same form as the Stage 1 school, but this time the activities will focus on sustainable engineering; engineering design; creep and corrosion; model dragster design and construction; and the optimisation of an electromechanical system.
Stage 2 is also when you’ll develop most in your understanding of engineering practice with the two compulsory 30-credit modules
Energy and sustainability (T213) and Engineering: professions, practice and skills 2 (T276) (available from February 2014). You’ll study the range of energy generation solutions available to us, their underlying technologies, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. You’ll also investigate the effects of using different energy generation systems and learn how to analyse their environmental impact. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T213,,1
At Stage 3, you’ll deepen your understanding of your chosen speciality and extend your knowledge into other areas of engineering. You’ll also undertake an individual project.
You’ll study the selection, implementation and assessment of the sustainable energy technologies that you studied at Stage 2 in
Renewable energy (T313) – using key techniques and methods of analysis to focus on pollution control and the effects of energy systems. This is set in a broad context of engineering with materials at the macro and micro scale in undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T313,,1 Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies (T356). You’ll also explore undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T356,,1 Structural integrity: designing against failure (T357), the concept where engineers deploy knowledge of materials behaviour to prevent failure of components and structures. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T357,,1
You’ll complete your degree with
The engineering project (T450), designed to consolidate your studies by addressing an engineering challenge. You’ll apply the design concepts of sustainability and integrity to the engineering of a new or existing product – giving you the opportunity to interpret and use these concepts in a practical and meaningful way. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q65-2,module,T450,,1
Finally, you’ll conclude your professional development planning by drafting your application for institutional membership, and by reviewing your professional engineering skills.
Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the
structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that
the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.
Where will you be resident whilst you study?
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