Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Undergraduate Degree Programmes

At the School of Engineering we offer MEng and BEng degree programmes in a wide range of specialisations. The MEng is a five-year Honours programme and the BEng is a four-year Honours programme, both of which are accredited by the Engineering Institutions (see Becoming a Chartered Engineer).

For the first two years of all programmes you will study a common core covering the basic principles of all branches of engineering. In these two years you will follow courses which will give you the choice of at least three of the School’s main disciplines to specialise in. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth including design applications. More information on the structure of our degrees can be found here.

The specialisations come under five main disciplines. More information on each of these is detailed below.

At the School of Engineering we offer MEng and BEng degree programmes in a wide range of specialisations. The MEng is a five-year Honours programme and the BEng is a four-year Honours programme, both of which are accredited by the Engineering Institutions (see Becoming a Chartered Engineer).

For the first two years of all programmes you will study a common core covering the basic principles of all branches of engineering. In these two years you will follow courses which will give you the choice of at least three of the School’s main disciplines to specialise in. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth including design applications. More information on the structure of our degrees can be found here.

The specialisations come under five main disciplines. More information on each of these is detailed below.

What is general engineering?

The School of Engineering follows a general engineering model, which means all engineering students study the basic underpinning concepts and fundamentals of engineering during their first two years before specialising in one of the five disciplines in Year 3 - Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering.

There are several benefits to the general engineering approach. Firstly, students can use the first two years of their degree to make an informed decision about what area of engineering to specialise in, while studying the fundamental elements of Chemical, Civil, Electrical/Electronic, Mechanical and Petroleum. Secondly, students benefit from a broad-based engineering education and develop the wider range of expertise and skills that are in demand from employers today. Thirdly, the broader expertise gained through the general engineering approach is particularly useful later in your career, when leading teams of engineers from across different specialisms.

MEng and BEng

After the first two years, you have the opportunity to pursue the 5 year Masters of Engineering (MEng) or 4 year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in your chosen discipline. Our 4-year BEng programmes are accredited as fully meeting the educational requirements for IEng and partially meeting the educational requirements for CEng.

Design is a critical component of all our degrees and will feature throughout. The design exercises in years 3, 4 and 5 will use that knowledge to allow you to work on real-life projects that are highly relevant to today’s industry.

Optional Courses

Students also choose optional courses alongside their core engineering courses. Optional courses are designed to give students a greater breadth of learning and to improve employability by further developing your other skills and knowledge. For example, you can choose courses in Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Computing, Social Sciences, Management, Arts and Music, subject to normal timetabling restrictions.

Lectures and Laboratories

Each Engineering programme is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory (lab) classes. Lectures are held in lecture halls and are quite different from the kind of classes you will be used to from school. In addition, you will attend labs where you will conduct experiments and receive practical demonstrations of what you have learned in your lectures. Tutorials are run as small classes where students work on example problems with support from their tutors.

Work Experience

Engineering Work Experience is a new 15 credit 2nd year course designed by the School of Engineering in partnership with the University’s Careers Service to develop students’ work readiness. The course embeds careers education in the academic curriculum and provides students with a work-related learning experience through employer-hosted consultancy-style projects.

Field Trips

Engineering students also benefit from the University’s location in Energy Capital of Europe through numerous field trips and site visits to local companies. Field trips are especially valuable as they allow students to observe how the theory learned in lectures is applied in industry and also because you can learn more about different engineering careers from the industry professionals that you meet.

Personal Tutors

Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor in first year. Your tutor will meet with you several times throughout each year of study, either individually, or in groups. The role of the tutor is to provide pastoral support, to help ensure that you gain as much as you can from your time at university and to guide you towards other support services when necessary.