At the School of Engineering, we are very much looking forward to you joining us in September. Following Scottish Government guidance, we expect our campus to be open. Safety is our primary concern and the University is working hard on variety of measures to safeguard your welfare.

Below you will find details of orientation, reading lists and other blended learning information for School of Engineering students to help you start your student journey with us.

Undergraduate

Key Contacts in School

Dr Euan Bain 
Director of Undergraduate Teaching

Amanda Rae
School Administration Assistant 
Undergraduate Level 1 & 2 
Email: amanda.rae@abdn.ac.uk

Julie Anderson
School Administration Assistant 
Undergraduate Level 3
Email: julie.anderson@abdn.ac.uk

Leigh Thomson
School Administration Assistant 
Undergraduate Level 4 & 5
Email: leigh.thomson@abdn.ac.uk
 

Orientation

We expect our King’s College Campus, which hosts the School of Engineering, to be open in September alongside our other campuses, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor and programme leader. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

There will be activities for incoming students in Welcome Week: 21-25 September and in the early weeks of term. 

Blended Learning

Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person on-campus teaching activities. In the first half-session of the 2020/21 academic year, lectures will be delivered online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform, MyAberdeen. Other teaching activities, such as tutorials and computer and laboratory practicals may take place either on campus or online. We plan for all students to have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

All lectures and associated learning materials will be available online on MyAberdeen for you to access in your own time. You will also have opportunities to learn through other formats on MyAberdeen, such as quizzes, discussion boards and group chat. In addition, there will be scheduled live online and in-person on-campus teaching activities. In-person on-campus tutorials, seminars and practicals may be in smaller groups than usual if physical distancing is required.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Assessment

Engineering courses will not be assessed by formal exams on campus in the first half-session of the 2020/21 academic year. We will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term. These may include coursework, reports on laboratory/computer practicals, design reports, and online timed assessments. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes laboratory work or other kinds of practical sessions, we will aim to provide these on campus, subject to Scottish government guidelines, otherwise we will create online alternatives.

Postgraduate Taught

Key Contacts in School

Dr Peter Hicks
Director of Postgraduate Teaching

Lyn Magee
School Administration Assistant
Email: lyn.magee@abdn.ac.uk
MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering, MSc Biomedical Engineering, MSc Process Safety, MSc Renewable Energy, MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering and MSc Transport & Intelligence Mobility

Debbie McKenzie
School Administration Assistant, 
Email: debbie.mckenzie@abdn.ac.uk
MSc Decommissioning and MSc Project Management 

Jemma Muckersie, 
School Administration Assistant, 
Email:jemma.muckersie@abdn.ac.uk
MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering, MSc Advanced Structural Engineering, MSc Global Subsea, MSc Offshore Engineering, MSc Oil & Gas Engineering, MSc Petroleum Engineering and MSc Subsea Engineering 

Orientation

We expect our King’s College Campus, which hosts the School of Engineering, to be open in September alongside our other campuses, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor and programme leader. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

There will be activities for incoming students in Welcome Week: 21-25 September and in the early weeks of term.

  • In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme.

    The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

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Date of School Orientation: Asynchronous orientation materials will be available in MyAberdeen from mid-August. Live sessions for each MSc programme will take place on either September 24th or 25th.

What to expect

School level orientation materials will include a welcome message from the Head of School or the School's Director of Postgraduate Teaching.

This will be supplemented by asynchronous presentations on (but not limited to):

  • Key staff in the School
  • Information on PGT degree classification
  • How blended delivery will work
  • Ethics, conduct and expectations on professional engineers
  • Student email and communicating with the School
  • Information on the student monitoring system and absence reporting
  • Information on citations and referencing, and on avoiding plagiarism
  • An introduction to the MSc Individual Project
  • Information from relevant Professional Engineering Institutions
  • Student societies related to Engineering

Programme level orientation will involve a live briefing and Q&A session with the Programme Coordinator and Deputy Programme Coordinator for each programme.

Blended Learning

For those who registered for one of our fully online engineering MSc programmes, the delivery and assessment of courses on these programmes will be wholly online as normal.

For the campus-based engineering MSc programmes, a blended learning approach will be adopted in the first half session of 2020-21. Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person on-campus teaching activities. In the first half-session of the 2020/21 academic year, lectures will be delivered online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform, MyAberdeen. Other teaching activities, such as tutorials and computer and laboratory practicals may take place either on campus or online. We plan for all students to have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

All lectures and associated learning materials will be available online on MyAberdeen for you to access in your own time. You will also have opportunities to learn through other formats on MyAberdeen, such as quizzes, discussion boards and group chat. In addition, there will be scheduled live online and in-person on-campus teaching activities. In-person on-campus tutorials, seminars and practicals may be in smaller groups than usual if physical distancing is required.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual Engineering courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Assessment

Engineering courses will not be assessed by formal exams on campus in the first half-session of the 2020/21 academic year. We will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term. These may include coursework, reports on laboratory/computer practicals, design reports, and online timed assessments. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

If your course includes laboratory work or other kinds of practical sessions, we will aim to provide these on campus, subject to Scottish government guidelines, otherwise we will create online alternatives.

Postgraduate Research

Orientation

As a PGR student you have the opportunity to attend a University wide orientation in addition to your School specific event.

Check back soon for information on your school induction programme.

Blended learning

As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.

The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.