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Second Year

Part 1B Laboratory Work

All students study eight core subjects for the first two terms of their second year. These are:

  1. Mechanics
  2. Structures
  3. Materials
  4. Thermofluid Mechanics
  5. Electrical Engineering covering Linear Circuits & Devices, Electrical Power and Electromagnetic Fields & Waves
  6. Information Engineering covering Linear Systems & Control, Communications and Fourier Transforms & Signal & Data Analysis
  7. Mathematical Methods covering Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Probability
  8. Business Economics

In the third term, you choose two topics from a list of options, representing each of the main professional engineering disciplines, typically:

  1. Aerothermal Engineering - design of a jet engine.
  2. Mechanical Engineering - design of a wind turbine.
  3. Civil and Structural Engineering - design and construction of underground space.
  4. Bioengineering - learn how engineering principles can be applied to study the structure, function and repair of the eye.
  5. Manufacturing and Management - bringing technology innovations to market.
  6. Information Engineering - photo editing and image searching.
  7. Electrical Engineering - micro and nano-electronic devices.

If you have been studying a foreign language through our Language Programme for Engineers, you can offer that language course instead of one of these topics.

The core papers supply the educational breadth necessary in modern engineering science, continuing the philosophy of the first year. The advanced topics studied in the second year include the dynamic forces in machine components, the behaviour of heat exchangers, control engineering, the characteristics of electrical machines, and the design of alloys. The optional topics allow you to explore your principal interests in greater depth, in preparation for further specialisation in the third and fourth years.