If you pursue the Engineering course in your third year, you can choose from a number of options, leading towards whichever specialisation you favour. Plenty of advice is available to ensure that you choose the topics most appropriate to your intended career.
During the first two terms, you are required to study ten modules from more than forty on offer. You can choose your modules in such a way that a minimum number, normally six, are drawn from the list of modules associated with one of the following Engineering Areas, which represents your professional specialisation:
- Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering
- Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Electrical and Information Sciences
- Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Information and Computer Engineering
- Instrumentation and Control
- Mechanical Engineering
Alternatively, if you do not wish to choose six modules from an Engineering Area, you may instead qualify in General Engineering. Your choice of modules is less restricted, but you must still follow other requirements about module choices.
Note: The modules on offer are revised each year to reflect new developments in Engineering, so the lists given on the links above may well have changed by the time you reach your third year.
As you can see, these Engineering Areas are broad in scope. For example, the 'Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering' Area encompasses the three distinct (but related) engineering disciplines in its title. This breadth is intentional, as it offers choice and flexibility, and whatever branch of engineering you choose, it is possible to select a combination of modules which will lead to professional accreditation in that area. If, after reading this prospectus and the more extensive information available on our website, you are still unclear whether our course caters for your own interests, please do not hesitate to ask.
The modules on offer in year three include:
- many on topics within the various Engineering Areas (of course!), but also
- modules in Engineering Management and Manufacturing Engineering,
- modules of cross-disciplinary interest such as Engineering Mathematics, and
- modules shared with the fourth year of the course.
This structure gives you considerable freedom in choosing module combinations to suit your particular interests and career plans, and allows the Department to adapt its course to reflect new advances and developments in engineering.
The third term of year three consists of project work undertaken after the examinations. Students undertake two projects from the wide range available. Some of these involve designing, building and testing, whereas others are computer-based, or involve surveying or some aspect of foreign language work