Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Undergraduate study

How you will learn

You will be taught via a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments and practical engineering exercises.

The courses are taught in a modular format with typically eight modules running concurrently and approximately two contact hours per module per week. Contact hours are approximately 18-21 hours per week during non-project based semesters. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide advice and help you to choose your subject options.

You will work on tutorial questions in your own time. These are designed to reinforce and develop understanding of material covered in lectures. Tutorial sessions give you the opportunity to sort out any problems with particular questions and clarify points you may not have understood during lectures. Group and individual project work form an important part of your course and will help you develop vital project management and communication skills for your future career.

Lab sessions are also very important as they help you reinforce concepts and give you practical understanding. In depth research and development projects are undertaken in the final years of the BEng and MEng.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework.  With the successful completion of each module, you accrue a set number of credits, which over time lead to the award of your final degree. For BEng studetns the first year is the only record that industry will be able to evaluate how well you are doing on the degree programme when accepting placement applications and forms an important part of your understanding of the subject.  

The MEng and BEng courses

The first two years of a BEng or MEng share the same format and structure. The MEng differs from the BEng by offering the opportunity to study technical and management topics at a more advanced level in the later years of the course.

The option of taking an industrial placement year is available on both the MEng and BEng courses. MEng courses can therefore take four or five years to complete, while those leading to BEng take three or four years. MEng students have the choice to take their placement either between the second and third year.  

It is possible to transfer from a BEng to an MEng at the end of the first year and up to the end of the second year providing that the transfer progression criteria have been met.

Course structure

Year

MEng

MEng (with placement)

BEng

BEng (with placement)

1

Part A

Part A

Part A

Part A

2

Part B

Part B

Part B

Part B

3

Part C

Placement*

Part C

Placement

4

Part D

Part C

 

Part C

5

 

Part D

 

 

* Placement after second year or before final year