This course can be studied full-time over three or four years with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study. The programme may be followed in a part-time mode by attending up to five modules each year as scheduled for full-time students. You can start in September or January.
Your course will be taught using lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials and guest speeches, practical laboratory classes and personal tutorials. Your personal tutor will meet with you weekly during the first academic year and assist with your transition to studying in Higher Education (HE). You’ll have access to cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities and a well-equipped specialist library.
The highly practical nature of the course aims to enable you to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, mirroring the work you’ll do in professional practice. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these projects develop the professional skills required including: problem analysis and design; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report and bench assessment; troubleshooting and more. For example, past students have undertaken studies in alternative energy, particularly in the field of solar engineering.
We also aim to incorporate real-life case studies wherever possible. For example, when studying embedded microprocessors in groups, we will examine the ‘PICFI84520’, an innovative 8-bit PIC® microcontroller, taking a detailed look at its internal architecture. Working in groups, you will develop and test a complete microprocessor system devised to implement a real life task, giving you direct experience of the true capability of such devices.
Fieldtrips have been undertaken to various locations to further enhance the understanding of course content. Previous students have visited Electric Mountain and other alternative energy centres. Moreover, opportunities exist for travel to universities in both Europe and China to study abroad (subject to availability and additional costs).