The first year of study is your foundation year (year 0) where you will study a range of engaging and inspiring modules. These modules will enable you to develop academic and practical skills that will build your confidence and equip you with the fundamental knowledge required to embark on your degree.
Each module in the foundation year typically consists of 20 hours of lectures, 40 hours of laboratory work and 10 hours of tutorials. Modules are led by experienced academics including senior lecturers, principal lecturers, laboratory technicians and postgraduate demonstrators.
As you progress with the BEng Mechanical Engineering Degree (levels 4 to 6) you will study a range of modules which (per module) will typically comprise 24 hours of lectures and 24 hours of laboratory sessions/tutorials/workshops, depending on the modules selected. Some modules also include project supervision meetings with your academic supervisor, timetabled access to engineering workshops, makerspace and project laboratories with technician support.
In addition to the structured teaching times, you will also be required to undertake self-study. The typical amount of time for all activities associated with one 20-credit module is 200 hours which is made up of class contact time in lectures, tutorials and workshops, laboratory sessions, module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission, and examination revision.
The BEng Mechanical Engineering modules will typically be led by research active, specialist senior lecturers, principal lecturers, readers and professors with laboratory learning supported by engineering and science technicians and postgraduate demonstrators. The academics are typically specialist and researchers in a particular field, for example, control and instrumentation or heat and fluid dynamics.
To help develop your employability skills, additional drop-in academic and peer mentoring sessions may be timetabled to support you with specific topics.