What do our students do?
Our students are enrolled on four main programmes:
- Mechatronics and Robotic Systems (MRS)
- Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
- Avionic Systems (AS)
Each programme is available as a BEng or MEng and can include a Year in Industry, a year abroad in China, or even both… so a successful student’s time in our Department could be as short as 3 years, or as long as 6 years!
As long as good grades are maintained, our students have the flexibility to switch between different versions of their programme at various stages once they are here, e.g. from the BEng to the MEng, or to take up a year in industry or year abroad. The Year in Industry is often done between Years 2 and 3 but again, there is often choice about the timing.
Some of the companies students have worked with on their Year in industry
Meet our Undergraduate students
Skye, Wellington, Emily and Carlota who tell us why they chose to become Engineers, who their Engineering heroes are, what it is like to be an Engineer and all about their future aspirations.
Skye studies Mechatronics with Robotic Systems.
Wellington studies Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.
Emily studies Avionic Systems.
Carlota studies Mechatronics with Robotic Systems.
Flexibility is an important feature of the student experience here at EEE. For example, on most of our programmes Year 2 students collaborate on a group project in which they have considerable choice about the topic or scope. Following this, within each programme of study students get to choose from a set of optional modules in their final year, and also a Final Year Project unique to them – some even design their own project from scratch!”
In the first year, all our students learn some core skills which both practise and follow on from their high school / sixth form studies. These include:
- Maths brushup and extension for Engineering – everything from advanced Calculus (including differentiation and integration brushup) and McLaurin and Taylor series, to Fourier expansion, complex numbers, advanced vectors and matrices.
- Circuit design and analysis – including basic circuit components, fundamental theory of DC and AC circuits, diodes and transistors, equivalent circuits, circuit biasing, rectifier and stabiliser circuits, common emitter amplifiers, operational amplifiers, simple filters, nodal analysis, superposition, RMS, power transfer in an AC circuit, computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools for circuit simulation and design, and more.
- Digital Electronics and integrated circuits – learn about binary, hex, Boolean algebra, logic circuits, silicon microelectronics design, applying laws in practice to diodes and transistors, and designing and debugging digital circuits such as a simple MOS circuit.
- Experimental skills – students get to do a series of experiments in which, as a minimum, they learn about the building blocks of electrical circuits, basic measuring equipment in the lab (e.g. oscilloscopes, multimeters), building an electronic switch, diode applications, CAE and computer aided design (CAD), testing logic circuits, MATLAB, engineering ethics and report-writing. Many students also undertake a Year 1 project.
Of course, our students go on to study more content tailored to their individual degree programme, and this variation begins in the first year. For example, in their first year an AS student will start Pilot Studies or learn about Aerospace Engineering (depending on pathway), a CSEE student will learn about object-oriented programming and other important programming concepts, an MRS student will be introduced to mechatronics and learn about the properties of solids and structures, while an EEE student is introduced to electromagnetism and C programming. The variations become ever more pronounced in Years 2, 3 and 4, and to complement this, students will choose projects which reflect their specific interests.
Building on skills
The topics listed above clearly build on skills learned in Physics and Maths A-Levels (or equivalent), including for example electrical circuits, particle properties, electromagnetism, differentiation/integration, series and vectors. However, they also build on other A-Level skills and knowledge more widely, whether these be problem-solving, measurements and errors, SI units, report-writing or lab awareness.
Students are made welcome and offered individual support throughout their time with us. All our students are enrolled with an Academic Advisor who is a staff member in the department. As part of an ‘academic advisor group’, but also at times individually, they meet regularly with this staff member who may offer guidance on anything from revision skills to the nearest GP to campus! Each student is also assigned a ‘buddy’ from the year above, often on the selfsame course of study, who is there to mentor them and help them navigate aspects of University life they have recently experienced themselves.
Finally, for any difficulties that can’t be solved elsewhere, there is a dedicated Student Experience Team for students in the School of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering & Electronics.
Find out more about all of our Undergraduate programmes here.