MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship

UCAS code  
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
Discipline Engineering
Location Taught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

A pioneering programme, designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the fields of mechanical and electronic engineering.

Four years of experiential learning, culminating in the launch of your own business.

Aimed at aspiring engineers and designers with a flare for business and the uncanny ability to solve complex problems.

Engineers are the world’s problem solvers. Working at the forefront of scientific knowledge they advance every field of human endeavour through their exploring and innovating. The fast-developing modern world presents innumerable challenges and opportunities for the next generation of engineers. This unique programme offers a world-class education in engineering, alongside the the space and time to explore, take risks and test your ideas in the real world.

On this programme you will not only study the principles of engineering but also the many factors that contribute towards the successful development of innovative products, processes or services. In addition to academic lectures, you will attend talks and seminars given by experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders. As your degree progresses, you will be encouraged to put your knowledge and ideas to practice, learning through personal experience while fully supported by your tutors and an industry mentor. Your final year will see you launching and reflecting upon your own start-up, providing the perfect springboard for a prosperous professional future.

On completion, you will graduate with a Masters level degree as well as the knowledge and experience of setting up your own business.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

This four-year programmes marries theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to develop as an engineer and an entrepreneur.  Your studies will follow Exeter’s think-try-do process of innovation, developing your ideas and technical know-how to the point of setting up your own company. You will be encouraged to take risks and, within the supportive community and environment of the department, will be given room to make mistakes in order to learn from them.

Year 1 - THINK

The multidisciplinary ethos of the first year builds theoretical and practical knowledge in mechanical, civil, materials, manufacturing, electronic and engineering mathematics.

Compulsory modules

Code

Module

Credits

 

Engineering Entrepreneurship and Skills Development 1

15

ECM1102

Core Engineering 1

30

ECM1106

Electronics for Engineers: Core Engineering 2

15

ECM1107

Materials and Manufacturing: Core Engineering 2

15

ECM1108

Engineering Mechanics: Core Engineering 2

15

ECM1110

Engineering Mathematics

30

Year 2 - THINK

 From the second year onwards the core and optional modules start to take a more specialised pathway with a focus on Mechanical or Electronic Engineering.

Compulsory modules

Code

Module

Credits

ECM2102

Management and Management Science

15

ECM2105

Control Engineering

15

ECM2106

Manufacturing Systems

15

ECM2111

Mathematical Modelling of Engineering Systems

15

ECM

Engineering Entrepreneurship and Skills Development 2

15

Optional modules

Code

Module

Credits

Either the following 45 credits (Mechanical):

ECM2113

Thermofluid Engineering

15

ECM2114

Solid Mechanics

15

ECM2103

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design

15

Or the following 45 Credits (Electronics)

ECM2115

PICS, Microcontrollers and Microprocessors

15

ECM2118

Analogue and Digital Electronics Design

15

PHY2027

Scientific Programming in C

15

Year 3 - TRY

Compulsory modules

Code

Module

Credits

 

Industrial Awareness and Problem  Solving

15

 

Market research & Business Planning

15

ECM3130

Engineering in Society and Company Finance

15

ECM3153

Management of Product Development

15

ECM3159

Management of Processes and People

15

Optional modules

Code

Module

Credits

Select either of the following (follow the same stream as taken in Stage 2)

ECM3162

Electronic Engineering Design Studies

15

ECM3163

Mechanical Engineering Design Studies

15

Either select 15 credits (Mechanical options):

ECM3151

Thermofluids and Energy Conversion

15

ECM3152

Computational Engineering

15

ECM3160

Materials

15

ECM3173

Structural Dynamics

15

Or select 15 credits (Electronic options):

ECM3150

Electromagnetics and Wave Propagation

15

ECM3165

Digital Signal Processing

15

Select 15 credits:

ECM3154

Manufacturing

15

ECM3164

Operations Management

15

ECM3171

Computer Aided Engineering Drawing

15

ECM2704

Numerics and Optimisation

15

ECM2707

Systems, Series and Transforms

15

ECM3711

Nonlinear Systems and Control

15

ECM3722

Graphs, Networks and Algorithms

15

ECM3726

Cryptography

15

EMP3001

Commercial and Industrial Experience

15

Year 4 - DO

This is an MEng programme with two different routes into Year 4 (final year):

At the beginning of Term 2 of Year 3 (January/February) you will submit an application for your start-up funding. If you application is successful, you will enrol onto the MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship (Route A). All other students enrol onto the MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship (Route B)

Route A

Compulsory modules

Code

Module

Credits

 

Business Start-up Project

90

 

Engineering Entrepreneurship and Skills Development 3

30

Route B

Compulsory modules

Code

Module

Credits

ECMM102

Group Project (MEng)

60

ECMM173

Lean Thinking and Sustainability in Industry

15

Optional modules (follow the same stream as taken in Stage 2 and 3)

Code

Module

Credits

Group A - 15 credits Mechanical Stream

ECMM113

Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise

15

Group B - 15 credits Mechanical Stream

ECMM112

Manufacturing Supply Chain Management

15

Group C - choose between 15 and 30 credits (15 if choosing from Group B) Mechanical Stream

ECMM147

Mechatronics: Sensors and Machine Automation

15

ECMM148

Advanced CFD

15

ECMM160

Engineering Materials and the Environment

15

Group A - 15 credits Electronics Stream (follow the same stream as taken in Stage 2 and 3)

ECMM113

Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise

15

ECMM141

Multivariable State-Space Control

15

ECMM171

Programming for Engineering

15

Group B - 15 credits Electronics Stream

ECMM136

Systems Analysis in Engineering

15

ECMM112

Manufacturing Supply Chain Management

15

Group C - 15 credits Electronics Stream

ECMM147

Mechatronics: Sensors and Machine Automation

15

NSCM004

Metamaterials: Science, Technology and Applications

15

Entry requirements 2018

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32

Required subjects

GCE AL Maths grade B and another science subject at grade B; IB Maths HL5 and another science subject HL5
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.
Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 in Physics will also be considered.
GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements.
Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): Applied Science, Building Services Engineering, Construction and the Built Environment, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability. In place of science requirement only, A level Maths still required.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

This programme gives you the opportunity to develop as an engineer alongside having the freedom to innovate, learning the skills of a successful entrepreneur. Studying within the wider engineering community at Exeter, you will gain experience in a wide range of engineering specialisms through theoretical and practical instruction. Taught portions of your course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars. These take place alongside student-led learning such as projects and design activities, testing your skills and knowledge and allowing for experiential learning. Contact hours ranging from 25-32 hours each week depending on the year of study.

The course is structured around Exeter’s THINK, TRY, DO approach to innovative thinking. As you progress you will be given the space to try your own ideas, with assessment focussing on the process of learning as much as whether or not your endeavors are successful.

During your final year you will be matched with an industry mentor, who will guide you through the start-up of your own business.

A research and practice led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics.

There are always numerous engineering research projects in progress, funded by industry, charities, government departments and research councils. As a student, you will directly benefit from this through access to up-to-date equipment, course input from industry and staff expertise.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and examination.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. Written examinations are held in January and June of the first and second years and in the third term of the third and fourth years. For most modules, coursework also contributes to the assessment of the module.

Careers

Career opportunities for engineers are almost limitless, as engineers can be found working in the public sector, in health, communications, education, construction, defence, finance and manufacturing. Engineers have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who typically claim great job satisfaction, a good salary and a huge range of career possibilities. Typically, salaries are significantly higher for engineering graduates than the average for all other graduates.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist engineering fields and across a broad range of other sectors, as shown on our Graduate destinations web page.

We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Visit our Employability web page to find out more.

Experience of working in your chosen field is a real advantage when entering the graduate job market. It’s also a great way to try out different jobs and to make contacts within companies you’re interested in working for. All of our engineers have the opportunity to spend time working as part of their degree, either through a summer placement or through a full year’s experience.

Year in industry

What is it? A full year’s worth of work placement. The words ‘with Year in Industry’ appear in your degree title for future employers to see.
Who is this for? Available for all BEng and MEng programmes in Engineering.
When does it happen? Typically takes place in your third year and usually last at least nine months.
Does it count towards my degree? Yes, it’s worth 120 credits.
What else do I need to know? During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee. In 2016/17 the fee was £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). You can apply for this programme through UCAS or transfer to it at the end of your first year. Your degree will take an extra year to complete.

Industrial Experience

What is it? A two to three month work placement that contributes towards your degree. The module title ‘Commercial and Industrial Experience’ will appear on your transcript for future employers to see.
Who is this for? All engineering students. This is a popular optional module - we recommend that all students take it.
When does it happen? Summer placement, takes place between years two and three.
Does it count towards my degree? Yes, it’s worth 15 credits.
What else do I need to know? You can base your third year individual project on your placement, giving you an extra 30 credits of industrial experience.

We will help you to prepare for your work placement from early in your studies. A special module ‘Employability and Placement Preparation for Engineers’ takes place at the start of your second year. This isn’t marked and is an opportunity to start thinking about your placement well in advance. You will also be invited to attend workshops offering guidance and support such as ‘Making the most of your placement’ and ‘How to use your placement as an individual project’.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Email: engineering@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Website: Visit the Engineering website