|Typical offer||AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32|
From the minute we awake to an alarm clock, to the music we listen to, the clothes we dress in, the food we eat, the transport, roads and bridges we use, and the buildings we inhabit; every aspect of our daily routine involves some form of engineering. Engineers are the inventors and problem-solvers of our everyday world and they influence and develop the environment and technology of our future.
Engineering graduates are in high demand and professional opportunities exist in many different fields such as construction, textiles, defence, renewable energy, food, aerospace, medicine, radio, TV and motor sport. There are also many kinds of engineering disciplines including civil, structural, mechanical, electronic and materials engineering and the type of work can vary from research and design to consulting and manufacturing.
The engineering programmes at Exeter offer you a flexible first year to explore many disciplines of engineering, with the freedom to choose which excites you most before you decide to specialise in one area. Students on the BEng or MEng Engineering programmes normally change to one of the accredited, discipline specific, programmes at the end of the first year; although it is possible to continue with the general study of engineering beyond your first year.
During your first year you will study subjects fundamental to all branches of engineering, giving you a broad-based introduction to the degrees on offer. The core course is common to the first years of all our Engineering programmes and provides you with technical and communication skills from across the whole spectrum of engineering, whilst also providing the foundation for learning a specialist branch of engineering. One half day a week is devoted to engineering design activities where you will work in small groups in the labs and workshops.
Why choose Engineering at Exeter?
- You have the flexibility and freedom to explore Engineering for the first year before deciding on your chosen specialist field.
- You will gain practical, hands-on experience from your first year; constructing a water-wheel and learning industry standard design software.
- Our first-class equipment and excellent facilities include the latest Additive Layer Manufacturing technology and a 3D visualisation suite.
- Our staff are committed to helping you make the best engineering career choices and you will be guided at every step to help you choose the best engineering option for you.
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.
The multidisciplinary ethos of the first year builds your theoretical and practical knowledge in mechanical, civil, materials, manufacturing, electronic and engineering mathematics. By the end of this year's course you will have experienced your first encounter with "Solidworks" as well as gained more experience with AutoCAD, have been introduced to every phase involved in engineering a new artefact and will be more confident in writing and presenting your findings. Speakers from engineering institutions also visit to offer an introduction to the benefits of joining their professional bodies.
From year 2 you will need to choose your preferred pathway. Modules are mostly compulsory but a degree of choice is introduced with a selection of modules. An MEng programme may also be chosen at this stage, depending on grades.
Entry requirements 2016
AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
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.
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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
Engineering at Exeter combines a breadth of academic expertise with a caring and supportive learning environment. Our student-centred approach to teaching is validated by our excellent results in the National Student Survey.
Our programmes make use of a variety of teaching styles with contact hours ranging from 25-32 hours each week depending on the year of study. These include:
- Lectures for the presentation of new topics and class exercises;
- Workshops where you have hands-on use of equipment, discussion and solution of sample problems, with experts available to answer questions and provide support;
- Tutorials involving small group work on problems relating to topics covered in lectures;
- Projects of longer term practical work undertaken either individually or in teams, with sessions for consultation with staff;
- Engineering design activities which provide direct experience of putting engineering design into practice while learning the underpinning principles and mathematical skills in other modules.
There are plenty of opportunities to discuss material in more detail with members of staff. Our academics are happy to meet with students individually during their advertised office hours or receive questions by email.
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 and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.
There are always numerous engineering research projects in progress, funded by industry, charities, government departments and research councils. Our undergraduate students benefit through access to up-to-date equipment, industrially linked projects and staff expertise.
Student projects are often linked to our research activities and may involve working with industrial partners. Recent projects have involved the design and construction of an autonomous hovering platform, modelling of airflow around a car and 3D CAD representation of the Met Office headquarters in Exeter, which has close research links with the College.
Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and examination.
All of our programmes are assessed in a similar way. During the first two years you will have an even mix of examinations and coursework, each accounting for about 50%. In the third year 25% of the year is taken up by the individual project.
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 year. For most modules, coursework also contributes to the assessment of the module.
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.
All our undergraduate students can choose to take an optional Commercial and Industrial Experience module during the vacation before the third year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Industrial experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.
Students can also request permission to temporarily interrupt their studies and spend a year working in industry, as long as they work in a suitably demanding Engineering role.
Our undergraduate engineering programmes are enriched by a network of industry links which have been established through collaborative research and consultation. Project work is a core element of each programme, providing invaluable experience of problem-solving, engineering design and working in multidisciplinary teams. Projects are typically industrially driven, are commercially relevant and often directly involve a company.
One recent multidisciplinary group project was based on a design competition run by Corus and the Steel Construction Institute. The group had to design a steel structure to house an indoor ski slope, ice-skating rink and ice climbing wall. The group comprised both civil and mechanical engineering undergraduates and the students had to come up with a solution that was structurally sound under both static loads and dynamic forces (such as aerodynamic loading from wind). Furthermore, in order to come up with a sustainable, low carbon footprint design, the group had to consider ways of saving or generating energy from solar or ground sources as well as devising a sustainable urban drainage system to minimise water usage. As with all group projects the students took the lead in setting goals and allocating tasks to appropriate members of the group and the design made it into the national final of the competition.
Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to meet with graduate employers. Professional engineers visit the College to hold mock interviews and to discuss your career opportunities at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and placement decisions.
Find out more about the industrial experience opportunities available to our engineering undergraduates.