MEng Engineering

UCAS code H104
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32;  BTEC: DDD - DDM
Discipline Engineering
Location Taught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

Engineers are the problem-solvers of our world, influencing and developing the environment and technology of our future. By opting to study Engineering you are choosing to learn the skills needed to find solutions to these problems, from designing and manufacturing 3D printed implants, to creating the materials that tomorrow’s buildings will be made from.

As an Engineering graduate, you will be in high demand. Professional opportunities exist in many different fields such as aerospace, medicine, construction, management, defence, manufacturing, energy, food and motorsport. To cater for this, engineering is taught across a number of disciplines including civil, mechanical, electronic, materials, and management engineering.

The MEng Engineering programme at Exeter offers you a flexible first year so you can explore the many disciplines in engineering, before having the option to specialise in your second year. This programme is accredited depending upon the specialism chosen.

Why choose Engineering at Exeter?

  • You have the flexibility and freedom to explore Engineering  before deciding on your chosen specialist field.
  • You will gain practical, hands-on experience from your first year, developing technical, collaborative and communication skills.
  • Our first-class equipment and excellent facilities include innovative Additive Layer Manufacturing technology, Structures and Vibrational equipment and solutions, a 3D visualisation suite, and an Energy Harvesting Research Laboratory.
  • Exeter Engineering graduates are in demand by employers

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.

Year 1

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.

Core modules currently studied in year one are:

Year 2

On progression from 1st to 2nd year you will have the opportunity to specialise in one of the disciplines introduced in your first year:

You will study a number of core modules and, depending upon your choice of specialism, select additional optional modules to complete the year's credits and compliment your chosen discipline.

Year 3

The modules studied in your third year will further develop your specialism. Your will have the freedom to direct your studies, as you choose a larger number of the modules complimenting the core teaching of the course. Some programmes will require that you undertake a group or individual project at this stage.

Year 4

The fourth year for all MEng courses includes the group project. This 60 credit module makes up half of your credits for the final year of your degree. This project is the culmination of of your time at Exeter and is designed by you and your team, to match your interests. You will use all of your knowledge and skill to solve a real engineering problem at a professional level. For many students this project initiates further study at postgraduate level or leads directly into a related graduate position.

Entry requirements 2018

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32;  BTEC: DDD - DDM

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.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

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

Engineering at Exeter combines a breadth of academic expertise with a caring and supportive learning environment.

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.

Assessment

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.

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.

Industrial experience

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.

Industry-led projects

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.

Employer visits

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.

Further information

Find out more about the  industrial experience opportunities available to our engineering undergraduates.

My year in industry at Caterpillar was probably one of the best things I did. I was able to take everything that I’d learnt about engineering into a real world situation.

Working with ‘grown up’ Engineers forced me to step up my game and really pulled me forward in terms of teamwork and dealing with people; I was presenting to Directors, so dealt with people from all levels of the company, which brought me on massively in terms of maturity. I even got to go to Sweden for 6 weeks (on double pay!) with a small team, which was amazing and taught me a lot. I also made really good industry contacts, which can open doors in the future.

When I came back to do my final year I was so much more focused because I had seen what the job was like and I really wanted to work towards that. My time management was far better than it had been before. I looked at things completely differently; I had learnt how to manage big projects and also how to manage people.

William Priest, BEng Mechanical Engineering graduate

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