|Typical offer||AAA; IB: 36; BTEC: DDD|
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. Students on the BEng or MEng Engineering programmes will transfer to a specialist programme at the end of the first year.
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
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.
Core modules currently studied in year one are:
On progression from 1st to 2nd year you will have the opportunity to specialise in one of the disciplines introduced in your first year:
- Electronic Engineering
- Engineering and Entrepreneurship
- Engineering and Management Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
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.
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.
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 2020
A level: AAA;
GCE AL Maths grade A and another science* subject at grade A
Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths
*GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology**; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; 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.
IB Maths HL6 and another science subject HL6
Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL6 in Physics will also be considered.
BTEC Extended Diploma (2010)
Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject, GCE AL Maths is still required: Applied Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Building Services Engineering Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability.
BTEC Extended Diploma (2016)
Applicants studying one of the following new BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject or GCE AL Maths providing they have taken the mandatory unit ‘Calculus to solve Engineering problems’ AND the optional unit ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’: Civil Engineering, Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering.
For any questions relating to entry requirements please contact the team via our online form or 01392 724061.
International students should check details of our English language requirements
If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
International Year One programme
Students considering direct entry to Year Two may be interested in our International Year One in Engineering programme. This course is for international students who have completed A-levels or equivalent, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry at University of Exeter.
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
What our students say
"Being taught by researchers means that we are learning from the best."
Engineering at Exeter combines a breadth of academic expertise with a caring and supportive learning environment.
Professional engineers often work together within multidisciplinary teams, solving problems collectively, and this underpins how we teach.
You will experience genuine engineering project challenges, working collaboratively with students from across the discipline to apply your specialist skills.
25-32 hours each week depending on the year of study.
- 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.
Learn from experts in research and industry
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.
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 continuous assessment, which can include:
- small practical exercises
- project work
- essay writing
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 and for those going on to the fourth year the group project takes up 50% of the year.
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.
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. We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for, including industrial placements and study abroad. Find out more on our careers pages.
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.
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.
What is industrial experience?
An optional two to three month work placement module that contributes towards your degree. The module title ‘Commercial and Industrial Experience’ will appear on your transcript for future employers to see. The placement takes place during the summer between years 2 and 3.
Who is this for?
Industrial Experience is a popular optional module available to Engineering students.
Does it count towards my degree?
Yes, it’s worth 15 credits. You can also choose to base your third year individual project on your placement, giving you an extra 30 credits of industrial experience.
How does it affect my tuition fee?
There is no extra fee for this module.
Preparation and support
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’.