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Engineering and technology

Undergraduate study

Entry 2012

Key facts

Choices | 1

Full-time degree course

The degree courses | 6

MEng (4 years)

Electronic engineering | 7 Mechanical engineering | 11

Electronic Engineering

General information | 16

Mechanical and Medical Engineering

Admissions and open days | 19 Careers | 20

UCAS code/short title

Mechanical Engineering Wireless Systems

H602 MEng/EE H301 MEng/ME HBH8 MEng/MMed H645 MEng/EE

BEng/BSc (3 years) Computer Aided Engineering

H130 BEng/CAE

Design and Technology


Electronic Engineering

H610 BEng/EE

Electronic Product Design


Mechanical Engineering

H300 BEng/ME

Mechanical and Medical Engineering

HB38 BEng/MMed

Medical Product Design

H390 BSc/MPD

Product Innovation

H790 BSc/PInn

Wireless Systems

H645 BEng/EE

BEng with a foundation year (4 years) Computer Aided Engineering

H131 BEng/CAE4

Electronic Engineering

H603 BEng/EE4

Mechanical Engineering

H302 BEng/ME4

Part-time BEng courses (5 years) Electronic Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Part-time BSc top-up (2 years) Engineering Management

Foundation degrees (part-time) Process Engineering Management Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Admissions contact Admissions Secretary Department of Engineering University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX T 01482 465141 F 01482 466664 engineering.admissions@ or

Dates of semesters Semester 1 24 Sep – 14 Dec 2012

Semester 2 28 Jan – 10 May 2013

Mechanical Engineering Plant and Process Engineering

Typical offers All kinds of qualifications are considered, including relevant experience, and all applications are considered individually. A typical offer for an applicant with three A levels would be as follows: • • • •

MEng: 300–320 points, including A level Maths grade B, or equivalent Three-year BEng: 260 points, including A level Maths grade C, or equivalent BSc: 240–260 points, normally in technologically related subjects Part-time BEng: 240–260 points, including A level Maths grade C, or equivalent (flexible depending on experience); direct entry into Year 3 (of five) requires HNC, or equivalent, in a relevant technological subject • Four-year BEng: 200 points* • Part-time foundation degrees: BTEC NC in a relevant engineering subject or appropriate VRQ (with advanced maths and physics modules) or an equivalent * Contact the appropriate admissions tutor for guidance.


Why engineering? Virtually all aspects of modern life are affected by engineering and technology. Cars, aircraft and computers are obvious examples, but it is easy to forget that other things – such as the packaging of the food we eat and the ways we communicate – depend on engineering and technological expertise. Today, engineers are involved in problem solving and decision making at every level of industry, commerce and business. So it is hardly surprising that engineering is vital to economic wellbeing: science-, engineering- and technology-intensive sectors of the economy account for a quarter of UK GDP and underpin the country’s knowledge economy. As a result, the opportunities and rewards for engineers and technologists are considerable – they have some of the best job prospects of any profession, with salaries among the highest. Engineering and technology subjects are challenging and enjoyable, and provide for a rewarding professional career in every sense, but the demands made on engineers can be significant. Professional engineers need a high degree of design skill and knowledge of engineering science coupled with an awareness of manufacturing and business implications. They also need to contribute specialist skills at the highest level while recognising the constraints imposed by the environment and the needs of society. All this is built on the transferable skills of creativity, imagination, innovation, communication and team working. Naturally, the standards of education and training required are demanding, and it is extremely important that higher education keeps pace with advances such as the emergence of new technologies. We recognise and meet all these requirements, so our graduates are highly sought after by all employment sectors. We also recognise that the boundaries between engineering disciplines are becoming less well defined. An integrated, holistic approach to the field has led us to offer a range of degree courses which combine traditionally separate skill sets. In addition to the core disciplines of Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Engineering, we offer more specialist courses – such as Product Innovation, Design and Technology, Medical Product Design and Electronic Product Design – which cross traditional subject boundaries. These courses teach a range of complementary skills to produce engineers who can create cutting-edge products within a competitive business environment.

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Why Hull? Hull is distinctive in that we are one of the few universities that can boast a genuine general, multidisciplinary engineering capability within one department where skills across the various branches are taught by professional and practising engineers (many of whom are Chartered Engineers). Our Department of Engineering is proud of its excellent reputation. In the 2010 National Student Survey (NSS), we ranked eighth in the UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering and 11th for Mechanical-Based Engineering, with a 94% overall satisfaction score from our students. The department’s strengths include design, manufacture, communications, medical engineering, energy harvesting and the use of materials in all areas of engineering and technology. This enables us to offer a wide choice of innovative and highquality courses, with flexibility to switch between topics if you change your mind. Our courses continually evolve to mix traditional academic standards with emerging technologies that reflect the needs and interests of today’s students, industry and commerce. The department continues to build on its success, with a clear commitment to • be a thriving, forward-looking, coherent engineering department • offer a relevant, research-informed and attractive portfolio of high-quality courses • engage with the region and beyond through industrial and social reach-out activity • work towards an internationally recognised reputation in all areas of research • create a supportive environment within which staff and students can achieve their full potential The department enjoys very strong links with industry, and it continues to receive generous support from regional, national and international companies. Its Industrial Advisory Panel of senior industrialists and academic staff reviews the content and structure of all our degree courses. An integral part of the department is the Engineering Innovation Institute, which promotes the department’s research activity, professional services, and part-time education and training services to industrial clients. This provides us with industrial examples and experiences that are fed into our course content.

Recognised for quality teaching

Our courses continually evolve to mix traditional academic standards with emerging technologies that reflect the needs and interests of today’s students, industry and commerce.


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With a long history of success in national assessments of teaching quality, Hull can claim that its teaching in engineering subjects is among the best in the country – ranking ninth in The Guardian’s 2011 league table for general engineering. It should be mentioned that the content and quality of our engineering degrees are also assessed by professional institutions, primarily the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, who have awarded accredited status to all our degrees against the professional qualification of Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng). In general terms, IEng accreditation relates to BSc degrees and CEng accreditation relates to BEng or MEng degrees.

Research quality

The Chartered Engineer

The department has an impressive history of lifechanging research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of our research was rated as being of international quality. Our interests focus on the environment, energy and sensors, medical engineering and design, materials and process performance.

Chartered Engineer is the highest level one can aim for within the profession. Chartered Engineers are led by knowledge and understanding but need appropriate know-how; they are top-class innovative engineers showing technical and managerial leadership; and, creating the medium- and long-term perspective, they define the vision of the future. Chartered Engineers can tackle complex multi-variable problems, often with incomplete data – they will be the innovators and creators of value in contemporary and future society.

A top university – and a friendly one In the 2010 NSS, the University of Hull was placed among the leading dozen English mainstream universities for overall student satisfaction for the sixth year running. Hull’s impressive position in the NSS league table proves that students at the University continue to be among the happiest in the country. Hull is one of the UK’s finest teaching universities, regularly featuring near the top of national teaching quality league tables. The Guardian’s 2012 University Guide puts us in the north of England’s top five universities for quality of teaching, while the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey grades us especially highly for our well-structured courses and helpful staff. More than half of our full-time students achieve a first or upper second class degree.

The Incorporated Engineer Incorporated Engineers do not use technology for its own sake – they make it pay. They combine business and technology to deliver innovation in everything they do. They form the mainstream of professional engineers, who engage in innovation, creativity and change. They are led by know-how but need appropriate knowledge and understanding; they are top-class applications engineers; and, creating a short- and medium-term perspective, they achieve the goals of today.

And those students do very well after graduation. The University has an exceptionally good track record in the area of graduate employability. The latest Higher Education Statistics Agency figures indicate that 90% of full-time students obtaining first degrees from the University either find employment or progress to further study within six months of graduation. Our students’ union is only the third in the UK to receive a Gold SUEI standard: an excellent achievement. The Gold award recognises our union’s sustained excellence in providing for its members’ needs while they study at Hull. Finally, Hull’s reputation as a friendly, congenial university is not a myth, as our current and former students continually testify. The Times Higher Education’s 2011 Student Experience Survey scored Hull particularly highly for the good atmosphere on and around our campuses, and for the social life that our students enjoy. Having experienced the sense of community and camaraderie that helps make studying at this university so pleasurable, it’s no surprise that our graduates frequently become friends for life, staying in touch long after completing their studies.

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Quality control Our degrees are developed in collaboration with industry and accredited by various professional bodies, ensuring their continuing relevance and quality. It’s no coincidence that more than 90% of our students progress into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

The 2010 National Student Survey ranked Hull in the country’s top three for mechanical, production and manufacturing engineering courses. Some 96% of our students praised the level of access to specialised equipment and facilities they enjoy here, while 92% commended our staff’s ability to explain concepts.

The degree courses We offer a wide range of MEng, BEng and BSc Honours degree courses plus a selection of Foundation degrees, and all these courses encompass the theme that engineering and technology are really all about solving problems … making life easier. Our courses develop problem-solving skills ranging from, for example, finding straightforward faults in elementary systems or products (in first-year modules) to finding ways of designing novel products and systems and solving highly complex problems (in final-year modules). All our courses are modular, and our strong research record informs our teaching. There is no need to worry about choosing between our degree courses. Before you fill in your UCAS application, you can call us for advice on 01482 465141, check out the latest information on our websites, or email with an enquiry – a member of our departmental admissions team will get back to you promptly. We can help you choose the course which is best suited to your needs or give examples of the type of activities you may undertake as part of your course. Alternatively, feel free to email any member of academic staff listed on our website ( if you think they can help with any question you may have.

Course content In Year 1, all students follow a similar path through core engineering and technology topics such as Fundamentals of Engineering, Computing and Key Skills in Semester 1, as well as some modules specific to their course in Semester 2. In Year 2, all students follow a programme of modules that cover a broad range of topics within their chosen course and provide the background for a choice of more specialist modules in the third year (and the fourth for MEng students). In Year 3 (and Year 4 for MEng courses), students choose from a range of module options to develop their strengths and interests. All courses include modules on subjects related to business and management, such as industrial and production management and the role of the engineer or technologist in society. All courses also include a major individual project in the final year, as well as a rich variety of modules ranging from Product Planning, Project Management and Design Exercise through Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM to Medical Implant Design. Further details of course content can be found on the University website at and on our departmental web pages.

Course structure

All of our courses include a rich variety of modules ranging from Product Planning, Project Management and Design Exercise through Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM to Medical Implant Design.


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The academic year is divided into two semesters, each containing 12 weeks of teaching followed by an assessment period. All our degree courses require you to study six modules per year. Most students take examinations or other assessments in two of their modules at the end of the first semester and in the remaining four modules at the end of the year. These examinations are spaced over a period of two weeks in Semester 1 and four weeks in Semester 2. In each year, the majority of the modules must be taken from within your subject area, while the remaining ‘free electives’, where available, may be taken from other disciplines (see the inner back cover).

Foundation year For those whose qualifications do not allow direct entry to the three-year BEng course, the department also offers a four-year course which includes a foundation year and is designed for those who have not studied mathematics and science at an appropriate level. Further details of this route to a BEng degree are given on page 15.

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MEng/BEng (Honours) Electronic Engineering BEng available full-time or part-time The evolution of electronic and electrical systems continues to occur at a rapid rate, increasing the capabilities of of devices across all industry sectors including embedded systems for smartphones, tablets and games consoles; control systems for automotive and aerospace applications; communications for mobile phones, wireless systems and RFID; and robotics for production, gadgets and robotic assisted surgery. These exciting developments provide opportunities for highly rewarding careers for Electronic Engineering graduates. To ensure that our graduates are positioned to take full advantage of these opportunities, our degrees have been designed with input from leading industrialists and accrediting bodies. The MEng and BEng courses are fully accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) as well as meeting the educational requirements from Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng/BEng Electronic Engineering courses follow a common core for the first two years, focused on developing knowledge of the basic principles of electronics, experimental skills, circuit design, control, computer system design, communications and mathematics. Optional modules then allow you to specialise in subjects such as robotics, control, embedded systems, electrical machines, instrumentation, optoelectrics and communications. The benefit of this approach is that all our students acquire a sound and widely relevant electronic engineering education in the earlier part of their course while, in the later part, they can deepen their knowledge across a range of subjects or develop specialist skills. The MEng programme provides a greater depth of knowledge in the fourth year while also allowing a wider breadth of understanding, including more experience of product development, teamwork and project management. In either case, our graduates are able to make an immediate contribution in their first professional appointments. The course is taught by a mixture of lectures, practical experiments, assignments and design projects supported by problem classes and tutorials. Laboratory-based work is an important part of this course and takes a number of forms – from experimental investigation, carried out individually in a short period of time, to extended group project work in which teamwork, project management and communication skills are as important as technical proficiency.


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MEng/BEng (Honours) Wireless Systems Wireless communication has become an integral part of day-to-day life, affecting the majority of our activity from mobile phones, contactless pay, satellite communication, RFID tagging, Bluetooth devices, transportation, logistics and production instrumentation. The need for creative engineers with the knowledge and skill to develop systems to satisfy the increasing demand provides an excellent opportunity for an exciting graduate career. This programme aims to instil in students the science, theory and application of communications engineering to develop an understanding of wireless systems architectures, signal processing methods and propagation models employed in the creation of radio communications systems. To ensure that our graduates have the best opportunity at the start of their career, this programme has been developed with guidance from accrediting bodies and leading industrialists. The MEng and BEng programmes follow the same path for the first two years. The structure of the course is aligned with the Electronic Engineering programme, with the addition of a specialist communications module. In the third and fourth (MEng only) year, students study more advanced core and optional modules covering topics such as radio technology, signal processing communications and integrated circuit design. This approach allows students to gain a sound understanding of electronic engineering enhanced with the deeper knowledge required by a communication engineer. In the final year, BEng students undertake a project focused on wireless communication systems supported by optional modules which allow students to tailor the degree to their own interests. Throughout the programme, we aim to provide a challenging and rewarding learning experience for all students and to foster the development of an enquiring, open-minded and creative attitude through a mix of formal teaching, discussion and practical experience. A wide variety of practical and theoretical communications engineering skills are developed throughout the programme.

‘I am a second-year international student from Pakistan. Before I started my course I was so nervous about joining a different culture and education system. When I arrived, the International Office arranged accommodation and transport – they were really so cooperative. I felt like this was my home town. In the welcome week I learned everything about computer software, my department and the library, and the students’ union arranged parties for new students. I am a Muslim, and was impressed to find a big prayer room on the main campus. ‘Facilities in the Engineering Department are outstanding, with good computer access, and the teaching staff like to help students – if I have any problem I can knock on their door. The department arranges seminars on how to find a placement and a job after graduation, and it has good contacts with big companies. The MEng degree is accredited by the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers), and it is a direct route to becoming a Chartered Engineer.’ Adnan Fazal MEng Mechanical Engineering

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BSc (Honours) Electronic Product Design The design and development of new products requires the combination of electronic engineering knowledge with creativity and innovation skills along with business know-how. Our Electronic Product Design BSc has been developed to meet the needs of a demanding consumerdriven market. The aim is to produce graduates with all the skills necessary to be a competent product designer, opening up a successful career developing the latest gadget and industrial products. Through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, problem-solving tasks and design exercises, students are given the knowledge and skills needed by a successful product designer to consider all aspects of design, including technical performance, aesthetics and ergonomics, and commercialisation. In the first year, students develop electronic engineering knowledge and design principles along with an understanding of how technology can be applied to designing new products. This is supported by the development of skills in computer programming, computer aided design (CAD) and experimental skills. The second year focuses on learning how to successfully capture customer requirements, generate new concepts and ideas, develop finished products and progress them to production employing the latest manufacturing technology – while deepening your knowledge of embedded systems with microcontrollers, control and electronic design. An important aspect of this stage of the course is a team-based product development project allowing students to apply the knowledge they have gained to a real situation. During the final year, students conduct an individual project along with modules in engineering management and advanced electronic engineering. In addition, there is a group design and manufacture project where students develop a new product utilising state-of-the-art rapid prototyping technology, PCB production equipment and industry-standard electronics design software. Students benefit from the multidisciplinary nature of the department, drawing on our extensive knowledge base in design, information technology, embedded systems, robotics, advanced manufacturing, CAD/CAM, digital electronic design and rapid prototyping. This allows you to gain the knowledge, skills and versatility required for work in a variety of product development environments.


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‘During the last couple of months of my PhD, I was offered two jobs: one from IBM and one from QinetiQ. I found the IBM interview process gruelling. I decided there and then that it was not for me. I also interviewed for a job at OptaSense, a division of QinetiQ. In stark contrast, this interview was relaxed and they made me feel as if they wanted to talk me; I accepted the job shortly after. ‘I’ve been working at OptaSense for around 10 months. OptaSense uses a sophisticated method of fibre optic, distributed acoustic sensing (DAS). This technology is used in many different markets, but we concentrate on oil and gas, linear asset, perimeter and defence. In contrast to my degrees, my role is purely software. I am responsible for the research and ongoing development of the software’s algorithms. My day-to-day job involves Matlab and Java, but my IT, mathematical and analytical skills obtained during university are constantly tested. Other than trials around the UK, I’ve had many opportunities to travel around the world. I’m lucky enough to work with some really bright (and fun!) people and I am continuing my educational development. The independence, confidence and engineering skills that my education has provided ensure that the OptaSense system continues to be a globally leading technology. ‘My advice to new students is “Work on projects you love, be enthusiastic and appreciate all the help you can get.” ’ Phil Winder, MEng, PhD, Electronic Engineering

Mechanical engineering

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MEng/BEng (Honours) Mechanical Engineering BEng available full-time or part-time The role of mechanical engineers covers all aspects of designing and developing systems, components and products. The skills required range through the ability to imagine innovative concepts, analyse and design components, understand material properties and develop manufacturing processes to produce desirable and reliable products that are economically viable. Our Mechanical Engineering degree was designed in consultation with industry and professional bodies to give our graduates the tools and proficiencies they need to meet the demands of this challenging and stimulating career. Our MEng and BEng courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The course commences with a broad-based engineering education complemented by an integrated period of workshop training, by laboratory work and by computer studies. Taught material is presented with an emphasis on applications, and industrial relevance is further demonstrated by conceptual and detail design work. The first two years of the full-time course include modules in mechanical engineering science (dynamics, statics, fluid mechanics, materials and stress analysis), manufacturing methods and computer aided design (CAD) along with the mathematics necessary to underpin the mechanical engineering theories being taught. These studies are complemented by a specialist ‘design-andmake’ module which utilises our machine shops (an important professional requirement) and by additional modules which introduce commercial management, production management and computer studies. In the final year of the BEng programme you undertake a major project and specialise in a range of subjects such as design, manufacturing, finite element analysis, materials, CAD/CAM, aerodynamics and environmental engineering. Students studying the MEng conduct a single-semester individual project in Year 3 along with taught modules. In the final year, MEng students undertake a two-semester group project.


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BEng (Honours) Computer Aided Engineering Engineers utilise ever more sophisticated computer aided tools for design, manufacture, analysis and simulation to develop solutions to complex problems. Computer aided engineering principles and tools are an essential component in all aspects of research and development, including aerospace, automotive, production, product design, manufacturing and renewable energy. The degree in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) integrates mechanical engineering with a high proportion of studies related to the application of computers in mechanical and production engineering. The CAE course aims to produce graduates who are highly literate in all aspects of computer aided engineering and can implement and exploit emerging computer based technologies. Our BEng course is fully accredited by the IMechE and the IET. The first two years concentrate on the essential engineering sciences and include an introduction to computing systems and languages. In the final year you undertake a major project on some aspect of computer aided engineering along with a number of specialised modules related to computer aided design, analysis and simulation. The industrial relevance of the course is enhanced through our close collaboration with a number of major CAE user and vendor organisations, which is supported by extensive CAE research, wellequipped engineering laboratories and computing equipment including several PC labs and computercontrolled manufacturing systems. Throughout the degree, you will be taught via, and use, computer systems such as 3D design software and ANSIS finite element analysis packages.

MEng/BEng (Honours) Mechanical and Medical Engineering This is a multidisciplinary course integrating professional engineering activities with a basic medical knowledge of the human body and an understanding of how it functions when healthy, diseased or injured. It is concerned with subjects such as the design and manufacture of new implants and artificial organs, medical imaging and analysis, rehabilitation engineering and robotic assisted surgery. Teaching is complemented by modules delivered by medical consultants, clinicians and clinical engineers. The course is aimed at students who wish to pursue an engineering degree but with a strong bias towards the medical field. Medical engineering has been identified as a priority growth area both nationally and internationally. The medical engineering industry is currently valued at approximately £100 billion worldwide but is still expanding rapidly, with many exciting and rewarding opportunities for suitably qualified engineers. This degree gives students excellent prospects and the opportunity of following a wide range of careers in one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic sectors of the economy. The first two years of the course cover the fundamentals of a broad range of engineering subjects, including mechanical and electronic engineering, and materials and manufacturing, but with an emphasis on medical applications. Thereafter, you are able to study modules on topics such as biomechanics, biomaterials and implant design. In the final year you undertake a major project, working at a professional level on a medical engineering problem, often in conjunction with clinicians from local hospitals or medical companies.

BSc (Honours) Medical Product Design The advancements of medical and health capabilities have led to a demand for engineers proficient at developing products to complement and enhance this growth. Medical products cover a wide range of areas – from replacement joints, implants, prosthetics and artificial organs to robots for assisted surgery. Developing such products requires graduates with a good technical knowledge, product development skills, a creative mind and the business know-how to bring products to market. The BSc in Medical Product Design has been developed in collaboration with industry and medical experts to deliver such graduate engineers. The course focuses on developing the talents of a product designer capable of combining traditional requirements such as functionality, aesthetics and ergonomics with the needs of the medical profession. The course has the same first year as the Product Innovation and Design and Technology degrees, giving students a good knowledge base in design process, materials, engineering principles and technology utilisation. The development of technical knowledge is complemented by acquiring skills in IT, communication, problem solving, CAD, team working and time/task management. During the second year, Medical Product Design students apply their engineering and design skills to a design and manufacture project. You will also undertake specialist laboratory work and study modules on topics such as biomechanics, biomaterials and implant design. Specialist modules are delivered by medical consultants, clinicians and clinical engineers. A major project in the final year allows you to work at a professional level on a medical product problem utilising state-of-the-art rapid prototyping technology and industry-standard CAD/CAM technology, often in conjunction with clinicians from local hospitals or medical companies.

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BSc (Honours) Design and Technology

BSc (Honours) Product Innovation

This course presents an in-depth appreciation of the process of engineering design coupled with modern engineering materials, technologies and processes. It aims to produce graduates with particular intellectual and practical expertise in the design process, but with knowledge of the uses and limitations of current technology across all branches of engineering.

Creativity, invention and product design are areas in which Britain excels. Innovation is the process of transforming ideas into marketable products. Many leading UK and international organisations require graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop functional, aesthetically attractive products that have the potential for commercial success. The attainment of this goal requires participants to use creativity and innovation to solve problems while addressing the functional, visual, social and economic needs of the marketplace. These skills are becoming increasingly important as the time-to-market and the product’s lifespan shrink. Such are the skills fostered by our BSc degree in Product Innovation.

Another key aim of the course is to increase the motivation of students towards the practice of engineering and provide access for those who prefer not to study mathematics at the level required for BEng degrees. You will be encouraged to develop an enquiring, open-minded and creative attitude with the necessary engineering discipline and social, ethical, economic and regulatory awareness. Throughout the course you will be given opportunities to develop the wider skills of IT, communication, problem solving, team working and time/task management. The degree’s modular structure allows you to focus on aesthetic, commercial or technological aspects of design by selecting from the various options available. The course has the same first year as Product Innovation and Medical Product Design, but as it progresses you will learn about key enabling technologies, engineering science and technology transfer while having the opportunity to explore your own creative potential in a structured sequence of design projects, both as an individual and as part of a team. The course includes modules on knowledge transfer as well as emerging technologies. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the University’s Free Elective Scheme (see the inner back cover) and to take part in the national Undergraduates in Schools scheme as a formal assessed part of your course.

Built upon a strong technical basis, the course is aimed at students who consider themselves to be creative and innovative, are interested in the way things work and are looking at career opportunities in the field of new products. It is about how ideas are generated; how those ideas are turned into detailed designs; and how those designs are turned into successful new products, manufactured using the latest technology. It covers how innovators choose materials, manufacturing and production processes, packaging and waste (including environmental considerations), transportation, and marketing the finished product. The first year concentrates on the fundamentals of engineering required to produce successful products. As the course develops, you take modules in a range of product innovation topics from concepts, through tools and techniques, to management, implementation and practice. Visiting lecturers and links with the University’s Engineering Innovation Institute also enhance this course. Another key feature is the inclusion of an independent study module as well as the creation of a fully developed ‘product’ in the final year. Students also benefit from the multidisciplinary nature of the department, drawing on our extensive knowledge base in design, information technology, advanced manufacturing, CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping. This allows you to gain the knowledge, skills and versatility required for work in a variety of product development environments. The course also allows you to benefit from the University’s Free Elective Scheme (see the inner back cover).


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BEng courses including a foundation year

Foundation degrees

• BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Engineering • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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For applicants wishing to study engineering who do not meet the traditional entry requirements, we provide access to higher education through four-year full-time courses leading to a BEng (Honours) degree in engineering. At the end of the first year, the Foundation Year, students may transfer to any other engineering or technology course within the department if they wish. We also offer additional language module options for international students who wish to improve their academic English in preparation for the subsequent years of study. The Foundation Year is also integral to the Faculty of Science’s Foundation Science programme, so students have a high level of support and can modify their courses to suit their particular needs. The following three years are common with the three-year BEng (Hons) courses, and successful students go on to obtain a BEng (Hons) degree in Computer Aided Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering after a total of four years. These courses are of interest to • students who have completed two years of study towards A level qualifications but whose grades are not suitable for entry to the three-year BEng courses • students with work experience in engineering or science but without post-GCSE qualifications • students with pre-university qualifications in subjects other than engineering, science or mathematics • mature students returning to formal education after a break In their first year, all four-year BEng students generally spend two-thirds of their time studying mathematics and physics. The remaining time is spent developing study skills and pursuing options. Our preparatory year is accredited by the IMechE and the IET and can qualify you as an ‘A’ class student for entry to any accredited engineering course in the UK.

Process Engineering Management Electrical and Electronic Engineering Mechanical Engineering Plant and Process Engineering

These part-time courses are ideal for employees wishing to advance their careers. Foundation degrees provide a learning experience in which employment is centre stage, aiming to provide employers with self-reliant, process-driven individuals who can apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to problems in the workplace, who can add value and who are customerfocused. These employees range from those with recent advanced apprenticeships to mid-career professionals who want to increase their knowledge and skills across a range of engineering disciplines. Students are taught on a day-release basis and via workbased modules. They join full-time undergraduate students for daytime lectures and benefit from additional evening provision. The full course takes three years. The Foundation degrees are different in style from normal courses of study in that they involve blended learning: this means that your activities in the workplace are embedded in the course, which allows the study to be of value to the employer. For this reason, employers must commit to supporting the employee by allowing day-release attendance at the University and using workplace activity as a basis for study. Students who have successfully completed a Foundation degree and wish to continue their studies can expect to gain entry to the third year of one of our part-time BEng courses or complete a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course that will lead to the award of BSc.

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General information

Sandwich and exchange programmes Our flexible academic structure allows students to take periods of industrial training within their degree courses, and we have a number of exchange agreements with foreign institutions to allow students to study or undertake a project abroad for up to a year. You may also apply for intercalation (a year out) at any stage of your studies, although the most common time for doing this is at the end of the second or third year. This year can be used to make any of our degrees into a ‘thick sandwich’ course, including a year in industry.

Teaching and assessment methods At Hull, the style of teaching is carefully designed to suit the subject matter. Indeed, the department has a reputation for leading and developing modern teaching methods in engineering. Each module is taught by the right mix of lectures, problem classes, small-group seminars and tutorials, and practical/experimental work, designed to give you the confidence to take responsibility for your own learning and good time management. Typically, you will have about 20 hours’ teaching per week in the first year, reducing to about 8 hours in the final year plus time allocated to your project. Visiting lecturers bring a strong flavour of industry and research to our courses. We feel that individual contact with students is important and we promote this though our open-door policy, which ensures a relaxed approach to discussions with staff. We also have a strong culture of providing additional support for students who need it, the Department of Engineering being fully committed to the pastoral care of its students. Each student is allocated a member of staff who acts as their personal tutor, taking a special interest in their progress, both personal and academic, throughout the period of study. The department also has a student progression officer dedicated to helping students progress smoothly through their university life. In the first year, you have a timetabled slot with your tutor to ensure that your transition to higher education is smooth and that any issues you may have are dealt with speedily. Engineers require the ability to make well-justified design decisions. The skill necessary to make such decisions is best taught through project-type work. The structure of our courses means that project work can be given the emphasis it warrants, and you will experience various types of projects, both individual and group-based, during all our degree courses.

With a long history of success in national assessments of teaching quality, Hull can claim that its teaching in engineering subjects is among the best in the country.


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Assessment of all courses is by means of a combination of written examination papers, project reports, continuously assessed coursework and computer-based activities. Presentations of project findings in seminars to peer groups, to lecturing staff and occasionally to industrial sponsors are an important element of the assessment. Typically, courses are assessed 50–60% by examination and 40–50% by other methods such as design work. First-year assessment is ‘qualifying’ only: this means that you must pass the year to qualify to progress to the second year, but your marks do not count towards your degree. Your degree classification is based on the weighted average of marks from Year 2 onwards.

Final-year projects

Centre for Mathematics

Final-year projects are an important part of all of our courses. You can choose from an extensive list of projects, most of which are offered in association with our industrial collaborators or directly linked to staff research interests. Alternatively, you can propose your own project or have a project provided by your industrial sponsor. Recent projects have included

Mathematics plays a fundamental and increasing role in the modern world, particularly through engineering, science and technology. It is a subject that has evolved over the centuries from ancient times and today finds application throughout society.

• Ground Vibration from Airborne Explosions • Prototyping Electronic Systems for Microchemical Reactors • Bringing Leonardo da Vinci’s Inventions to the Present • Development of a Parameterised Solid Model of Primate Skulls • Roulette Wheel Security and Monitoring System • Control of an Inverted Pendulum in 3-D Space • Simulation of Production Processes in Manufacturing • Modelling the Effects of Rain on ATPC systems • Modelling of Multiple Received Radio Transmissions • A Portable Electronic Microscope • A Diagnosis of the Failure of Toughened Glass • A Fish Tagging and Monitoring System • A New Device for Treating Long Bone Fractures • The Design and Implementation of an Electric Motorcycle • Active Car Suspension Using Fuzzy Logic • Selection and Testing of Materials for Stab-Resistant Body Armour • Incorporating Environmental Concepts into Design Methodology • Design and Development of a Mars Rover Exploration Robot

Facilities Laboratory and computing provision for learning and research are excellent, with around £1 million invested in the department’s facilties in the last three years. We have extensive teaching, project and research labs as well as good support facilities such as mechanical and electronic workshops. For IT, in addition to several suites of networked PCs in the department, you have access to the faculty’s network and to the networked laboratories. As part of the University network, the faculty network allows easy access to the internet and on-site facilities such as the library catalogue, as well as to leading industrial-standard software such as Quartus II, SolidWorks, SolidCAM, COSMOS Flow, LT Spice, ANSIS, ANSIS (CFX), Eagle PCB, Matlab, MAthCAD, FlowCode, Borland C/C++ and Anybody Software. The University network extends to all halls of residence, where studybedrooms have direct network connections.

Within the University, the Centre for Mathematics forms a focus for mathematics learning, teaching and research. Located within the Department of Engineering, it provides support to degree courses across the University which require mathematics, including courses in engineering. In addition to scholarship and education, research interests are mainly in fluid mechanics, probability and the applications of mathematics to industrial and environmental problems. Centre staff are familiar with the difficulties that some students have when it comes to understanding and using mathematics in support of their main degree discipline. A caring and friendly environment is provided to enable Hull students to develop their mathematical skills, whether coming from a modest mathematical background or a more developed understanding of mathematical principles. The staff aim to assist individuals to develop their potential to the level needed for success in their studies.

Postgraduate study We offer six taught MSc programmes with a national and international reputation for their high quality. All six programmes are accredited by the IET and therefore provide a direct route to Chartered Engineer status. These programmes are supported by the superb modern facilities in the department and by staff who are internationally recognised for their research in speciality areas aligned with these programmes. Our taught MSc programmes are Wireless Systems Engineering, Wireless Systems Engineering and Logistics Technology, Medical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Embedded Systems and Automatic Control. There is also the possibility of studying for a higher degree in one of the broad range of research areas covered within the department. Please contact the department for further details of these opportunities.

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Annual prizes As a result of various kind donations and bequests, the department is able to offer a number of prizes to students of sufficient merit at various stages of their studies: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Aeronaut’s Prize Barnes Wallace Memorial Trust Book Prize Cromwell Tools Prize (Year 1 Mechanical Workshop) Hull Association of Engineers Prize (various) IEE (Manufacturing Division) Lucas Prize IMechE Frederick Barnes Waldron Best Student Prize IMechE Best Project Prize Institute of Electronic Engineers Prize Palmer Walliker Prize Royal Academy of Engineering Prize School Prize (Electronics) School Prize (Mechanical) Sir Henry Royce Prize The D A Bell Prize The Farnell Prize Walter Firth Prize Yorkshire Water Prize

Accommodation Most single first-year students starting full-time degrees are guaranteed places in accommodation owned, managed or directed by the University. The range of choice is unusually wide – from self-catered student houses and flats, through University-managed private lettings and our traditional halls of residence, to the Lawns halls in the parkland of what is effectively a student village at Cottingham. (See the Undergraduate Prospectus for details.) Those who wish to continue in residence beyond their first year can usually do so.

Sponsorship and scholarships We collaborate closely with many industrial companies and encourage students to apply for sponsorship. We are often in a position to find placements for students during the summer vacation. We also support the student placement scheme managed by NAMTEC, whereby topquality engineering undergraduates are selected for two nine-week summer placements, over consecutive years, within the advanced engineering and metals industry sector. The scheme is supported by extra-curricular summer schools for the student and identification of any employer-specific technical training requirements. At the end of two years the employer has the opportunity to offer the placement student permanent employment after an additional graduate induction phase.


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Information on all bursaries and scholarships available is sent direct to applicants during the application process.

International students The Language Institute provides a range of courses in English as a Foreign Language, specially tailored to the needs of international students. It offers intensive courses for one, two or three months before the start of the academic year, focusing on English for Study and Research and on English Language, Society and Culture. It also provides an in-sessional programme of language support, including English for academic study and business purposes, and a year-long intensive bridge programme. Particular help is available to students accessing our degree courses via the Foundation Year.

Social activities An important part of University life takes place outside lectures and laboratories. There are many opportunities for students to mix socially, both with other students from the department and with the wider University community. Much of the social life of the Department of Engineering is organised by the student body. There are plenty of occasions on which staff and students can meet informally, such as on our annual students-vs-staff bowling event. Students and staff meet more formally to exchange ideas through the Staff–Student Committee, which convenes twice a semester, and there is a good deal of day-to-day interaction between staff and students since the staff operate an open-door policy. All our students are encouraged to take part in University-wide activities and societies. In the past, for example, engineering students have run the University football, rugby and American football teams, chaired the Malaysian Students’ Society and been members of the University orchestra.

Admissions and open days All our courses require a general interest in engineering, technology and/or science and an appreciation of how modern life is affected by technological advances. We like to think of our graduates as the industrial leaders of tomorrow, with the ability to analyse, theorise, generalise, hypothesise and reflect on engineering problems. Engineering involves more than just technical problems, and our courses therefore involve activities to improve areas such as team working, communication skills and creativity. We like to see evidence of some of these abilities in applicants for our courses.

Our typical offers Although academic qualifications are important, motivation and interest in the subject are also important, so offers are made on an individual basis, following discussion with the applicant where possible. Typical minimum requirements are indicated under ‘Key facts’ on the inner front cover. For all courses except the BSc and the four-year BEng, we will usually require Mathematics at A level or equivalent. We also welcome a wide range of relevant vocational qualifications or experience in lieu of UCAS points. Every application is considered on its own merits, so do not be put off because you have unusual qualifications. Certain qualifications or prior learning may provide entry with advanced standing, giving direct entry to the second year. Prior learning can be certificated, experiential or a mixture of the two. We welcome applications from mature students with industrial experience. If you feel that you may have grounds for exemption from any part of your intended course, please send details of the content of the course you studied or your experience to the department at the time of applying through UCAS. All such applications are considered on an individual basis.

What happens next? If your UCAS application looks promising, we will normally invite you to a departmental open day. Visits include a presentation and a tour of the department, but they begin with an informal buffet lunch to allow you to talk to staff and students, get a feel for the University and ask those questions not answered in the prospectus. Parents and friends are welcome to attend. At the open day you will not be required to undergo an interview; the emphasis is rather on letting you judge what we have to offer. Choosing a university is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. You will have many factors to consider – reputation, facilities, career prospects, accommodation, and so forth. Naturally we hope that this pamphlet, along with the University’s general prospectus, will persuade you to choose Hull. However, to fully understand why the Sunday Times asserted that this university ‘offers one of the best deals in higher education’, and why the Department of Engineering has a high international reputation for excellence, you really should visit us. Almost everybody who does so is extremely impressed by the quality of the campus and the facilities of all kinds.

You will not be required to undergo an interview; the emphasis is rather on letting you judge what we have to offer.

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Careers Employment prospects for our graduates continue to be excellent, and many have had several firm offers of employment before graduating. This is helped by the excellent services offered to all current and former students by the University’s Careers Service, whose staff will advise you at any time, including your first two years, about possible careers. It also organises recruiting visits to the campus by all the major employers during your final year. For a number of years there has been a national shortage of engineers and technologists, and this is reflected in the benefits that you could receive after your degree. For example: • in 2010, the average earnings of Chartered Engineers in the UK exceeded £67,000 (Engineering Council survey) • the pay rises of Chartered Engineers in the UK continue to outstrip the rise in the cost of living • the Engineering Council’s most recent survey revealed that an increasing number of chairmen, chief executives and managing directors are professional engineers • many of our graduates find employment throughout Europe – and in the USA, where the rewards and recognition are even higher • engineering graduates are particularly sought after by leading companies

A track record of employability Our courses are designed in close collaboration with industry to ensure that they meet the requirements of potential employers. Employment prospects for our graduates continue to be particularly good, and Hull has one of the best records for graduate employment, having frequently been in the top 10 of the official employability ranking of UK universities. The types of jobs that our graduates do are varied, but many find employment in leading UK and international organisations such as Alstom, Arthur Andersen, BAE Systems, British Energy, Corus, Qinetiq, DESG, Galaxy Radio Manchester, GlaxoSmithKline, the Health and Safety Executive, Jaguar Cars, the Royal Navy, Sandiacre Packaging (USA), the Army, Vodafone and many more.

Your opportunities as an engineering graduate

Hull has one of the best records for graduate employment, having frequently been in the top 10 of the official employability ranking of UK universities.


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The range of careers open to good graduates in engineering is unlimited. The most obvious careers are technical ones in research, design, product development, production or forensics in companies concerned with computers, instrumentation, industrial control, communications, and so forth. There are many opportunities in businesses large and small which design and make modern products such as domestic consumer goods, medical devices and transport-related products. Many employers in sectors other than engineering – banking and management, for example – are realising that the analytical skills of engineering graduates can be applied to great effect in other areas, and are rewarding their employees appropriately. Some graduates find the challenging environment of the small company or consultancy work particularly rewarding. In addition there are, of course, more general fields of employment, such as the Civil Service.

Free Elective Scheme Studying for a degree at the University of Hull is a unique experience. We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge. To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme. This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study.

Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A

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level grades and/or UCAS points,

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included in our general prospectus. Please contact the Admissions Service (see below) with any

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Here you take modules from your main course of study.

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

This publication is intended principally as a guide for prospective students. The matters covered by it – academic and

What sort of subjects can I take? You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus. You can even take a module from another faculty. You should discuss your choice of free electives with your supervisor. The catalogue of free electives might include • Computers and Applications • Industrial and Environmental Chemistry with an Introduction to Forensic Science • Space Science: Fact and Fiction • Introduction to Psychology • Economics of the Environment • Passport modules in foreign languages

otherwise – are subject to change from time to time, both before and after students are admitted, and the information contained in it does not form part of any contract. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this brochure, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Address For general enquiries, please write to

What are the main reasons for participating?

Admissions Service

• The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.

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