The course deepens your knowledge of subject areas previously studied as part of your HND, foundation degree or equivalent, to help improve your career prospects. You gain a rounded knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic systems and drives. The design and project modules allow you to solve complex multi-disciplinary engineering design and implementation problems.
The course covers a broad spectrum of engineering topics and includes transferrable and team-working skills, which are highly valued by employers.
The top-up degree may be used as a stepping stone to master’s degree-level study.
This course is also available to study online.
The programme comprises 120 credits, four 20-credit specialist modules and a 40-credit Project.
This module aims to provide students with the capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and to integrate them in DC and AC electric drive systems. The module is delivered through a combination of lectures, guided reading, laboratory sessions and tutorials. Demonstrations using modern experimental facilities will give the students the opportunity to explore converters’ operation in full and to gain a deep understanding of practical design constraints.
Problems used in the module are intended to strengthen understanding of the phenomena and interactions of electric drives, and include examples from current research and industry practice.
This module extends previous knowledge of electronic principles to the pragmatic application of electronics in industrial, commercial and human-machine interface devices. It explores the circuit topologies and technologies required to make fit for purpose devices to fulfil a wide range of industrial, commercial and scientific applications.
This module is delivered through a combination of lectures, guided reading, design studies and computer workshops. Whenever appropriate, practical applications are used to demonstrate principles.
This module introduces you to the fundamental of industrial electronics including power electronic devices, power electronic converters and their application to switched mode power supply and other power electronic applications. The module also considers the principles of modelling, analysis and design of industrial electronics circuits such as switch mode power supply.
The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and practical sessions. Lectures will provide an explanation of principles and discussion of industrial electronics applications. Extensive use of appropriate software tools (such as MATLAB, PSpice) in the practical sessions will give you the opportunity to explore these principles in greater depth. The practical sessions will be used to design and analyses of the electronic circuits.
This module advances the development of your independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. You are given training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. You also give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. You are supported through regular tutorial sessions and project supervision meetings.
The emergence of Industry 4.0, often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, has been attributed to advancing automation, decentralisation and system integration and cloud computing. In the cyber-physical environment, machines can communicate, collect information, and make informed decisions through artificial intelligence (AI), big data and industrial internet of things (IIoT). The evolution of Industry 4.0 has great potential to improve the energy, equipment, and human behaviour. At the same time, in the era of the so-called circular economy, industry across all sectors is under huge pressure to make their manufacturing operations ethical and sustainable. Therefore, we must learn to adopt or implement the latest Industry 4.0 technologies.
The term sustainability has a multi-disciplinary use and meaning. As future engineers you will learn sustainability is represented as the synergy between environment, economics, and society. In this module students specialising in Sustainable Systems and Industry 4.0 will focus their studies and deepen their knowledge in a range of sustainability themes such as energy management and power systems, sustainable water and wastewater systems, sustainable transportation technologies, transitions to sustainable food systems and mechanical manufacturing systems.
The subjects will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures will develop key concepts and knowledge. Seminars will allow more focused examinations of important issues and approaches
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
The programme comprises 120 credits accumulated from classroom-based modules, laboratory-based modules, a Group Design Project and an Individual Engineering Project.
You learn through lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects and examinations. Self-directed learning time is used to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for examinations.
The Group Design module involves a one-week block delivery period (Monday – Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm). This is an intensive problem-solving session designed to enhance team-working and provide you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems.
How you are assessed
Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including examination and in-course assessment with some utilising other approaches such as group-work or verbal/poster presentations.
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Edexcel/BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) or equivalent in a closely related discipline.
International students must also provide evidence of English language skills equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).
International students should also read the information on our international pages.
For general information please see our overview of entry requirements
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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Work opportunities exist in industries which include aerospace, communications, power generation and transmission, manufacturing and process, research and development and many others.
When you complete this degree with at least 2.2 honours you can apply for one of several MSc programmes for further study.
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