We want to produce engineers who understand the context of their work, are independent and self-directed, and have an impact in their field. Our new integrated framework offers discipline-specific, accredited programmes, while bringing students together for a broader range of interdisciplinary activities. Alongside this, transferable professional skills such as communication and ethics are taught using real world examples tailored to each subject.
This approach to learning will produce well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and with a broad understanding of the complexity and context of engineering problems. Throughout the programme we have a major emphasis on design activities; developing the skills needed to design innovative solutions and technologies.
Some key features of the UCL Integrated Engineering Programme are:
Discipline-specific knowledge is brought together with teamwork on open-ended briefs from day one. Our students tackle challenges set by external partners, which ensures they are working on relevant, ambitious tasks. These range from the introductory five week sessions on themes of sustainability and global health, to the intersection of policy and engineering in the How to Change the World programme. Challenge setters get access to their bright minds and new thinking.
Fully integrated into the courses and taught using discipline-specific examples, skills such as teamwork, ethics, pitching, and professional standards are threaded throughout the first two years. Dedicated staff ensure that these crucial transferrable skills are not an afterthought; we get to teach better, more engaged students, and employers get graduates who are ready to go straight away.
While students will all have a home discipline and a firm understanding of its core knowledge, they will also meet, mix and work with specialists from other disciplines, within engineering and beyond. This will familiarise them with working with those from different backgrounds, essential for success in modern business. It will also encourage them to become flexible adopters of new ideas.
Students often learn Engineering Mathematics theory in isolation from practice, which offers them detailed understanding of the theory but can mean they lack the abilities to apply it. By integrating mathematical modelling and simulation with the engineering understanding it enables, our students will be able to understand the details of the analytical concepts as well as apply them confidently to unfamiliar situations.
We have made these changes to give our graduates an education more suitable for the world, and industries, they will find themselves in. We intend to keep the programme alive and evolving to match what the modern world needs from our graduates.
To do this, we need to be listening to the world outside academia: to governments, existing and emerging industries, to NGOs and all the varied organisations engineers are part of.
We are looking for industry, government, and NGOs to get involved with our student’s learning. We believe this will help us to provide the skills our students need to learn, create graduates capable of achieving great things, and connect organisations with the fresh thinking of some of the brightest students worldwide.
Some examples of how organisations can engage with UCL Engineering teaching:
These are only suggestions, and we would be interested in talking about other ways we might work together. To discuss opportunities to engage with our new curricula, contact:
Dr John Mitchell
Director, UCL Integrated Engineering Programme
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