The Integrated Engineering Programme is a teaching framework that allows both specialist and interdisciplinary engineering education to be delivered intelligently across different engineering disciplines. It creates programmes that teach fundamental technical knowledge in tandem with interdisciplinary, research-based projects and professional skills.
Students still register for a core discipline, but alongside their studies in this discipline they also take part in activities that span across departments. The programme is based on a number of innovative methods of teaching which encourage personal and professional development as part of the degree process.
At regular intervals throughout the degree, students from across the faculty come together to engage in interdisciplinary research and design projects.
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 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.
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.
Discipline-specific knowledge is brought together with teamwork on open-ended briefs from day one. Our students tackle challenges set by our 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 open-ended engineering problems set by international partners in the How to Change the World programme.
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.
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.
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