There are certain core (compulsory) modules such as computing and mathematics that all students study. The optional modules vary from year to year. Typical modules may include:
Foundation Mathematics 1 and 2 (20 credits each – core) You will develop your mathematical knowledge and understanding of mathematical processes to help solve basic problems in engineering and science. These modules provide you with techniques in basic and advanced algebra, complex numbers, coordinate geometry and trigonometry, and calculus.
Computer Methods (10 credits – core) This module involves the use of a software environment (MATLAB) to help solve engineering and mathematical problems. MATLAB is a powerful mathematical modelling tool used heavily in industry. Topics include; data structures and formats, plotting of graphical data and programming.
Electricity and Magnetism/Electrical Circuit Principles (10 credits each) Providing a basic knowledge of electricity and magnetism, these modules look at a range of component technologies, from inductors and capacitors through to simple semiconductors. In the second semester, topics include; AC circuits, circuit analysis techniques and electrical resonance.
Foundation Mechanics/Further Mechanics (10 credits each) These two modules will introduce you to the concept of scalars and vectors, and give you a broad grounding in the basic response of rigid structures to imposed forces and to linear and circular motion.
Vibration and Waves/Properties of Matter (10 credits each) These engineering physics modules provide a grounding in the physical explanations of vibrations and waves. This will cover the analysis of simple engineering and physical systems. You will also study the atom, atomic structures and behaviour.
The Universe/Molecules on the Move (10 credits – core) An introduction to astronomy, covering general physical principles including cosmology, gravitational fields and orbits, observational techniques in astronomy, and stellar evolution. Molecules on the Move explores the thermal and mechanical properties of matter.
Study Skills (10 credits – core) This module develops study skills, improving your awareness of research and communication methods, referencing, and presentation skills.
English for Engineering and Science (20 credits) International students who require English language support will study these modules. Topics covered include essay writing, laboratory reports and presentation skills.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.