Integrated Engineering with a Year in Industry (BEng)

Entry year

2018/19 2019/20

The complexity and sophistication of modern engineering requires an increasing level of interaction between engineering disciplines which have traditionally been considered to be largely independent. Industry is therefore seeking engineers with a wide knowledge of fundamentals and applications in many fields rather than a specialised knowledge in one particular area.

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The complexity and sophistication of modern engineering requires a multidisciplinary approach. Industry is therefore seeking engineers with broad knowledge and skilled in more than one of the traditional engineering disciplines.  

The Integrated Engineering degree embraces many aspects of electrical, electronic, mechanical and manufacturing engineering. By completing this course you will qualify as an engineer of the highest quality: your broad knowledge of various aspects of engineering will ensure you can interact with engineers from all the traditional engineering disciplines in any multidisciplinary environment. You will also become familiar with the role of engineering within the business environment, as particular attention is paid to economics, management and law.

This course includes the opportunity to take a year of industrial placement between your second and third years of academic study. With this option we will support you in finding a placement that will allow you to experience at first- hand, a professional working environment. If you are successful in securing a placement you will be paid a salary and will enhance your employability skills through direct experience of working in business, industry or the public sector.

Note that if Chartered status is important to you, a Cardiff MEng course may offer a quicker, more direct route than a BEng course.

Other Cardiff University Integrated Engineering courses available may include:

  • The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry is also available if you choose the relevant five-year MEng degree option
  • The opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution for one semester if you choose the relevant MEng (International) degree option
  • The opportunity to study a language if you choose the relevant MEng degree option with a sandwich year at a university in France, Germany or Spain

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • The opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields, through direct access to academic staff, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have worked in industry
  • The opportunity to obtain industrial experience as part of your degree that can help you stand out and compete against other graduates
  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Energy Institute
  • Some external scholarships may be available from the UK Power Academy and UK Electronic Skills Foundation UKESF (Cardiff is a member of both schemes)

“It’s an impressive building, not just architecturally but in terms of the facilities as well. I love going to the library and I use it a lot. It’s really useful that it’s open evenings and weekends. The library staff are really helpful and knowledgeable. It’s a really good place to come and study”

Carlos Fernandez, Undergraduate Engineering student

Key facts

UCAS CodeH111
Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration4 years
ModeFull time with sandwich year
AccreditationsInstitution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications.
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Entry requirements

Typical A level offerAAA - ABB including Mathematics. If you are studying a science A level, a pass in the practical element (where applicable) will be required. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted. 
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerThe Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer36-32 points including 5 or above in Higer Level Mathematics, or 666-665 in 3 Higher Level subjects to include Mathematics.
Alternative qualificationsAlternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Engineering admissions criteria pages.
English Language requirementsIf you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.
Other requirementsYou will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C. 

This is a four-year full-time degree with the third year spent working in industry. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20, and the individual project is worth 40 credits. You need to earn 120 credits a year.

There are two semesters each year, each semester consisting of 11 teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018. You are advised to check the final module descriptions when they are available to ensure that the programme meets your needs.

Year one

Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Network AnalysisEN106410 credits
LaboratoryEN107220 credits
Professional EngineeringEN107910 credits
Analogue Communications SystemsEN108110 credits
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1EN108210 credits
Power Engineering and Electrical MaterialsEN108510 credits
Engineering Mathematics 1EN109320 credits
Engineering ComputingEN109410 credits
MechanicsEN110220 credits

Year two

Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Biomechanics 1EN245110 credits
Power Systems AnalysisEN270910 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year three is spent working in industry. You are normally expected to be in employment for a minimum of 30 weeks to satisfy the minimum University requirement, although the Cardiff School of Engineering expects the placement to last for the whole academic year.

During your placement you will be visited by your industrial training tutor or nominee at least once, but preferably twice, if you are based in the UK.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Industrial TrainingEN3090120 credits

Year four

Year four includes a major project, totalling 40 credits. For this you will work individually, alongside a supervising staff member. 

There are other core modules and a choice of some optional modules, building upon the foundations established in the earlier years.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Engineering Project ManagementEN302410 credits
Thermodynamics and Heat TransferEN304210 credits
Automatic ControlEN305710 credits
Power ElectronicsEN305810 credits
Individual ProjectEN340040 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Commercialising InnovationEN300610 credits
Solid MechanicsEN303710 credits
Robotics and Image ProcessingEN306210 credits
Object Oriented Engineering ComputingEN308510 credits
Embedded SystemsEN308710 credits
Fluid Power and ControlEN351310 credits
Power Systems AEN370110 credits
Electrical Machines and Drives AEN370210 credits
Renewable Energy TechnologiesEN370810 credits
Grid Integration of RenewablesEN370910 credits
Product DesignEN390610 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through lectures, examples classes and extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in year four. All students must complete a 40-credit individual project in year four, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers.

How will I spend my time? (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

42%

Guided independent study

58%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

38%

Guided independent study

63%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

Placements

100%

Year 4

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

null%

Guided independent study

null%

Placements

null%

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree course. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

For the 40 credit project in year four, you will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism and meet regularly.

During your placement year you will be visited by your industrial training tutor or nominee at least once, but preferably twice, if you are based in the UK.

The tutor will interview you, check your logbook/diary and discuss progress with you, the company training officer and/or the manager with direct responsibility for your training. A summary report will be filed.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes like design and project work and via return of marked coursework.

The opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in Years 1 and 2, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress in each module is usually assessed at various stages through each semester (through a short test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Examinations count for 60% to 70% of all assessment throughout the course, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is mainly project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.

The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding is given through class tests throughout Year 1, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and students may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

73%

Practical exams

2%

Coursework

25%

Year 2

Written exams

75%

Practical exams

4%

Coursework

21%

Year 3

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

100%

Year 4

Written exams

null%

Practical exams

null%

Coursework

null%

What skills will I practise and develop?

This course is accredited via the Engineering Council, meaning the core competencies of UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years of the course. 

Through lab work you will develop practical skills focused on the application of a range of engineering principles to real-life technological, regulatory and ethical problems encountered in the engineering profession.

You will also:

  • Enhance your communication skills, both orally and in writing through a series of reports and assignments
  • Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in an engineering context
  • Enhance your team-working skills, ability to exercise original thought and good professional judgement

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Our integrated engineering graduates hold key positions in leading firms such as Halcrow, Atkins, BP, BAE Systems, RWE npower, Mott McDonald, Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Ford, Tata Steel, Nokia, Bosch and beyond. Our graduates have also moved on to work within local government, UK and international utility companies and organisations such as Climate Energy and GlaxoSmithKline.

Being at the forefront of engineering research means Cardiff has excellent links with industry. These links have been developed with companies, both in the UK and overseas, through our Year in Industry schemes and through consultancy work by staff. This involves advising on matters such as energy policy, bridge design, magnetic materials and semiconductor devices.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£19,950None

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Costs for sandwich years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed. The University will provide resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment) and any required learning resources.

Accomodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Year three is spent working in industry.

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