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Integrated Engineering (MEng)

Entry year


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.

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Course overview

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.

Choosing this four-year Cardiff MEng Integrated Engineering degree offers you a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the three-year BEng.

The MEng allows you to use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge. You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.

Other Cardiff University Integrated Engineering courses include:

  • A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of engineering if you choose a BEng course
  • The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry if you choose the relevant four-year BEng or 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:

  • Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer status
  • The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Energy Institute
  • The integrated course, which draws on modules taught across the School, benefits from the ‘Excellent’ teaching rating achieved by the School
  • The facilities that come with a successful research unit
  • 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
  • An open and engaging culture between students and staff
  • Some external scholarships may be available from the UK Power Academy and UK Electronic Skills Foundation UKESF (Cardiff is a member of both schemes)

Accreditations

UCAS codeH113
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
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

AAA - AAB 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.  

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD in BTEC plus grade B in Maths A-Level.

36 - 34 points including 5 or above in Higher Level Mathematics, or 665 in 3 Higher Level subjects to include Mathematics.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Engineering admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You will require GCSE English Language Grade C/4 and GCSE Maths Grade C/4.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

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

Accommodation

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

Course structure

This is a four-year full-time degree. 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 year three and year four projects are each worth up to 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 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

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
Control EngineeringEN205810 credits
Microcontroller Applications and Embedded DesignEN208110 credits
Engineering Mathematics 2EN209010 credits
Materials and ManufactureEN210120 credits
ThermofluidsEN210320 credits
Programming and Microcontroller ApplicationsEN270710 credits
Machine and Power ElectronicsEN270810 credits
Power Systems AnalysisEN270910 credits
Integrated Product DesignEN281020 credits

Year three

Year three 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
Biomechanics 2EN345010 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

Year four

Year four includes two group projects, which are linked to topical research. In total, these make up half of the overall assessment.

Core modules include Management in Industry and there is a choice of optional modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Group ProjectEN410030 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.

Learning and assessment

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 years three and four. All students must complete a 40 credit individual project in year three, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers.

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

33%

Guided independent study

67%

Placements

0%

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 three, you will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism and meet regularly.

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 composed mainly of project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.

The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding is given through class tests throughout years one and two, 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

63%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

32%

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 a engineering context
  • Enhance your team-working skills, ability to exercise original thought and good professional judgement

Careers

Career prospects

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.

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.

Jobs

  • Civil engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Graduate mechanical engineer
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