Learning and assessment

You'll experience a variety of class types and learning activities from experienced academic staff who are experts in their field.

Our varied programme of study has been designed to create the optimum learning environment for our students.

  • Lectures: Delivered by academic staff, lectures are usually made up of large groups of students and are designed to introduce you to a subject and provide guidance on further reading.
  • Academic tutorials: Smaller groups where you'll exchange ideas and discuss topics in more detail with your peers and your academic tutor.
  • Labs and practicals: Most of the practical learning takes place in lab sessions where you'll get to apply the theory you've been taught in lectures and tutorials.
  • Personal tutorials: You'll gain both academic and pastoral support from your personal tutor.
  • Independent study: Alongside your formal learning, you'll also carry out independent study, such as research and further reading.
  • Group work: A key skill for your future career, part of your learning will take place in teams.
  • Industrial Training Programme: You will work in groups to analyse and solve a relevant open-ended problem set by some of the biggest names in industry as part of the four-year MEng.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 28 October 2021

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