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Why choose the School of Computer Science and Technology


100% of our full-time UK engineering graduates are in employment and/or further study, 15 months after graduating (source: HESA Graduate Outcomes for 2020/21, pub 2023).

Our course is designed to meet the requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), setting you up for a successful future in the field.

Use industry-standard engineering software suites such as AutoCAD, Ansys, MATLAB, DesignBuilder and COMSOL Multiphysics.

About the course

This course offers you the in-depth technical training you need to begin your career as a practising mechanical engineer. You practise in our on-campus labs as well as in those belonging to local industry partners giving you the opportunity to develop or contribute to real-world solutions around transportation energy power generation and manufacturing.

You begin by studying the underpinning skills and knowledge you need to ensure you have a thorough background in mathematics engineering science structural mechanics and dynamics. From year 2 you move on to specialist advanced units and explore the operating and design principles behind systems such as thermal pumps wind power and solar energy technologies.

You hone your skills in analysis development and project management through individual and group lab work; projects focusing on renewable energy technologies; and the opportunity to compete with other universities in the UAV payload competition.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn about the latest technologies of various mechanical systems including sustainable energy vehicle and aeronautical
  • Develop comprehensive skills for mechanical system design validation and optimisation using our industry-standard facilities and high-end equipment including thermal system test rigs; renewable energy and vehicle testing workspaces; and computer modelling workstations for CAD and CAE
  • Study with an expert team in a supportive learning environment offering an up-to-the-minute practice-based training
  • Study in close collaboration with local industry taking up opportunities for both short-term projects and a valuable placement year (see below)
  • Learn technical skills and gain practical experience through sessions with local industries including aircraft maintenance; thermal pumps; and vehicle R&D and manufacture
  • Challenge yourself to participate in exciting competitions with a focus on renewable energy and power generation developing your individual and team-working skills
  • Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year in industry (see below) to place your study in the real world develop your industry connections and enhance your career prospects
  • If you need to step up into higher education begin with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees your place on the degree course

with Professional Practice Year

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

with Foundation Year

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 

Course Leader - Dr Rostand Tayong

Dr Rostand Tayong joined the University in November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering. Prior to this position, he was working on composite materials at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate since 2014.

His research activities encompass Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Materials testing and characterisation, Acoustics and Vibration using analytical and numerical methods.

Course Leader - Dr Rostand Tayong

Dr Rostand Tayong joined the University in November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering. Prior to this position, he was working on composite materials at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate since 2014.

His research activities encompass Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Materials testing and characterisation, Acoustics and Vibration using analytical and numerical methods.

Course Leader - Dr Rostand Tayong

Dr Rostand Tayong joined the University in November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering. Prior to this position, he was working on composite materials at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate since 2014.

His research activities encompass Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Materials testing and characterisation, Acoustics and Vibration using analytical and numerical methods.

Course Leader - Dr Rostand Tayong

Dr Rostand Tayong joined the University in November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering. Prior to this position, he was working on composite materials at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate since 2014.

His research activities encompass Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Materials testing and characterisation, Acoustics and Vibration using analytical and numerical methods.

What will you study?


Introduction To Software Development

This unit introduces key concepts in Software Development relevant to software development. This unit will provide the fundamentals of how to model problems and develop software using a high level language.
The unit will focus on the following areas:

Software development processes and effective team work
Analysis of problems and identification of key features
Modelling using problems abstract modelling techniques
Program Development using a High Level Language
Program testing using appropriate techniques
Understanding distinctions between different forms of programming and modelling

Engineering Mathematics

This unit introduces mathematical background knowledge that is used by electrical and electronic engineers. It helps you to establish an understanding of the mathematical concepts and also explains how mathematics is used to solve engineering problems. The unit offers opportunities for practical experience of carrying out mathematical calculations and evaluating the solutions, individually and within a team. It uses case studies to help you develop skills for modelling real-world problems using mathematical notation, and for solving engineering problems.

Engineering Design And Manufacture

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of engineering design and manufacture, and to develop relevant skills of engineering design and utilisation of relevant software.

Mechanics And Heat Transfer

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of engineering mechanics and heat transfer, and to develop relevant skills of design and application of relevant heat transfer systems.

Engineering Structure, Materials And Analysis

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of the analysis of structural component subjected to complex stress/strain fields, and enable students to select materials and their processing in a design situation, by matching properties of specific materials with engineering requirements.

Fluid Dynamics, Thermofluids And Modelling

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of properties and principles of fluid and flows, thermodynamics processes and systems relating to thermofluids.

Dynamics, Measurements And Control

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of typical sensors, actuators, control strategies, interface technology and applying them effectively in a complex electro-mechanical systems.

Thermal Systems And Applications

The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practices associated with the design and performance analysis of various thermal systems. It is also to provide students opportunity to experience the process of producing preliminary designs for a whole thermal system or its sub-systems.

Undergraduate Project

Whether you go on to further study or into employment one of the most important skills expected in an Honours Graduate is the ability to work autonomously.  This unit is an ideal vehicle for the development of that skill.

You will typically implement the project proposal developed during the unit CIS013-3 Research Methods and Emerging Technologies (an alternative approach will be agreed with the unit coordinator and your project supervisor if you haven’t successfully completed CIS013-3 yet). 

Although you will be working independently, you are expected to arrange regular meetings with your supervisor to guide and support you.  You will apply coherently your technical, analytical, practical and managerial skills during your project development.

The project is an important opportunity to expand your experience in an area which is of close relevance to the course that you are studying (e.g. Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Games Development).  Your project may be of relevance to a future employer, and will demonstrate your interest and ability in the chosen area.  As such your project topic should be aligned with your career aspirations.

The following aims are addressed in particular:

  • To provide you with an opportunity to work autonomously on a sustained piece of work.
  • To develop your ability to manage a project from start to finish.
  • To develop your ability to identify problems, analyse the requirements and produce and evaluate solutions.
  • To develop your ability to work to the relevant academic and professional standards.

Research Methodologies And Project Management

This unit is designed for you to prepare for your honours project utilizing your subject experience from the first two years of your study. You will also be asked to contextualize your project idea within current or emerging technologies, typically underpinned by academic publications and to do systematic market research that will equip you with a sound strategy on how to implement your honours project.

Power Cycles And Power Systems

The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practices associated with the design and performance analysis of power cycles and power systems. It is also to provide students opportunity to experience the process of producing preliminary designs for a whole power system or its sub-systems.

Sustainable Energy Technologies

The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practices associated with the design and performance analysis of sustainable energy technologies, such as solar energy, wind energy, hydropower, bio-fuel/bio-mass etc. It is also to provide students opportunity to experience the process of producing preliminary designs for a whole power system or its sub-systems.

How will you be assessed?


The students will be assessed in a variety of ways. The majority of units are assessed through coursework group and individual projects portfolios essays presentations and exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in the context of a group seminar. The students will also be expected to produce software/hardware artifacts in specialist units. Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work.

At level 4 assessments will focus on the understanding of the fundamental concepts in design material and thermal engineering techniques that are related to mechanical engineering. The students are expected to articulate the concepts in a coherent manner in a variety of written assessments/written briefs.

At level 5 assessment focus will be on the ability to perform critical analysis including the needs for different or new solutions to the existing problems where there are already a body of solutions and critical opinions. The students are also expected to be able to synthesize the different or new solutions either independently or working in teams.

At level 6 assessments will address initiatives and creative thinking. The students are encouraged to identify problems and to develop their own solutions to the problems. They are also required to critically evaluate their own solutions. At this level the students will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments which culminate in their major project – the honours project.

Careers


You gain the skills you need for a career in engineering benefiting from our industry links with local and national companies.

Graduates with this degree go on to engineering careers in industries such as energy manufacturing automotive and aerospace.

They can also choose to specialise in associated fields taking up careers in product design and/or development; systems optimisation; quality control; and customer services to name a few.

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS tariff points including 32 from at least 1 A-level or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS tariff points including 32 from at least 1 A-level or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)48 UCAS tariff points including 32 from at least 1 A-level or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points including 96 from at least 3 A-levels or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points including 96 from at least 3 A-levels or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)112 UCAS tariff points including 96 from at least 3 A-levels or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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