School of Engineering

Programme Information

This section provides information about your programme and key contacts.

Some programmes have additional information which is accessible via our School Community on  Blackboard

Programme content information is accessible via module pages on Blackboard.

It is important you that have an understanding of the programme as a whole and how each module and stage contributes to it.

Key Definitions

Module – an element within a programme of study. The size of the module (relative to the programme as a whole) is measured with reference to your learning time. The normal undergraduate academic year is 120 credits, and the normal postgraduate year is 180 credits. Your total study time is expected to total 100 hours for each 10-credit module.

Compulsory modules – modules that you must take in order to fulfill the requirements of the Degree Programme.

Core modules – those modules which you must PASS to be allowed to proceed.

Optional modules – those which you choose to take because they suit your interests and career aspirations.

Aims – each programme will have a set of aims that explains the overall goals of the programme. These aims will relate to programme structure, student outcomes, placements (where relevant), and accrediting bodies (where relevant). Modules will also have a set of aims that explains the primary objectives of each specific module.

Learning outcomes – each programme will have a set of learning outcomes that specifies the skills and knowledge that students are expected to develop over the course of the programme. Modules will also have specific skills outcomes and knowledge outcomes that specify what you will learn and what skills you will develop on each module.

Degree programme regulations – explain which modules can be taken, programme-specific progression rules (i.e., how to ensure that you advance to the next stage), and programme-specific degree classification rules (i.e., how your final degree classification will be determined). 

Degree programme specifications – the specifications for each degree programme contain information on the aims, learning outcomes, teaching and learning methods and assessment strategies specific to each programme. 

Your Personal Tutor should always be your first point of contact if you have questions or concerns, but he/she may point you in the direction of other people in the School.

The Degree Programme Director (DPD) is responsible for the structure, content and standards of your degree programme. His/her role may involve module development, changes to course content, and recruitment activities. Your personal tutor may refer you to the DPD to discuss academic issues.

The Senior Tutor acts as a coordinator between the School and central University services. He/she also acts as a second point of contact if your personal tutor is absent from the University and may provide support for you and your tutor if any complicated issues arise. The Senior Tutor focuses on supporting students who may have personal circumstances that are affecting their overall performance, rather than specific academic issues.

Modules and Module Choice

The Degree Programme Regulations for your programme explain which modules are compulsory, core, and/or optional on your degree programme. You can look up information on each module in the Module Catalogue. This module page will provide key information, including the number of credits, the types of assessment, the types of teaching activities, and the number of contact hours. It also explains how many hours you are expected to spend in independent study, including lecture follow-up, completing coursework, doing background reading, and revising for your exams. The module outline will also explain the aims and learning outcomes of the module and provide you with an overview of the syllabus.

Stage 1 students complete module selection in Induction Week, and all students will be provided with information to help you select your optional modules. Before submitting your selections, you should meet with your personal tutor to ensure that they are appropriate and that they fit with the Degree Programme Regulations.

The Module Catalogue is rolled forward to the next academic year in March of each year. All continuing students (except for final year students) use S3P to register for your next stage around Easter each year. The S3P system knows what programme you are studying and whether you are studying full time or part time. The system will only let you select the modules associated with your programme to the value of the credits for the stage of your programme.

Graduate Framework

Your University programme is primarily intended to educate you in a particular discipline, but it will also provide training in transferable skills and personal development through a set of graduate attributes. You will have opportunity to develop these through various aspects of your university experience and through your programme. The University maps these attributes according to the Graduate Framework.