MEng Engineering

Full Time
Degree of Master of Engineering

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
AAB (2018/9 entry) See All Requirements
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Engineering at UEA is built on great links with industry, exciting research and diverse teaching. We have a multidisciplinary approach to engineering research, which brings together academics from many of our highly respected Schools including Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Biological Sciences.

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Designed and delivered with strong support from industry, this course will prepare you for a future career in engineering. You’ll develop varied skills for a career beyond university thanks to close partnerships with major companies. We take a multidisciplinary approach to our teaching, working closely with UEA’s prestigious schools of Environmental Sciences, Computing Sciences and Mathematics.

The fourth year of this degree gives you the chance to achieve a Master’s level qualification and includes a team design project that lets you apply your learning to a real industry problem.

After providing the general engineering education that industry values, this course allows you to specialise in either Mechanical or Electronic and Electrical engineering. All our engineering courses have a common first year so you can get to know the subject before specialising, maintaining a mixed approach, or transferring to one of our energy courses.


Our MEng Engineering degree gives you a comprehensive understanding of the principles of engineering, with the flexibility to specialise in whatever area you choose.

All our engineering degrees have a common first year, so you can decide whether to focus on mechanical, energy or electronic/electrical once you’ve had a chance to get to know the subject. The degree includes two distinct routes that you can follow (Mechanical or Electronic and Electrical), and you’re also able to transfer onto an Energy Engineering degree after your first year.

Taking this MEng degree (as opposed to the BEng) gives you a fourth year that’s based around a major team-based design project. This gives you fantastic preparation for real project work after you graduate and brings you closer to Chartered Engineer status.

We design and deliver our degrees with strong support from industry, so everything you learn is preparing you for a successful future. You’ll develop a broad range of skills, from fundamental engineering know-how, to advanced mathematics, mechanics and environmental awareness.

Choose your path

We’re a multidisciplinary department, with strong connections to UEA’s prestigious Schools of Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Computing Sciences (which has a particular strength in Computer Systems Engineering).

That means you’ll receive teaching and support from a wide range of experts in a degree programme that gives you extraordinary choice.

Alongside our core modules, you can take options in anything from computer programming or nuclear energy, to climate change or marketing.

Course Structure

Year 1

In your first year, you’ll take on small design projects to gain a grounding in engineering mathematics and principles, supported by a broad introduction to energy from practising engineers. Current modules include: Mathematics for Engineers; Engineering Practice; Engineering Principles and Laws; Mechanics; Engineering Studies; and a number of options including business and languages.

Your first year taster course called Engineering Studies allows you to study a number of more focused engineering disciplines. Introductions to civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electronic and electrical engineering, and energy engineering are delivered through fieldwork, hands-on component assembly, 3D printing, CADCAM and case studies provided by visiting industrialists.

You then have the flexibility to change your degree path based on what you’ve learnt. You can choose your path at any point up to the start of your second semester or, with appropriate module choices, you can also delay the decision until the end of second year.

Year 2

In addition to the core material that builds on your first year, you’ll be exposed to electronic and electrical engineering together with the fundamentals of mechanics, dynamics and vibration that are so important for mechanical engineers. This broad exposure is valued by employers who seek well-rounded engineers. Teaching in Engineering Principles and Design carries the thread of design through to your final year.

Year 3

Your third year gives you the chance to put all you have learned into action, with an in-depth project based on your individual interests.  This could be experimental research, a practical construction, a circuit assembly, building a small innovatively powered vehicle or any similar project. This task is crucial in defining your pathway towards a specific career, so we encourage students to exploit their industry contacts to link their study to a real engineering problem.

Project management skills are embedded in this module together with understanding commercial risks and opportunities. Stress analysis and design are also taught alongside control systems to provide an insight into the world of mechanical engineering.

Year 4

The key feature of fourth year is the multidisciplinary design project.  This major team-based project is the culmination of the design theme and uses a recent project from industry as a basis for consolidating your skills.  Typically a company will provide us with a real client brief and students will spend the autumn term developing their own proposals to present to professional engineers. 

Each student will then have responsibility for producing a detailed design of one aspect of the work in the same way that they would as a new graduate. Students will use site visits to support their learning and present their complete proposal to the real client. In parallel with this exercise you choose from a range of optional modules, one of which can include a further industry placement.

Become a great engineer

As an MEng student you’ll have a combination of leadership potential, capability for independent study and in-depth research, confidence in the fundamentals of engineering and a vision for the future of engineering on a finite planet.

Whatever pathway you choose to study, you’ll leave UEA a highly-qualified engineer with the skills and experience to join the workforce. During your degree you’ll enjoy regular site visits to our partners in the region, receive guest lectures from professional engineers and get the chance to attain placements and funding from major companies.

We offer you the chance to take a 10-week placement in the summer of your second year and third year in place of an optional module, while our SELECT sponsorship scheme is a great way for first year students to find a summer placement and secure funding (read more about SELECT).

Our links with the New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Network (NAAME), Hethel Innovation and many of the 400 member organisations of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) ensure students are spoilt for choice when looking for direct experience. The links that our students make are long-lasting, with some graduates going on to work for international companies based in the region – 100% of our MSc graduates have found employment or further study within six of months of graduating.

Learn to design, programme, build and test

Due to the range of options built into the degree, you can study many different aspects of engineering. Some major themes you’ll be introduced to are:

  • Design is what distinguishes engineers from scientists. It’s what allows engineers to be creative and innovative every day. We embed the theme of design through all stages of your degree, from concept to construction, incorporating Computer Aided Design (CAD), detailed drawings, stress calculations and testing, culminating in the major fourth year team project.
  • Project management is a crucial aspect of commercial engineering, but it’s notoriously hard to teach independently of experience. We incorporate the teaching of management skills into technical engineering subjects so you’ll have the chance to develop on-the-job expertise while organising activities for younger students.
  • Considerations of environment and ethics are engineering fundamentals in today’s world. UEA is one of a growing number of institutions to teach professional responsibility during your degree so that you graduate with an awareness of your need to minimise risk, reduce your impact on the environment and learn from past engineering mistakes at an ethical and technical level
  • Mathematics forms the basis of much engineering practice, from problem solving to model construction. We teach an effective mix of formal and applied maths to get the best out of our students and develop crucial skills in logic and estimation.
  • Communication is key to a successful engineering career.  Developing innovative design solutions is important but you also have to be able to explain your ideas to potential clients to win work. From the start of your degree you will have opportunities to develop this ability through a mix of oral presentations and technical writing, both individually and in teams, which are designed to boost your confidence and help you to identify your strengths.  

See the Why Choose Us Tab and explore the Engineering School pages for more about our links with industry, our graduates’ experience, teaching methods and facilities.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


RESERVED FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS. This module utilises the mathematical concepts from the Mathematics for Scientists module in an engineering context, before complementing the material with practical mechanics to solve real-world problems. Over the first semester students are introduced to the vocational necessity of estimation in the absence of accurate data through a team-based competition, as well as the practical geometry and numerical methods which can be used when analytical techniques fail. This is supplemented by practical exercises in graphical presentation and data analysis which will contribute to the coursework element of the module. Teaching then concentrates on mechanics in the second semester, encompassing Newton's laws of motion, particle dynamics and conservation laws before a final exam.




Engineering Practice prepares students for the financial and ethical considerations of working in the engineering industry as well as starting the creative design theme of the course. Semester 1 begins with a team-based induction activity. The group then studies the historical developments which govern modern design principles, including sustainability. Students produce professional technical drawings and sketches alongside 3D models using CAD software. Learning is supplemented by industrial site visits in both semesters. Semester 2 provides opportunities for students to apply the skills they have learned to a real conceptual design and culminates in an introduction to economics with applications. This module includes important introductions to design, technical report-writing, oral presentations and team-working. Professional ethical principles are introduced using classic design failures as examples. The skills learning autumn term are then brought to bear on a significant conceptual design challenge such as the EWB Engineering for People Design Challenge. The basics of economics round-of the year with the final team-based activity. Scattered throughout are support sessions run by the Careers Service and Librarians.




To successfully complete this module you will normally need the equivalent of Maths A level grade B. This module introduces three distinct topics which will be developed during the later stages of the course. During the first semester, students investigate how to harness the properties of modern materials within an engineering context, followed by fluid flow and hyrdaulics both assessed by formative course tests. Fluids continues in Semester 2 followed by the study of thermodynamics and heat transfer. Students complete a number of laboratory exercises which are assessed by two formal summative reports




This module provides an introduction to a variety of engineering disciplines. It provides a hands-on introduction to electronic-electrical engineering, exposes students to a range of energy industry specialists and encourages students to develop their understanding of the UK and global energy mix. In addition to a brief overview of civil engineeringit introduces the basics of structural engineering and fundamental principles that civil and mechanical engineers use (structural frames, bridges, foundations, stresses, mechanisms) putting some of these in context.Permeating the delivery of the above topics isthe development of programming, simulation and practical skills using e.g. Matlab, Simulink, Arduino. # The energy sector calls on engineers from a variety of disciplines when developing new sources of power. This module exposes students to a range of energy industry specialists and encourages students to develop their understanding of the UK and global energy mix, its challenges and future. # Most engineering equipment requires electrical power for its use and in many cases electronic control systems for its operation. This module provides a hands-on introduction to both aspects in preparation for the electronic-electrical theme that continues in second year for all students. # Civil engineers are always required for the construction of engineering facilities, whether it is to house them, to provide load carrying supports or to establish the ground conditions necessary for safe foundations. In addition to a brief overview of civil engineering this module introduces the basics of structural engineering. The way that solid and lattice structures are used to transfer loads is explored and the important topic of engineers' bending theory builds on consideration of actions such as compression, tension, torsion and shear. # Of all the disciplines of engineering mechanical engineeringappearsto be the most versatile. The bulk of the first and second year include fundamental principles that both civil and mechanical engineers use (fluids, structures, thermodynamics, mathematics, dynamics etc.) and this module puts some of these in context. # Permeating the delivery of the above topics is the development of programming and simulation skills using e.g. Matlab, Simulink, and practical skills using breadboard and Arduino.




This module covers differentiation, integration, vectors, partial differentiation, ordinary differential equations, further integrals, power series expansions, complex numbers and statistical methods. In addition to the theoretical background there is an emphasis on applied examples. Previous knowledge of calculus is assumed. This module is the first in a series of three maths modules for students across the Faculty of Science that provide a solid undergraduate mathematical training. The follow-on modules are Mathematics for Scientists B and C.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The habitability of planet Earth depends on the physical and chemical systems on the planet which control everything from the weather and clim ate to the growth of all living organisms. This module aims to introduce you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret these systems. The module will lead many of you on to second and third year courses (and beyond) studying these systems in more detail, but even for those of you who choose to study other aspects of environmental sciences a basic knowledge of these systems is central to understanding our planet and how it responds to human pressures. The course has two distinct components, one on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) and one on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). During the course of the module the teachers will also emphasise the inter-relationships between these two sections This course is taught in two variants: this module provides a Basic Chemistry introduction for those students who have little or no background in chemistry before coming to UEA (see pre-requisites). This course will run throughout semester 2 involving a mixture of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half day field trip.




The habitability of planet Earth depends on the physical and chemical systems on the planet which control everything from the weather and climate to the growth of all living organisms. This module aims to introduce you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret these systems. The module will lead many of you on to second and third year courses (and beyond) studying these systems in more detail, but even for those of you who choose to study other aspects of environmental sciences a basic knowledge of these systems is central to understanding our planet and how it responds to human pressures. The course has two distinct components, one on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) and one on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). During the course of the module the teachers will also emphasise the inter-relationships between these two sections This module is for students with previous experience of chemistry. This course will run throughout semester 2 involving a mixture of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half day field trip.




Introduction to Business aims to provide a platform for understanding the world of management and the managerial role. The module explores the business environment, key environmental drivers and functions of organisations, providing an up-to-date view of current issues faced from every contemporary enterprise such as business sustainability, corporate responsibility and internationalisation. There is consideration of how organisations are managed in response to environmental drivers. To address this aspect, this module introduces key theoretical principles in lectures and seminars are designed to facilitate fundamental study skills development, teamwork and practical application of theory. No previous knowledge of business or business management is required. The general business concepts introduced in lectures are applied in a practical manner during seminars.By the end of this module, students will be able to understand and apply key concepts and analytical tools in exploring the business environment and industry structure respectively. This module is for NON-NBS students only.




The purpose of this module is to give the student a solid grounding in the essential features of programming using Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.



Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module provides a practical introduction to electronics. Topics include a review of basic components and fundamental laws; introduction to semiconductors; operational amplifiers; combinational logic; sequential logic; and state machines. Much of the time is spent on practical work. Students learn how to build prototypes, make measurements and produce PCBs.




The introductory material from first year engineering mechanics is developed. An appreciation of why dynamics and vibration are important for engineering designers leads to consideration of Single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems, Equation of motion, free vibration analysis, Natural frequency, undamped and damped systems and loading. Fourier series expansion and modal analysis are applied to vibration concepts: eigenfrequency, resonance, beats, critical, undercritical and overcritical damping, and transfer function. Introduction to multi-degree of freedom (MDOF) systems. Applications to beams and cantilevers. MathCAD will be used to support learning.




This module purposely fuses the boundaries conventionally constraining engineering designers, to enable you to fully explore the breadth of design principles and processes presented within a contemporary design challenge. Supported by a framework of integrated learning, you will continue to develop your ability to straddle the boundaries of creative design practice in the determination of holistic design solutions. Societal design challenges will add real-world context to problems posed as you explore the issues facilitating the realisation of revolutionary ideas for example Despomier's vertical farms.




This module is the second in a series of three mathematical modules for students across the Faculty of Science. It covers vector calculus (used in the study of vector fields in subjects such as fluid dynamics and electromagnetism), time series and spectral analysis (a highly adaptable and useful mathematical technique in many science fields, including data analysis), and fluid dynamics (which has applications to the circulation of the atmosphere, ocean, interior of the Earth, chemical engineering, and biology). There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples.






Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module studies the organization of both the system software and the underlying hardware architecture in modern computer systems. The role of concurrent operation of both hardware and software components is emphasized throughout, and the central concepts of the module are reinforced by practical work in the laboratory.




This module develops skills and understanding in the integrated analysis of global climate change, using perspectives from both the natural sciences and the social sciences. The course gives grounding in the basics of climate change science, impacts, adaptation, mitigation and their influence on and by policy decisions. It also offers a historical perspective on how climate policy has developed, culminating in the December 2015 Paris Agreement. Finally, it considers what will be required to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 #C above pre-industrial levels.




This module provides a foundation in the theory and practice of accounting and an introduction to the role, context and language of financial reporting and management accounting. The module assumes no previous study of accounting. It may be taken as a standalone course for those students following a more general management pathway or to provide a foundation to underpin subsequent specialist studies in accounting. This module is for NON-NBS students only.




The overall aim of this module is for students to develop an understanding of the structure, functioning, and performance of organisations with particular reference to the behaviour of the individuals and groups who work within them. Specifically, the module aims are to: # Develop an appreciation of the nature and historical development of organisational behaviour (OB). # Introduce key concepts and theories in organisational behaviour. # Develop an understanding of the linkages between OB research, theory, and practice. # Develop analytical and academic writing skills. This module is for NON-NBS students only.




This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processes in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, fundamental thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and meteorological hazards. The assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including a basic understanding of differentiation and integration.




The purpose of this module is to give the student a solid grounding in the essential features programming using the Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.




This module builds on understanding in wind, tidal and hydroelectric power and introduces theories and principles relating to a variety of renewable energy technologies including solar energy, heat pumps and geothermal sources, fuel cells and the hydrogen ecomony, biomass energy and anaerobic digestion. Students will consider how these various technologies can realistically contribute to the energy mix. Students will study the various targets and legislative instruments that are used to control and encourage developments. Another key aspect of the module is the study and application of project management and financial project appraisal techniques in a renewable energy context.



Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits


MODULE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2018/19. Control systems are everywhere; automatic control of wind turbines, building management controls. Aerospace controls. Understanding control systems is important for engineers. The module begins with a review of the underlying theory of control utilising Laplace transforms and other techniques. Open and closed loop systems, feedback and stability will be considered. Software tools will be used. Industrial applications will be introduced using case studies.




This module studies how electricity is generated and how it is distributed to users. The first part studies DC and AC electricity and looks at how RLC circuits behave through complex phasor analysis. The second part moves on to electricity generators, beginning with magnetism and Faraday's Law. Synchronous and asynchronous generators are studied along with application to conventional power stations and to renewable generation (e.g. wind). Transformers and transmission lines are studied with a view to distrubution of electricity. Voltage conversion methods such as the rectifier, buck and boost converters are examined and finally electricity generation through solar is covered.




MODULE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2018/19. Students will choose from a published list a study of a topic related to their chosen engineering discipline pathway and complete an in-depth individual project. Projects may be research-based, experimental, computational or other. Where possible projects will be linked to an industrial partner. Project management and risk assessment will be embedded in the taught elements. Students will complete an inception report, an interim report and final dissertation report defended at a viva.



Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module studies the organization of both the system software and the underlying hardware architecture in modern computer systems. The role of concurrent operation of both hardware and software components is emphasized throughout, and the central concepts of the module are reinforced by practical work in the laboratory.




This module is highly vocational and primarily designed for students taking accounting and related degrees, who wish to satisfy the curriculum requirements of the accounting profession, as having a foundation in aspects of English business and company law. The module covers in particular detail the Law of Contract and Company Law but also a wide variety of other subject areas, including the English Legal System, Partnership and Agency Law, Law of Torts, Criminal Law, Data Protection Law and Employment Law.




This module sets out the basic principles of financial management and applies them to the main decisions faced by the financial manager. For example, it explains why the firm's owners would like the manager to increase firm value and shows how managers choose between investments that may pay off at different points of time or have different degrees of risk. Moreover, it discusses how companies raise the necessary funds to pay for these investments and why they might prefer a particular source of finance. Overall, this module presents the tools of modern financial management in a consistent conceptual framework.




Embedded processors are at the core of a huge range of products e.g. mobile telephones, cameras, passenger cars, washing machines, DVD players, medical equipment, etc. The embedded market is currently estimated to be worth around 100x the 'desktop' market and is projected to grow exponentially over the next decade. This module builds on the material delivered in CMP-5013A to consider the design and development of real-time embedded system applications for commercial off the shelf (COTS) processors running real-time operating systems (RTOS) such as eLinux.




This module is about the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting. This includes an examination of current and legal professional requirements as they relate to limited liability companies in the UK. Large UK companies report using International Financial Reporting Standards and therefore international reporting issues are considered.




Geological, economic and political aspects of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) are introduced. These are used to discuss environmental concerns arising from the use of fossil fuels, and the potentially profound implications of future fuel scarcity on society. This module is suitable for students taking degrees in the School of Environmental Sciences. It can also be taken by students doing the Energy Engineering With Environmental Manageement course in the School of Mathematics. Some knowledge of Earth science and basic Chemistry will be expected.




This module builds on what students have learnt about managing people in Introduction organisational behaviour (NBS-4005Y). It introduces the topic of Human Resource Management (HRM) and raises awareness of how the Human Resource (HR) function can contribute to the business in providing competitive advantage. It will cover the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be an effective people manager but will also help prepare students for a career in HR. The module provides a good grounding in the key areas of managing human resources including employee resourcing; managing the employment relationship and managing employee performance.




The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals (using Matlab); the practicals being designed to illustrate the solution of problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through the solution of a model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers.







This module is about operations management, which is a functional field of management encompassing the design and improvement of the processes and systems employed in the creation and delivery of an organisation's products and services. Essentially, operations management is concerned with explaining how manufacturing and service organizations work. Managing operations well requires both strategic and tactical skills and is critical to every type of organisation, for it is only through effective and efficient utilization of resources that an organization can be successful in the long run.




MODULE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2018/19. Beginning with a revision of first and second year concepts of elasticity this module will consolidate an understanding of torsion, shear and bending in open and closed sections with applications in aerospace, wind engineering, bridge design and others. Analytical techniques such as Mohr's circle will be covered. Students will be exposed to stress analysis design codes. Connections such as bolted and welded will be analysed.




What do you know about the drivers of climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change, but how carbon cycles through the Earth is complex and not fully understood. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is therefore challenging. In this module you will learn about the atmosphere, ocean and land components of the carbon cycle. We cover urgent global issues such as ocean acidification and how to get off our fossil fuel 'addiction', as well as how to deal with climate denialists.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


MODULE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2019/20. RESERVED FOR ENGINEERING INTEGRATED MASTERS STUDENTS. A number of computational techniques are used in engineering design and practice: Computer-Aided Drafting, Computer-Aided Design, Finite Element Analysis, Computer Numerical Control of manufacturing equipment, 3D printing. In a hands-on approach students will develop a broad awareness and detailed competence in some techniques building on material introduced during earlier years of the degree.




MODULE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2019/20. RESERVED FOR ENGINEERING INTEGRATED MASTERS STUDENTS. An essential element of an accredited MEng programme is a major team-based design project. Students will work in mixed discipline teams adopting a role appropriate to their chosen degree specialism and work through the initial stages of design to the point of agreeing a working scheme. Each student will then identify an element of the team's design that they will work on individually to full detailed design producing a formal report, design calculations, drawings and where appropriate a model. From feasibility through concept choice several submissions will be formative. Typical projects will be based on a recent development in industry. Often a company will be the client.



Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The module aims to establish a clear understanding of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and essential Objected Oriented Methodologies for developing application software. It teaches Java programming language and uses it as a vehicle to learn important concepts, such as objects, classes, inheritance, encapsulation and polymorphism. It also covers the Unified Modelling Language (UML) as a tool for object-oriented analysis and design, software development life cycle models, and software testing strategies and techniques.




This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the developing landscape and challenges in the broad area of energy generation and transduction. It has a particular emphasis on the science that underpins emerging technologies related to the hydrogen economy, photovoltaics and biological or solar fuels. Necessarily it encompasses cross-discipline aspects of chemistry, physics materials and biological science with the students gaining knowledge of how these disciplines interplay in the design and construction of new devices for energy harvesting and utilisation.




This module provides an opportunity to gain valuable credit-bearing industrial experience. It comprises a 10-week minimum placement over the summer vacation and submission of inception, interim and final reports which are presented at an assessed viva in the autumn term. This module replaces a 20-credit option module in the following academic year. . Where possible a distinct project element of the placement will be identified for which you have overall responsibility. The main objectives of the placement are to develop your understanding of real engineering industry, the importance of risk and commercial awareness, and how sustainability in modern engineering practice.




BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST HAVE TAKEN ENV-7020A Environmental Assessment is considered to be more effective when conducted at strategic levels of decision making, and is usually perceived to have a goal of achieving sustainable development. This module provides experience of conducting a particular form of strategic assessment, Sustainability Appraisal (SA), which incorporates environmental, social and economic considerations into plan making. Through practice of SA, a field course involving hands-on application of environmental assessment techniques, and consideration of effectiveness theory, this module will examine what makes assessment effective. Please note that there will be a charge for attending this field course (around GBP310) to cover attendance.




MODULE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2019/20. RESERVED FOR ENGINEERING INTEGRATED MASTERS STUDENTS. Mechanical engineering is often distinguished from other disciplines by the many production line processes that it utilises. Students will develop manufacturing and business awareness through studying aspects of production lines, quality systems, Kanban, Just in Time, Lean Manufacture etc. Students will contrast the approaches in different sectors (e.g. aerospace, automotive mass production, automotive specialist production etc.)




Air pollution is one of the most significant environmental problems of the 21st century, with serious implications for human health and mortality, ecosystem and infrastructure damage, and climate change. This module will look at what state-of-the-art methods used to measure and monitor air pollutants at urban, regional and global scales, and how these measurements are interpreted using a variety of numerical models and graphical tools.




The aim of this module is to expose students to the technical and commercial realities of production and supply of oil and gas including both upstream and downstream aspects. An overview of the subject leads to a number of specific case studies provided by practising engineers. A number of assessment techniques are used, from numerical analysis to research for a briefing document and debates. There will be some team-based elements. What follows is indicative because each year the case studies will reflect the expertise of the visiting practising engineers.




Environmental assessment is a term used to describe procedures for evaluating the potential environmental consequences of policies, programmes, plans and projects. It is a well established tool for environmental policy integration, being routinely employed in more than 100 nations and by many international aid and funding agencies. This multidisciplinary module focuses on the theory and methods of environmental assessment and the decision-making contexts in which they are employed. It explains the procedural stages of, and selected methodologies for, environmental assessment and provides practical experience in applying them.




This module studies renewable energy sources that use the energy stored in water to produce electrical energy. An examination is made into the potential energy and kinetic energy stored in water, either implicitly through waves/tide or explicitly in hydro. Devices for energy extraction from waves are examined but an essential focus is on wave forces on structures. Tidal energy extraction devices including barrages, agoons and tidal strem turbines are also studied. The design and operation of hydroelectric turbines is studied with a particular focus on pipe flow and pipe networks using commercial software.




Wind energy is the main provider of renewable energy and the source that is receiving the majority of investment, making its study vital to energy engineering. This module begins by examining the kinetic energy of moving air and the design of wind turbines to extract this energy. Different turbine designs are briefly examined and comparisons made of their effectiveness. Issues regarding placement of wind turbines and practical considerations are discussed and include data collection of wind speeds for possible wind farm sites using optimal spacing of turbines. The focus is on developing Excel skills using wind energy as the context.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Mathematics plus one Science subject. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points, to include HL 6 in Mathematics and one other Science Subject. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC to include Mathematics and one other Science subject. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2 and 2 subjects at H3 to include Higher Level Mathematics and one other Science subject.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Mathematics and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science subject. Science pathway required.
  • BTEC DDD in relevant subject. Excluding Public Services. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall, to include 85% in Mathematics and one other Science subject.

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.


Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:



The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.


ScottishPower Foundation Scholarships

ScottishPower Foundation has announced 28 postgraduate energy and environment scholarship grants in the UK for the 2017/18 academic year, to be split amongst 7 of the UK’s most respected universities, including UEA (with a guaranteed 4 places to be specific scholarships eligible to UEA students only). To coincide with this, ScottishPower Renewables has donated £100k to the ScottishPower Foundation to go towards funding these places.

The programme aims to help train a generation of highly skilled professionals to face up to the challenges that lie ahead, including the development of a sustainable energy model.

Final year students on the undergraduate integrated master’s courses, MEng Energy Engineering and MEng Engineering can apply for the scholarship for 4th year of study.

The scholarship meets full enrolment costs and provides a generous monthly living allowance of £1,200.

More information:

Application deadline: 7 April 2017

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time  undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Engineering)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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