Engineering

Engineering applies scientific, mathematical and practical knowledge in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and more.

There are many different areas of engineering available for study, from Architectural to Medical and Environmental to Mechanical. There’s so much that you can do with an Engineering degree; you could be designing electric cars in the US, measuring ice melt in the arctic, or guiding the construction of the tallest skyscraper in the Middle East.

Engineers are essential members of our society who help design all sorts of structures and machines, and are well sought after for both the public and private sectors. Engineering is a high-paying and in-demand industry full of a renowned group of professionals. If you have a practical mind and want a career that balances a hands-on approach with theoretical background, engineering may be for you.

What will I learn?

Students will first learn the important foundations that underpin engineering. This includes practical maths, design work and theory-based engineering.

Later, students will specialise in their choice of engineering, which can be one of the disciplines listed above, but can also extend to architectural engineering, medical engineering and computer systems engineering, to name a few.

You will be given the opportunity to take a year in industry where you can work within an organisation, getting essential work experience and enhancing your employability prospects.

Careers

Most graduates will remain engineers. They can work in a range of places, including car factories, energy companies, computer companies and can be involved in projects such as producing green energy or designing bridges to developing the latest mobile phone.

Architectural Engineering

The creation of modern buildings is a complex operation requiring a lot of skills from different areas. Consequently, all the different specialists need to work together as a team, comprising the architect, structural engineer, services engineer and the town planner.

The Architectural Engineering course is intended for students who want to pursue a career in building design and construction. The course brings together the precision of engineering analysis and the creativity of building design, with an emphasis on human environmental factors. If you want to be part of a team that designs and builds new buildings all over the world, then Architectural Engineering could be for you!

What Will I Learn?

Students will learn all the basic knowledge required to create buildings. You will become aware of all the different factors from engineering design to architectural requirements and both physical and social environmental factors. You’ll also gain an understanding of architecture, town planning, construction technology and management. You’ll develop a range of theoretical and practical engineering and analytical skills with a particular emphasis on studio work, design projects and case studies.

Civil Engineering

The development of any growing society is dependent on the skill and dedication of its civil engineers. They are concerned with the planning, design, construction and maintenance of structures that are integral to a functioning city. As a civil engineer, you could be working on motorways, airports, coastal defences or power stations.

Civil Engineering is based on fundamental engineering principles and analysis but also requires an appreciation of art, practice and a sense of service to the community. There are so many opportunities with a degree in Civil Engineering, you could be working to alleviate poverty and introduce a critical infrastructure in the developing world or tackling a complex hydraulic problem in your local city.

What will I learn?

Students will concentrate on the basic principles of civil engineering theory and practice and their application in design and construction. In addition to typical lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions you will spend time doing fieldwork in surveying, construction, geology and design to have a well-rounded skillset.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering combines scientific and engineering principles to improve the natural environment, provide healthy water, air and land for human habitation and to clean up pollution sites.

Civil and environmental engineers design and construct programmes to remedy the problems caused by pollution and to produce more sustainable solutions for society’s future needs. Typically, they will tackle problems relating to hydrology, water resources management and water treatment plant design. If you want to play a vital role in maintaining an ecological standard of modern living then Civil and Environmental Engineering could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students are taught the core engineering skills of design and analysis as well as how to overcome challenges with economic and practical solutions. You’ll go on site visits, field trips and be given the opportunity to take a year out of studying to work within the industry. You’ll also be made aware of the legal, social and ethical aspects of engineering, with the emphasis being firmly placed upon environmental responsibility and control.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a field of engineering that concerns the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. The course looks into generators, motors and computer systems which prepares students to work in a vast range of engineering sectors including aerospace, information technology and telecommunications.

By studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering you will be at the centre of a vibrant and fast moving industry. If you are interested in how electronics work and want to be at the forefront of a developing industry then Electrical and Electronic Engineering could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will learn the fundamental analytical, computational and experimental skills needed for a career in engineering. You will be in a position to develop the technical depth and flexibility required in today’s multi-disciplinary technical environment. You can also choose to specialise in a specific area of Electrical and Electronic Engineering such as computer aided design (CAD) of power systems, high voltage engineering and machines and drives.

At Cardiff University, this research-led degree programme will provide a fast-track towards attaining Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Cardiff is one of only seven universities in the UK to be part of the elite Power Academy.

Integrated Engineering

Integrated Engineering is a course which covers a broad range of Engineering subject areas. There is currently a lack of professional engineers who have a wide understanding of the various engineering disciplines, and so graduates are much sought after by employers.

If you are interested in Engineering as a course but aren’t ready to specialise in a particular field, then Integrated Engineering could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will study a range of specialist modules, chosen from a broad subject area; these include Information Engineering, Energy and Power Studies and Mechanical Engineering. You will learn using case studies, laboratory programmes and design exercises and have the opportunity to take a year out of your studies to work within the industry and gain valuable work experience.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest of the Engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers use modern technology to meet the demands of society. From the design of jet engines and racing cars through to the production of consumer goods, Mechanical Engineering is an essential profession.

Mechanical engineers have wide and varied careers. From planning, research, development and design, to manufacture, testing, sales, installation and maintenance, mechanical engineers are needed in all aspects of the industry. If this sounds like something you want to be a part of then Mechanical Engineering could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will receive training in the fundamentals and applications of engineering principles. You will also use computer-aided engineering and other software packages throughout your studies and in a manner that you would find in the industry. Good design also involves an understanding of how things are to be manufactured, and knowledge of this forms an important part of the teaching.

Medical Engineering

Medical Engineering comprises of a classical engineering training with a medical application. The course produces highly competent engineers who can pursue careers in clinical or bio-engineering or fields outside of medicine.

Medical engineers often work with hospitals to ensure that their equipment is working correctly and safely. Hospitals use a wide range of medical equipment to deliver healthcare services and medical engineers are involved with the entire equipment lifecycle, from testing the new equipment through to safely disposing of old devices. If you want to be part of a team modifying, constructing and advising on medical equipment then Medical Engineering could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will learn the fundamental skills within a broad range of engineering disciplines, including Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, as well as Anatomy and Physiology.  You will study a number of modules designed to apply engineering principles to the medical field, such as Clinical Engineering and Biomechanics. You will be able to use fundamental engineering skills to solve medical engineering problems and have the option to take a year out of your studies to work in the industry and gain valuable work experience.

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