BEng Energy Engineering with Environmental Management (with a Year in Industry)
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Year 1 is aimed at introducing the fundamental principles of all engineering disciplines using energy engineering as a focus. Energy Engineering Revolution is aimed entirely at providing an up to date assessment of the energy industry, using many visiting speakers and mini-projects and case studies based on topical issues such as Renewable Heat Incentives, Feed-in tariffs, European interconnectors and grids, maintenance in the offshore environment etc. Engineering Principles deals with underpinning knowledge in fluid flow, electricity, structural design and materials. Engineering practice is the start of the design theme and uses this as a vehicle to introduce professional …
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Year 1 is aimed at introducing the fundamental
principles of all engineering disciplines using energy engineering
as a focus. Energy Engineering Revolution is aimed entirely at
providing an up to date assessment of the energy industry, using
many visiting speakers and mini-projects and case studies based on
topical issues such as Renewable Heat Incentives, Feed-in tariffs,
European interconnectors and grids, maintenance in the offshore
environment etc. Engineering Principles deals with underpinning
knowledge in fluid flow, electricity, structural design and
materials. Engineering practice is the start of the design theme
and uses this as a vehicle to introduce professional practice and
ethical codes of conduct. Sketching and drawing skills as well as a
range of communication techniques and team working are all
introduced in an energy context. The two mathematics modules
consolidate pre-university knowledge and push it a bit further. The
engineering mathematics component complements the theoretical work
with estimation challenges and energy data analysis using a range
Year 2 builds on the foundations and goes into more depth about design codes of practice and uses renewable energy examples to illustrate advanced principles. For example a basic understanding of wind turbine towers includes considerations of drag-induced overturning forces and foundation stability as well as the aerodynamics of flow past the turbines. Pumps and turbines linked to pipe flow and networks develops a thorough understanding of micro-hydro schemes and various methods of grid storage push the electricity theme further. The important mathematical theme continues to more advanced material including learning programming skills.
Year 3 (Year in Industry) HR departments throughout engineering industry emphasise the value of practical experience gained whilst still at university. So as a minimum every student should take advantage of the opportunities to work in their chosen sector over the vacations. However the weather impacts on many sectors of engineering such that employers really value the opportunity to employ an intern for a whole year. Additional benefits accrue from what is in effect a prolonged interview and the relatively small component of the year’s work given over to initial training makes it cost-effective. Irrespective of the UCAS code that you are admitted to you can decide during your second year whether to spend a year in industry as transferring between programmes at that stage is easy. Whilst we can never guarantee a placement the support of industry through EEEGR means that you are sure to find a company to suit you. Work-based learning in such placements is well-structured to ensure that your training involves work at an appropriate level. You develop a learning plan, complete inception and interim reports and then finally report on a project element of your work delivering this both in writing and as an oral presentation to faculty and industrial supervisors.
Year 4 includes the important element of your individual project. Your supervisor may make suggestions for suitable topics but essentially this is your chance to become an expert in the area of energy engineering that fascinates you and in which you are likely to work. Industry is keen to see this in-depth study as many energy engineering degrees can be a bit superficial in their coverage. At UEA we aim for both breadth and depth.
Engineers design things. This is a highly creative process that builds upon a thorough understanding of fundamental principles of fluid flow, material properties, structural behaviour, dynamics of systems and mathematics. But rather than save up all the fun bits till the underpinning theory is complete, you will tackle engineering design challenges from the start of your degree and gradually build up your confidence until by third and fourth year you are capable of completing a detailed design to industry standards.Health and Safety Risk Management
Engineering is becoming ever safer. Many companies now operate a zero tolerance approach to health and safety using sophisticated risk assessment and management techniques. Identifying risks can also lead to financial opportunities. The culture of safe working begins in first year with laboratory exercises and site visits, and then permeates all the design work. The chemical engineering hazard study approach to design is adopted throughout.Professional Ethics and Commercial Awareness
It is obviously important to understand the technical aspects of your discipline, but this is only half the story. Professional life raises all sorts of ethical dilemmas whether it is the care that must be taken in checking calculations to the consideration of risks to the public and when or whether to alert them. Often the dilemmas are compounded by the underlying need to make a business profitable. There is a growing interest amongst practising engineers in these important aspects. You will discuss these issues with practising engineers who meet them during their working lives. By the time you graduate you should have confidence that you have a foundation understanding of how industry works which will allow you to get the most out of your initial training.Energy Technologies
It is quite likely that you were attracted to energy engineering by the technology involved, whether it was the majestic sweep of a wind turbine, or the sheer size of the support vehicles and boats installing them. Or perhaps you are wedded to the decentralisation of energy supply and the idea of making maximum use of all waste to recover its energy potential appeals to you. Whatever your technical interests there will be something in our degrees for you. Renewable energy technologies from marine to solar are complemented by a thorough understanding of modern conventional technologies such as combined cycle gas turbines or carbon capture to prolong the life of coal. Nuclear power is used as a vehicle to introduce the very important subject of risk assessment as well as for its important contribution to the energy mix.Environmental Awareness
Environmental Impact Statements are a key feature of all major
energy engineering schemes. Industry is concerned that engineers
attempt to bolt such important concepts on to the end of a design
rather than embedding them from the start at every key decision
stage. At UEA we are uniquely placed to offer this theme as an
integral part of our degrees because of our long-established
expertise in environmental sciences. Climate change, greenhouse gas
emissions and other crucial concepts become second nature to our
students. It is possible to continue this theme through all years
of your degree or to develop your mathematical ability still
further in third and fourth year.
About the image above: PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is essential but seen as a last resort by risk managers if exposure to the hazard is unavoidable. The staff and students on this site visit to Kings Lynn Power Station are wearing special flame retardant overalls which are compulsory for all visitors who tour the electrical parts of the site.
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We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
- PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.Interviews
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.Special Entry Requirements
A level in Mathematics (or equivalent) and one other Science subject from the following: Applied Science, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology: Product Design (3D Design), Design Technology: Systems and Control Technology, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Further Mathematics, Geography, ICT, Marine Science, Mechanics, Physics, Statistics.Intakes
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
Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 45 credits at level 3, including 12 level 3 Mathematics credits and 12 level 3 credits in one other science.
Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics at grade B and GCSE English Language at grade C.
A Unique Partnership with Industry
Our degree programmes have been set up in close collaboration with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) to answer the regional and national demand for a skilled energy engineering workforce.
The Skills for Energy sub-group of EEGR provides energy engineering students with industry-driven case studies, site visits, on-site lectures, breakfast meetings and sponsored equipment.
Our students have the opportunity for affiliate membership of the Energy Institute, providing free student membership and e-magazine. UEA has been working closely with the Energy Institute to ensure that all energy engineering degrees will satisfy their requirements for professional accreditation.
Experienced, Expert Staff
Our energy engineering students are taught by experienced staff who are experts in their field, including
- Dr Lawrence Coates – Programme Director
- Prof Alexander Korobkin – Wave Energy
- Prof Paul Rijks – Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor
- Dr Congxiao Shang – Hydrogen and Energy
- Dr Ben Milner – Electrical Power Transmission
- Prof Stephen Cox – Electricity
- Prof David Stephens - Mathematics
- Dr Jane Powell - Sustainable Management of Waste and Energy Resources
- Dr Margaret Wexler – Biofuels
Sponsorships and Scholarships
In collaboration with EEEGR we have set up the SELECT sponsorship scheme for undergraduates. During your first year potential sponsors visit the University and conduct interviews with interested students. If successful, you will then work for your selected company over your first summer vacation. This may then lead to sponsorship for the remainder of your degree of £1,800 per year. Find out more about our SELECT Sponsorship Scheme.
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We also run a two-day Energy Engineering Summer School in July each year aimed at helping potential applicants to gain experience of what it is like to study at university on an engineering course.Fees and Funding Undergraduate University Fees
We are committed to ensuring that Tuition Fees 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. Full time UK/EU students starting an undergraduate degree course in 2013 will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000. The level of fee may be subject to yearly increases. Full time International students starting an undergraduate degree course in 2013 will be charged a tuition fee of £14,400. The level of fee may be subject to yearly increases.Year in Industry Fees
For Home/EU students opting for Year in Industry the tuition fee is currently £1,250. The Year in Industry tuition fee will be subject to an annual increase. International Students are required to pay 25% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their year in Industry and will be calculated based on the current tuition fee for that year.Scholarships and Bursaries
Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships. To check if you are eligible please visit http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/finance/university-financial-support
The Energy Engineering courses have 3 £2,000 year one scholarship available for 2013 entry. The Scholarship deadline is 15th January 2013. Please contact the Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Our University international pages gives you more details about preparation for studying with us, including Fees and Funding http://www.uea.ac.uk/international