Engineers are responsible for the greatest innovations that sustain us every day. Innovative engineering can address global challenges such as providing access to resources as well as addressing environmental concerns. It can extend the possibilities of healthcare research and advance the technologies to support medical interventions.
This course focuses on how to make key decisions and choose the most appropriate ways to solve such complex and demanding global challenges. The practical element is combined with problem-solving via individual and group-centred learning based on real-life examples and case studies.
Innovation Engineering at Portsmouth is a leading-edge, creative, multi-disciplinary course that involves experimentation, design, engineering and enterprise activities.
The course gives you the opportunity to work across the fields of mechanical, electronic, design and materials engineering, and to enhance your communication, entrepreneurial and leadership skills, enabling you to solve real-world problems that have an impact on society.
Teaching and learning is based around projects, which are research and industry based or speculative to inspire you about solving some of the key global challenges that face our society. There will be opportunities for industry collaborations and access to a network of world-leading experts and scientists working in nanotechnology, robotics, new materials and sustainable energy.
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You will gain experience in a wide range of areas giving you the edge over other graduates. Career prospects could range from visualisation and data management, equipment for medical and allied health industries, other industrial and scientific research and development such as agriculture and food, environment, sports, transportation and aerospace industries, as well as consumer products.
Employment routes include:
This degree will lead to the award of a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) level qualification. It is expected that when you graduate the course you will also receive accreditation from relevant accrediting bodies (to be confirmed).
There is a great sense of belonging, which I love. Portsmouth is a family made up of lecturers, societies, students and staff.
Stephanie Newson, undergraduate engineering student, 2016
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
In your first year, you will be introduced to the key engineering and innovation concepts. We’ll also work on bridging any gaps in your creative and technical knowledge, to provide an all-round basis for further study.
Topics in this year include:
Building on your first year studies, we will explore some of the issues that engineers and scientists are facing today and the tools, technologies and ideas that could be used to address them in the future.
Topics in this year include:
In your third year (or fourth year if you’ve opted to undertake a work placement), you will focus specifically on the following areas:
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Here at the University, we aim to provide a lively and modern learning environment. During this course you will experience a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory and project work. While lecture classes can be large, the more personal approach of seminars and tutorials offer more one-to-one support from our expert academics.
You will also use facilities for Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) which is an alternative to the traditional lecture-style learning. This encourages collaboration amongst students and active, team-based problem solving.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills including through:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
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The FTC will provide leading-edge simulation, visualisation, modelling and prototyping resources to encourage high-level skills development. The centre will be a hub for:
The University has plenty of open access areas all around the campus, with the latest computer equipment and excellent IT support. When you study here you will find:
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online e-journals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
It is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers and our courses are aimed at educating engineers for a multitude of different careers in engineering and technology. Not only does it meet the requirements of the major engineering graduate programmes, it gives you the chance to sample the workplace with a year-long industrial placement. Placement employers may even offer a sponsorship for your remaining years of study, a job offer on graduation, or both.
You could find jobs in areas as diverse as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make and, more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. Our Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) not only helps you to arrange your placement but acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to your employability as well as assisting you in securing other types of work experience.
Here are some examples of the roles our students have secured for their placements:
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.