Innovation Engineering BEng (Hons)

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UCAS Code
HH10
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

Innovative engineering tackles global challenges, like access to resources and climate change. It also extends the possibilities of healthcare research and advances medical technology.

On this BEng (Hons) Innovation Engineering degree course, you’ll develop skills in mechanical, electronic, design and materials engineering. You’ll build communication, entrepreneurial and leadership skills, and emerge ready to solve pressing problems that impact our society.

After the course, you'll be set for a career in areas such as visualisation and data management, equipment for medical and allied health industries, and industrial research and development.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Learn to make key decisions and choose the best ways to solve complex and demanding global challenges
  • Make use of our Future Technology Centre, including 3D simulation, manufacturing and visualisation facilities
  • Work on projects that solve real problems in society
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with a network of experts and scientists working in nanotechnology, robotics, new materials and sustainable energy

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build links with businesses and organisations in the industry.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements at:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Pall Europe
  • Airbus
  • Elta Fans
  • RJM International
  • Tulip

Many students go on to work for their placement employer after the course.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

As well as building your technical knowledge, this course enhances your communication, entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

This gives you the foundation for a career in global organisations, tech start-ups, government departments and specialist agencies in areas such as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications.

Roles you could go on to after the course include:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

The course also meets the requirements for many engineering graduate programmes.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

You’ll be involved in several project units over the course of your study, and you may need to pay additional costs towards transportation and accommodation for these units. The exact amount will vary depending on the units chosen.

You’ll go on occasional trips as part of your studies. You’ll need to contribute £25 per trip.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Design and Materials in Engineering
  • Core Skills in Electronics
  • Environmental Challenges and Innovation Opportunities

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Innovation
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Design and Simulation

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Future Challenges and Technologies
  • Big Data Science
  • Individual Research and Enterprise
  • Project

There are no optional units in this year.

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory
  • project work

You'll also use facilities for Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL), which is an alternative to the traditional lecture-style learning. This makes it easier for you to collaborate with other students and take part in team-based problem solving.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • essays
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • review articles
  • supervised work sessions

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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:

  • Year 1 students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code –HH10
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

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.