You will be taught by academics at the
cutting edge of their field, and, as all
courses are industry orientated, you can be sure that what you learn is up to date with employers, needs. Our research feeds directly into our teaching, which means you'll learn about the latest developments within your subject from world-class academics who will challenge, encourage and support you.
You will benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes, project work, and industry sponsored fieldwork allow you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. You will also have access to specialist facilities and laboratories that are equipped with the latest technology.
Our staff work with numerous companies on wide-ranging research and consultancy projects. We organise industrial visits and offer additional seminars delivered by practising engineers and other professionals. Our close links with industry also means that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.
You can choose from our flexible range of modules, to reflect your interests or career plans and with practical work being a core part of your study, you can really get to grips with your subject and prepare yourself for a career in this varied and exciting industry.
All our degrees are accredited which will help you become a Chartered Engineer after graduation.
You will be assessed via a number of different methods.
We have an excellent student support team, located close to where you will work and study, who will help you with anything, from academic advice and guidance, online module enrolment and registration, timetabling, results and progression requirements to coursework/project submission enquiries.
Our personal tutorial system will provide additional academic and pastoral support. You will have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds. He or she will be an academic member of staff: you will have weekly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first year, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester.
The web-based student portal will enable you to access the University’s student services and information, while the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) will allow you access to your personal timetables, academic and social groups, and much more.
Our current students regularly say that project work is one of the most satisfying and challenging aspects of their course. They provide an excellent opportunity for you to explore a subject further and enable you to develop essential skills such as problem solving, communication skills and teamwork which are all vital to success in your chosen career.
The schools engagement with industry is evident in the fourth year team projects, which involves working closely with an industrial partner to deliver real engineering solutions. The collaborations ensure that in addition to developing graduates with excellent technical capabilities, our graduates are well versed in working in a professional environment and are ready to become future leaders in their chosen field.
As part of this initiative, you will get the opportunity to integrate the knowledge taught in engineering science modules through a series of challenging “design and make” group projects. These projects are largely ‘self-build’ where students use tools to fabricate and assemble their systems.
In the first year you will create 3D parts using computer software and have these parts manufactured by our manufacturing workshop. You will then assemble a gearbox with the resulting parts to test if they fit together in a perfect assembly.
You will design and build elastic powered buggies (or gliders for aerospace engineering students and bio-arms for medical engineering students) and use Nintendo Wii remotes to electronically capture your buggy’s performance in the industry sponsored buggy competition.
You will build a cardboard bridge and use knowledge from modules on statics and computer analysis to predict when it will break, testing the accuracy of your predictions against measured performance.
In the second year you will take part in our flagship ‘design and make’ project, ‘The Daring Dash’, which is a world-class learning activity sponsored by National Instruments. The challenge is to build an autonomous electric powered buggy to travel over a bumpy course and stop on a bull’s eye. The activity applies theory from modules of vibration and control and mechatronics. You will program a high specification embedded controller, design a suspension and chassis and select motors/drive train components, competing against your peers for a winning time and a real cash prize. You can read more about the buggy project on the National Instruments website.
In the waterwheel CDIO activity, your ability to apply theory from the thermofluids modules is tested by designing and building a micro-hydroelectricity generating device, which will then be tested to see if it spins and works as predicted in our water flume.
The ‘design and make’ projects take place in some of our recently refurbished teaching laboratories, including the National Instruments Active Learning Laboratory and our Model Making Workshop. The Workshop has metalworking tools, as well as two 3D printers.
Year 4 (MEng)
Examples of current fourth year team projects in collaboration with industry are:
• Multidisciplinary optimisation of aircraft engines, (in collaboration with Rolls Royce)
• Conceptual design of a Mars return vehicle, (in collaboration with EADS Innovation Works)
• Design and build of an untethered miniature surgical robot
• Tribology of lubricants in demanding high-temperature industrialapplications
Undergraduate students in the School can get involved with the Formula Student Race Team. As part of project work students design and build a single seat racing car and then compete in the various International Formula Student Events.
“Getting involved in such a
project is excellent experience.
It exposes you to the
engineering processes involved in higher level motor sports skills you would need to use in Formula One. Every day as a race engineer I use the skills
and techniques I learnt whilst studying at Leeds"
Andrew Shovlin Senior Race Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, 1995
“I chose Leeds because of
its excellent reputation in
Mechanical Engineering, I had
been to a number of Open
Days at other universities, but
Leeds really made a lasting
impression. I was particularly
impressed by the possibility
of working on the Formula Car and was very fortunate to work on the car as part of my final year project."
Chris Automotive Engineering
"I chose Leeds, because of its
excellent reputation in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering. The
course particularly appealed to me
because they put a great emphasis
on project work. I believe that
project work is really important, as
it helps develop technical but also
so many important interpersonal
skills such teamwork, problem
solving, communication and time
management- skills that essential to succeed in industry."
James, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
"The best aspect of this course for me personally was the
study abroad opportunity.
I have always loved going
to other countries and
experiencing the culture
there but before the third
year my travelling experience
was limited to holidays so I
decided to take the plunge!
It was without doubt the best experience I have ever had."
Joe, Mechanical Engineering
"I decided to study medical
engineering due to a strong
affiliation to science and maths
and a strong part of that being
a keen interest in biology,
this course seemed to be a
culmination of those interests.
I chose to study at Leeds due
to the University’s status as a whole and also the strong worldwide recognition of Leeds in the medical engineering department."
Jake, Medical Engineering