The department and results

When will the new Engineering building fully open?

Our new building was partially opened in September 2020, there was a slight delay due to COVID-19, and the move will be completed by January 2021. By the time you arrive you will have access to all of our wonderful facilities.  If you haven’t had chance to see the building yet, you can take a virtual tour.

Why should I study a Engineering subject at UWE Bristol? 

According to the Guardian League Table 2021, UWE Bristol Engineering is ranked 13th (up 7 places from the previous year) and we are ranked 8th for Mathematics.

What are your average grade results?

Last year, 222 students graduated from Engineering, Design and Mathematics with a BEng degree – 98 secured a first, 92 a 2:1, 28 a 2:2 and 4 achieved a 3rd class degree.

How many students got a job last year? 

Higher Education Statistics Agency data shows that 94% students got a job after graduating in 2017. These are the latest statistics available to us from HESA. The figure of 94% comes from the ‘old’ Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey; this has been replaced by the Graduate Outcomes Survey. The point at which the survey is taken has changed and we are yet to receive updated results.

Our courses

If I don’t get my expected grades will I be offered a Foundation Year? 

Yes. If you just miss your grades, don’t worry, we will make sure we offer you a place if we can.

Do I have to apply for the Masters (MEng) course at the start?

Whilst you can apply for the Masters course directly, the decision about progression is not made until the end of the second year. At this point any student who has an average mark of 60% or greater will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the course (even if you did not apply for the Masters year at the outset). This progression criteria is set based on our experience about the demands of the Masters final year.  

If a student goes through from the Foundation Year to Masters how many years will they study?

Potentially they could be UWE Bristol students for six years:

  • Foundation Year (one year)
  • Masters degree (four years)
  • the potential for a placement (one year). 

Some of our most successful students come from the Foundation Programme.

Is there joint learning across the Engineering subjects and can you switch programmes if you are unhappy with your choice?

If you are not happy with your choice, we will always help you switch where we can. In Engineering, you can switch quite easily between:

  • Mechanical and Aerospace (as the first year is common)
  • Electronics and Robotics (as the first year is common).   

If you are really struggling with your choice, tell your personal tutor; we will help you get back on track, whether on your current course, or switching to a new one.  

Our classes

How big are the cohorts? 

It depends on the programme. Approximate numbers per year are: 

  • Foundation Engineering – 180
  • Foundation Maths – 20 
  • Mechanical Engineering – 90
  • Aerospace Engineering – 110 
  • Automotive Engineering – 25
  • Electronic Engineering – 30 
  • Robotics – 30
  • Mathematics (Combined) – 40 
  • Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies – 50.

How big are the class sizes?

Before COVID-19, lectures for all engineering students could be as large as 300 with tutorials in much smaller groups, usually 25.  We obviously hope to return to this type of delivery pattern in the future. However this year (2020/21) we shall be socially distancing, so we will be blending your learning with a mixture of digitally enabled classes and tutorials, and face-to-face laboratories.  We have adapted to this new delivery pattern and are able to respond quickly to any changes that may be required.

How many hours face-to-face time will students have each week? 

Each 15-credit module has a minimum of 3 taught hours each week. These are supplemented by lots of ‘extras’ such as 25 hours workshop practise through to our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions. At this point in time we are planning to meet you face: face as much as possible within the guidelines.

How will I access the software I need from home? 

From Autumn 2020, UWE Bristol will be rolling out a new software service to students called AppsAnywhere to make it much easier for you to access software you need for your course, both on and off campus. 

AppsAnywhere delivers academic software to any device, anywhere and anytime.  This means you will be able to access AppsAnywhere on either your university or your own device where there is internet access, enabling you to work on any project at any time in any location. 


Is the course dyslexia friendly? 

The university offers lots of support for students with dyslexic, SpLD and additional needs.   

In Engineering, we are working hard to make all our assessments inclusive. We know that some of the world’s most remarkable innovators, engineers and scientists have Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) (eg  Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla) so this year, in addition to our Academic Personal Tutor Programme, we have a pilot mentoring scheme for all students with Reasonable Adjustments (eg dyslexia, dyspraxia) so you feel fully supported during your time with us.   

Can you get additional support for programming?

Yes. We offer daily maths drop-in sessions called “espressoMaths”. We also have targeted daily engineering drop-in sessions called “espressoEngineering”. 


How do you get a placement? 

There is a lot of support for finding a placement. Many companies come to us directly and the Careers Service also publicises the latest opportunities. All students can go on placement but it is a competitive process. We believe that, just like searching for a graduate role, that the search for employment should be driven by the student. 

What proportion of students do placements?  

We have placements available for every student should they wish to apply to undertake one.  At the moment, the uptake is about 15% but we are working hard to increase this. Many of our students do take summer internships which enhance their CVs, but this is not a formal placement. 

What are the fees during the placement year? 

The placement is treated as a 15-credit module and charged pro-rata. There are 120 credits in each year. This module is offset against one of the taught modules in the final year so you pay for 15-credits less.  The overall cost of the degree remains unchanged.  

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