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Frequently asked questions

What are the contact hours for Engineering degrees?

In Year 1 there are 23 contact hours per week: 6 in lab sessions, 4 in design classes, and the rest in lectures and seminars.

In Year 2 there are 20 contact hours per week: 5 in the lab, 6 in Group Design and Business Simulation session, and the rest in lectures and seminars.

After that the lab- and design-based classes are replaced by project work: an individual project in Year 3, then a sandbox-industry project in a group of 5-6 students in Year 4 if you're taking an MEng. Roughly 10 hours per week is allocated to lectures in both years.

I would like to switch courses, when is the latest that I can do this?

If you are registered on the Mechanical, General, or Aerospace degrees you can switch between those up until the start of Year 2. This is one of the many advantages in the common first year that we provide in the School of Engineering. Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a slightly different Year 1, so a transfer to or from that degree is not possible.

You can add a Year in Industry, or a Year Abroad, at any time up until the end of Year 2. You can also transfer to the MEng at any time up until the end of Year 3, and we actively encourage eligible students to do so. The MEng has many advantages over the BEng, not least in terms of its usefulness when attaining Chartered Engineer status.

How big are the class sizes in year 1?

A typical class size in Year 1 is 170. The class size is relatively small compared to Russell Group institutions where typical Year 1 class sizes are about 300-400 in Year 1. Once the degree streams move into specialised modules in Year 2 the class sizes reduce further and may be as low as 50-60. A smaller cohort gives you a more personalised experience at University. Our friendly academic staff will get to know you, and will help to develop your interests in Engineering as your progress during your degree.

Do you have a Formula Student Team?

Yes! We have a vibrant Formula Student Team that is open to students of all year groups. The team are pro-active in developing links with industry, and have secured sponsorship from major companies. The skills being developed by the students in the team include practical skills with manufacturing devices, computer modelling, project management, and leadership skills. You can follow their activities on twitter @UoLRacing.

Do I get help when trying to find an industrial placement?

Yes. In Year 2 you'll do some activities that will help you apply for a placement. The University has a Career Development Service who can offer advice on CV writing, cover letter writing, and interview and assessment centre techniques.

Can I study abroad?

Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.

There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.

Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.

We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.