After a broad, common first year you can choose to specialise in mechanical, aerospace or civil engineering, studying technical units alongside students from other engineering degree courses. Your third year is spent on a paid placement in industry. This year forms an assessed part of the course and is closely monitored by the University, allowing you to start working towards becoming a Chartered Engineer. You will work alongside graduates and be given similar levels of responsibility, with opportunities to manage your own projects. In your fourth and fifth year of study you can choose from a wide range of technical modules from aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering departments, while also being able to study open units from engineering or other faculties. This gives you the chance to gain further technical expertise in your chosen specialisation and a broader learning experience in other subjects, such as computer science, finance, geography and languages. A group research and design project forms another major component of your final two years. The project is conducted with one of our industrial partners and you can choose from a range of topics covering areas such as robotics, manufacturing, renewable energy, future cities and sustainable transport. Our degree is accredited by numerous bodies under licence from the Engineering Council. An accredited degree provides you with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).