2021/22 Full-time Undergraduate course
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20
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If you want to save lives and make a meaningful difference in the world then Safety Engineering is the course for you.
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Safety is vital across all industries. Safety engineers design systems and structures to be safe, preventing or minimising incidents and disasters in the natural and built environment. Safety Engineering will prepare you for exciting and diverse roles, particularly in the oil, gas, and wider energy sectors or in a humanitarian context where human benefit is of primary concern.
Ulster offers the only Safety Engineering undergraduate degrees in the UK and Ireland. You will use our unique research facilities including the Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre, and will work with an international teaching team who support the degree from a recognised research base.
You will study topics including fundamental sciences. and applications such as structures, fire and explosions, human behaviour, ethics, and humanitarian engineering. As a Safety Engineer you will develop your analytical skills and solve real world problems. A one year work placement is an integral part of the degree.
The Energy Institute have accredited the programme as meeting the academic requirement for incorporated engineer. As a graduate your valuable skillset will enable you to work as safety engineer, with a wider knowledge of disaster management. Safety is critical across all industries globally with safety engineers working in the energy, construction, processing, and humanitarian sectors.
You may transfer to the MEng (Hons) Safety Engineering degree if an average of 60% or more is achieved in second year.
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As a student on this programme you will learn to recognise the hazards and modes of failure of a system or structure, and will learn how to plan for emergency and provide solutions in the event of a disaster. The course content will reflect the state of the art and cutting edge research in the field. Additionally, there is a focus throughout on employability as students will develop skills in leadership and management necessary for professional working life.
This course provides you will valuable skillsets, enabling you to work as a safety engineer, both locally and globally, with a wider knowledge of emergency planning and disaster management.
Planning can lead to the protection of life, property and the environment. Thus, engineers with specialist skills in designing structures and systems to withstand potential disasters in the natural and the built environment, and those who have the knowledge to plan for emergency and provide solutions in the event of a disaster, are a highly sought after group of experts. Combining the discipline of safety engineering with disaster management equips graduates with engineering skills that can be used where human benefit is the primary concern. Engineers have the skills and ability to help people and communities most in need and most specifically in the face of adversity, such as post disaster or in extreme emergencies.
The course team has involved industry from the outset to ensure the course meets the needs of employers.
As a student on this course you will have the opportunity to undertake practical laboratory work, group work and individual research.
Diploma in Professional Practice DPP
Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI
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Full time: 4 years (including placement)
Attendance is compulsory at all time tabled activities, such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical sessions etc.
Typically there is 18-20 hours per week class contact time
The course has been designed to provide you with a creative, innovative challenging and rewarding learning experience.
Once you have commenced this course you can expect to experience a vast mix of exciting and engaging creative learning experiences. The design of the course is very much focussed on ensuring that you have the most positive of student experiences that ultimately will be preparing you for life as a graduate working in a high paced, critical and engaging working environment.
To reflect this the learning and teaching on this course occurs through creative and innovative approaches that includes simulation workshops, real life scenario briefings, and discussions around critical problems to find solutions. There will be practical hands on laboratory based tutorials, all underpinned by critically engaging seminars and lectures where necessary. There will also be numerous opportunities to learn from experts already working in the field and to attend site and factory visits where you will experience the topic for real. You will be supported on your learning journey throughout this degree by your personal academic mentor or studies advisor who will be there to guide and advise you on all aspects of your studies.
The creativity in the subjects while brought to life in the lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, and laboratories go well beyond the campus walls to the world you will inhabit as a graduate from this course. You will be challenged individually and through group activities to address real life, real time problems in a safe and stimulating environment. In addition to the campus based learning in your third year of study you will take part in a one year work based learning/ placement opportunity, available across a wide variety of industries, government bodies and international aid agencies to name but a few. This aspect of your learning, in a field or industry of your choice, allows you to put what you have learnt into practice and into context in a very practical and real environment, allowing you to sample and reflect upon your future employment opportunities. This essential and valuable learning experience provides you with an extremely solid foundation for your subsequent learning and career.
In terms of assessment you will experience a wide variety of assessment opportunities across a contrasting and complementary range of coursework designed to assess the different competency levels and learning outcomes of the course. These approaches will also be supported by use of examinations in some of the modules where this is considered necessary. All the forms of assessment are designed with the overriding principle that they will allow you to showcase your ability to do that task in real life and that you understand the critical significance inherent in your decision making whilst working as a professional in this environment. Appropriate feedback on how well you are performing and how well you are developing is available throughout your time on the course. Consequently everything you will do is based on real life scenarios or simulating the experience, all with the aim of enabling you to graduate as one of the best graduates in this field in the world.
As a graduate BEng Safety Engineering, you will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a genuine difference in this world.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
Calculation of the Final Award
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
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Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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An understanding of fundamental behaviour of materials used in civil engineering is essential for their correct specification, design and construction. This module introduces structure and properties of commonly used construction materials and examines their uses and limitations. It also investigates the basic properties and classification of soils. Practical classes help to underpin main principles covered in lectures.
This module covers those mathematics topics which graduates in the engineering discipline will require for professional practice. For certain engineering courses this module also provides a platform for the further study of mathematics.
The module starts with refresher topics, includes basic algebra, mathematical functions, polynomial equations, logarithms and exponentials, trigonometry, complex numbers, matrices and determinants, vectors, differentiation and integration, and finishes with subject of sequences and series.
In humanitarian engineering human benefit is the primary concern. This module introduces you to both the principles of safety engineering and the humanitarian skills and practices needed to give you an understanding of the characteristics of disasters, emanating from natural or technological failures, conflicts and/ or complex emergencies. It will challenge you, inspire you and work to help you determine your personal motivation for humanitarian relief work and conceive the difficulties associated with delivering accurate real time design decisions in complex critical multi-criteria decision arenas. Case studies of disasters will be studied to help you to understand the impacts, lessons learned and your role as a humanitarian engineer.
Civil, Safety, and Energy engineering design and construction activities require knowledge of the forces due to the statical and dynamical behaviour of water and the statical behaviour of structures. Methods of determining forces arising from analyses using simple hydrostatics and hydrodynamics are given and applied to practical hydraulics problems. Common analysis methods for simple structures are introduced. Practical classes illustrate the use of these analysis methods at laboratory scale.
The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate effectively utilising electronic tools with the rest of the project team. This has been mandated by the UK Cabinet Office Construction Strategy, by European Commission procurement regulations and is being followed across the world. This module develops an understanding of the key drivers and barriers to fully implementing Level 2 BIM and points towards the development of level 3 BIM working in the near future. The module develops the foundational skills for internationally recognised BIM Level 2 for the contemporary and future built environment professionals.
Engineering is a rapidly evolving field requiring enhanced levels of competency in underpinning sciences. Physics and chemistry play a critical role in a number of engineering areas and energy applications. This module will provide a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the chemical and physical principles relevant to engineers.
This level 5 mathematics module is for engineering students on Built Environment programmes. It covers a variety of mathematical methods appropriate for the solution of problems in safety, civil, and architectural engineering. Emphasis is placed on applications in engineering contexts and problem solving tools, rather than on a rigorous exposition of their theoretical basis.
This module considers durability, deformation characteristics, design and quality control of structural materials; philosophy and concepts of key design codes of practice; design methodology and procedures for reinforced concrete, structural steel, timber and brickwork elements, use of proprietary design and detailing computer packages for reinforced concrete and structural steel.
Examining health and safety from a global and an ethics reasoning perspective, this module addresses the various international protocols, demonstrating how they impact upon local regulation and professional practice. In the process students develop an understanding of the concept that designs must be such that they can be built, used, maintained and eventually demolished in a safe and healthy manner and through problem-based learning put the concept into practice.
This module will introduce the fundamental physical principles underlying fire and explosion development. Particular attention is given to the chemical and physical processes associated with fire as a combustion system, fire chemistry and toxicity, fire initiation, growth and spread in open and enclosed spaces, deflagrations and detonations, blast waves and combustion in closed vessel. Introduction is also given to mathematical methods of fire modelling.
This module will develop the students' understanding and appreciation of the complexities of human factors and behaviours relevant to safety management and design. An understanding of human factors and behaviours is essential to ensuring the safety of occupants in buildings and the extended built environment. This module will address human factors relevant to the safety environment and behaviour in emergencies. In particular, it will focus on the psychological and behavioural responses of individuals, groups and wider society relative to emergency situations and the impact thereon.
The theory and applications covered in this module advance the knowledge of the student in the fundamental theory of fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics. The emphasis is on more subject specific applications, particularly relevant to safety engineers.
This module will introduce different hazards involved in a variety of aspects of engineering design and also various analysis and modelling tools based on fundamental principles of probability and statistics for risk assessment
This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.
The Research and Dissertation module provides the opportunity to explore in-depth an area of particular significance relating to the course of study. Students are responsible for collating information necessary for the selection and execution of the dissertation. They are required to critically evaluate the practicality, availability of reference material and access to individuals or records. Clear aims and objectives must be established, together with the methods to be used to attain these objectives. The dissertation is a mechanism that underwrites and supports analytical and evaluation skills, logical thought, and the ability to communicate effectively in terms of verbal and written material.
This module seeks to prepare students for participation in structural design and to introduce them to the basis for the use of structural design tools. The module stresses the benefits of the use of sketches in structural analysis and design and the appropriate applications of equilibrium, compatibility, material response relationships. Design is presented as following a rational methodology. Students participate in a design exercise which follows the major activities involved in producing a structural design.
This module has been designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of modern methods of leading and managing emergency response projects which are by their very nature complex and highly demanding, involving a number of different and well-coordinated courses of action. Ultimately this module addresses the challenges of leading and managing people and resources in complex, challenging and demanding situations post disaster. Practical applications and case studies of relevant practice are used to enhance the learning experience.
UK SPEC requires professional engineers to "…implement design solutions, taking account of critical constraints, including due concern for safety…". The prevention through design initiative, gaining influence in international design circles, addresses the need to develop safe design thinking among engineering undergraduates. This programme helps students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of safe design while developing their PtD analytical skills.
The module aims to develop the following skills; To retrieve and identify the principal man-made and natural hazards that a location is subject to. The identification of the assessment and mitigation measures to facilitate the measures of vulnerability, robustness and resilience for infrastructure, utilities and built environment. The ability to prioritise mitigation methods by cost, human safety and consequential effects. The assessment, management and recovery from extreme and hazardous incidents.
The focus of this module is on the policies and strategies which influence health & safety management and the relevant procedures to deal with the control of serious and imminent danger and major accidents. The importance of the social, political and economic influences on health and safety, is also emphasized.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The A Level requirement for this course is BCC to include two from: Mathematics Physics, Chemistry, Geography, ICT, Biology, Engineering, Life and Health Sciences (single or double award) or Technology (incl Environmental Tech/Technology & Design/Design & Technology/Digital Technology).
Other STEM subjects may be accepted after interview.
As long as the subject requirement is met, applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.
For further information on the entry requirements for this course please contact the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment accept a range of alternative combinations of qualifications such as:
BTEC Extended Awards
BTEC Level 3 QCF Extended Diploma in Aeronautical/Mechanical/Engineering, Construction or Civil Engineering with overall award profile DDM.
BTEC Level 3 RQF National Extended Diploma in Aeronautical/Mechanical/Engineering, Construction or Civil Engineering with overall award profile DMM.
The required modules within the BTEC qualifications (depending on the subject) are:
QCF – Merit in Mathematics for Engineering Technicians or Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment or Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment.
RQF – Merit in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems or Further Mathematics for Construction.
A levels with
BTEC Level 3 QCF Subsidiary Diploma;
BTEC RQF National Extended Certificate does not satisfy the subject requirement for this course and will only be considered when presented with two A Levels in the specified subjects;
BTEC Level 3 QCF 90-credit Diploma does not satisfy the subject requirement for this course and will only be considered when presented with two A Levels in the specified subjects;
BTEC Level 3 RQF National Foundation Diploma;
BTEC Level 3 QCF Diploma or BTEC Level 3 RQF National Diploma.
The A level(s) and/or the BTEC qualification(s) must be in the specified subject(s) and must have the required modules.
OCR Nationals and Cambridge Technical Combinations do not satisfy the subject entry requirement for this course and will be accepted as grade only when presented with A levels in the relevant subjects.
For further information on the entry requirements for this course please contact the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.
104 UCAS Tarrif Points to include a minimum of 4 subjects at Higher Level and 1 subject at Ordinary Level. Higher Level subjects must include two subjects at grade H3 from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technology or Engineering. The overall profile must include English at Grade H6 (HL) or Grade O4 (OL). If Mathematics is not being offered at Higher Level it is required at O4 Ordinary Level.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is Grades BCCCC to include two from: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technology or Engineering.
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is Grades CDD to include two from: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technology or Engineering.
Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points (12 at higher level) to include grade 4 in HL Maths and another Science subject. Grade 4 in English Language is also required in the overall profile.
Science, Science and Technology or Engineering Access with an overall mark of 60% for entry to year 1.
GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade C or 4.
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Civil Engineering or Construction HNC with an overall Merit to include 60 level 4 credits at Distinction for year 1 entry.
Students may transfer to the programme on good academic standing from other courses in the school or university on condition that they meet the entry requirements of the course and enter at Level 4. Due to the unique nature of the programme students cannot transfer into a different level as they will not have the pre-requisites to proceed.
Each programme will have slightly different requirements, both in terms of overall points and certain subjects, so please check the relevant subject in the undergraduate on-line prospectus.
Normally Ulster University welcomes applications from students with:
|High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include grades 3,3,3 in 3 AP subjects|
|High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include 1000 out of 1600 in SAT|
|Associate Degree with GPA 3.0|
|Level 12 English Lang in HSD|
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Graduates from this course are now working for:
With this degree you could become:
Graduates have secured jobs across a wide range of industries as safety is an integral component in almost every sector. You will have a solid background in fundamental engineering subjects with the career opportunities that those skills bring. Roles include positions in engineering consultancies, regulatory bodies, aid and advisory agencies, roles in local, regional and national government departments and agencies, NGOs, utility providers, and the civil service.
Postgraduate study is also an option with the MSc Fire Safety Engineering and MSc Emergency Planning and Resilience amongst the relevant suite at Ulster.
Your third year is spent on industry placement, allowing you to participate in industrial activities, greatly enhancing your future employability. This gives you an insight into real world problems and potential career paths, allowing you to see how the content from years 1 and 2 is applied in practice, giving context to your final year of study.
Satisfactory completion of placement leads to the subsidiary award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation.
Placement opportunities are mostly identified and approved by the Placement Co-ordinator but you are encouraged to avail of any personal contacts you have. In year 2 you will be asked to express interest in placement opportunities which can come from a wide range of industries as varied as nuclear and renewable energies, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, international aid agencies, engineering consultancies, government emergency response roles, and disaster management arenas. Many placement opportunities will be in NI, GB and Republic of Ireland although you may seek placement opportunities in Europe or further afield.
During placement you will have personal responsibility for managing your learning through working on real projects, developing you professional network of contacts recording your progress and achievements. An employer representative will supervise you throughout your period of industrial placement. Your placement coordinator maintains contact through the year to ensure that your needs are being met and that work-based learning is appropriate, giving you a positive overall experience.
Accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.