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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Action Renewables
  • Delta Pacaking
  • Brett Martin
  • Dernaseer Engineering
  • Glendale Filling Station
  • JDR Cables
  • Kane Group

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Applications Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Manager
  • Development Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Clean Technology engineers solve present and future challenges for the development of sustainable industrial and technological products.

Summary

Study BEng Hons Clean Technology at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Global issues affecting everyone are climate change, increasing cost and security of energy supplies, environmental pollution and access to clean water. Clean technology is a term used to describe knowledge-based products or services that improve operational performance, productivity or efficiency, while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste, or pollution. Clean Technology is driven by market economics that provide greater financial upside and sustainability. In order to address global challenges we need high quality engineers with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable a sustainable future.

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About this course

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About

This is a four-year course with three years (Years 1, 2, and 4) of academic study at the University and one year (Year 3) on industrial placement. Students fulfilling the requirements will be awarded a classified honours degree and a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP).

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Duration and Mode of Attendance

Four years (including placement year).

Attendance
Typically daily each day during Semesters I and II. There are no timetabled activities on Wednesday afternoon.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Modules

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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Year one

Analytical Methods for Engineers

Year: 1

This module provides an understanding of the language and terminology of mathematics, together with the mathematical techniques from algebra, calculus and statistics that are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.

Engineering Fundamentals

Year: 1

This module provides the fundamental principles mechanical and electrical technologies and provides a methodology for their practical application. The module covers topics such as: Statics and Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Linear DC Circuits, Energy Storage and AC Circuits.

Energy and Environmental Systems

Year: 1

The module provides a firm grounding in energy conversion through fundamental theory demonstrated in the analysis of conventional and alternative energy conversion systems.

Professional Studies

Year: 1

This is a two-semester module which casts the student in the role of an engineer to work within a team to address a project task appropriate to their course of study. Learning is achieved by 'doing', supported by instruction and teaching programmed to give timely support to the progress of the project. Induction to study at the university is included at the start of the module. Assessment is based mostly on team activity and tests a wide range of engineering skills.

Materials 1

Year: 1

A module which integrates lectures with practical sessions in the study of the basics of common production and the behaviour of engineering materials. The student will consolidate their learning of the interaction among materials, production methods, quality and workshop safety.

Manufacturing Processes

Year: 1

A module which integrates formal study with a significant practical programme for the understanding and application of common manufacturing processes. Production of a working electro-mechanical product will deepen knowledge and develop basic skills for selected manufacturing processes. Candidates will critique their work to improve the product design and select appropriate production processes for batch manufacture.

Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 1

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals in the use of a modern 3D CAD system to create robust 3D part modules using a range of feature types.

Drawing and Design

Year: 1

This module includes freehand sketching, systems of projection, drawing conventions, dimensioning and tolerancing, design documentation, an introduction to the total design activity, formulation of a product design specification (PDS), material selection and manufacturing considerations in design.

Year two

Clean Technology

Year: 2

The module covers; economics and policies relating to energy and environmental pollution control, integrated pollution prevention and control, advances in renewable energy harvesting, the hydrogen economy and advances in energy storage. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Clean Technology solutions relating to the key themes of the application of material science in clean technologies.

Control Theory & Applications

Year: 2

This module provides an understanding of the theoretical concepts and use of feedback-control systems. Theoretical studies are supported by the use of appropriate PC-based analysis and design packages.

Engineering Analysis

Year: 2

This module provides a strong basis in important analytical techniques from algebra and calculus and statistics, which are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.

Electrical Machines

Year: 2

Electrical services: the operation and application of transformers, AC and DC motors including selection, electromagnetic fields, circuits and electronics. Lighting systems. Students will also conduct laboratory experiments and undertake pratical laboratory based projects.

Materials 2

Year: 2

The module provides a general coverage of different classes of materials and usage of computer packages. Metallic and non-metallic materials are studied with respect to processing, microstructure, mechanical performance under different conditions, applications, cost, the environment and health and safety.

Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 2

Year: 2

This module builds on the fundamentals of 3D solid part modelling with the introduction of more advanced solid modelling tools, creation of 2D drawings from part and assembly models and surface modelling.

Design and Industry 2

Year: 2

The module considers creativity in design; product innovation; technical and non-technical aspects of design; safety and product liability; design analysis techniques for economic product manufacture and assembly; functional analysis; value engineering; safety and reliability through design projects; manufacturing processes; assembly techniques; material handling methods; component and product inspection and testing.

The module further develops engineering design capability across a variety of issues. Group projects provide the means of assessment. In addition a programme of industrial visits exposes the students to a wide variety of production scenarios and processes.

Quality

Year: 2

A module which examines the relevance and application of Quality principles and techniques to the manufacturing environment. Discussion of current topics in Quality Management and Quality Improvement is supported by study of the fundamentals of ISO 9001, Statistical Process Control, Measurement System Analysis and Nonj-Desctructive testing. This module prepares the student to contribute to these challenging activities in their early employment.

Thermal Fluid Sciences

Year: 2

This module provides an introduction to the principles behind fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the application of this theory to everyday items, ranging from relatively simple devices such as pumps, pipes, bicycles, refrigerators and heating systems through to internal combustion engines, hydroelectric power stations, gas turbines and steam engines.

An understanding of how fluids flow, and the forces that result, along with knowledge of energy and how it can be transformed and made more useful are the intended outcomes of this module. It will enable students to continue their study of thermal fluid sciences at a higher level if desired.

Year three

Industrial Placement

Year: 3

This module is a year's paid industrial placement programmed to complement the undergraduate engineer's academic studies. The student will be employed as a junior engineer to enable improvement in their understanding of the work environment and development of their transferable, communication and personal skills. The experience will enhance their engineering ability, maturity and eventual employability.

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

Advances in Clean Technology

Year: 4

Students will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Clean Technology solutions relating to key themes of sustainable energy generation, efficiency and environmental impact. The module covers; economics and policies relating to energy and environmental pollution control, integrated pollution prevention and control, advances in renewable energy harvesting, the hydrogen economy and advances in energy storage.

Project Appraisal and Management

Year: 4

This module provides an insight to finance, the application of financial techniques to project appraisal. The stages of the project cycle and project management. Teaching methods include lectures, guided discussions and seminars.

Final Year Project

Year: 4

Each student taking this module will carry out an individual project on a topic relevant to their degree of study. Students are expected to design the project in collaboration with a nominated supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up the results in the form of a final dissertation.

Energy Economics and Management

Year: 4

This module examines current and future energy markets, market participation, the development of the smart grid and how building design can be used to optimise energy efficiency, storage and generation.

Nanotechnology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module gives the student an overview of nanotechnology and its applications in engineering.

Object Oriented Programming

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module extends the students understanding of the design and creation of software structures using an object-oriented paradigm. The programming language is C++ which is of particular relevance to engineering students.

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides a practical, hands-on treatment of Computer Aided Engineering in the context of application in design practice or manufacturing company. It majors on the more advanced part modelling techniques, assembly modelling, good modelling practice, collaboration and interoperabilty, design documentation, 3D printing, surface modelling rendering, mechanism simulation and Finite Element Analysis. It involves the utilisation of an integrated, state-of-the-art MCAD suite along with the teaching of the general principles of these technologies.

Manufacturing technology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module involves the technology of fixed automation; computer numerical control; materials handling; low cost automation; computer integrated manufacturing; industrial robot technology; robot applications; automated inspection and advanced robotics.

Entry conditions

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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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points to include grades BB with a minimum A level Grade B in one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Design and Technology, Engineering, Computing or Environmental Technology.

See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the A level subject presented.

BTEC

The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a related Engineering or Applied Science subject area with overall award profile of DDM to include at least 9 unit distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including B1B2B2B3B3 (typical grade profile) including 2 from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Technology, Computing, Biology, or Engineering. Higher Level Mathematics minimum grade D is also required.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AABCC (to include minimum of BB in Mathematics and a science subject).

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBB (to include Mathematics and a science subject).

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 26 points to include 13 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and a Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of a Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall 70% and 70% in Mathematics. Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.

GCSE

GCSE Mathematics Grade B or above (or equivalent) if presenting Design and Technology or Environmental Technology as the specified subject for this course.

GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent) if presenting another of the specified subjects for the course with or instead of Design and Technology.

GCSE Grade C (or above) in English Language (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

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.

Teaching and learning assessment

Formal lectures are supplemented by tutorials and laboratory investigations, as appropriate. Practical hands-on laboratory sessions are an integral part of many modules throughout all years. Case studies and group mini-project work are also extensively used. In the final year there is a major individual project.


Generally, a combination of continuous assessment and examination is employed in each module. Continuous assessment includes class tests, library and laboratory based assignments, and individual and group project work. Some modules across all years of the course are continuously assessed.

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants who have successfully completed studies equivalent in content and level to the Year 1 modules are considered for direct entry into Year 2. As many of the School’s courses have a common theme in year 1, transfer onto other courses may be applicable. Transferability is dependent on academic performance and availability of places.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Action Renewables
  • Delta Pacaking
  • Brett Martin
  • Dernaseer Engineering
  • Glendale Filling Station
  • JDR Cables
  • Kane Group

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Applications Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Manager
  • Development Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

Career options

Over 80% of students gain employment in their desired field within six months of graduating, for instance, in engineering design and renewable energies. These employment prospects are likely to improve further; 87 % of NI electricity is produced by fossil fuels in the context of the legally-binding UK Climate Change act 2008 which requires cutting down carbon emissions. Secondly, the management and storage of energy resources is another key issue and alternative storage schemes such as compressed air storage (Gaeleletric.ie) and Battery grid storage (AES Corporation) are currently being considered in NI.

Graduates will also have the opportunity for post graduate study as a PGD/MSc Engineering programme is currently being delivered within the School of Engineering. A range of doctoral research areas suitable for Clean Technology graduates are currently being offered within the internationally recognised Engineering Research Institute.

Work placement / study abroad

In Year 3, students will undertake a placement as a junior professional engineer, designer or engineering manager, improve their understanding of the work environment and develop their inter-personal, communication and transferable skills. The experience will enhance maturity, personal ability and eventual employability. Students will be placed with companies who employ clean tech processes or who manufacture cleantech products.

Professional recognition

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 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.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 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.

Academic profile

Most staff teaching on the course have completed a PhD in a STEM subject, are specialist in their field and are research-active, within the Engineerring Reserach Institute (ERI). REF2014 results show ERI to be the leading materials research institute in Northern Ireland, with 100% of its research impact defined as world- or internationally-leading.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£13,240.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

WIS Clean Technology Award for the Year 4 Clean Technology student with the highest average marks.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Dr Patrick Lemoine
Engineering Research Institute

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8054

E: p.lemoine@ulster.ac.uk

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305

E: compeng@ulster.ac.uk