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Sport Engineering (with Foundation Year) BEng (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): C654
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Four years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Mathematics and science – they’re the building blocks of a great engineer. That’s why they’ll be your focus during your foundation year, preparing you to move onto BEng (Hons) Sport Engineering in your second year.

The sport engineering industry looks to help solve problems associated with sport, health and exercise. It is a relatively new but rapidly expanding area which is attracting large interest and investment from professional sports clubs, sportswear and equipment manufacturers as well as health and wellbeing app and wearable technology developers.

On this course you’ll design and develop sport technology concepts and devices. You’ll be working on real projects set by organisations that could be looking at helping athletes get the most out of their training programmes, maximising sporting performance, or developing sport equipment and technology that gains advantages over competitors.

We’ll give you the edge you need to be a confident, work ready graduate. By blending real-life scenarios and live industry projects, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to get hands-on.

Want to change direction at the end of your foundation year? We can be flexible and support you if you want to move onto one of our other engineering or mathematics courses in your second year.

You’ll benefit from excellent teaching. We are in the top 10 in the UK for teaching quality in general engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

Recognised by Industry

This course is recognised by CDIO, a framework that has a project based learning approach. This framework stresses engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating (CDIO) real-world systems and products. The framework is dedicated to providing students with their initial grounding in engineering through live projects.

What you’ll study

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Modules

Each year you'll take a combination of core modules to give you a solid grounding in engineering specialist modules where you'll gain the specific skills needed for your particular subject area, and practical and project modules where you'll work on a task or project set by industry.

Placement Year

An optional placement year is available, this will typically take place after Year Three, and you will return to campus for your final year in Year Five.

Introductory Mathematics

This module provides an introduction to important mathematical ideas, including Algebraic rearrangement, Trigonometry, Vectors, Descriptive Statistics, Integration and Differentiation. You’ll gain an understanding of ideas that form the basis of later, more specialised, developments and you’ll be able to solve simple but realistic mathematical problems.

Intermediate Mathematics

This module aims to provide the link between Introductory Mathematics and degree level Mathematics. You’ll cover more complex topics such as the chain rule and integration by parts, the generalisation of vectors to matrices, the approximation of numerical series, logic and probability, complex numbers and mathematical proof.

Foundation Science

In this module you’ll cover topics in Physics and Chemistry including exchange, transport and conservation of energy and inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The aim of this module is to provide a sound scientific foundation for the study of engineering or mathematics at undergraduate degree level.

Foundation Engineering

This module includes basic electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. Mechanics considers the consequences of applying forces to physical bodies; the electrical and electronics part of the module focuses on the scientific principles relevant to circuit theory, analogue electronics and components. Laboratory-based sessions will allow you to gain practical knowledge and experience.

Practical and Professional Skills

This module aims to provide a link between the theoretical modules on the course and their practical implementation. The professional skills aspect will help you with interpreting coursework requirements, exam and revision technique, note taking and referencing. The practical sessions will cover a variety of topics that require you to make use of the scientific principles and mathematical techniques that you’re learning in the other modules on the course.

Engineering Science Fundamentals

Study the aspects of materials, from a macroscopic perspective, including their key properties, and develop the core knowledge and skills that are essential to engineers and to engineering.

Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing

Gain the relevant mathematical and computational skills for analysis and design that underpin many areas of engineering. These core mathematical skills will inform the discipline specific mathematics and computing skills you will use in the design, manufacture of testing of engineered products in the coming years.

Innovation and Engineering Solutions

Learn the physical and IT workshop skills required in the design and manufacture of products, including basic design methods and fabrication.  In Terms One and Two the module is taught through a series of lectures and short projects, and includes industry training in Autodesk Fusion 360. In Term Three the module will culminate in a three-week Grand Challenge group project in which you will bring together the skills and techniques learned in this, and other, modules to solve an engineering challenge.

Principles of Electronics and Electronic Systems

Learn about the aspects of electrical components, electrical circuits and their properties, digital logic, and the fundamentals of microprocessor and programmable logic devices and their applications.

Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics

Study the basic methods for data collection and numerical techniques for analysing data to answer research questions in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.

Digital Systems and Computer Engineering


Examine the theory of digital systems and gain hands-on experience integrating computing and electronics in order to solve practical problems.

Engineering Modelling and Simulation Techniques

Study a range of analytical and numerical techniques that are needed to solve mathematical models including the approximation of functions using series; Fourier analysis; numerical integration and differentiation methods; and solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations.

Industrial Design and Product Case Studies

Develop the knowledge and skills learned in the first year module, Laboratory Analysis and Product Case studies by investigating a number of products to identify build considerations such as design and manufacture processes, materials and preparation, assembly, efficiency and business and consumer needs.

Integrated Group Design Project

This module is a practical project-based module, where you will immerse yourself in engineering projects and product analysis. You will use the practical and project related skills you’ve developed so far, alongside necessary project management skills to design and produce components and / or products.

Sport Technology

Explore sport engineering solutions used to resolve problems associated with human performance in sport, exercise and the enhancement of health and identify engineering solutions which can be applied in a range of sport engineering scenarios.

Experimental Biomechanics and Physiology

Investigate the limits of human function in sporting, exercise and health contexts and develop the ability to use methods by which these limits can be measured and by which human function can be optimised.

Core modules:

Performance Engineering

Determine appropriate methods during the product lifecycle and measure their effectiveness to reproduce products that perform the design function repeatedly, produce products that are right first time and meet the customer requirements.

Individual Engineering Project

Bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills developed during the course of your degree to undertake an individual industrial or research project of your own choosing.

You will investigate an engineering problem, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.

Experimental Methods in Human Performance

Investigate the limits of human function in sporting, exercise and health contexts and develop the ability to use methods by which these limits can be measured and methods by which human function can be optimised.

Optional modules – choose two from:

Wireless and RF Communications

Acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills required to understand the technologies and constraints of wireless communications and apply them to simulated and / or practical design and implementation scenarios.

Sensors and Embedded Electronics

Gain a deeper understanding of electronic devices and sensor systems; from semiconductor technology through data acquisition and control to the design of embedded systems.

Human Factors Engineering

All too often, the most brilliant technical products are not used to their full potential because users are unable to operate them. This module will give  you an understanding of what limits human performance including physical capability, mental agility and organisational systems. It will consider how to design products for targeted specialist users, or for the wider population.

Sustainability in Engineering Design

What happens to a product when it reaches the end of its useful life? As technology advances rapidly, many of the things we use become obsolete very quickly. This module considers designing for sustainability, and choosing materials and components that can be reused, repurposed or recycled.

Mechanical Engineering in Sport

Develop your capacity to design, fabricate and test engineered products whose function is primarily of a mechanical nature: power source / controllers, frames, levers, joints, linkages, gears, belts / chains.

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How you’re taught

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

  • industry-led projects
  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • visits
  • group projects
  • case studies
  • oral presentations
  • laboratory assessments and reports.

All our engineering courses are taught through problem-solving and developing the right abilities to make you the very best engineer you can be. This is achieved by developing your engineering skills and knowledge through participation in several industry-led projects each year. These projects are put forward by industry to make you think, work and behave like a professional engineer. You'll also get to use the equipment used by engineering organisations across the globe.

These projects will inspire your creativity and give you experience in taking your idea from concept through to production. Year One projects include:

RevEng – Reverse Engineering

You will deconstruct everyday objects in order to gain understanding in design principles and consider potential improvements in terms of sustainability, manufacturing processes and cost.

Autodesk – Design Challenge
A three-day CAD training course on Autodesk Fusion, a powerful industry standard software package, followed by a Design Challenge set by industry. You will work in groups, applying the CAD skills you gained, to meet the brief set by industry.

Mars Lander
Design a landing system to carry a given payload from orbit to the surface of Mars, using the engineering fundamental principles you have learned during your Year One modules.

Laser cutting, 3D printing (Bridge, Light Pier support)
An industry standard software package will be used to design and model a bridge and a light pier support structure. You will be trained in using laser cutting and 3D printing, to build prototypes. Using the skills you gained during your modules you will make structures to withstand a given load.

Grand Challenge
Mark the end of your first year with this concept design project set by industry. You’ll present your results at an end of year show.

Contact hours

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (30%) and independent study (70%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (27%) and independent study (73%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (25%) and independent study (75%)

Year 4 - lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%)

A placement year may be taken between year 3 and year 4 of study

Staff Profiles

Katy Griggs

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr Katy Griggs - Lecturer in Sport Engineering at Nottingham Trent University

Steve Faulkner

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr Steve Faulkner, Lecturer in Sports Engineering for the Engineering department in Nottingham Trent University

Steve Hayes

Lecturer

Engineering

Edward Causton

Senior Lecturer

Department of Engineering

Statistical Mechanics, Protein Mechanical Unfolding, Constructivism and Inferentialism in Science and Engineering Education.

How you’re assessed

Year 1 - coursework (67%) and written (33%)

Year 2 - coursework (58%) and written (42%)

Year 3 - coursework (58%) and written (42%)

Year 4 - coursework (75%) and written (25%)

A placement year may be taken between year 3 and year 4 of study

Careers and employability

Placements

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your third year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent Engineering students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including Pirelli, Mercedes and the Government Operational Research Service. They secured varied roles such as Operational and Research Assistant, Quality Engineer and Engineering Assistant.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Find out more about work placements.

Careers

You’ve probably already got some idea of the career path you want to take. Many of our graduates go on to work in engineering-based roles, but it’s worth remembering that the skills you learn on an engineering degree are transferable to a variety of careers. Research, presentation, team working and analytical skills are highly valued by employers in various professions, both related and unrelated to engineering.

Engineering graduates are in demand as they are attractive to a wide range of employers due to their analytical thinking, problem-solving, and strong numeracy skills. You’ll be well-placed to secure a career in a range of sectors, including the armed forces, logistics, teaching, IT, and banking. Recent NTU graduates have gone onto engineering positions in a variety of organisations including Pitney Bowes, the RAF, Rolls Royce, and Siemens.

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on Masters-level courses, or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Take your first step to becoming an engineer with hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art Engineering Building. You’ll benefit directly from using some of the very latest cutting-edge facilities and equipment.

We’ve worked with engineering companies and sports organisations to find out the very latest techniques and equipment they’d want top-class graduates to have experience of. Armed with this knowledge, we’ve designed our dedicated sport engineering facilities that are filled with the equipment you’ll need to become an accomplished engineer in your field.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 72 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMP; and
  • GCSEs – Maths grade B/6 and English C/4

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • 72 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMP; and
  • GCSEs – Maths grade B/6 and English C/4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

For more information other opportunities for funding please visit our international pages. For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!