If you’re looking to match your degree to your career aspirations and are keen to ‘learn by doing’ then the undergraduate projects you’ll carry out on our courses will give you excellent opportunities to develop vital skills for a successful career. Our current students regularly say that project work is one of the most satisfying and challenging aspects of their course. In applying theory to practice, your project work will give you an effective way of learning in depth, and give you the chance to understand how different aspects of electronics work together. You’ll be able to focus on aspects of the subject that you find most interesting while developing key transferable skills such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork.
In your first year you’ll be working as part of a team to design, build and test an autonomous robot or radio-controlled vehicle to steer around a track. The project ends in a competition to see which team has the most innovative, longest running and fun design. If you’re studying Music, Multimedia and Electronics you will work on a music creation and production project in our digital audio workstation laboratory. This draws on both creative and technical skills to develop and sequence a soundtrack, for example, for a cinematic application. If you’re a Mechatronics and Robotics student then you’ll also complete a Mechanical Engineering design and manufacture project, which includes computer-aided design activities and mathematical modelling to build a prototype ‘buggy’ or ‘glider’.
During the second year of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to complete two individual projects:
The first project is part of the Mobile Applications Project module (optional if you’re a Mechatronics and Robotics student, compulsory for all other programmes). We’re part of the Apple University Program and have access to the developer tools used to create iOS applications and the ability to test the applications on actual devices. As part of this module, you’ll learn about software development and object-oriented programming, and you’ll develop your own iOS application. Several students have published apps on the App Store and many students have graduated from the School and gone on to become Mobile Application Developers after completing this module.
The second project is part of the Embedded Systems Project module. As part of the ARM University Program, we have access to various tools and resources that allow us to teach you about embedded systems using the latest microcontroller architectures. This project covers both hardware and software, so by the end of the module, you’ll have designed and assembled a printed circuit board (PCB) using surface-mount technology, and developed embedded firmware to interface with various sensors and displays. There will be input from Freescale, who will sponsor a prize for the best student project. Several of our students have since found employment with ARM (among other embedded systems companies) after completing this module.
If you’re a Mechatronics and Robotics student then you’ll also complete two Mechanical Engineering team-based design and manufacture projects, including the ‘daring dash’.