School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

BEng (Hons) Integrated Engineering

The BEng (Hons) Integrated Engineering programme at the University of Plymouth is an interdisciplinary engineering degree for the digital age. It will provide you with the skills and competences needed to operate effectively as a modern professional engineer across traditional boundaries.

To do this the course draws on expertise from across the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics with a range of modules that include civil and mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, robotics engineering, and computing and mathematics. This course is subject to approval.

Careers with this subject

The future needs of industry worldwide requires engineers with a new perspective and with a different range of enhanced engineering skills, understanding and competencies (Industry 4.0). Current, and future, engineering production, and other systems, rely on a decentralised intelligence. To function effectively this requires programming to control their operation as autonomous mechanical and mechatronic systems. Full automation of processes will be necessary in a modern engineering context and will only be achieved through further digitisation, networking and applying an interdisciplinary or systems approach to the engineering activity.

In short, we now need engineers who have the key transferrable skills, ability and knowledge to be able to “think outside the box”. Studying for a BEng (Hons) degree in Integrated Engineering at the University of Plymouth will help you gain and develop these necessary professional attributes.

So where will this degree take you? Below are just a few potential employment possibilities:

  • Automotive Engineer
  • Building Services Engineer
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Commissioning Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Electric Systems Support Manager
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Manufacturing Quality Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Electronic Design and Test Engineer
  • Graduate Electrical and Electronic Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Cyber Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Application Engineer
  • Computer Technician & Embedded Programmer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Robotics Developer
  • Robotics R & D Engineer

Many other possible professional career pathways exist, the range only being limited by your vision and future career aspirations.

Key features

The BEng (Hons) Integrated Engineering course has been carefully developed to respond to the growing need in industry for engineers who understand the interconnectivity of engineering principles demanded in the modern digital age of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). The course will provide you with a sound understanding of the fundamental principles of contemporary engineering and its applications, in an uncertain and changing profession, one dominated by rapidly developing cyber-physical systems.

The enhanced benefits and key features of studying this degree, in contrast to single-discipline courses, are;

  • The development of key transferable critical-thinking skills and the synthesis and integration of engineering competencies.
  • The acquisition of greater interdisciplinary knowledge leading to greater engineering creativity.
  • The opportunity to undertake worthwhile project work across traditional engineering discipline boundaries.
  • Enhanced and consolidated understanding developed from the blending of ideas associated with different engineering disciplines so leading to better problem solving skills and increased professional flexibility.
  • Improved employment opportunities on graduation to meet the future skills challenges presented by Industry 4.0.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Each year comprises 120 credits of study.

    In the first year of your Integrated Engineering course, you will study alongside other engineering students from across the school to learn the fundamental engineering principles which will underpin the subjects you choose to study later in the course. You will develop your mathematical and computing skills and will enhance your engineering knowledge by studying additional topics chosen from civil and mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, and robotics engineering. You will also learn about generic design and computer-aided design processes. Laboratory sessions will form an important part of your learning.

    Enabling modules                                                                                

    • Engineering Design (ENGR101) – 20 credits
    • Engineering Practise & Experimental Techniques (ENGR102) – 20 credits
    • Engineering Science (ENGR103) – 20 credits                                                  
    • Engineering Mathematics (ENGR104 or MATH190) – 20 credits
    • Mechanics & Structures (ENGR105) – 20 credits
    • Analogue Electronic Systems (ELEC141) – 20 credits
    • Mixed Signal Electronics (ELEC142) – 20 credits
    • Electrical & Electronic Principles (ELEC144) – 20 credits
    • Electronic & Robotic Design & Build (PROJ100) – 40 credits
    • Software Engineering 1 (COMP1000) – 20 credits
    • Computer Systems (COMP1001) – 20 credits
    • Optional Placement Preparation (BPIE114 or BPIE115) – 0 credits.

  • Year 2

  • In the second year you will begin to develop and consolidate your chosen engineering study direction. Here you will choose modules from civil and mechanical engineering or from electrical and electronic engineering, robotics engineering and computing. The modules you choose to study in the second year is flexible but must sensibly align with those you studied in the first year.

    Cluster one

    • Materials & Structural Integrity (MATS235) – 20 credits
    • Mechanical Engineering Design & Commercialisation (MECH235) – 20 credits
    • Geotechnical Engineering 1 (GEEN200) – 20 credits
    • Structural Analysis & Design 1 (STAD200) – 20 credits
    • Engineering Quality Management (MFRG209) – 20 credits
    • Engineering Mathematics & Statistics (MATH237) – 20 credits
    • Control Engineering (ROCO219) – 20 credits
    • Software Engineering 2 (COMP2000) – 20 credits
    • Intelligent Systems Project (PROJ200) – 20 credits
    • Placement Preparation (BPIE214 or BPIE215) – 0 credits
    Cluster two

    • Engineering Quality Management (MFRG209) – 20 credits
    • Engineering Mathematics & Statistics (MATH237) – 20 credits
    • Control Engineering (ROCO219) – 20 credits
    • Software Engineering 2 (COMP2000) – 20 credits
    • Power Electronics & Generation (ELEC237) – 20 credits
    • Sensors & Actuators for Robotic Systems (ROCO222)   – 20 credits
    • Intelligent Systems Project (PROJ200) – 40 credits
    • Introduction to Robotics (ROCO224) – 20 credits
    • Information Management & Retrieval (COMP2001) – 20 credits
    • Artificial Intelligence (COMP2002) – 20 credits
    • Placement Preparation (BPIE211 or BPIE212) – 0 credits

  • Optional placement year

  • You can decide to do an optional industrial placement during your third year of your studies. In preparation for this you must attend a suitable placement preparation module, from the selection shown below, during stage 2.

    • BPIE211
    • BPIE212
    • BPIE214
    • BPIE215

    Doing an industrial placement will allow you to integrate and consolidate your learning from your first and second years in a meaningful way. In addition, by taking the opportunity to spend an optional year in paid employment whilst still a student engineer, you will obtain recordable professional experience, build a network of industry contacts and often obtain offers of summer work, sponsorship or employment on graduation. Our placements team will support you in finding a placement, and we have an extensive network of employers across all sectors


  • Final year

  • In the final year, you will complete your Integrated Engineering degree by studying modules which will more fully define your chosen engineering specialism. To do this you will choose modules from one of four module clusters. These clusters relate to civil and mechanical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, electro-robotic engineering, and robotic-computing engineering. To complete your studies, you must also do a compulsory final year dissertation project chosen from your preferred cluster.

    Cluster one

    • Geotechnical Engineering 2 (GEEN314) – 20 credits
    • Structural Analysis & Design 2 (STAD300) – 20 credits
    • Structural Engineering Design (STAD315) – 20 credits
    • Computer Aided Engineering (MECH341) – 20 credits
    • Mechanical Engineering Design & Practise (MECH342) – 20 credits
    • Modelling and Numerical Simulations (MATH3708) – 20 credits
    • Control and Intelligent Systems Design (CONT317) – 20 credits
    • Fluid Mechanics (MATH3704) – 20 credits
    • Mechanical/Civil Engineering Project (PRME307 or PRCE300) – 40 credits

    Cluster two

    • Computer Aided Engineering (MECH341) – 20 credits
    • Mechanical Engineering Design & Practise (MECH342) – 20 credits
    • Control and Intelligent Systems Design (CONT317) – 20 credits
    • Modelling and Numerical Simulations (MATH3708) – 20 credits
    • Optimisation, Networks and Graphs (MATH3709) – 20 credits
    • Design & Control of Renewable Energy Technology (ELEC349) – 20 credits .
    • Advanced Embedded Programming (ELEC351) – 20 credits
    • Machine Vision & Behavioural Computing (ROCO320) – 20 credits
    • Electro/Mechanical Engineering Project (PROJ324 or PRME307) – 20 credits

    Cluster three

    • Design & Control of Renewable Energy Technology (ELEC349) – 20 credits
    • Advanced Embedded Programming (ELEC351) – 20 credits
    • Machine Vision & Behavioural Computing (ROCO320) – 20 credits
    • Machine Learning for Robotics (ROCO351) – 20 credits
    • Mobile & Humanoid Robots (ROCO318) – 20 credits
    • Parallel Computing (COMP3001) – 20 credits
    • Statistical Data Modelling (MATH3702) – 20 credits
    • Optimisation, Networks and Graphs (MATH3709) – 20 credits
    • Electro/Robotic Engineering Project (PROJ324 or PROJ300) – 40 credits
    Cluster four
    • Machine Vision & Behavioural Computing (ROCO320) – 20 credits
    • Machine Learning (COMP3003) – 20 credits
    • Mobile & Humanoid Robots (ROCO318) – 20 credits
    • Statistical Data Modelling (MATH3702) – 20 credits
    • Optimisation, Networks and Graphs (MATH3709) – 20 credits
    • Parallel Computing (COMP3001) – 20 credits
    • Alternative Paradigms (COMP3002) – 20 credits
    • Advanced Computing & Networking Infrastructures (COMP3004) – 20 credits
    • Robotic/Computing Project (PROJ300 or COMP3000) – 40 credits

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112 - 132

A typical offer is 120 points to include C in Maths, C in second relevant subject in Science or Technology. Excluding General Studies.

GCSE
English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

BTEC National Diploma
DDD in a relevant Science or Engineering subject. Must include Maths units. Candidates may be interviewed before an offer is made.

Access
Access to HE Diploma in a Science or Engineering.
Pass Access in Engineering to include 45 credits at level 3. Must include 33 credits to include at least 12 credits at level 3 in Maths with Distinction and 12 credits at level 3 in a second relevant subject with Merit. Must have GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate
International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall to include 5 at Higher Level Maths and 4 at Higher Level Sci/Tech subject.

Welsh Baccalaureate
120 points from Welsh Baccalaureate – accepted as additional points in addition to the two A-Levels described above.

Scottish Qualifications Authority
300 points including grade C in a relevant subject at Advanced Higher Level (applied ICT; applied science; biology; chemistry; computing; DT (product design); DT (systems and control tech); DT (textiles tech); electronics; engineering; environmental science; maths/further maths; stats; physics; science; tech and design). Plus pass Higher level maths.

Irish Leaving Certificate
Grades required: BBBBB including mathematics and a science or technology subject at higher level plus Ordinary Level Grade C Maths and English.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home N/A £9,250
International N/A £16,300
Part time (Home) N/A £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Additional fieldwork and equipment costs.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

State-of-the-art facilities

The flagship BEng (Hons) Integrated Engineering degree course will be taught in our brand new engineering and design facility. This facility will give you access to state-of-the-art contemporary engineering equipment to support your studies. Through the use of dedicated social, research and teaching spaces, it will promote a new depth of collaboration across related subject areas, and in a space which will inspire and nurture your engineering creativity and innovation.

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