Micro-mechanical technology is the driving force behind hundreds of devices we use everyday.
Fitness trackers, airbags and smartphones all rely on a combination of electronic and mechanical devices and systems to carry out some of their key functions.
In this innovative course, you'll be at the cutting edge of research into micro-electronic and micro-mechanical technology, manipulating materials to devise new solutions to real-world engineering challenges.
We build employability into every aspect of our courses. Alongside developing an in-depth understanding of your subject, you'll gain a range of transferable skills that will allow you to take on a career in a number of sectors and thrive in management roles.
The skills you'll learn are directly relevant to the latest developments in engineering such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and immersive technology.
At the beginning of your course, you'll develop a solid foundation in mechanical, electrical and electronic principles and programming.
You'll take part in extensive laboratory sessions and hands-on project work, during which you'll have the chance to build an innovative medical device, a maze-solving robot and an autonomous underwater vehicle.
In your final two years, you'll develop a specialist knowledge of micro-mechanical engineering, focussing on the intricacies of working with miniaturised technology. You'll also be able to choose a number of option modules, meaning you can learn more about other aspects of the discipline.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
You'll study five core modules covering the properties of engineering materials and how these properties are used in useful applications, such as mechanical and electrical design. Semiconductors provide the basis of microcontrollers which you will learn to program, controlling machinery. This new knowledge will be used to build an innovative medical device in groups as part of a hands-on practical project.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
You'll study five further core modules introducing thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, illustrating the processes that occur within mechanical machinery. Power electrotechnology is studied further and sensors are introduced to increase your design and control knowledge. Manufacturing processes are also studied and practised to increase your ingenuity for developing a more sophisticated group project.
In Year 3, you'll study six core modules which allow you to explore the world of micro-electromechanical engineering further, including Mechanics and MEMS, and MEMS: Materials Manufacturing and Measurement. To apply your growing knowledge you will design a robotic water collection and analysis system as part of a group project. You will also be able to choose two further option modules from our broad range to complement your specialist learning.
In Year 4, you'll complete a major individual project drawing on all of the skills and knowledge assimilated so far. You'll continue with three core modules relating to your specialism, including NEMS (Nanoelectromechanical systems) and Smart Materials. You'll also have a free choice of one further option module to allow you to tailor your programme to your skills, interests and career goals.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2021/22 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year
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UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
We have a number of open to all Year 1 students starting in 2021, including “Academic Excellence”, “Widening Participation”, “Engaging in Engineering” and “International Academic Excellence” scholarships.
You'll be automatically considered for a scholarship if York is your firm choice. £500 is paid during Autumn Term and the other £500 is paid at the end of Summer Term, providing you successfully progress to Year 2.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
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You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:
Throughout your degree, you'll work together with other students to create usable devices. This extensive project work is a key component of your degree and will give you the opportunity to not only develop a solid knowledge of engineering design and construction principles, but also key project management, teamwork and leadership skills that are indispensable to employers.
An academic member of staff will help guide you through your final-year individual project, ensuring that you are able to combine the knowledge and skills you have learned throughout the course to successfully undertake a substantial engineering project tailored to your interests and career goals.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
We're building new labs and workshops for our engineering students. Our existing includes laboratory space, recording studios, digital media suite and computing classrooms.
You will be based in the Department of Electronic Engineering, on Campus West.
Most of your contact hours will be in the Department of Electronic Engineering, with some additional teaching on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Your assignments will be designed not just to test your knowledge, but also to challenge you to creatively apply what you've learned. We use a variety of assessment styles, including a practical portfolio. You'll encounter all of them during your course, but the exact balance will depend on the modules you choose:
You'll receive written feedback on work you hand in to help you understand your grade and develop your skills. For your individual project you'll produce a written report, have a viva (a presentation and question/answer session) and also show your project on our demo day, which our external advisory board attend.
We design our courses with your future in mind. Throughout your time with us, you'll build a range of transferable skills that are valuable to a wide variety of employers, and our students enter a wide range of careers.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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