Pre-Masters in Engineering

About this route

The Engineering Pre-Masters programme provides the subject knowledge, language proficiency and study skills you need to progress to postgraduate degree study in a related field at the University of Surrey.

During the programme you will study a core unit of general subject skills and subject-specific units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level, you can take our English for Pre-Masters programme over one or two semesters before starting your Pre-Masters programme.

Modules

Core units

Academic English Skills


Career Ahead for 1-semester programme

This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and develop skills for success, both in their studies and future career. The focus on employability skills reflects the fact that Pre-Masters students are closer to the job market than any of our other students.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Evaluate own level of personal development through the application of Kolb’s learning cycle
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Recognise and analyse the importance of behavioural competencies required for success in own chosen career area
  4.  

    Key Skills

  5. Self-assess relative strengths of career resume and identify areas for self-development
  6. Reflect on the application of a range of effective interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills through both independent and group work

Research Skills for Masters (Engineering)

This module provides contextual knowledge of research methods and techniques in order to prepare students for study and research at Masters level.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Use Engineering knowledge and skills to carry out an investigative project
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Justify a choice of Research Design and Research Methodology within the field of Engineering Research
  4. Produce a Literature Review in the selected discipline
  5. Analyse scientific data as part
  6. Critically evaluate key concepts
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Summarise the findings of an investigative project, using graphs and display charts
  9. Produce a scientific dissertation following standard referencing
  10. Present the results of the investigation to peers

Maths for Engineering

This module provides an opportunity for students to develop both their mathematical reasoning and mathematical modelling skills through theory and working examples.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Apply Differential Equations to a range of engineering applications
  2. Apply knowledge of mathematical functions to solve engineering problems
  3. Solve Engineering problems using numerical methods
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Apply techniques and theories to produce calculation-based solutions to complex problems
  6. Critically evaluate mathematical models of real world problems and natural phenomena
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Translate real-world problems into appropriate mathematical models and effectively communicate solutions using suitable format

Journal Club

This module provides an opportunity for experience of extended reading and writing to demonstrate an appropriate level of synthesis, through a literature review, speaking skills, presentation of journal articles or texts.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Deploy acquired knowledge of principles of critical reading
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Apply relevant subject-specific academic conventions to academic writing, including use of data and diagrams
  4. Key Skills

     
  5. Demonstrate competence in the process of self-critical drafting for postgraduate study, reflecting on and incorporating feedback
  6. Apply independent learning techniques
  7. Critically evaluate sources and reflect on the process of leading a seminar and discussion
  8. Develop critical literature review skills, utilising a variety of research sources

Core units

Maths for Engineering

This module provides an opportunity for students to develop both their mathematical reasoning and mathematical modelling skills through theory and working examples.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Apply Differential Equations to a range of engineering applications
  2. Apply knowledge of mathematical functions to solve engineering problems
  3. Solve Engineering problems using numerical methods
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Apply techniques and theories to produce calculation-based solutions to complex problems
  6. Critically evaluate mathematical models of real world problems and natural phenomena
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Translate real-world problems into appropriate mathematical models and effectively communicate solutions using suitable format

Lab Skills for Engineering

This module prepares students to work safely in the laboratory, focussing on developing experimental skills and the awareness of instruments and apparatus.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Use error analysis to estimate the effect of experimental uncertainties on experimental results
  2. Apply effective use of laboratory log books in engineering
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Produce an effective scientific laboratory report
  5. Evaluate factors impacting design and safety in practical engineering, selecting appropriate apparatus
  6.  

    Key Skills

  7. Deploy software tools and techniques to accurately record and present data
  8. Demonstrate competence using a wide range of experimental techniques and equipment
  9. Carry out practical experiments, following health and safety regulations

Computing for Engineering

This module ensures that students can competently use MATrix LABoratory (MATLAB) to solve engineering problems, master numerical matrices and graphical representation.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Use knowledge of MATLAB to solve engineering applications
  2. Use knowledge of Neural Networks to solve engineering applications
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Use Matrices to solve complex engineering problems
  5. Develop algorithms to solve mathematical and practical engineering applications
  6. Train a Neural Network
  7. Evaluate a Neural Network
  8.  

    Key Skills

  9. Demonstrate effective use of MATLAB for data analysis, visualisation and mathematical modelling
  10. Use MATLAB apps to create and train Neural Networks

Research Skills for Masters (ENG)

This module provides contextual knowledge of research methods and techniques in order to prepare students for study and research at Masters level.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Use Engineering knowledge and skills to carry out an investigative project
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Justify a choice of Research Design and Research Methodology within the field of Engineering Research
  4. Produce a Literature Review in the selected discipline
  5. Analyse scientific data as part
  6. Critically evaluate key concepts
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Summarise the findings of an investigative project, using graphs and display charts
  9. Produce a scientific dissertation following standard referencing
  10. Present the results of the investigation to peers

Journal Club

This module provides an opportunity for experience of extended reading and writing to demonstrate an appropriate level of synthesis, through a literature review, speaking skills, presentation of journal articles or texts.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Deploy acquired knowledge of principles of critical reading
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Apply relevant subject-specific academic conventions to academic writing, including use of data and diagrams
  4. Key Skills

     
  5. Demonstrate competence in the process of self-critical drafting for postgraduate study, reflecting on and incorporating feedback
  6. Apply independent learning techniques
  7. Critically evaluate sources and reflect on the process of leading a seminar and discussion
  8. Develop critical literature review skills, utilising a variety of research sources

Career Ahead

This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and develop employability skills.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Evaluate own level of personal development through the application of Kolb’s learning cycle
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Recognise and analyse the importance of behavioural competencies required for success in own chosen career area
  4.  

    Key Skills

  5. Self-assess relative strengths of career resume and identify areas for self-development
  6. Reflect on the application of a range of effective interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills through both independent and group work

Study plans

One-semester

IELTS requirement Length Jan-May Jun-Aug Sept
6.0 1 semester     Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme   Vacation

Two-semester

September 2019 intake

IELTS requirement Length Sept-Jan Feb-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters     Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme   Vacation

January intake

IELTS requirement Length Jan-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters   Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme

Progression degrees

This programme can lead to one of the postgraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Bridge Engineering MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Civil Engineering MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Electronic Engineering MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Structural Engineering MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

Key facts

Course length: one or two semesters

Entry points from 2019: September and January

Teaching time: 21 hours per week

Dates for one semester:

January 2019 
21/01/2019 – 24/05/2019

Dates for two semesters:

January 2019
Semester 1: 21/01/2019 – 24/05/2019

Semester 2: 27/05/2019 - 06/09/2019

Age: students are normally 21 years of age or older on the first day of their academic programme at the International Study Centre.

Entry requirements: visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements for all programmes.

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