Undergraduate Teaching 2019-20

Engineering Tripos, Part IIB: Notice concerning Engineering Areas 2019-20

Engineering Tripos, Part IIB: Notice concerning Engineering Areas 2019-20

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Students choose eight modules from a list of eighty or so.  Each module may have up to 16 lectures, or equivalent work, and is scheduled to be either wholly within the Michaelmas Term or wholly within the Lent Term (with the exception of a small number of vacation modules).  There are no supervisions for fourth-year modules.  Fourth-year modules may be assessed wholly by coursework, wholly by examination, or by a combination of the two (25% coursework, 75% exam).  All module examinations are held in the first three weeks of the Easter Term.

The Engineering Areas are defined by the Faculty Board of Engineering in the following documents. To qualify in a particular Engineering Area, you must take a minimum number of modules falling within that area.  The Engineering Area for your modules and project do not have to be the same. 

You may find your module choice enables you to qualify in more than one area. You may do this; you do not have to choose between them. Alternatively, you may choose modules which do not allow you to qualify in any single area, in which case you will register for Engineering.

For advice on Engineering Areas and module choices, your Director of Studies should be your first port of call.

NB. the module syllabus pages are the definitive source of information about pre-requisites for each module.  A summary is also given on the syllabus index page.



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Mechanical Engineering

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include at least four of the modules listed.

Number Title Notes
4A2 Computational Fluid Dynamics
4A3 Turbomachinery I
4A7 Aircraft Aerodynamics and Design
4A9 Molecular Thermodynamics
4A10 Flow Instability
4A12 Turbulence and Vortex Dynamics
4A13 Combustion and IC Engines
4B5 Quantum and Nano-technologies
4B13 Electronic Sensors and Instrumentation
4B19 Renewable Electrical Power
4C2 Designing with Composites
4C3 Advanced Functional Materials and Devices
4C4 Design Methods
4C5 Design Case Studies
4C6 Advanced Linear Vibrations
4C7 Random and Non-linear Vibrations
4C8 Vehicle Dynamics
4C9 Continuum Mechanics
4D6 Dynamics in Civil Engineering
4F1 Control System Design
4F7 Statistical signal analysis
4G1 Mathematical Biology of the Cell
4G4 Biomimetics
4G6 Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics
4I10 Nuclear Reactor Engineering
4I11 Advanced Fission and Fusion Systems
4I14 Biosensors and Bioelectronics
4M12 Partial Differential Equations and Variational Methods
4M16 Nuclear Power Engineering
4M17 Practical Optimization
4M20 Robotics
4M22 Climate Change Mitigation

Advice

Mechanical Engineering covers a very broad field: the main (traditional) areas are mechanics, materials, and design, and fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, but topics in control and instrumentation, electrical materials, civils, energy and bioengineering are also relevant.   Combinations of courses can be found to suit many different career paths.  It would be prudent for students to consult their Directors of Studies or the Engineering Area Coordinator before choosing a very eclectic mix of courses, in case a lack of overlap makes the workload unusually high.

Specialist advice can be obtained from module leaders, or from the Mechanical Engineering Coordinator whose details can be found on the IIA Mechanical Engineering Area webpage."



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include at least four of the modules listed.

Number Title Notes
4A2 Computational Fluid Dynamics
4A3 Turbomachinery
4A9 Molecular Thermodynamics
4A13 Combustion and IC Engines
4B19 Renewable Electric Power
4D13 Architectural Engineering
4I7 Electricity and Environment
4I10 Nuclear Reactor Engineering
4I11 Advanced Fission and Fusion Systems
4M16 Nuclear Power Engineering
4M22 Climite Change Mitigation

 



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include one of the following combinations in their selection of modules:

  • either four Part IIB core modules,
  • or three Part IIB core modules + two Part IIB companion modules.

Core modules

Number Title Notes
4A2 Computational Fluid Dynamics
4A3 Turbomachinery I
4A4 Aircraft Stability and Control
4A7 Aircraft Aerodynamics and Design
4A9 Molecular Thermodynamics
4A10 Flow Instability
4A12 Turbulence and Vortex Dynamics
4A13 Combustion and IC Engines

Companion modules

Number Title
4B13 Electronic Sensors and Instrumentation
4B23 Optical Fibre Communication
4B24 Radio frequency Systems
4C2 Designing with Composites
4C4 Design Methods
4C5 Design Case Studies
4C6 Advanced Linear Vibrations
4C7 Random and Non-linear Vibrations
4C9 Continuum Mechanics
4C15 MEMS: Design
4F1 Control System Design
4F2 Robust and Non-linear Control
4F3 An Optimisation Based Approve to Control

Advice

Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering is an interdisciplinary blend of subjects ranging from fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, structures, instrumentation, control, electronics and design to manufacturing.  In essence Aerospace Engineering is concerned with flight and Aerothermal Engineering with the associated propulsion systems.  In the past, development in these fields has been driven by technological issues.  In the future, environmental concerns, minimising noise and pollution, and relentless pressure on design and manufacturing turnaround time will force novel solutions and paradigm shifts.

The essential interdisciplinary nature of the subject is reflected in the diversity of the recommended companion modules drawn from across the spectrum of the Department's teaching. This diversity increases in Part IIB.

Specialist advice on this Engineering Area can be obtained from the Coordinator whose details can be found on the IIA Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering Area website.



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include at least four of the modules listed.

Number Title Notes
4D4 Construction Engineering
4D5 Foundation Engineering
4D6 Dynamics in Civil Engineering
4D7 Concrete and Prestressed Concrete
4D9 Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
4D10 Structural Steelwork
4D13 Architectural Engineering
4D14 Contaminated Land and Waste Containment
4M19 Advanced Building Physics
4M22 Climate Change Mitigation

Advice

Intending Civil, Structural or Environmental Engineers are advised to study the broadest possible range of relevant courses.

Specialist advice on this Engineering Area can be obtained from the Coordinator whose details can be found on the IIA Civils Engineering Area website.

 



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include at least four of the modules listed.

Number Title Notes
4B2 Power Micro Electronics
4B5 Quantum and Nano-technologies
4B11 Photonic Systems
4B13 Electronic Sensors and Instrumentation
4B19 Renewable Electrical Power
4B21 Analogue Integrated Circuits
4B23 Optical Fibre Communication
4B24 Radio Frequency Systems
4B25 Embedded Systems for the Internet of Things
4B26 Advanced Devices for High Frequency Electronics and Biosensing
4C3 Advanced Functional Materials and Devices
4F5 Advanced Information Theory and Coding
4M20 Robotics
4I14 Biosensors and Bioelectronics

Advice

Electrical and Electronic Engineering covers the range of topics which best represent the current trends in circuits, devices and systems for hardware implementations.

Specialist advice on this Engineering Area can be obtained from the Coordinator whose details can be found on the IIA Electrical and Electronic Engineering Area website.



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Information and Computer Engineering

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include at least four of the modules listed.

Number Title Notes
4B23 Optical Fibre Communication
4B25 Embedded Systems for the Internet of Things
4F1 Control System Design
4F2 Robust and Non-linear Systems and Control
4F3 An Optimisation Based Approach to Control
4F5 Advanced Information Theory and Coding
4F7 Statistical Signal Analysis
4F8 Image Processing and Image Coding
4F10 Deep Learning and Structured data
4F12 Computer Vision
4F13 Probabilistic Machine Learning
4F14 Computer Systems
4M17 Practical Optimization
4M20 Robotics
4M21 Software Engineering and Design

Advice

Information and Computer Engineering covers the digital representation and processing of signals and systems.  It extends from the theory of signals and systems, through to the manipulation of data via computer programs.  In addition to all of the information modules, this professional area includes modules from the Computer Science Tripos.

Candidates with a strong interest in control should also consider 'Instrumentation and Control' as an alternative.

Specialist advice on this Engineering Area can be obtained from the Coordinator whose details can be found on the IIA Information and Computer Engineering Area website



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Electrical and Information Sciences

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include at least six of the modules listed.

Number Title Notes
4B2 Power micro electronics 
4B11 Photonic systems
4B13 Electronic sensors and instrumentation
4B19 Renewable electrical power
4B21 Analogue integrated circuits
4B23 Optical Fibre Communication
4B24 Radio Frequency Systems
4B25 Embedded Systems for the Internet of Things
4C3 Advanced Functional Materials and Devices
4F1 Control system design 
4F2 Robust and non-linear control 
4F3 An Optimisation Based Approve to Control
4F5 Advanced Information Theory and Coding
4F7 Statistical Signal Analysis
4F8 Image processing and image coding 
4F10 Deep Learning and Structured data
4F12 Computer vision
4F13 Probabilistic Machine learning 
4F14 Computer systems
4M12 Partial differential equations and variational methods 
4M17 Practical optimization
4M20 Robotics
4M21 Software Engineering and Design

Advice

Electrical and Information Sciences covers a very broad area.  The B modules cover a wide range of electronic circuits and devices, while the F modules cover the digital representation and processing of signals, and the manipulation of data in computers.  

A student in this area will be seeking to gain a broad overview of systems from the signals that flow through them to the hardware platforms that implement them.  Although many students will choose to do mostly B modules or mostly F modules depending on their inclination towards the electrical or information side, students who prefer to specialise exclusively in one or the other should consider one of the other B/F engineering areas.

Specialist advice on this Engineering Area can be obtained from the Coordinator whose details can be found on the IIA Electrical and Information Sciences Engineering Area webpage

 



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Instrumentation and Control

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include at least four of the modules listed.

Number Title Notes
4B11 Photonic systems
4B24 Radio Frequency Systems
4B25 Embedded Systems for the Internet of Things
4C6 Advanced linear vibrations
4C7 Random and non-linear vibrations 
4F1 Control system design 
4F2 Robust and non-linear control 
4F3 An Optimisation Based Approve to Control
4F5 Advanced Information Theory and Coding
4F7 Statistical Signal Analysis
4F8 Image processing and image coding 
4F10 Deep Learning and Structured data
4F12 Computer vision
4F13 Probabilistic Machine learning
4M20 Robotics
4M21 Software Engineering and Design

Advice

Instrumentation and Control covers a range of topics which are important to the monitoring and control of modern systems.  The B modules cover basic circuits and device technology and the F modules cover the representation, capture and manipulation of signals.  The C modules cover the relevant engineering aspects of mechanical systems.

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB must include at least four of the modules listed.

Specialist advice on this Engineering Area can be obtained from the Coordinator whose details can be found on the IIA Instrumentation and Control Engineering Area website



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Bioengineering

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area must include at least four of the modules listed of which at least two must be G modules or 4I14.

Number Title Notes
4B13 Electronic Sensors and Instrumentation
4B26 Advanced Devices for High Frequency Electronics and Biosensing
4C4 Design Methods
4C5 Design Case Studies
4C9 Continuum Mechanics
4F8 Image Processing and Image Coding
4F12 Computer Vision
4F13 Probabilistic Machine Learning
4G1 Mathematical Biology of the Cell
4G3 Computational Neuroscience
4G4 Biomimetics
4G6 Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics
4I8 Medical Physics
4I14 Biosensors and Bioelectronics

Advice

Bioengineering is a rapidly growing field encompassing the use of engineering tools to solve problems in medicine and biology as well as new quantitative approaches to biological systems based on engineering principles.

Specialist advice on this Engineering Area can be obtained from the Coordinator whose details can be found on the IIA Bioengineering Engineering Area webpage.



Part IIB Engineering Area requirements: Engineering

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in Part IIB may choose any set of modules subject to the restrictions given in COMET.

Last updated on 13/05/2019 16:18