How will I study engineering?

Bringing together science and technology, engineering relies on strong theoretical knowledge and creative flair. If you apply to study one of our engineering degree courses, you will have an immersive learning experience throughout your time at Salford.

HANDS-ON LEARNING

An aeronautics students in the lab

As an engineering student, you’re going to spend lots of time in laboratories, so we’ve made sure that you will learn and study in an environment tailor-made for your course. Depending on which engineering pathway you choose to follow, you will have access to a range of different facilities. Explore the subject-specific facilities and equipment you will experience and get a taste of what practical learning on your course will be like. 

Hands-on learning learning on your course

Acoustical and Sound Engineering

Salford is home to some ground-breaking and world-class facilities. As an audio and acoustics student, you’ll have access to a range of laboratories and studios that will develop your skills. Our acoustic laboratories are equipped with a full range of specialist test environments, including an anechoic chamber and two semi-anechoic chambers, a transmission suite, reverberation chambers, an ITU standard listening room, a 3D Ambisonic listening booth and audiometric test facilities.

We also have a range of professional recording studios at both our Peel Park and MediaCityUK campuses, each equipped with industry standard software and equipment. With both digital and analogue desks, a variety of outboard equipment, surround sound monitoring, and post-production and mastering facilities available, you will have plenty of opportunities to put your media engineering skills into practice.

Aeronautical and Aircraft Engineering

From running experiments using the wind tunnels and setting up drones to hosting guest lectures, demonstrations and tutorials, our laboratories will be at the heart of your learning experience.

The Aerodynamics Laboratory is the home of our low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments here include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

Over in our Control and Dynamics Laboratory, you will find flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical sessions here include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

Ready to take a flight? Our Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator supports the design modules, by giving you a practical experience of aircraft design. Our Elite Flight Training System also includes a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator designed to be qualified in accordance with FNPTII requirements.

Civil Engineering

We’ve created a learning environment that reflects the practical nature of civil engineering, with a range of specialist teaching and research facilities.

The Heavy Structures Laboratory features a range of equipment which can be used to load test almost any structure; including hydraulic actuators, a strong floor, tensile and compression testing machines and a climactic cabinet. In our Hydraulics Laboratory, you can develop your understanding of how water flows and behaves at different velocities. The Water Quality Laboratory is linked to our plant growing (hydroponics) facility, where you can investigate the ability of different plants and filters to remove ground water contaminants.

You will also learn to use a range of surveying equipment and tools, such as digital total stations, levels and theodolites, which combined with digital drawing capability will arm you with industry standard skills demanded by employers. Many students use the MakerSpace to help them complete practical assignments which involve the design and manufacture of an object which will be tested in a laboratory.

In the Geotechnics Laboratory you can learn about soil types, their strengths, permeability and compressibility and how these things can affect the ground conditions under building foundations, dams and embankments.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

With specialist electronics and robotics laboratories on campus and advanced computing suites, you will explore everything from analogue electronics to digital signal processing, and machine learning. 

You will also have access to our impressive Morson Maker Space and Engine Room. Equipped with 3D printing machines, laser and vinyl cutters, as well as clean working spaces for assembling electronics, and building drones and robots, it’s the perfect environment for gaining hand-on experience with digital fabrication and the future of manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering

Covering a broad range of engineering topics, as a mechanical engineering student, you will experience learning a variety of different laboratories. 

The Control and Dynamics Laboratory is home to flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

Our Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments in here include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and the influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

With a tensile test machine and machinery for static loading experiments, our Mechanical Laboratory is the place to learn about material behaviour under different loading conditions. The Computer Simulation Laboratory features a well-equipped computer laboratory with the latest computational packages that are used in industry for the analysis of scenarios.

Practical experiences

Aeronautics students at a flight centre

University life is more than just working hard and getting a degree – it’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded people and make great friends for life. On many of our engineering courses you will have the opportunity to take part in industry events, competitions and field courses to apply the skills you learn throughout your degree, and build on your practical experience. Explore the subject-specific experiences you could take part in during your studies.

Practical experiences on your course

Aeronautical and Aircraft Engineering

Each year, Aeronautical Engineering students take part in the International General Aviation Design Competition, a student conference/competition organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society, with Salford students winning trophies in 2017 and 2019.

The Salford Racing society is just one of many societies where our engineering students can apply their skills. Formula Student is the world’s largest student-led motorsport event connecting students from across the world to compete in building a track grade race car. Salford students established a team in 2015, with the aim to compete against other universities at Silverstone. In both 2018 and 2019, our team made it to the finals!

Civil Engineering

Every year, second year civil engineering students have the opportunity to experience an unmissable week-long residential field course in Norfolk. Constructionarium puts your learnt theory into practice, so you experience how things work in the real world.

Working in project teams, you’ll get to construct, scaled down versions of iconic bridges, buildings and dams from around the world, working in a controlled environment and supported by both academic and industrial staff . By the end of the course, you’ll have gained invaluable experience of life on a construction site, and will have dealt with a number of challenges that you’ll face in your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to make new friends, and forge connections with industry experts.

Mechanical Engineering

The Salford Racing society is just one of many societies where our engineering students can apply their skills. Formula Student is the world’s largest student-led motorsport event connecting students from across the world to compete in building a track grade race car. Salford students established a team in 2015, with the aim to compete against other universities at Silverstone. In both 2018 and 2019, our team made it to the finals!

LECTURES AND TUTORIALS

Aeronautics students in the lab

Lectures and tutorials are a key part of building your theoretical knowledge base in your chosen field of engineering. You will experience teaching from our highly-skilled lecturers, who have real-world experience in their field and are active researchers in their specialist subjects. 

During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

SELF-DIRECTED STUDY

Inside Clifford Whitworth library

Successful engineering knowledge-building relies on lots of study. Whether you are collaborating with your coursemates on a group project, or working your way through the latest seminar reading list, you'll find you will spend lots of time in our library.

Our recently-refurbished Clifford Whitworth Library has physical and virtual resources that will support your aeronautical engineering studies. The modern learning space includes computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to journals, databases, and software.

With an onsite cafe, breakout areas, comfy chairs and 24-hour access, it is also the perfect place for writing up seminar notes and finalising assignments - day or night!