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Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering has strong links with industry leaders, including Delphi, Lotus Engineering, MAN and Thales. Many of our innovative, hands on projects involve students as well as academics and receive national and global coverage.

Our applied approach to teaching is supported by dedicated laboratories for mechanical, automotive and motorsport engineering, including wind tunnels, state-of-the-art rapid prototyping and manufacturing machinery, a fully equipped materials lab, engine test cells, an automotive diagnostics lab featuring the latest industrial software packages, and a modern electronics/robotics lab with the recent addition of a robot and electronic equipment from National Instruments.

Students have the opportunity to use leading technology and industry-standard software, and are taught by experts with Chartered Engineer status. Students' learning experience is enhanced through the participation in competitions such as the IMechE Formula Student project, the IMechE Design Challenge competitions for Year-1 and Year-2 students, the Isle-of-Man TT-Bike race and the Caterham Academy Championship.

Our BEng and MEng courses in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). All are accredited under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering

Kingston University is the UK's largest provider of undergraduate aerospace education, playing an important role in training aerospace engineers since 1912.

We have a dedicated campus for engineering students at Roehampton Vale, on the outskirts of Kingston town centre and close to Richmond Park. Collaboration between academia and industry is integral to study at Kingston, and the delivery of courses is supported by the Industry Advisory Board and other professional bodies.

Renowned companies are involved in course delivery, placements, final year projects and industry talks, from global leaders KLM Engineering, Marshall Aerospace and the Defence Group, Airbus UK, Astrium Eads, GE Aircraft, and Lockheed, to small and medium enterprises such as Aero Optimal, Aircraft Research Associates, and Aim Aviation.

We offer a wide-range of specialist facilities on site, supported with software technology and laboratory technicians.

Whether you wish to study at foundation level or a Chartered Engineer route (MEng/BEng), when it comes to aerospace design, aircraft maintenance or space technology, you will find a course at Kingston University to suit your needs.

Department of Civil Engineering

The department offers undergraduate (BEng Civil and Infrastructure Engineering) and postgraduate programmes (MSc Structural Design and Construction Management - with Sustainability pathway) that are fully accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) (under licence from the Engineering Council) which consists of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institution of Highways and Transportation (IHT) and the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE). Our programmes have been designed with your aspirations, needs and abilities in mind, and are aimed at developing your specialist skills, deepening your understanding and gaining new insights and perspectives to equip you for a professional career ahead.

We now offer a Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Programme, and will begin Civil and Infrastructure Engineering in 2018. Find out more about Degree Apprenticeships at Kingston University.

Academic staff in the department are bonded in an interdisciplinary team of civil and structural engineers, material scientists, geologists and hydrologists with professional practice and applied research backgrounds. Many of us are nationally and internationally recognised leaders in our areas of specialism and we are frequently invited to undertake high-profile external research and consultancy work.

Having developed our courses with the working world in mind, we offer hands-on student experiences such as testing in our exemplary laboratory facilities in structures, materials, concrete, geotechnics and hydraulics that are used for teaching and research; three field trips for undergraduates namely in surveying, geology and geotechnics; site visits and industrial placements; employability support via our strong partnerships with industry, professional institutions and learned societies.

 

Department of Construction and Surveying

The department offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes relevant to the built environment. Our well-established courses in Construction Management have dual accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) whilst the Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying programmes are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Pedagogical innovation is at the heart of our delivery and assessment strategy. Our accreditation is evidence of the currency and relevance of our curriculum. Field trips to both the UK and major international destinations prepare students for entering and excelling in practice in the UK and abroad. Our teaching is engaging and practice-focused and supported by site visits and invited guest lectures by our industrial liaisons and strong alumni network. Our approach to assessment is project-driven and seeks to equip students with a range of competencies and transferrable skills thus boosting their employability prospects. Students on our courses benefit from the School's top of the range laboratory and testing facilities and equipment. Land surveying using total stations supports site mapping, access to our materials and concrete labs underpins the teaching of construction technology and building science and the use of digital technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) enhance the students' design skills.

Students are enabled to thrive in a stimulating learning environment, supported by friendly and approachable staff who are specialists in their respective fields. In addition to their good academic progression and degree awards, our students have over the years celebrated numerous successes by winning scholarships, competitions and other prices offered by our accrediting professional bodies and industrial partners.

Department of Geography and Geology

Geography and Geology have been taught at Kingston for nearly 70 years.

Human and physical geographers, GIS specialists, geologists, geochemists and environmental scientists all teach and undertake research at Kingston University.

We have invested substantially in the development of laboratories for teaching and research into subjects such as environmental monitoring, geology, geochemistry, mapping / GIS / computing facilities, and specialist instrumentation laboratories (eg. nuclear metrology; laser raman spectroscopy; 3D mapping).

Fieldwork is a vital component of our geology and geography teaching, and students are encouraged to gain hands on experience by carrying out international fieldwork, presently in Cyprus, Spain, Malta, Tenerife and South Africa.

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