A practical lesson in Engineering

Your Engineering offer

Congratulations on your offer. We hope to see you at one of our offer holder events. Take a look at some course info below and hear from our students.

Join us

Our online events are a great way to find out more about your course, the community you'll be studying in, and they are an opportunity to meet staff and students. Engineering student Sam hopes you can make it!

Your offer holder event

You’ll be able to sign up to one of our exclusive events using the link in the personal email invitation that will be on its way to you. We hope you’ll come along and join in! Below are the dates and further detail about what the event involves.

The dates

  • Saturday 23rd January 2021
  • Saturday 27th February 2021
  • Saturday 20th March 2021

Your offer holder event will be a live broadcast, intended to give you every opportunity to interact with our student ambassadors and staff, just as you would do with a physical event. Bring along your questions and we will try to answer as many as we can whilst leading you on a tour around our department to show you some of the facilities available and provide you with a sense of what it is really like to be part of the Engineering community at Lancaster.

In planning our offer holder events we are aware that digital presentations and video can be delivered and enjoyed at a time which suits you. We will therefore be releasing important content about our degree schemes to you separately. Please watch these videos through and note down any questions you have.

Hear from our students

Engineering students talk about their experiences at Lancaster University, and what drew them to Lancaster in the first place.

Recent companies Engineering students have taken placements with

Gain vital skills and experience

Each of our Engineering undergraduate programmes comes with an optional placement with an engineering company. Each placement will give you practical, realistic workplace experience that will make you attractive to employers after your graduation. Placements help you put your learning into context, strengthening your understanding when you return to study in the later years of the programme. In recent years, Lancaster University students have taken work placements with EDF, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mercedes AMG, Network Rail and more.

Your typical first year

All of our degrees share a common first year of study. This will give you an excellent grounding in all aspects of engineering, before you develop more specialist knowledge.


Lectures are like classroom lessons you have experienced. They differ in that group sizes can vary between large and small numbers. The prime purpose of a lecture is to impart knowledge and to develop your understanding of a subject. It is important to extract the content and the message of the information presented.


We reinforce our modules with a scheme of weekly tutorial workshops. These are small groups of students with a member of academic staff as a tutor. For engineering tutorials, there will be question sheets and exercises for you to complete as well as the opportunity to discuss the wider context of the work. This can include ethics, careers and any other material important to your development as individual learners and professional engineers. Maths workshops will help you to apply your mathematical skills to other material covered in lectures.

Laboratory work and projects

In your first year, you will spend two afternoons per week in lab work. This will either be practical work in the laboratory or computer programming sessions. This will either be practical work in the laboratory, gaining familiarity with a suite of software tools or computer programming sessions.

Independent learning

You should spend about half of your time on independent learning. This includes reading your notes from lectures, further reading, coursework, practical work linked to modules and tutorials and preparation for exams.

Conceive Design Implement Operate

Our degrees are underpinned by the CDIO(TM) framework to prepare you for industry careers. It provides you with an education stressing engineering fundamentals. These set you in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating real-world systems and products.

Milola Ogundairo

A place for Milola

Has studying at Lancaster met your expectations?
I think, honestly, it's surpassed my expectations! The lecturers are nice and students in the second and third year help you if you have questions. If I have questions or if I don't understand something during the lectures, I can go to the lecturer after the session and talk about it later.

What is it like studying first year Engineering?
I won't say it's easy, but it's fun! I know we have more lectures than other courses do, but we have less reading, so we learn through lecturers explaining concepts, which I think is better than if you had to study it all on your own.

What has been your favourite part of the first year?
I like the practicals - being taught something in the lectures, understanding it, and doing it in real life is amazing. We were tasked with designing a robot that could climb up a pipe. We were put in groups and everyone got to throw their ideas in and were able to design something cool.

What's the atmosphere like in classes?
It's a friendly environment where I can ask questions, and I ask a lot of questions! The labs are louder and more lively than lectures. I feel like each lecturer has been able to explain concepts properly. In the labs, there is usually more than one instructor, so there's enough help to go around.

Why is Lancaster the place for you?
I love the way the campus looks. I had a friend come over, and she was impressed with the library. She said "I can't believe you have a tree in the middle of your library! That's so cool!"

Milola Ogundairo, MEng Hons Mechatronic Engineering

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