Engineering at the University of Brighton

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Got a question before you start at Brighton?

We’ve put together the most frequently asked questions from the recent Computing, Engineering and Mathematics online Q&A.

Engineering questions

I am keen to understand how Brighton is planning on running technical degrees like mechanical engineering where there is a heavy focus on lab time and tutorials.

We hope to start the autumn term as planned but will follow government and PHE guidance. We have a dedicated Covid-19 planning team who are monitoring the national situation and contingency planning to ensure that students continue to enjoy quality teaching and learning. We understand that this is an unusual time for everyone.

Is the engineering department formulating a plan as to what a disrupted schedule may look like?

We are currently looking at our plans for next year, specifically at how we can maximise the use of software and simulations to complement key practical experimental work. We’re also looking at how we can capture and stream the practical work where possible to maximise the accessibility of these activities to everyone who may not be in a position to be there.

Is there likely to be an additional financial implication for students around computer equipment capable of running the software needed?

We have recently moved to using multiple platforms (in particular with simulations), so we use both Solidworks (PC, local) and Fusion 360 (PC/Mac, cloud-based for simulations) to try to accommodate as many system set ups as possible. We have made relevant software available for students to download free where needed or recommended alternative, free versions to use.

You can also contact one of our student advisors about your concerns regarding the cost of procuring equipment –

What is the current plan to allow students to attend, say machining labs or welding? And how will the likes of your Formula Student programme run?

We appreciate it must be hard to make a decision at this time. The university’s Covid-19 planning team are carefully monitoring the national situation and making contingency plans for the rest of this term and upcoming year.

Our Formula Student team are now participating with the virtual IMechE international competition and working remotely via MS Teams. Special software arrangement have also been made, allowing design, analysis and discussion to continue. And they will be presenting their work, remotely, to the panel of industry experts in June.

What companies and organisations do you have links with for student placements? (aeronautical engineering in particular)

We have links with Airbus, GE, Collins Aerospace, RR and many other companies where our placement students can work for a year. You can see more on our course pages

The university also help to secure summer internships, for example one of our engineering students worked as a design engineer last summer. Our careers service helped amend their CV and complete the application.

Is it possible to have some detail about the foundation year modules, particularly automotive engineering?

Foundation year modules are the same across all the engineering courses except civil engineering, where there are some slight differences. You can find information on the course page.


General questions

What are Brighton’s plans for the near future? Will we start in September regardless, doing our work over video chats/the internet? Or will start dates be pushed back?

We’re open for applications for September 2020. We hope to start the autumn term as planned, but will follow government and PHE guidance. We have a dedicated Covid-19 planning team who are monitoring the national situation and contingency planning to ensure that students continue to enjoy quality teaching and learning. We understand this is an unusual time for everyone. For further information please refer to our website FAQs here:

Does that mean we may have to stay living at home?

We are planning for the accommodation to start as normal, but it’s a little unknown. I would suggested you still put your application for accommodation in so you are in the system and we can keep you updated.

If you would normally need accommodation in Brighton then please ensure you apply for it by the deadline of 30 June.

How do I go about having support in university as I currently have a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), and have a Needs Assessment Report (NAR)?

The important thing to remember is that we are here to support you. Our disability team will be able to help you through the process. What they will need is the correct evidence of either a medical certificate or educational report about what your disability it so they can ensure you have the right help and support in place.

You can find out more on our website here, too:

Is it possible to get any other scholarships and financial help except student finance for international students?

If you are an international fee paying student (so non-EU) you can apply for a £2500 international scholarship on our website:

You may wish to check this out about your fees:

How does the student fees for the year work? And how do I go about paying my tuition so I have to pay it in full or have all the money for the first year of the course before I start the course?

As an international student, you need to pay your deposit prior to starting to secure your CAS for the Tier 4 visa (if you need one). And then you can either pay for the full year or arrange with the fees team to pay it in instalments throughout the year. More information can be found here:

Or, if you are self-funding then you would arrange the payment details when you enrol in September. They you can pay in full or pay the first-year fees over six months starting in November. If you are an international student then your deposit will be taken off your total fees.

Stephanie Thomson • May 14, 2020

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