• University of York

Engineering the Future: Creating the Amazing

Learn more about the fascinating world of engineering, and discover where an engineering degree could take you.

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Engineering the Future: Creating the Amazing

Learn what key skills and knowledge you need to study engineering

Engineering has played an immeasurable role in the advancement of our society and planet. On this course, you will get an introduction to the study of engineering, and find out why, as an engineer, you have the potential to change the world.

You will learn how the disciplines of maths, biology, computing and physics, alongside creative thinking and people skills, come together to produce cutting-edge engineering projects. You will also explore the impact of modern engineering on a diverse range of industries, from healthcare to artificial intelligence.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 27 seconds I’m Dr Jude Brereton and I will be leading us through an exciting journey exploring modern engineering where we’ll encounter. . . • Robots working in hazardous environments • Devices that communicate with and control robots in space • ..and even a glimpse into the future of robotic systems • • How sound works and how we can measure it • How noise can affect our health and wellbeing • …

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds and even how sound and music can affect our mood and emotions • • How virtual reality can be used to help people walk again • How nanotechnology is used to make sure water is clean • … and much much more So, think you know what the world of modern engineering is all about? Think again and join us as we help to Engineer the Future.

What topics will you cover?

  • Environmental engineering
  • Healthcare and Medical Engineering
  • Virtual Reality for healthcare and entertainment
  • Robots, artificial intelligence and future technology

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the potential of modern engineering to change the world
  • Summarise the underlying component skills needed for successful engineering
  • Apply mathematical and scientific concepts to real-world engineering applications
  • Discuss the context of modern engineering and its role in society
  • Assess possible future developments in technology and describe their own potential role in achieving them.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in engineering technology.

It will be of particular interest to students in their final year of school looking to apply to York’s Engineering and Electronic Engineering courses, as well as their parents and teachers.

Who will you learn with?

Jude is a Senior Lecturer in Audio and Music Technology at the University of York. In the Department of Electronic Engineering she teaches audio and acoustic analysis and often bakes cakes.

Andy is a professor of audio and computing technology at the University of York. In the Department of Electronic Engineering he teaches interactive computing.

Who developed the course?

University of York

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.

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