Typical Year 1 - During your first year at NMITE, just like in the real world, you’ll be “working” from 9-5, Monday to Friday, leaving your evenings and weekends free to do whatever you like.
Your weekdays will be spent in a combination of seminars and tutorials, independent research, learning activities in an engineering studio, practical tasks and projects, engagement and problem solving with teammates and employers, and general hands-on, learning by doing. These learning periods will take the form of 3.5 week-long “sprints” which follow a pattern of learning and reflection. Their order may change to improve your experience or to adapt for Covid measures.
Because this is an accelerated course, we don’t follow the traditional academic calendar with long breaks at the end of each term. Instead, you’ll have a four-day weekend at the end of each sprint and two weeks off at Christmas, Easter and summer.
Typical Year 2 at NMITE
An opportunity to dig deeper
A typical Year 2 is constructed in much the same way as Year 1, but you’ll be building on the Sprints and Toolboxes from Year 1 with more complex challenges where you can deploy more sophisticated knowledge and experience.
As you transition from Year 2 to Year 3, you’ll get the opportunity to work independently and showcase your passion, your thinking, your decision-making and your practical skills by revisiting a four-week industrial or community-based project of your choice.
We will support you in reflecting on the engineering challenges you completed in your first two years of learning, evaluating those in light of your accumulated knowledge and skills, together with your growing career aspirations, by choosing what you’d like to build on. You’ll set your own goals, develop your own project strategy, and professionally communicate your work.
Typical Year 3 at NMITE
Integrating your learning
In your final year, you will undertake two substantial individual projects and four advanced engineering sprints. Typically, the projects are undertaken with an industrial or community partner in a professional engineering context and address an industrial or social need. In other cases, the project could be research- based, or you could propose a topic yourself and we will work with you to make sure it includes necessary elements.
An independent development project will be your first opportunity to dig a little deeper into one of your earlier team-based challenges.
Four advanced engineering sprints focusing on Health, Energy, Security and Infrastructure will allow you to build on the skills and knowledge that you have already developed.
The course will culminate in a master’s project which will allow you to work individually on a demanding engineering challenge for an extended period.
- Working by yourself, you will research and design a piece of wearable technology to enable a visually impaired person to access fitness activities.
- Using all of the knowledge and experience gained in the rest of the programme, you will design a low cost, low level, urban wind turbine to generate power for street lighting.