An engineering degree is very demanding. The workload is high, the pace is fast and the modules are academically challenging. Many students also face challenges regarding background knowledge in Mathematics and Physical Science, academic literacy and information technology, and may not have effective study skills to cope with the mainstream four-year programme. In addition, many students struggle with the transition to university life, with the very large first-year classes, freedom from strict discipline, and many social activities, even if they attended high-performing schools.
This is why the School of Engineering offers a five-year programme, called the Engineering Augmented Degree Programme (ENGAGE). ENGAGE is available in all the engineering disciplines. It provides a carefully structured curriculum that helps students adjust to university life and cope with the academic demands of engineering studies. In ENGAGE, the volume of work is gradually increased while the support provided is gradually decreased over a period of three years. However, the workload – the time students must spend on their studies – is high from the very beginning, so ENGAGE is not for students who do not want to work - students are expected to work for 60 - 70 hours per week!