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If you are interested in all aspects of the application of physical science, then our Creative Science degree may be for you.

Combining study of the rapidly changing world of digital electronics with manufacturing techniques, mechanics and materials’ science, Creative Science is a broad and creative degree course providing you with a solid understanding of the application of science to create solutions for tomorrow.

Because Creative Science is an applied subject, our course is based around applied workshop learning; seminars with demonstrations; practical and lab work and design-build-test challenges. We don’t do lectures!

*Students without the standard entry requirements may take a Creative Science degree through Chichester’s integrated foundation year.

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College C58

UCAS H100 / H106

Course Length:

3 - 4 years Full Time


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points, with at least 64 points from Mathematics and a relevant science.
  • BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM Engineering (or a relevant route in Applied Science)
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points (including Higher Mathematics and a science)
  • Candidates may also request an interview after which they may receive a revised, more targeted offer.
  • If you do not meet these entry requirements, you may access Creative Science through the Integrated foundation year.
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You can apply for a yearlong industrial placement in your second year of study.

The placement typically begins after the second year and, following the placement, you will return to complete your degree (effectively extending your study by one year).

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage.

This is a competitive process and, although staff will assist you in finding a suitable placement, a placement is not guaranteed.

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All of Chichester’s Science and Engineering courses take a problem-based learning approach following the engineering cycle: Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate.

CDIO provides a highly practical and engaging engineering experience that encourages interdisciplinary team working to solve open-ended problems and foster communication skills. These are exactly the skills that will help to mark you out in the highly competitive employment arena. 

Replacing standard lectures, all of the courses in our Engineering and Design Department are delivered in an interactive workshop/seminar style with balanced mix of laboratory and practical work. There are also lab-based sessions where you will engage in CDIO design and build activities.  

Science and Engineering degrees at Chichester are about participating in interesting activities and not just listening and taking notes.  We don’t do lectures!

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Course content

Creative Science is a broad course, which includes electronics and aspects of manufacturing, materials and design.

Traditional engineering courses often involve large, impersonal lectures but out courses are taught in small, interactive seminar groups in our state-of-the-art facilities. This means more demonstrations and guided experiences working as a team with others in your department and from related courses such as Engineering, Business, and Product Design.  

Our unique CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) approach means that our courses are designed to be practical and lab-focused. Each academic year of the Creative Science BSc centres on a two-semester long design-build-test challenges based on an industry-style brief. The knowledge and techniques that you will apply in your design-build-test challenges are gained in workshops, seminars and practical lab-based modules that are related to electronics, manufacturing, materials and design.

In your first year of study, you will take part in a team CDIO challenge with other students from the Creative Science and Electronic & Electrical Engineering cohorts. Alongside this, you will study engineering mathematics along with electromagnetism, which is the foundation of electronics. You will also study circuit theory, analogue and digital electronics and computer programming.

First Year: SEMESTER 1 First Year: SEMESTER 2

Electronic Engineering Team CDIO Project

Electronic Engineering Team CDIO Project

Engineering Mathematics

Electricity and Magnetism

Electrical Circuit Analysis

Programming for Engineers

Analogue Electronics

Digital Electronics

The second year CDIO challenge is an interdisciplinary one with students from other engineering cohorts. The second year of study introduces topics that are more advanced, including microcontrollers, electronics design, manufacturing and mechanical design as well as mathematical tools.

Second Year: SEMESTER 1 Second Year: SEMESTER 2

Interdisciplinary Team Engineering CDIO Project

Interdisciplinary Team Engineering CDIO Project

Ergonomics Product Design

Analogue and Digital Design

Communication Engineering

Product Design for Sports

Engineering Tools and Techniques

Embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT)

In the final year, you will work on an individual project and present your work to a technical and non-technical audience. The course contains many specialist modules required to provide you with the breadth knowledge and skills needed for a career in engineering and science. The final year teaches renewable energy, embedded systems, advanced materials and advanced mechanical design and there are also module options, allowing you to specialise your field of study. 

Third Year: SEMESTER 1 Third Year: SEMESTER 2

Individual Project (CDIO)

Individual Project (CDIO)

Product Design IoT Project

Sustainable Design

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

Mobile Communications


Photonics and optical communications

Power system operation

Managing & Leading Teams*

Small Business Enterprise*


Our facilities

Our Creative Science programme will be based at our new Engineering & Digital Technology Park (due for completion in 2018). It is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering science and engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach. With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy world class facilities including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences
  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities
  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories
  • Fabrication laboratory
  • Specialist 3D printers
  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
  • 300 square-metre television production studio, with auxiliary 100 square-metre special effects room
  • 400 square-metre media operation centre
  • Media editing and finishing suites
  • Hands-on educations spaces for partnerships with schools and colleges
  • Co-working spaces and IT suites

The Engineering & Digital Technology Park is based on our Bognor Regis Campus, located just 600 metres from the beach and next door to the leafy and tranquil Hotham Park.

Where this can take you

Creative Science has been developed to address the shortage of trained engineers with suitably diverse technical skills who are able to understand the fundamental science that underpins engineering and technological development.

Engineering and Science graduates are highly employable, finding employment in many sectors including:

  • The electronics industry
  • ICT
  • The automotive industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Software development
  • The financial sector
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Utilities

Most large, and many SME technology companies have research and development departments, in which science and engineering graduates can work developing next generation technologies.

Indicative modules

First Year

Electronic Engineering CDIO Project

In these team projects you will be introduced to engineering through CDIO. The first year projects are team design and build experiences in which you will work with other first year Electronic and Electrical Engineering students. The projects provide a forum to apply the knowledge and techniques you have acquired to challenging open-ended design briefs.

Engineering Mathematics

This module helps you build a solid foundation in engineering mathematics and the confidence to apply mathematical techniques to electronic and electrical engineering related work you will undertake in other modules of study.

Electricity & Magnetism

You will learn and apply the fundamentals of classical electrometric theory to a level that will enable you to be able to predict the behaviour of basic electronic circuits and simple electrical systems and design such systems with a scientific approach.

Electrical Circuit Analysis

You will learn and apply circuit theorems and concepts to analyse and design simple circuits. You will build, test and analyse some key fundamental electronic circuits that you will use in larger, more complex circuits later in your course.

Programming for Engineers

Through this module, you will learn programming using the C language with an emphasis with an emphasis on using C for programming embedded electronic systems.

Analogue Electronics

You will learn to analyse analogue circuits and describe their behaviour and operation. You will also learn how to use an appropriate range of analogue electronic components to build practical analogue systems and sub-systems.

Digital Electronics

You will learn common digital electronic circuits and their application in larger, more complex circuits. You will also learn to use a range of digital electronic components to design and build practical digital systems and subsystems. 

Second Year

Interdisciplinary Team Engineering CDIO Project

In these exciting interdisciplinary team projects, you will be part of a team with engineering and design students from other disciplines. These projects provide a forum to apply the knowledge and techniques you have acquired to challenging open-ended design briefs.

Analogue and Digital Design

In this module, you will study operational amplifiers, filters and filtering of signals and the design of digital-to-analogue converters and analogue to digital converters. In digital design, you will learn about the design process of digital systems using electronic design automation tools, hardware description languages and field programmable gate arrays.

Communication Engineering

In this module you will learn about analogue and digital communications systems and modulation techniques, the effect of noise on communication systems and examples of commonly deployed communication systems.

Product Design for Sports

Through this module you will gain insight and practical experience in the design process for sporting equipment for a range of sporting activities.

Engineering Tools and Techniques

This module will teach you the mathematical tools, techniques and the implementation of these as applied to electronic and electrical engineering, for example in circuit design and analysis and in measurement and instrumentation 

Embedded Systems and Internet of Things (IoT)

This module develops your understanding of the architecture and applications of the generic microcontroller and embedded systems. You will study the architecture of the PIC18 microcontroller, how to programme and interface a microcontroller and assembly language programming. 

Final Year

Final Year Project

Unlike the first and second year team CDIO design-build challenges, your final year project is an individual piece of work, which involves Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating a solution to a problem of your choice or one provided by our industrial partners. This challenging project work will provide you with self-starter skills and could utilise all of the knowledge, experience and techniques that you have acquire throughout your study. 

Product Design IoT Project

In this module is you will be introduced to the design of electronic products through use of a programmable integrated circuit (PIC) design to a smart system , for example a health/fitness monitoring device.

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

In this module, you will study renewable energy, such as solar, wind, wave and geothermal sources and the technologies used for harvesting and harnessing them. You will also study the likely future direction and growth of renewable energy and how renewable energy links with smart grids, load manipulation and energy storage.

Mobile Communications

In this module you will acquire knowledge of digital mobile communication systems, the principles of wireless communications and the methodology cellular system design.

Photonics & Optical Communications

This module will provide you with knowledge and practice in the characteristics, analysis and design, of common components used in modern optoelectronic systems, including devices for generation, detection, modulation and transmission of optical signals. You will also learn how optical fibre has revolutionised communications and enabled the transmission of vast amounts of data.

Sustainable Design

In this module, you will study issues around sustainable design and how to realise sustainability in design. You will explore design for the circular economy, design with zero carbon footprint and eco-design, design for durability and longevity and design for recycling and material recovery.

Power systems operation

This module will provide you a sound knowledge and understanding of the operation of a modern power system operating under balanced steady-state and fault conditions. You will also develop mathematical skills and engineering knowledge needed for the analysis of electrical power systems.

Small Business Enterprise

Managing & Leading Teams 

Teaching and assessment

The course is delivered through seminar/workshops; tutorials; computer labs; physical labs and project practical time. There is a split of about 50% of time in seminars and tutorials and the remaining 50% in labs and projects work. Creative Science is a demanding subject with significant contact hours. In addition to scheduled learning activities, students are expected to engage in intensive self-study.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including: coursework; written examinations; lab and practical work; project work; presentations and online tests. About 25% of assessment is by examination, the remaining 75% is assessment is through coursework, practical and project work and presentations. 

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Working with industry

Our Engineering, Creative Science and Product Design degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses. This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park will offer students the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses. It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.