Engineering Thermodynamics (H3052)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This modules provides you with the fundamental knowledge of the basic concepts and laws of thermodynamics. By the end of the module, you should be able to apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics to a wide range of engineering problems, and assess their results to determine the limits and merits of different systems and processes.

Topics include:

  • first law of thermodynamics
  • conservation of energy
  • second law of thermodynamics
  • heat transfer
  • entropy
  • entropy fluxes due to heat transfer
  • heat engines
  • vapour cycles
  • Rankine
  • refrigeration
  • heat pumps
  • Carnot cycle
  • reciprocating machines.


73%: Lecture
27%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 45 hours of contact time and about 105 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: