Mechanical Engineering MEng

Overview

With huge advances in technologies for transport, healthcare and robotics, there’s never been a more exciting time to train as a mechanical engineer.

This 4-year MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering integrated Master's degree course is similar to our 3- year BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course. The difference is you'll study more advanced topics leading to a Master's degree at the end of the course.

You'll study the design, development, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of engineered products. You'll get to specialise in advanced subjects such as sustainable development and computer-aided engineering and have the option to get involved in UP Racing - the University's Formula Student team.

In your final year, you'll complete a major group engineering project. This is normally linked to the University's research and commercial activities, giving you relevant experience in the field.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and engineering design
  • Complete a team project in your final year
  • Use our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, stress analysis lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities
  • Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students
  • Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our manufacturing workshops
  • Have the option to expand your learning and meet potential employers by working on an industrial project

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Introduction to Design
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials and Manufacturing Technology
  • Mathematical Principles

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Computer Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Control Engineering
  • Engineering Programming
  • Institution-wide Language Programme

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have gone on to placements at organisations including:

  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • GE Aviation

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or in a group.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics
  • MEng Individual Project
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Design for Quality

Year 4

Core modules in this year include:

  • Energy Systems
  • Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Structural Application of Finite Elements
  • Structural Integrity

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Control Systems
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials (personal and academic)
  • laboratory and project work
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
  • open access study

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 60% by written exams and 40% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 42% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 53% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many opportunities open to you when you graduate.

What can you do with a Mechanical Engineering degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including:

  • design
  • research and development
  • product manufacture
  • project management

What jobs can you do with a Mechanical Engineering degree?

Graduates from this course have gone on to work as:

  • mechanical engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Other graduates have set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

MEng, MEng Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

120-144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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