Manchester Metropolitan University

BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • This degree course shares a common first and second year with our MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering and BEng degree in Automotive Engineering and a common first year with our MEng and BEng degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, so you may be able to transfer between courses.
  • All units have been designed to use up to date examples from the world of engineering. Every year, the School of Engineering invites industrial and academic colleagues to set new, “live” projects that challenge our students to devise innovative solutions to current problems. You will get feedback and advice directly from industrialists and have the chance to find out exactly what it takes to impress a potential future employer.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with other students in the Student Society on extra-curricular projects to apply and showcase your engineering and design skills in, for example, the Formula Student racing car competition or the Engineering For People Design Challenge.
  • You can apply to become a STEM Ambassador – great for developing your communication skills.  Full training will be provided for you to work on projects in which you can share your enthusiasm for engineering, design and technology in schools and at public events.
  • Full training will be provided for you to use our state-of-the-art workshops, laboratories and specialist engineering software.
  • In your final year, you will present your work at the School's degree show and in a published yearbook - both of which will be viewed by industry representatives.

Placement options

  • The four-year sandwich route provides the opportunity for you to spend your third year on industrial placement either in the UK or further afield.
  • Experience has shown that placements can lead to improved performance in the final year and boost your employment prospects on graduation.

About the course

Typical units of study may include:

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Your first year begins with two weeks of interactive, hands-on practical induction to give you the opportunity to get to know your fellow students and the academic and technical staff who will support your studies. You will work on a series of mini challenges that will include activities in our specialist laboratories and workshops. After induction, we will provide a range of classes and structured self-study activities to develop your knowledge of the course fundamentals and to practice the key technical and study skills that you will need for your future success.

Core Units
Electrical and Electronic Science

This unit is your introduction to the fundamental principles of electrical and electronic engineering that will underpin your future study of more specialist engineering. You will learn how to design analogue and digital circuits, how to analyse the characteristics of a range of circuits and components and how to use a range of electrical test and measurement equipment in the lab.

Engineering Design and Practice

The focus for this unit is a design and build challenge, in which you will develop and test devices such as autonomous vehicles and you will have the opportunity to represent MMU in a contest with other universities. You will be combining the skills and technical principles from all your level 4 units and learning about research, materials and processes, project planning and management, personal development planning , communication and creative thinking.

Engineering Mechanics

This unit is your introduction to the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering that will underpin your future study of more specialist engineering. You will study basic mechanics, statics, dynamics and an introduction to thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and learn how to solve typical mechanical engineering problems and how to use a range of mechanical test and measurement equipment in the lab.

Mathematical Methods 1

In this unit you will learn how to use the mathematical techniques that are the foundation of engineering and applied physics, including algebra, functions and graphs, calculus and an introduction to computational methods. You will be applying your skills to solve a range of typical mathematical problems in engineering and physical science problems and collecting data to model real world problems.

Year 2

You start the second year with an internationally themed group project, working with students from your own and other courses, to give you a flavour of what it is like to work on a multi-disciplinary engineering team. We will encourage you to develop your career plan and to apply for a sandwich placement year. The multi-disciplinary and global theme continues in your project-based activity throughout the year, alongside in depth study of your degree’s specialist technical topics. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the work of our research groups, to help you choose an area for your individual, final year project.

Core Units
Mathematical Methods 2

In this unit, you will develop your mathematical and computational skills to support the science based units in your course, including statistics, using series and transformations, differential equations, matrix methods and waves. You will learn how to visualise mathematical expressions, create data models and how to apply advanced mathematical and computational techniques to solve real world problems in engineering and physical science.

Professional Design and Practice

The focus for this unit is a challenge set by one of our industrial partners, in which you will work in a multidisciplinary group. You will learn how to evaluate an industrial case study with respect to sustainability and ethical and professional standards; how to contribute to the research, planning, management and quality assurance of a multi-disciplinary project; and how to use your experience to develop and present a personal career development plan.

Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

In this unit you will learn about stress and vibration analysis of simple structures, components and dynamic systems and the applicability and limitations of solid mechanics theory. You will learn how to analyse typical mechanical systems and how to collect and process data using standard equipment and transducers. You will also learn how to interpret and validate the results of finite element models.

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

In this unit you will learn how the essential theories of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics are applied to a range of problems of relevance to practical engineering. You will learn how to analyse and solve thermodynamic problems using thermodynamic laws and equations, how to apply thermodynamic principles to thermal processes and cycles and how to analyse thermofluids properties and principles in fluid mechanics. 

Year 3

The final year includes a major individual project and study of the latest developments and challenges in your chosen specialist area.

Core Units
Individual Engineering Project

In this unit you choose a specialist field and application and evaluate the related published research and the industrial and professional context of a current problem including safety, environmental and ethical considerations. You then research, design, plan and manage a specialist technology solution. At the end of the unit you will present and defend the project to academic specialists in the field and to peers, industrialists and employers at an end of year degree show.

Mechanical Engineering Design

In this unit you will learn how to formulate a specification and use standards, databases, codes and a variety of other technical literature to inform your design solutions and materials selection. You will learn about the influence of: the environment and sustainability; legal considerations; ergonomics; aesthetics; ethics; reliability and maintenance. You will employ design management techniques to match customer requirements and work within constraints of cost, production techniques, materials and health & safety.

Likely Optional Units
Control and Automation

In this unit you will study the kinematics, dynamics and control of robot arms and learn how to use both physical analysis and computer simulation to build kinematic and dynamic models of robot arms. You will also learn how to use high level programming languages to control the behaviour of an automation system and how to build and test a factory automation system using hardware and software.

Digital Signal and Image Processing

This unit is about the operation and underlying theory of digital signal and image processing (DSIP) algorithms. You will learn how to model the fundamental concepts of DSIP including Z, continuous and discrete Fourier transforms and how to apply DSIP to analogue filter analysis. You will also learn how to apply spatial image processing techniques, and how to design and simulate DSIP algorithms.

Engineering Management

This unit is about the principles of engineering management. You will learn how to apply business and management knowledge to industrial engineering and how to deploy advanced practices for managing operations in an industrial context. You will also develop skills to model, simulate and analyse engineering management systems, learning how to build appropriate probabilistic models to support effective decision-making.

Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics

This unit is about the scientific principles of heat transfer, fluids and aerodynamics. You will learn how to: analyse heat transfer between the different components of engineering systems; solve and analyse problems involving one or more modes of heat transfer; develop mathematical models of fluid motion problems; and how to evaluate different important flow features in practical fluid mechanics. You will also learn about aerodynamics components and systems.

Power Generation and Distribution

In this unit you will learn how to use quantitative analysis techniques to evaluate the operating principles and challenges presented by conventional and renewable energy sources. You will learn how to analyse 3-phase generation, transmission and distribution systems and consider the electrical loading effects on those systems. You will also learn about the role of power electronics technology and energy storage options for renewable energy systems.

Stress, Structures and Engineering Dynamics

In this unit, you will study the structural behaviour of mechanical systems. You will learn how to apply advanced engineering principles to analyse structural components and how to carry out modal analysis and determine vibration response of multi-DOF systems. You will construct valid simulation models of mechanical problems and learn how to analyse complex mechanisms and carry out kinematic and dynamic analysis of simple mechanisms. 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Course Duration and Progression

All students will study the same core units at Level 4 and Level 5. Subject to satisfactory progress, and the availability of placement, students may then transfer onto the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Sandwich. If you fail the Sandwich year you will revert to the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

Methods of Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 45% lectures, seminars or similar; 55% independent study
  • Year 3 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 1 60% coursework; 40% examination
  • Year 2 45% coursework; 55% examination
  • Year 3 55% coursework; 45% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Assessment 60% coursework; 40% examination

Additional Information About this Course

Variation to undergraduate regulation B8: a unit shall be passed when a student achieves a pass according to the standard MMU regulations and achieves a minimum mark of: Greater than 30 at Levels 4 through 6 and Greater than 40 at Level 7 in each summative element of assessment that contributes more than 30 toward the final unit mark. Where the original aggregate mark is greater than the normal pass mark, this mark should stand following any reassessment.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) to include Mathematics or Further Mathematics with a minimum Grade C and Grade C in a Science, Engineering or Technology subject.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM). BTEC in a relevant (Engineering) subject to include a level 3 Maths module with a minimum Grade Merit.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant (Engineering/Science)subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 including a Level 3 Maths Module with a Merit grade

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Dip pts inc. HL Maths and Science at grade 5

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

Part-time course applicants: You should be working in an appropriate discipline, have 2 years professional experience and hold a HNC/HND or equivalent. Possible entry direct into Year 2 with HND. Equivalent qualifications considered and each application is considered on merit.

Your career prospects after the course

There is a national shortage of graduate engineers making our graduates highly sought after by employers.

There is also a high demand for design engineers and product designers in small to medium enterprises.

Engineering graduates enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the best starting salaries.

Our recent graduates occupy a variety of roles in engineering consultancies, manufacturing, aircraft design and manufacture, automotive and railway engineering, steel manufacturing, naval engineering, water companies and the power and nuclear fuels industries.

Employers outside of engineering sectors also recognise the skills and problem-solving capacity of the engineering graduate, and there may be opportunities in sales, commissioning, finance, teaching and management as well as roles managing technology to support a range of organisations.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Full-time applications through UCAS.

Part-time applications direct to the University:

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Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

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