Our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation for those looking to open the door to one of the many career opportunities available to mechanical engineers. With project-based learning throughout, you’ll develop the transferable skills and multidisciplinary awareness that are highly valued in industry.
In your first year, you’ll get a grounding in the fundamental principles of applied mathematics and engineering sciences. What’s more, you’ll also get straight into the practical side of things, with a design-and-build challenge.
You’ll develop scientific and analytical skills as you study specialisms like solid and fluid mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics and engineering mathematics. And with project work that’s rooted in our research and shaped around industry, you’ll learn how to apply those skills to real-world engineering.
This Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
This degree is also available with a Foundation Year. This means if you have the potential to study at degree level, but you don’t meet the entry requirements, you can choose to study a foundation year which will help you prepare for entry into Year 1.
Tackle real challenges from the world of engineering. Every year, we invite businesses and academic colleagues to set live projects that challenge our students to devise innovative solutions to current problems. You’ll get feedback and advice directly from industry insiders – giving you the chance to find out exactly what it takes to impress a potential future employer.
Showcase your engineering and design skills in extra-curricular group projects like the Formula Student racing car competition or the Engineering For People Design Challenge.
Spend your third year on an industry placement by taking our four-year route.
You may be invited to publish the results of your individual and group work in the Department of Engineering Student Society’s peer-reviewed journal and to present your final project work at the Department’s degree show.
This degree course shares a common first and second year with our MEng degree in Mechanical 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.
“Graduate employability is at the forefront of our curriculum. That’s why, our students work in collaboration with our industry partners to tackle live projects that solve real-world problems.” Dr Sravanthi Sashikumar, Deputy Head, Mechanical Engineering
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
Accreditation Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accreditation Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for the purpose of meeting in full the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and in part the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
“My final year project investigated the optimisation of materials for 3D printing of medical models. It helped me to secure a graduate scheme with Renishaw, one of the world's leading engineering companies."
Our Mechanical Engineering 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 fuel 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.
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.
Year 1 of the degree will establish the fundamentals of engineering science, mathematics, and practical and project skills in mechanical engineering. In Year 2, you will further develop your scientific and analytical skills through study of solid mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, and mechanical design principles. You will take on a specialist role in a multi-disciplinary group project and start detailed planning of your career. Specialist units and projects in Year 3 – all of which are informed by the Department of Engineering’s active research and industrial partnerships – will give you experience of the latest engineering challenges faced by industry and society.
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 also 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. The following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Students are introduced to the practical and skills based elements of a broad range of concepts and practices in practical aspects of engineering and design.
In subject specific areas students will work in teams to design, develop and build a tangible solution to a set design brief.
Mechanical Engineering Principles
Students explore core mechanical principles that form the foundation of further applied study in Mechanical Engineering, such as kinematic and kinetic motion, vector mechanics and force/moment analysis.
Applied Mechanical Engineering Principles
Students apply core mechanical principles to engineering applications such as stress and strain in engineering systems, and mechanical advantage of simple machines.
Electrical Engineering Principles
Students will explore fundamental circuit analysis theory, capacitors and inductors, magnetics and electrostatics, reactance and AC power.
Electronic Engineering Principles
Students use semiconductor devices, such as diodes, transistors and op-amps, to design simple electronic circuits for switching and amplification. You will explore the fundamentals of digital electronics, the binary number system, Boolean algebra and logic design.
Students will apply standard mathematical techniques to engineering problems, including the analysis and presentation of numerical data and the links between mathematical theory and engineering applications.
The core part of the second year of our Mechanical Engineering course is a group project, working with students from your own and other courses on challenges set by industry experts, to give you experience of what it is like to work on a multi-disciplinary engineering team.
Alongside this, you will develop your practical and analytical expertise via in-depth study of your degree’s specialist technical topics. We will help you take the first steps towards professional registration as you develop your career plan, and we will encourage and support you to apply for a sandwich placement year to give you an early chance to put your learning into practice. The following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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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.
Students will learn how thermodynamic principles are used by mechanical engineers to develop and analyse systems and processes.
Mechanical Design and Materials
Students learn to select, specify and integrate standard mechanical engineering components and materials for set design briefs.
Students will use experimental , theoretical and simulated results to model and analyse the behaviour and characteristics of static and dynamic mechanical systems.
Group Design Project
Students will work in teams on a project brief provided by an industrial partner or as part of a national competition. In collaboration with the academic team, students will work on realising their design solutions and concepts through to prototype and review stage, finishing with a showcase event to external partners.
Students will be introduced to project management processes and context. Working in teams students will develop a project management plan and design a solution for an industrial case study on a topical subject. Students will be introduced to professional practice and their personal and professional development.
Modelling and Simulation
This unit provides students with the knowledge to understand and use effectively computer modelling and simulation techniques for the biomechanical analysis of movements.
In the final year, you will study the latest developments and challenges in global engineering and your chosen specialist area, and you will choose a major individual project. You could be working directly with industry experts, with your placement employer, or with one of our research groups. As you prepare to graduate, you will have the opportunity to present your work to employers and your invited guests in a degree show. The following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Business and Operations Management
Students explore the technologies and techniques used to optimise the conversion of materials and labour into goods and services.
Supported by, and contributing to, themed challenge groups, students will implement their project proposal, culminating in an event to showcase their results to invited academics, peers and industrial partners.
Project Design and Implementation
Working in a team, students will position themselves as professional engineers and designers. Students will develop a project proposal based on an exploration of the drivers for innovation in a key sector within their discipline, drawing on knowledge and skills gained throughout their studies.
Students explore the factors necessary to manage the complete product development cycle.
Students investigate the behaviour of a range of structural and mechanical systems, including advanced principles in mechanics (e.g. Energy conservation, nonlinear constitutive law, virtual work), structural design to prevent failure and numerical methods in structural analysis.
Students apply the scientific principles of fluid mechanics to analyse a range of applications in mechanical engineering.
Students will explore techniques such as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics are used to model and design mechanical systems.
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 of 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:
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 of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course may vary, but it could be:
Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 3 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 1 60% coursework; 40% examination
Year 2 75% coursework; 25% examination
Year 3 75% coursework; 25% examination
Optional foundation year
Study 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Assessment 65% coursework; 35% examination
Additional information about this course
Due to professional body requirements, this course differs from standard University Assessment Regulations in that a minimum pass mark is required for each element of assessment. Also, compensation cannot be applied in all units and the Marginal Fail Category for which compensation can be applied differs from that in standard University Assessment Regulations.
All of our degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. If you choose to go down this route, your degree will take one year longer, with the third year spent working in industry. These optional placements not only give you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how a business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work. We offer a range of services to help you find the right placement, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs.
Department of Engineering
Our Department of Engineering comprises more than 60 academic staff and post-doctoral researchers, supported by an experienced technical team and a wide range of specialist equipment and resources.
The department strives to align their research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the department are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.
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.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)
UK, EU and Channel Island students
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £4125 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
Students often choose to buy a laptop or tablet for use on campus (approx. £800); however, there are PCs on campus and students can also borrow laptops. Students may need a smartphone or wireless device to participate in interactive class quizzes, etc. and a scientific calculator for in-class use.
All personal protection equipment (PPE) and laboratory and workshop consumables are provided by the Department.
All reports, etc. for assessment are submitted as electronic files. Any additional costs associated with assessments, e.g. poster printing, components, models, etc. will be paid by the Department.
The costs of compulsory industrial visits are paid by the Department. Students may have to contribute to the cost of optional or social trips. Students are expected to cover the costs of attending placement interviews and any additional travel/accommodation costs incurred whilst on placements.
The Department will cover the costs associated with student membership of one professional body. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of any additional memberships or enhanced membership status, and to the cost of any optional professional accreditation courses in the use of software packages, etc.
Costs for student-led projects and supported extra-curricular competitions, etc., will be paid by the Department, subject to approval of a business case submitted by the students under the supervision of academic staff. Artefacts built for projects normally remain the property of the Department, but students may be offered the opportunity to purchase them for the cost of the materials used.
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