BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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Overview

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 course is available with a Foundation Year.

Features and Benefits

  • 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 Engineering Student Society’s peer-reviewed journal and to present your final project work at the School ’s degree show.
  • Adapt your schedule to suit your needs through our drop-in workshops and laboratories.
  • This degree course shares a common first and second year with our MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a common first year with our MEng and BEng degrees in Mechanical Engineering, so you may be able to transfer between courses.

Engineering Futures Yearbook

Check out the fantastic project and design work from our 2018 graduates of the Department of Engineering.

“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, Head of Division of Mechanical Engineering

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“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."

Callum Williams-York, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Career Prospects

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.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) A2 to include Maths and Science, Engineering or Technology (including IT) subject. 

BTEC National Diploma/BTEC National Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM/D*D) in Engineering to include one of the following units with a minimum grade of Merit:

7 Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
8 Further Engineering Mathematics

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. GCSE Science and Mathematics requirement may be met through the Level 3 requirements for the course. Please contact the institution if further information is required.

Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted. BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Engineering/Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points to include a Level 3 Maths unit with a minimum grade Merit.

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.

Course details

You will gain the specialist knowledge and expertise required for a professional career in mechanical engineering. In Year 1, you will establish the fundamentals of engineering science and further develop your scientific and analytical skills in Year 2. There will be the opportunity to undertake specialist options and projects in Year 3.

For both 2019 and 2020 entry, the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

For 2019 entry you will typically study the following units in your first year:

  • Electrical and Electronic Science
  • Engineering Design and Practice
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods 1

For 2020 entry you will typically study the following units in your first year:

  • Project Skills
  • Design Project
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Applied Mechanical engineering Principles
  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Electronic Engineering Principles
  • Engineering Mathematics

Read more about this year of study

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 the University 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.

For 2019 entry you will study the following units in your second year:

  • Mathematical Methods 2
  • Professional Design and Practice
  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

 

For 2020 entry you will study the following units in your second year:

  • Group Design Project
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Mechanical Design and Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Professional Practice

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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 multi-disciplinary 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. 

For 2019 entry you will study the following units in your third year:

Core units:

  • Individual Engineering Project
  • Mechanical Engineering Design

Option units:

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Stress, Structures and Engineering Dynamics

 

For 2020 entry you will study the following units in your third year:

  • Individual Project
  • Project Design and Implementation
  • Engineering Design
  • Structural Analysis
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Business and Operations Management

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Individual Engineering Project

In this unit you choose a problem in a specialist field, evaluate the related industrial and professional context, including safety, environmental and ethical considerations. You then research, design, plan and manage a specialist technology solution to the chosen problem. At the end of the unit you will present and defend the project to academic specialists in the field. You will also present your work  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 and safety.

Option 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. 

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:

Study
Assessment
Optional foundation year

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.

Placement options

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 school 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 school are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

More about the department

Taught by experts

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.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

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: £16,000 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: £16,000 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: £4000 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).

Additional Information

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.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£80

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 smart phone or wireless device to participate in interactive class quizzes, etc. All personal protection equipment (PPE) for labs and a basic toolkit is provided by the School. Laboratory and workshop consumables are also provided. All reports, etc. for assessment are submitted as electronic files except the Level 6 and 7 Project Reports for which printing and binding costs (up to 50 pages) will be borne by the students. Costs for the printing of posters for Employability events and graduate year books will be paid by the School.

Placement Costs

Students may have to contribute to the cost of optional social trips organised by Student Societies. The costs of compulsory industrial visits (if any) are paid by the School or by sponsorship secured from the Professional bodies (PSRBs). Students are expected to cover the costs of attending placement interviews and any additional travel/accommodation costs incurred to take up optional short term or sandwich placements.

Professional Costs

The School of Engineering will cover the costs associated with student/affiliate membership of one PSRB. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of any additional memberships or enhanced PSRB membership status and to the cost of any optional professional accreditation courses in the use of software packages, etc.

Other Costs

Costs for student-led projects will be paid by the School subject to approved business cases submitted by the students under the supervision of academic staff. Artefacts built for projects normally remain the property of the School, but students may be offered the opportunity to purchase them for the cost of the materials used.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

H300 - BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

H308 - BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Full-time applications through UCAS.

Part-time applications direct to the University: www.mmu.ac.uk/applicationform

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