MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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Overview

With this four-year integrated masters course, you’ll go on a journey from fundamental engineering principles all the way through to live, practical projects that are informed by our active research and industrial partnerships. This means that by the time you graduate, you’ll already have experience of the latest engineering challenges faced by industry and society.

On our MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree, you’ll start off by exploring the fundamental theories of engineering science and applied mathematics, as well as learning practical and project skills. Then, through the study of solid mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, you’ll begin to develop your scientific and analytical skills. Throughout your studies at Manchester Met, you’ll have the chance to get involved with projects rooted in our research with potential employers and research teams – giving you valuable experience for your career development.

As you progress, you’ll take on multi-disciplinary project work, adopting one of several specialist roles – just like you would in the workplace. So, by the time you tackle your final-year group engineering project, you’ll be well equipped to design, develop, evaluate and present a specialist engineering solution to a significant, current problem.

Features and Benefits

  • Spend a year on an industry placement if you take our five-year sandwich route.
  • This course shares a common first and second year with our BEng degrees 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.
  • 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 experts – 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.
  • Apply to become a STEM ambassador and share your love of engineering with school pupils and the public.
  • Use the latest equipment and software in our high-spec workshops and labs – full training included.

“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

“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

Throughout your Mechanical Engineering degree, you’ll learn to use science and maths to solve real-world problems. The practical and academic skills you can develop will give you a wide range of career destinations to choose from.

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

112-120

A levels ­– BBC-BBB, to include grade C in Mathematics AND grade C in a Science, Engineering or Technology subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in Engineering – DMM, with grade merit or above in one of the following units:

07 - Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems

08 - Further Engineering Mathematics

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit

The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in Engineering or Science with a minimum score of 112 UCAS Tariff points and with grade merit or above in one Level 3 Mathematics unit.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in Mathematics AND HL 5 in a Science, Engineering or Technology subject

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

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

Course details

At the start of the course, we’ll work on getting everyone up to speed with the fundamental skills you’ll need later on – engineering science, maths, design and practical skills.

As you progress, you’ll develop scientific and analytical skills. You’ll work on more advanced topics, including solid mechanics, dynamics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

You might find you’re stronger in one particular area. Your multi-disciplinary group projects are the ideal time to put your specialist knowledge to the test. Once you’ve found your niche, you can choose to specialise further in the third and final years.

The final year involves a challenging major project that will put all your skills to use.

There’s an optional placement year for this course. If you choose to take it, you’ll spend your third year gaining vital experience in industry – in the UK or overseas.

 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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Core Units

Project Skills

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. 

Design Project

In subject specific areas students will work in teams to design, develop and build a tangible solution to a set design brief. 

Engineering Mathematics

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.

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.

Electrical Engineering Principles

Students will explore fundamental circuit analysis theory, capacitors and inductors, magnetics and electrostatics, reactance and AC power.

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.

A significant 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 through 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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Core Units

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.

Thermodynamics

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.

Experimental Mechanics

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.

Professional Practice

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 third 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 industrial experts, with your placement employer, or with one of our research groups. The following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Business and Operations Management

Students explore the technologies and techniques used to optimise the conversion of materials and labour into goods and services.

Individual Project

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.

Engineering Design

Students explore the factors necessary to manage the complete product development cycle.

Structural Analysis

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.

Fluid Mechanics

Students apply the scientific principles of fluid mechanics to analyse a range of applications in mechanical engineering.

Computational Mechanics

Students will explore techniques such as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics are used to model and design mechanical systems.

Your final year will include a major group project, where you will work within a multi-disciplinary team to tackle a complex, current problem in engineering. Taught units allow you to work with our research teams on specialist, novel applications of engineering. The following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Manufacturing for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 brings automation, operational intelligence and connectedness to manufacturing to create smart factories, with processes and workflows monitored in real time. Digital twins – accurate computer models of the layout and operation of the factory, provide predictive simulation tools for manufacturing managers. Alternative layouts and workflows can be modelled, analysed, and optimised prior to investing in their implementation.

Students will work with case studies and details of manufacturing cells and workflows, developing accurate digital twin models and applying the principles of predictive simulation to quantify and optimise the benefits, risks and costs of modifications.

Applied Materials for Modernisation

Materials Science is one of the key disciplines of the 21st Century. Innovations in the design and modification of materials will make significant contributions in the years and decades to come, providing intelligent products for areas such as health, energy, mobility and communication, as well as environment and climate management.

You will learn about the impact of the latest developments in materials science, and how material properties and characteristics can be enhanced using appropriate additive methods, to improve production methods and engineering design in general.

Engineering Sustainability

A resilient and sustainable economic future depends on engineering products and processes that use resources and energy at a rate that does not compromise the natural environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Students will learn about the latest developments in harvesting energy from natural resources, such as wind, solar, bioenergy, hydrogen fuel cells, gaseous and liquid biofuels, etc. and about what informs business decision-making when evaluating sustainable plant performance and materials selection.

Systems Engineering for Industry

A range of interdisciplinary skills in systems thinking and systems analysis will be required to support the delivery of new engineering products, enterprise and services for Industry 4.0.

Students will learn how analysis and decision making during the operational and developmental phases of the system life cycle for complex systems is supported by hierarchical models of the system’s structure and its functional and physical building blocks.

Management of Projects Professional Practice

The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the management of projects in a professional practice setting via problem based learning. Students will be expected to analyse, critique and recommend solutions for an existing project.

Using a problem based learning approach, with a case study provided by an industrial partner, students will explore the management strategies, processes and stakeholders involved in the project, and develop communication and coordination plans to monitor and control the project information.

Group Engineering Project

Students will work in teams to deliver substantial design solutions to a complex problem in engineering.

Computer Aided Engineering

In Industry 4.0, computer models are used to create “digital twins” of physical components and assemblies, so that potential modifications can be tested and improved, prior to actual implementation. Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) provides the computational simulation tools for engineers to model and validate their designs, using techniques such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA).


Students will learn how to apply the principles of computational mechanics to create and analyse system models, with an emphasis on the importance of verification and validation of models to assess the reliability and accuracy of any recommendations based upon them. Case studies of applications will be considered in areas such as bioengineering, renewables, and manufacturing methods.

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

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 fourth 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.

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

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.

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).

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

£130

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.

Placement Costs

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.

Professional Costs

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.

Other Costs

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.

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

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UCAS code(s)

2D86

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

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