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Mechanical Engineering (Top-up) BEng(Hons) 2016-17

At a Glance

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Start date:
19 / 09 / 2016

1 year full-time

Places Available:
20 (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements
Entry requirements for this course are considered on an individual basis and normally comprise one of the following:

•Higher National Diploma at Merit in Mechanical Engineering.
•Foundation Degree in Engineering.
•International qualifications are accepted, with high technical engineering content.
•Other relevant skills or experience will be considered.

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The course

Mechanical Engineering is recognised as one of the most important engineering disciplines and this course will extend your current knowledge, providing you with a great qualification to further progress your career. Do you look at a piece of equipment and immediately want to know how it works, and how it might be improved? If so, you are already on your way to becoming a Mechanical Engineer, a future leader within our industrial society, with great employment prospects. To enable you to achieve your aims, we can offer a course that:

•Has a graduate employment or further study rate of over 98%
•Is taught mainly by Chartered Engineers with substantial industrial experience, who are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Course content

This course offers you a firm grounding in the principles and fundamentals of mechanical engineering through practical work, project work and problem solving activities. You will also address the important role of business and financial management. You will develop your understanding of the value of mechanical engineering in the design and operation of: power stations; in making best use of our remaining fossil fuels; in the bio-medical industry; rail transportation; and, in the manufacturing sector.

+ Design Analysis

Finite element analysis is now an integral part of the design process and is often incorporated within solid modelling design packages. It is important that users understand the theoretical basis and limitations of FEA if they are to use it effectively. This module will provide you with this knowledge and give you experience in using a commercial code of this type. You will learn how to justify your analysis and to gather the evidence to demonstrate that your analysis is reliable. To help you in this, you will also extend your skills in classical stress and strain analysis. The module is assessed using an assignment and an exam.

+ Project Quality and Production Management

The module will teach you about the scheduling of activity, with appropriate consideration of resource constraints and cost required for undertaking successful projects. It will cover financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. You will also learn how to use industry standard project management software.
The module also includes Total Quality Management, introducing tools and techniques such as Statistical Process Control, improvement programmes and maintenance management.
You will learn how to effectively manage the manufacture of products and will understand the decision making processes required with regard to people, machines, materials and finance.

+ Dynamic Analysis and Control

This module will provide you with an enhanced understanding of system dynamics. The modelling of multi-degree of freedom mechanical systems is considered together with control theory applied to higher order systems. You will gain experience at the modelling of mechanical system dynamics using ADAMS multi-body dynamics software package. The module is assessed by a computer based assignment (50%) and an examination (50%).

+ Eco Design and IPR

Earth’s natural resources are increasingly becoming scarce yet the drive for ever newer products could not be greater. The strain on our natural resources is therefore increasing but there is an answer...... Sustainable Design (Eco Design). Sustainable Design (Eco-Design) incorporates the standard design process with the sustainable sourcing and disposal of materials ensuring a minimum effect on the planet’s resources. The normal design process merely selects materials for manufacture often with no thought as to the source of the material or the method of disposal after the products life has expired.  Sustainable design incorporates Eco-Sourcing at the beginning of the design process and Eco-Dismantling on the end of the design process. If goods and products are to be produced to use resources efficiently and with low cost then it is important that awareness, knowledge and ability is generated in our new graduate designers. Also important to designers is the subject of Intellectual Property Rights and the relevant protection, practices and processes surrounding new and novel products. The module concentrates on Eco-Design from the true start of the design process (Eco-Sourcing) to the disposal of the end of life product (Eco-Disposal). Also introduced will be methods of measurement and financial and moral implications of designing products to a sustainable level. This module will prepare you for work in industry and for further advanced work in a master’s module. The module is assessed by course work.

+ Final Year Project (Mechanical)

This module provides the opportunity for an individual student to plan, manage and execute a substantial engineering project, from a suitable objective to a satisfactory conclusion. This will allow the student to extend their intellectual abilities in the chosen project area, enable them to apply and to increase their knowledge in a chosen field and allow them to demonstrate their professional engineering capabilities. Each individual student will undertake a substantial project, on a topic appropriate to their pathway. The project, which may be industrially based, will be an in-depth study of an engineering problem, requiring a degree of initiative, planning and management of the project. The student will also be required to submit a poster in December (weighted 10%) and on completion a substantial formal individual technical report (weighted 90%).

Career opportunities

Over 95% of our students, who studied an automotive and motorsport related course and graduated in 2012, have secured employment or gone on to further study.

Graduates have gone on to work in design and development, projects, sales and management in aerospace, engine and automobile manufacture, engineering consultancy, machine tools, fabrication, construction, heating and ventilating and process engineering. Companies currently employing our graduates include BAE Systems, Bentley, Dyson, Cameron,
Cummins Turbo Technologies, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren and Red Bull Racing.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and tutorials, in design studios and laboratories using specialist computer packages. Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual project work, with a strong focus on practical work.


You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on skills and knowledge in our comprehensive engineering and technology teaching and research facilities. You will have access to an excellent range of industry standard equipment including:

• An open plan Design Studio equipped with design and analysis software.
• An Advanced Automotive Laboratory with vehicle and engine test facilities including a 4-post ride simulator, wind tunnel and thermal imaging facilities.
• Well equipped computing laboratories.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2016/17 fees and finance.

How to apply


Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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