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

This course also available for 2015-16 entry

At a glance

UCAS code:

Start date:
19 / 09 / 2016


1 year full-time

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

Course type:

Full Time

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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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About the course

This specially designed top-up course is for those who have completed at least two years of University or Higher Education study in a related subject. This course has been designed to extend your current knowledge, providing you with a great qualification to further progress your career.

Mechanical engineers play a vital role in our everyday lives. They design, manufacture and operate a diverse range of products and processes, from high performance race cars, lifesaving medical equipment, railway vehicles and infrastructure to green and sustainable technologies.

This course aims to 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, in rail transportation and in the manufacturing sector.

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 (FEA) 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 aims to provide you with this knowledge and give you the opportunity to experience using a commercial code of this type. You explore how to justify your analysis and gather the evidence to demonstrate that your analysis is reliable. To help you in this, you will also be supported in extending your skills in classical stress and strain analysis.

+ Project Quality and Production Management

Engineers have a responsibility to ensure that they deliver projects on time and within budget. With this in mind this module covers the scheduling of project activity, with appropriate consideration of resource constraints and cost required for undertaking successful projects. You’ll study financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. You will also be introduced to industry standard project management software. The module also covers total quality management, introducing tools and techniques such as statistical process control, improvement programmes and maintenance management. You’ll explore 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 has been designed to 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 have the opportunity to gain experience of the modelling of mechanical system dynamics using computer simulation software such as ADAMS multi-body dynamics software package.

+ 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 and one answer to this could be sustainable design (eco design). Sustainable design incorporates the standard design process with the sustainable sourcing and disposal of materials ensuring a minimum effect on the planet’s resources. This module aims to provide you with an awareness about how to design goods using resources effectively. 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.

+ 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 help the student to extend their intellectual abilities in the chosen project area, support them to apply and to increase their knowledge in a chosen field and provide the opportunity 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%).

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Over 95% of our students, who graduated from an automotive and motorsport related course in 2012, secured employment or went on to further study within six months*.

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.

Additionally, you will gain skills that are transferable to other industries and be able to pursue any career that requires a good honours degree. You could go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate study (including postgraduate teacher training) and research which may interest you.

*Statistic taken from DLHE survey 2012/13

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 community

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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