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

About the course

This top-up course has been designed for those who have completed at least two years of University or Higher Education study in a related subject. This course will 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 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.

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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

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are considered on an individual basis and are normally 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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Course content

This course aims to provide you with a firm grounding in the principles and fundamentals of mechanical engineering through practical work, project work and problem solving activities. You’ll explore the important role of business and financial management. You’ll be supported in will developing 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.

Core modules:

+ Design Analysis

Finite element analysis (FEA) uses computer software to predict how a product will react to forces (such as vibration, heat and other physical effects), helping to test if the product will break, wear out or do the job it was designed for. FEA is now an integral part of the design process and is often incorporated within solid modelling design packages. It’s important that you gain an understanding of the theoretical basis and limitations of FEA so that you can use it effectively. This module introduces you to this knowledge and gives you the opportunity to experience using a commercial code of this type. You’ll explore how to justify your analysis and how to gather the evidence to demonstrate that your analysis is reliable. You’ll also be supported in expanding 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 the costs required for undertaking successful projects. You’ll study financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. To support this you’ll be introduced to project management software used by industry. The module also includes 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 the decision making processes required with regard to people, machines, materials and finance.

+ Dynamic Analysis and Control

This module aims 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 will have the opportunity to gain experience at the modelling of mechanical system dynamics using ADAMS multi-body dynamics software package.

+ Eco Design and IPR

Earth’s natural resources are increasingly becoming scarce yet the drive for newer products could not be greater. This creates an increased strain on our natural resources 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 (IPR) and the relevant protection, practices and processes surrounding new and novel products, this module covers these issues. 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 you with the opportunity to plan, manage and execute a substantial engineering project, from a suitable objective to a satisfactory conclusion. 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. This is aimed at helping you to extend your intellectual abilities in the chosen project area, to apply and to increase your knowledge in a chosen field and provides the opportunity to demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities. Each individual student will undertake a substantial project, on a topic appropriate to their pathway.

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

Previous Huddersfield Mechanical Engineering graduates have gone on to roles relating to engineering, operations, IT, project management, research and quality assurance in organisations including Shell, BP, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Boeing and British Airways*.

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

*Source: LinkedIn

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions.

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual projects, with a strong focus on practical work.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


You’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on skills and knowledge in our comprehensive engineering and technology teaching and research facilities. You’ll 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 engine test facilities and dynamic monitoring equipment. There are also wind tunnel facilities.

•  Mechanical laboratories.

•  Well equipped computing laboratories.

How much will it cost me?

In 2016/17, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,000. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

We currently offer a number of taught Master’s courses in the subject area of Mechanical Engineering and details of these, including the entry requirements you will need, can be found on Course finder.

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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