Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (MEng) full-time
UCAS code: H300, H301 (with placement year), H395 (MEng)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

This course is ideal if you're interested in product design, process design, system analysis or modelling.

If you want to model mechanical engineering systems, predict system behaviour and understand manufacturing processes - including how they influence design - completing our Mechanical Engineering degree to BEng (Hons) or MEng (Integrated Masters) level could be for you.

Both courses are also ideal if you’re interested in product design, process design, system analysis or modelling, as they focus on key engineering skills through the use of examples and problem-based learning.

The BEng (Hons) degree partially satisfies the educational requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The MEng integrated Masters degree lets you benefit from an additional year of advanced specialist modules, together with a multidisciplinary group project and an industrial-based project.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Professional body accreditation

BEng: Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Engineering Council

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

To provide a solid base for your learning, in Year 1, you’ll develop the skills and techniques that are used by all engineers and are taught right across our entire Engineering programme.

In Years 2 and 3, your study will focus on the mechanical design process, materials, mechanical and fluid systems, business and programming. A choice of specialist optional modules will also help you tailor your degree. If you enrol on the sandwich course, after Year 2 you will spend a year on a placement, applying your knowledge in the workplace and gaining hands-on experience.

Your final year of study will also include a major individual project, which may be inspired by your employment. Calling on your specialist knowledge, and supported by underpinning modules, your project will provide an opportunity for you to be able to consider the legal, ethical and environmental impact of engineering decisions on society. The year will also provide the opportunity to present your work to potential employers at GradEX, our graduate exhibition, and to participate in local and cross-University events.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Mechanical Fundamental Compulsory
Engineering Applications Compulsory
Introductory Electronics Compulsory
Mathematical Foundations for Engineers Compulsory
Professional Engineering Skills Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Mechanical Fundamental Compulsory
Instrumentation and Measurement Compulsory
Thermodynamics Compulsory
Mathematical Foundations for Engineers Compulsory
Professional Engineering Skills Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Mechanical and Fluid Systems Compulsory
Engineering Maths with Applications Compulsory
Mechanical Engineering Design Compulsory
Environmental Impact Optional
CAM and Rapid Prototyping Optional
Applications of Control Optional
Industrial Technical Skills Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Mechanical and Fluid Systems Compulsory
Engineering Maths with Applications Compulsory
Mechanical Engineering Design Compulsory
Business, Innovation and Enterprise in Engineering Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Engineering Analysis Compulsory
Modern Power Plant Compulsory
Industrial-based Project Compulsory
Manufacturing Management Optional
Systems Engineering Optional
Design for Quality Optional
Industry Responsibility Optional
Work Placement Module Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Advanced Engineering Analysis Compulsory
Modern Power Plant Compulsory
Industrial-based Project Compulsory
Management, Planning and Control of Production Optional
Energy Management Optional
Electro-mechanical Control Systems Optional
Industry Responsibility Optional
Work Placement Module Optional

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Applied Mechanical Design Compulsory
Structural Integrity Compulsory
Sustainable Design and Manufacture Compulsory
MEng Group Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Advanced Engineering Materials Compulsory
Applied Structural Integrity Compulsory
Employability and Entrepreneurship Compulsory
MEng Group Project Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.