Fact file - 2017 entry
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering | BEng Hons
3 years full-time
three A levels including A in maths and preferably physics (including a pass in the practical element), excluding general studies and critical thinking
34 (6 in maths at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level; plus preferably physics at Higher or Standard Level)
University Park Campus
150 (across BEng and MEng)
This course gives you the chance to apply scientific knowledge to the creation of designs, products and machines that fulfil specific needs.
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The mechanical engineering degree provides a broad foundation in engineering science and engineering design and the opportunity to develop interpersonal and management skills. At the end of the second year, you may also opt to take one of the specialist streams in aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, management, a modern language, materials or manufacture.
Years one and two
The first two years provide a good grounding in the broad fundamentals of mechanical engineering science and engineering design. The science subjects studied include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics and electro-mechanical systems. In design, the emphasis is on project work and in both the first and second years, you will undertake a design, make and test project, which you will manufacture in the department's student workshop.
At the end of the second year, you can opt to switch to the four-year MEng degree provided that you have obtained at least 55 per cent in the end of year assessment. Alternatively, you can choose to remain on the three-year BEng degree.
A major individual project makes up a quarter of your studies. This may involve computational and or experimental investigations often related to research activities within the School. You will also study a mix of compulsory and optional modules, the latter allowing you to tailor the course to your interests.
See also the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme
A levels: AAB, including maths (grade A) and preferably physics (including a pass in the practical element).
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies.
Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.
Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.
For details please see alternative qualifications page
Foundation year - available for this course
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
Notes for applicants
Scholarships - for details of scholarships please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/funding
Typical Year One Modules
Engineering Mathematics 1
This module introduces the algebra of complex numbers to provide a key mathematical tool for analysis of linear mathematical and engineering problems. The complexity of solving general systems of equations is introduced and their study using matrix techniques. You’ll spend around three hours per week in lectures and workshops studying for this module.
Design and Manufacture 1
This year long module introduces students to basic concepts and practice of design and manufacture and includes the following topics: The process of design supported by practical design activities; Engineering drawing; Solid modelling and drawing generation; Machine shop practical training; Machine elements, machining processes; Metrology. You’ll spend three hours in lectures, three hours in computing, three hours in workshops and four hours in every week when studying this module.
Introduction to materials and materials forming
The module gives a broad introduction to the properties and processing of materials used in engineering applications and is intended to provide a course in engineering materials for students with no previous background in the subject. The final section of the module covers failure of materials, and seeks to cover the main failure mechanisms which a designer will be concerned with (overload, fracture, creep, fatigue etc). You’ll spend two hours in lectures and six hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
Mechanics of Solids 1
The aim of this module is to introduce students to fundamental concepts and principles of solid mechanics and their applications to simple engineering problems. By the end of the module you will be able to comprehend the fundamental concepts of solid mechanics and apply these concepts to simplified engineering scenarios. You’ll spend two hours in lectures, six hours in practicals and one hour in a seminar each week when studying this module.
The module covers a number of global and ethical issues relating to engineering .The module introduces many of the key transferrable skills required by engineers (and others) within the context of these issues, including: report writing; literature searching and presentation skills. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and five hour in seminars each week when studying this module.
Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 1
The aim of this module is to introduce students to fundamental concepts and principles of thermo-fluids and their applications to simple engineering problems. You’ll spend one hour in lectures, two hours in practicals and one hour in seminars each week when studying this module.
Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
The aim of this module is to introduce students to fundamental concepts and principles of dynamics and their application to mechanical engineering systems. You will recognise and construct an appropriate analysis technique to apply when presented with a simple engineering scenario in a dynamics context. You’ll spend one hour in lectures, two hours in practicals and one hour in tutorials each week when studying this module.
Computer Programming with MATLAB
This module sets out to equip students with the ability to create and run elementary programs with MATLAB and to exploit the tools which are built-in within it. As well as giving some insight into what all computer programming languages can do and being an academic subject in its own right, this module endeavours to equip students with a tool which will serve them well through the remainder of their engineering degree. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour computing each week when studying this module.
Typical Year Two Modules
This module sets out to equip students with the ability to create and run elementary programs with MATLAB and to exploit the tools which are built-in within it. As well as giving some insight into what all computer programming languages can do and being an academic subject in its own right, this module endeavours to equip students with a tool which will serve them well through the remainder of their engineering degree. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour in practicals each week when studying this module.
Differential Equations and Calculus for Engineers
This module aims to allow you to understand, apply and manipulate standard techniques for solving important classes of ordinary differential equations. The fundamental concepts for solving partial differential equations relevant to modelling of thermodynamic, fluid or elastic problems is introduced and illustrated by obtaining fundamental solutions using techniques developed within the module. You’ll spend one hour in lectures and two hours in workshops each week when studying this module.
Materials in Design
This module aims to introduce students to methodologies for materials selection and process selection for design improvement. This module seeks to develop an understanding of the role of materials in the design of a range of components, from consumer goods to large scale structures. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in workshops each week when studying this module.
Design and Manufacture 2
This module will introduce design methodology through the entire design cycle from establishing users' needs and generating creative concepts to developing fabricable engineered solutions. You will develop knowledge of machine elements and mechanical systems and develop enhanced skills in communicating effectively in a team environment and operating machine tools for manufacturing and testing of design. You’ll spend one and a half hours in lectures, five hours in practicals and eight hours in workshops each week when studying this module.
This module aims to introduce concepts of rigid body dynamics, vibrations and feedback control, and develop the student's ability to analyse these aspects in simplified engineering situations. You’ll spend two hours in lectures, six hours in practicals and one hour in seminars each week when studying this module.
Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 2
In this module you will apply concepts and principles of thermofluids to fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer situations in simplified applied situations. You’ll spend two hours in lectures, eight hours in practicals and one hour in seminars each week when studying this module.
Management Studies 1
This module introduces students to modern management methods relevant to the running of a company. Topics include: Introduction to basic economics; the essential requirements and aims of a business; preparing a business plan; accounting; interpretation of accounts; programme management; the essentials of “lean” manufacture and the management of innovation. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Mechanics of Solids 2
The aim of this module is to introduce more advanced topics in linear elastic solid mechanics, plasticity and failure, introduce relevant analysis methods for this materials behaviour and demonstrate the application of these methods to the design of engineering components. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in tutorials each week when studying this module.
Mechanics of Solids 3
The aim of this module is to introduce more advanced topics in linear elastic solid mechanics, plasticity and failure. You will be introduced to relevant analysis methods for this materials behaviour and demonstrate the application of these methods to the design of engineering components. You’ll spend two hours in lectures, six hours in practicals and two hours in tutorials each week when studying this module.
Typical Year Three Modules
Management Studies 2
On completion of this module you will be able to understand how projects are selected and financially evaluated. You'll be able to construct and monitor the elements of an engineering or business programme and acquire an ability to manage risks and quality issues in the industrial and business context. You'll develop an understanding of the basics of English Law. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
BEng Individual Project
The project aims to give you experience in the practice of engineering at a professional level. It involves the planning, execution and reporting of a programme of work which will normally involve a mixture of experimental, theoretical and computational work together with a review of relevant previous work in the field. The detailed content is a matter for discussion between the student and their supervisor.
Computer Modelling Techniques
This module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the main stream computer modelling techniques used in modern engineering practice, including Finite Element, Finite Difference & Finite Volume methods. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and tutorials each week when studying this module.
Group 1 - Students must take a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 70 credits from this group.
Group Design Project
This project involves 3 or 4 students working as a team to design a product from initial concept to fully engineered drawings. Starting from a design brief prepared by the supervisor, the group will be required to devise and evaluate alternative design concepts, undertake the detailed engineering analysis and mechanical design, select suitable materials and methods of manufacture and assess costs and the marketability of the product. You’ll spend one hour in lectures, one hour in tutorials and one hour in tutorials each week when studying this module.
Energy Efficiency for Sustainability 2
This module provides students with an awareness of the use of energy and the environmental impact of its use. It will give students an understanding of the key principles of engineering science that can be used to analyse energy systems and the ability to apply them. It will also provide students with knowledge of the technology and techniques that may be used to make energy systems more sustainable through energy conservation. You’ll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Control and Instrumentation
This module covers the basic techniques for the analysis and development of simple control systems with an emphasis on their application to mechanical and process systems. The module covers theoretical methods and hardware considerations in the analysis and design of open-loop and closed-loop systems. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Advanced Dynamics of Machines
This module covers advanced concepts and analytical techniques used to analyse the dynamics of mechanical systems. You will develop understanding, familiarity and knowledge of the analysis techniques required to describe the dynamical and vibration behaviour of mechanical systems moving in 2- and 3-dimensions. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
This is an advanced module covering heat transfer theory. The module covers in more detail the mechanisms of heat transfer and provides potential solutions to practical applications. Several methods of solving problems of heat transfer are outlined and examples from industry and research are used to underline the usefulness of the techniques. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Stress Analysis Techniques
This is an advanced module dealing with experimental, analytical and numerical methods for determining stresses and deformations in complex engineering components. Some of the topics covered include: membrane stresses; Beams on elastic foundations; Bending of flat plates; and experimental stress analysis methods. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Structural Vibration 2
This module aims to develop understanding, familiarity and knowledge of the analysis techniques required for describing the vibration behaviour of linear structures under arbitrary deterministic excitation. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Computer Aided Engineering
This module will enable you to create, display and analyse complex forms and assemblies. Various elements of CAE will be covered including, solid & surface modelling, rendering and analysis. Review of the CAE software and industry. You’ll spend three hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Alongside an accredited engineering degree, you will have a broad knowledge of engineering science and engineering design - the essential skills to work in industry as a mechanical engineer. You will have developed skills in problem solving through group and individual project work and have an appreciation of the business environment in which engineers work. If you took one of the MEng streams you will have an enhanced specialism and be well equipped to work as a mechanical engineer in the area you have specialised in.
This degree has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 89% of first-degree graduates in mechanical engineering who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,313 with the highest being £45,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Fees and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.
Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.
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