Mechanical Engineering MEng

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:H300
Qualification:MEng Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG
Qualification name:Mechanical Engineering
UCAS code
UCAS code
H300
Qualification
Mechanical Engineering | MEng Hons
Duration
4 years full-time
A level offer
A*AA-AAA 
Required subjects
three A levels including maths and preferably physics (including a pass in the practical element), excluding general studies
IB score
38-36 (6 in maths at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level; plus preferably physics at Higher or Standard Level)
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
150 (across BEng and MEng)
 

This course may still be open to international applicants for 2016 entry. Please visit our international pages for details of courses and application procedures from now until the end of August.

Overview

This course gives you a broad foundation of mechanical engineering skills before you embark on a group project with your fellow students.
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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, MEng students may also opt to take one of the specialist streams in aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, management, a modern language, materials, manufacture or sustainability.

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 year two you can opt to continue on 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 at that point to switch to the three-year BEng degree.

MEng students can choose the broad mechanical engineering programme, or you can pick one of the specialist streams, which are available in aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, management, manufacture, materials, a modern language or sustainability. These offer a combination of selected sets of optional modules that enhance and extend your knowledge in your chosen specialism, along with major linked projects in years three and four.

Year three 

A third of your study will be spent on a group design-and-make project. This major design project takes an idea for an engineering product from concept through to a working prototype and also includes the development of a business plan to take the product to market. Depending on the stream you have selected, you will study a number of core and optional modules. The core modules for each stream are as follows:

Aerospace: Aerospace Technology, Transport Materials, Aerodynamics

Automotive: Automotive Technology, Transport Materials, Advanced Dynamics of Machines

Bioengineering: Engineering Biomaterial Structures, Cell Structure and Function, Human Structure and Function, Biomechanics

Management: Entrepreneurship, Business Accounting, Capability Management

Manufacture: Concurrent Engineering, Flexible Automated Manufacture, Manufacturing Process Capability, Design Audit

Materials: Integrated Aerospace Design, Design Audit, Processing and Properties of Materials, Transport Materials

Modern Language: Two modules in the chosen language; from French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin

Sustainability: Energy Efficiency for Sustainability, Renewable Generation Technologies and Control, Sustainable Manufacturing

Year four

A major individual project makes up a quarter of your studies. This may involve computational and or experimental investigations linked to your chosen specialist stream. You will also study compulsory modules in advanced engineering topics along with a range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor the course to your interests. The core modules for each stream in year four are as follows:

Aerospace: Aircraft Propulsion Systems, Aerospace Manufacturing Technology, Aerospace Materials

Automotive: Internal Combustion Engines, Automotive Vehicle Dynamics, Automotive Materials

Bioengineering:  Biomedical Applications of Biomaterials

Management: Managing Operations, Technology and Knowledge Management, Operations Strategy

Manufacture: Work Organisation and Job Design, Lean Manufacturing, Rapid Product Development, Technology and Knowledge Management

Materials: Advanced Materials, Conservation and Recycling of Materials, Materials under Stress, Joining Technology

Modern Language: Two modules in the chosen language; from French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin

Sustainability: Advanced Thermal Power Systems, Conservation and Recycling of Materials, Technologies for a Hydrogen Economy

More information 

See also the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme.
 

Entry requirements

A levels: A*AA-AAA, including maths and preferably physics (including a pass in the practical element) and excluding general studies.

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.

Alternative qualifications 

For details please see alternative qualifications page

Foundation year - a foundation year is 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

 
 

Modules

Typical Year One Modules

Compulsory:

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. 
 
Engineering Mathematics 2
You’ll be introduced to techniques for solving selected first-order and second-order differential equations relevant to the analysis of generic engineering problems. The module also provides mathematical tools in terms of advanced differential calculus and vectors for modelling of generic engineering situations given in terms of multi-dimensional models. 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 practicals 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.
 
Professional Studies
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 hours 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

Compulsory:

Computer Programming
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 two hours in lectures, four hours in practicals and eight hours in workshops each week when studying this module.
 
Dynamics
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, 6 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, six hours in practicals 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 2 hours in lectures, 6 hours in practicals and 2 hours in tutorials each week when studying this module.
 
 

Typical Year Three Modules

Compulsory:

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 in tutorials each week when studying this module. 
 
Group Design and Make
The project involves two or more students, working as a team to design, manufacture and develop a product. Starting from the 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, manufacture a prototype, evaluate its performance and undertake development work to improve it. Assessment of the financial viability and marketability of the product will be a major requirement. You’ll spend one hour in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
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.
 

Optional:
Group 1 - Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 credits from this group.

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.
 
Heat Transfer
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.
 
 

Typical Year Four Modules

Compulsory:

Advanced Technology Review
This module exposes you to topics relevant to engineers today that are new and/or developing rapidly and which may be associated with important segments of the UK economy. The aim of the Case Study is to develop your skills in acquiring, assimilating, synthesising and presenting technical and business information in an appropriate form based on sound research. You’ll spend four hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Integrated Systems Analysis
This module covers topics aligned to the design, description and analysis of dynamically complex, integrated systems. The module is motivated by the recognition that the processes and concerns associated with designing and validating systems are distinct from those connected with designing and validating components. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
MEng Individual Project
The project aims to give 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. 
 

Optional:
Group 1 - Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 credits from this group.

Introduction to Turbulence and Turbulent Flows
This is an advanced module in fluid mechanics applicable to a wide range of engineering disciplines. You will develop understanding and application skills of basic concepts and fundamental knowledge in turbulence and turbulent flows in engineering. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Computational Fluid Dynamics
This module will allow you to develop an understanding of advanced knowledge of fluid mechanics, covering various areas of engineering. You’ll spend four hours in lectures and two hours in practicals each week when studying this module.
 
Aerodynamics
This module aims to develop your understanding and application skills of basic concepts and fundamental knowledge in fluid mechanics in aerospace engineering. You will study a range of topics: Applied aerodynamics fundamentals and several relevant theories. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Internal Combustion Engines
The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge of internal combustion engine fundamentals, design and performance. The module also develops the skills to analyse engine behaviour and formulate design specifications to meet performance requirements through the selection/application of appropriate models. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Aircraft Propulsion Systems
The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the basic thermo-fluid principles of aircraft propulsion and gas turbine engines. You will develop your knowledge of the layout and design principles of jet engines and how individual components can be designed to achieve the required performance. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and one hour computing each week when studying this module.
 
Automotive Vehicle Dynamics
This module will present the applications of principles from dynamics, vibration and control to the analysis of vehicle dynamics, and to develop understanding in the performance analysis of modern automotive vehicles. You’ll spend two hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
 
Advanced Numerical Methods in Engineering
This module will give you the theoretical and practical background of computational techniques required for the numerical solution of complex engineering problems. You’ll spend one hour in lectures and one hour in practicals each week for 11 weeks when studying this module.
 
Material Models and Modes of Failure
This is an advanced module dealing with material constitutive models and modes of failure in complex engineering components.  You will apply engineering mechanics concepts and materials behaviour models to predict the failure loads and/or lives of complex engineering components in order to produce efficient designs. You’ll spend two hour in lectures each week for 11 weeks when studying this module.
 

Streamed versions of this degree are available covering: Aerospace; Automotive; Bioengineering; Management; Manufacturing; Materials; Modern Language and Sustainability. For more information please refer to the course overview tab or the departmental website.
 

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.

 
 

Careers

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 take one of the MEng streams you will have an enhanced specialism and be well equipped to work as a mechanical engineer in the automotive or aerospace industry or in one of the other specialist areas.

Professional recognition

 

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. 

 
 

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.

Home students*

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.

International/EU students

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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