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Mechanical Engineering including an Integrated Study Abroad Year MEng

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Do you want to push the boundaries of engineering to solve complex problems to improve the sustainability and efficiency of the world we live in? This course will give you opportunity to combine your initiative, numeracy skills and detailed subject knowledge to make modern industry work better for us all.

Mechanical engineering plays a vital role in many industries including aerospace, manufacturing, medicine, renewable energy and Formula 1. In fact, there is little in our daily lives that isn't touched by mechanical engineering innovations, from the cars we drive to the way our food is processed.

Modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

Mandatory

Year 1

Statistics and Mechanics of Solids

Mandatory

Year 1

Engineering Design and Design Project

Mandatory

Year 1

Materials and Manufacturing

Mandatory

Year 1

Programming, Professional and Laboratory Skills

Mandatory

Year 1

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1

Mandatory

Year 1

Mathematics for Engineers

Mandatory

Year 2

Design, Manufacture and Project

Mandatory

Year 2

Dynamics

Mandatory

Year 2

Electromechanical Devices

Mandatory

Year 2

Engineering Management 1

Mandatory

Year 2

Materials in Design

Mandatory

Year 2

Mathematics and Statistics

Mandatory

Year 2

Mechanics of Solids

Mandatory

Year 2

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2

Mandatory

Year 3

Engineering Management 2

Mandatory

Year 3

Computer Modelling Techniques

Mandatory

Year 3

BEng Individual Project

Optional

Year 3

Advanced Dynamics of Machines

Optional

Year 3

Stress Analysis Techniques

Optional

Year 3

Aerospace

Optional

Year 3

Automotive

Optional

Year 3

Bioengineering

Optional

Year 3

Design

Optional

Year 3

Human Factors

Optional

Year 3

Materials

Optional

Year 3

Manufacturing

Optional

Year 3

Mechatronics

Optional

Year 3

Sustainability

Optional

Year 3

Thermofluids 3

Mandatory

Year 4

Advanced Technology Review (autumn)

Mandatory

Year 4

Integrated Systems Analysis

Mandatory

Year 4

MEng Individual Project

Optional

Year 4

Aerodynamics

Optional

Year 4

Aircraft Propulsion Systems

Optional

Year 4

Analysis and Design of Composites Bioengineering

Optional

Year 4

Automotive Vehicle Dynamics

Optional

Year 4

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Optional

Year 4

Entrepreneurship for Engineers

Optional

Year 4

Finite Element Analysis

Optional

Year 4

Technologies for the Hydrogen Economy

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Friday 17 March 2023.

Teaching methods

  • Group study
  • Independent study
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Supervision
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Group coursework
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Practical assessment

Engineers are among the busiest students on campus. On average, you will have around 20-22 contact hours a week in years one and two. Combined with coursework and self-study, you are likely to spend over 40 hours a week on your studies.

Our courses provide the opportunity to specialise through a choice of subject modules and practical work.

You will gain 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.

Our graduates work for a diverse range of employment sectors with companies including:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Tata Steel
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Ford
  • Thales

Average starting salary and career progression

83.2% of undergraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £29,073.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

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 consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2023, High Fliers Research).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.
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This course has enhanced my love for engineering and I have thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of the engineering modules involved. It has given me the opportunity to explore different sectors and has helped me decide what I want to specialise in. 

Maryam Sebzali

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