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.

As well as taught sessions, you’ll have access excellent manufacturing research facilities, including robotics and 3D printing techniques. You will also apply your knowledge in individual and group project settings.

Mechanical and manufacturing engineering share a common programme for the first two years, where you will learn the fundamentals of engineering science and design. In the third and fifth years you will specialise in manufacturing engineering options. You will spend year four in industry.

This five-year course covers all the essential engineering skills that top global companies are looking for in graduates and will help you work towards becoming a chartered engineer.

Why choose this course?

  • A Top 20 UK department in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021
  • Get paid experience with a year out in industry
  • Customise your degree to suit your interests with a wide selection of optional modules

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAB in Clearing for home students

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextual admissions policy for more information.

Required subjects

Maths and either physics (preferred) or further maths as a second subject, or maths with any two of the following: chemistry, biology, design, economics, psychology, electronics, computer science in Clearing for home students.

Excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies, CIE Global Perspectives and Research, CIE Thinking Skills.

IB score 34; 5 in Maths: Analysis and Approaches or Maths: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level or 7 in Maths: Analysis and Approaches at Standard Level and 5 in Physics at Higher level or 5 in two of Chemistry, Biology, Design, Economics, Psychology, Electronics , Computer Science at Higher Level in Clearing for home students

BTEC or Access courses not accepted for MEng course.

Excluded subjects in Clearing for home students

  • General studies
  • Citizenship studies
  • Global perspectives
  • Critical thinking
  • Welsh baccalaureate advanced skills challenge

Foundation progression options

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects.

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

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

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

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

Contact time and study hours

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.

Study abroad

There are study abroad options for this course.

Year in industry

There is the opportunity to spend a year in industry and we have a team of careers experts to support you in finding the right placement. During the placement you are classed as an employee of the host company and will receive a salary.

Placements are usually undertaken in the UK, but can be anywhere in the world.

Find out where our students have been on placement in the past.

Study Abroad and the Year in Industry are subject to students meeting minimum academic requirements. Opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update information as quickly as possible should a change occur.

What is it like studying Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering at UoN?

Hear what our students have to say about studying Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering at UoN.


The first two years provide a good grounding in the broad fundamentals of 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.


Engineering Design and Design Project

In this yearlong module you'll gain a deeper understanding of engineering design principles using practical project work. You'll learn CAD from the ground up, and by the end of the module you'll be well versed in the software.

Further you'll undertake practical workshops, where you'll learn how to use fundamental engineering machinery, which forms the basis of more advanced techniques you'll learn in higher level modules.

Topics covered include:

  • Process of design supported by practical design activities
  • Engineering drawing CAD solid modelling and drawing generation  
  • Machine elements Group Design Project with Integrated Individual Element  
  • Machine shop practical training 
Materials and Manufacturing

A deep understanding of both materials and manufacturing techniques used to process these materials is essential for all product designers, to produce effective and commercially viable products. This year long module introduces students to the properties of materials, the main failure mechanisms which a designer will be concerned with (e.g overload, fracture, creep, fatigue) and core manufacturing methods used in engineering applications.

It includes the following topics:

  • Role of materials and material properties in the design process.
  • Selection and use of materials.
  • Basic science underlying material properties Approaches to avoid failure of materials.
  • Introduction to manufacturing in the UK.
  • Casting, machining, moulding, forming, powder processing, heat treatment, surface finishing and assembly.
  • Introduction into additive manufacturing an introduction to manufacturing metrology.
Mathematics for Engineers

This module introduces a range of fundamental elementary mathematical techniques that can be applied to mechanical engineering, manufacturing and product design problems.

The aim of the module is to provide engineering students with a base in mathematical knowledge which can then be built on if required in subsequent years, however as a product design student this will be the only maths module you will undertake.

This module includes:

  • The calculus of a single variable, extended to develop techniques used in analysing engineering problems
  • Advanced differential and integral calculus of one variable
  • First-order ordinary-differential equations
  • Algebra of complex numbers
  • Matrix algebra and its applications to systems of equations and eigenvalue problems
  • Functions and their properties
  • Vector spaces and their applications
  • Vector calculus
Programming, Professional and Laboratory Skills

This year long module comprises a number of elements to provide you with:

  • professional engineering, information searching, data analysis, health and safety and oral presentations 
  • laboratory skills and development of house style laboratory report
  • writing and understanding of computer programs including, loops, conditional statements, program flow, functions, basic input output, sound processing, image processing, variables, (1/2D) arrays, advanced plotting and simple computer graphics. 
  • the application of computer code to control mechanical devices as part of a group project. 
  • introduction to professional responsibilities of engineers including the fundamental role of sustainability, legal issues, patents, ethics and standards 
Statics and Dynamics

The aim of this module is to introduce students to fundamental concepts and principles of solid mechanics and dynamics, and their applications to mechanical engineering systems. A wide range of engineering structures and mechanical components need to be designed to support static loads and as an engineer it is important to understand the way in which forces are transmitted through structures for efficient and safe design. This module includes:

  • Static equilibrium: force and moment analysis in design; frictional forces.
  • Stress, strain and elasticity.
  • Bending stresses in beams.
  • Relationship between angular and linear motion.
  • Work, energy and power, including kinetic and potential energy.
  • Geared systems.
  • Static and dynamic balancing.
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1

This is an introductory module covering the fundamental concepts and principles of thermofluids and their applications to engineering problems. Topics covered include: 

  • introductory concepts; properties of fluids, equations of state and the perfect gas law 
  • hydrostatics The first and second law of thermodynamics, including heat engines 
  • fluid dynamics: continuity, Euler and Bernoulli equations 
  • processes undergone by closed systems 
  • the steady flow energy equation 
  • momentum flows including linear momentum, friction factors and pipe flows
  • heat transfer
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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 02 September 2022.


Advanced Mathematics and Statistics for Mechanical Engineers

An aim of this module is that students understand fundamental concepts of complex numbers, in particular to apply them to solutions of polynomial equations.

In addition the course supports them to understand, apply and manipulate standard techniques for solving important classes of ordinary differential equations and the calculus relevant to analysing core engineering models.

Fundamental concepts for solving partial differential equations relevant to modelling of thermodynamic, fluid or elastic problems are introduced and illustrated by obtaining fundamental solutions using techniques developed within the module. The statistics element of the module provides an introduction to probability and statistics, and guides students to apply statistical methods to the analysis of experimental data.

The topic list typically includes:

  • Complex numbers
  • Homogeneous and inhomogeneous second-order ODEs
  • Fourier series and their application to ODEs
  • Laplace transform and its application to ODEs
  • Separation of Variable Technique for PDEs
  • Discrete and continuous probability distribution
  • Design of experiments
  • Variance and error analysis
Design, Manufacture and Project

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.

Dynamics and Control

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. 

Electromechanical Devices

This module aims to explain how electricity and electronic principles can be used to achieve practical tasks in mechanical engineering, measure mechanical quantities and provide mechanical power. It also aims to give students an understanding of the importance of electrical and electronic subsystems in mechanical designs.

Topics typically covered in the module are:

  • Electrical machines and circuits
  • DC circuits, electromagnetism, capacitance, transducers
  • AC circuits, rectification, transistors, induction motor, amplifiers, combinational & sequential logic, transformers
  • Sensors: application of basic electrical and electronic principles to sensors for position, displacement, velocity, acceleration and strain, rotary sensors
  • Actuators: solenoids, stepper motor, DC permanent magnet motor
  • Signals and conversion: analog and digital data, ADCs, DACs
Engineering Management 1

This module introduces students to the principles of modern Engineering Management, how projects are selected and financially evaluated, how sustainability is assessed and lifecycle assents are constructed, how health safety and ethics are maintained, and the construction and monitoring of the elements of an engineering or business programme.

The basic concepts and methods relevant to professional management practice are presented, with an emphasis on the commercial engineering context and project management.

Topics include introductions to the following:

  • history of management
  • private enterprise
  • economic theory of the firm
  • sustainability and lifecycle assessment
  • health, safety and ethics
  • financial project evaluation
  • project planning and scheduling
  • risk management
  • project monitoring
Materials in Design

This module seeks to develop an understanding of materials in design across a wide range of engineering applications. The module is arranged in 4 blocks covering designing with light alloys, polymers, composites, and functional materials. This covers important functional ceramics as well as other functional materials. Each block will explore the design requirements in detail of a particular case study followed by other examples, key material properties relevant to the engineering application, manipulation of the microstructure through processing and example calculations against failure of the product/component. This module will explore:

  • Material Attributes
  • Engineering Context
  • Manufacturing of Material
  • Production Processes
  • Environmental Impact
Mechanics of Solids

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. 

Thermodynamics and 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.

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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Year three features a major group design and make project over the full year, making up a third of your studies. In addition to compulsory manufacturing modules, you will study a range of optional modules in manufacturing, operations management and human factors. This provides you with the flexibility to tailor the course to your interests.


Group Design and Make

The project involves four or five 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. 

Engineering Management 2

This module introduces students to concepts and methods relevant to engineering management, with an emphasis on the commercial engineering context.

Topics include introductions to the following:

  • impact of digitisation and automation
  • operations planning and control, operations management
  • financial planning
  • financial accounting
  • financial analysis
  • innovation and new technology
  • quality management
  • marketing
  • new business formation
  • business models
  • the lean organisation
  • management of people
  • foundations of contract Law
Engineering Sustainability – Energy, Materials and Manufacture

This module provides students with an awareness of the world resources and use of energy and material resources, factors affecting their patterns of consumption, and their environmental impacts. The economics and technologies of energy and materials supply, product manufacture, and waste disposal are also studied.

The module gives students an understanding of key principles to evaluate the potential for emerging opportunities to cost-effectively address environmental concerns of current practices.

Topics typically include:

  • Drivers for sustainability, including patterns of energy use, material consumption, waste generation, and associated environmental impacts in UK and globally.
  • Factors influencing the availability of non-renewable and renewable energy and material resources.
  • Principles for the efficient use of energy resources including energy use in buildings, heat and power generation, and heat recovery systems.
  • Life cycle assessment of engineering activities, with focus on greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, their impacts, and mitigation measures.
  • Economic analysis of investments in energy savings, material substitution, product design, and value recovery from end-of-life products; Cost-benefit analysis incorporating environmental externalities; and the role of government regulations in influencing business decisions.
Flexible Automated Manufacture (spring)

This module introduces the important aspects of advanced automated manufacturing principles. It aims to help you develop a sound understanding of flexible automated manufacturing solutions. Through case studies, you’ll study their role in the context of current and future manufacturing challenges, as well as their advantages and limitations. Topics include:

  • computer integrated manufacturing
  • implications of mass customisation on automated manufacturing systems
  • the impact of enterprise agility on their manufacturing facilities

This module covers:

  • Basic airframe structure
  • Airframe component manufacturing techniques
  • Joining techniques
  • Assembly technology
  • Composite structures
  • Jigless assembly and automated manufacture
  • Basic aero-engine structure
  • Geometry and material constraints
  • Manufacturing processes: forging, casting, welding and joining techniques, special processes, small and non round hole manufacture
  • Certification, verification inspection and quality control

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Seminar 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Workshop 8 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 30.00 Group Project: FMS design for product families.
Coursework 2 10.00 Lab report
Exam 1 60.00 1.5 hour exam
Manufacturing Automation

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of manufacturing automation, present key automation technologies in manufacturing and their advantages and limitations.

The module will introduce the relevant theoretical background and fundamental concepts of different automation approaches and technologies. The focus will be placed on the role of sensors, CNC machine tools, industrial robotics and programmable logic controllers within different manufacturing contexts. Methods and indicators for quantitative production performance and cost analysis will be covered as well.


Aerospace Manufacturing Technology

This module covers a range of topics relating to basic airframe structure. Airframe component manufacturing techniques, automated manufacture, geometry and material constraints will be covered. 

This module typically includes:

  • Basic airframe structure
  • Airframe component manufacturing techniques
  • Joining techniques
  • Assembly technology
  • Composite structures
  • Jigless assembly and automated manufacture
  • Basic aero-engine structure
  • Geometry and material constraints
  • Manufacturing processes: forging, casting, welding and joining techniques, special processes, small and non round hole manufacture
  • Certification, verification inspection and quality control

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 1 100.00 Unseen 2 hours
Computer Aided Engineering

In this module you will start to develop one of the key skills for an engineer – that of being able to program. You will gain the skills required to analyse, design and implement solutions to practical engineering problems through the use of computer aided design tools and the development of software based solutions.

Computer Engineering and Mechatronics

The module provides an introduction to computer hardware and software engineering, with particular application to mechatronics.

The module typically includes the following topics:

  • System design
  • programming languages and compilers
  • programming
  • types of signals
  • linking programming and hardware via simple interfacing
  • sequences and state machines
  • data conversion
  • aspects of software engineering including procedural and object-oriented design and version control
  • sensors and actuators
  • real-time computing and the programming of microprocessors
Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering

This module introduces the design, manufacture and performance of fibre-reinforced composite materials. 

Constituent materials including fibres, resins and additives are described. Processing techniques and the relationships between process and design are highlighted. Design methodologies and computer-aided engineering techniques are demonstrated for component design.

Case studies from a variety of industries including automotive and aerospace are presented.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 1 100.00 2 hour exam
Food Factory Designs and Operations

This module is to provide a level of understanding about the operations of a food factory commensurate with that expected by a manager to include: information on the units operations, appropriate legislative issues, control of goods in and out of the establishment, appropriate hygienic regimes and controlled flows.

Introduction to Transport Materials

The module provides an understanding and knowledge of key concepts in materials science, with particular reference to the use of materials science in the transport industries.

Topics typically include:

  • Strengths and weaknesses of metallic alloys, moulded polymers and composites
  • Processing-property relationships
  • Service conditions and property requirements for a range of automotive and aerospace systems
  • Effect of service conditions on material behaviour
  • Surface engineering techniques
  • Transport materials research overview
Making Metals Perform (Autumn)

This module covers the principles and practice relating to processing, structure and properties of engineering alloys. The emphasis is on understanding the importance of process control to achieve desired properties through the formation of correct microstructural features.

Topics covered include:

  • equilibrium microstructural development - construction and interpretation of phase diagrams including quantitative prediction of microstructure
  • the kinetics of phase transformations - the TTT diagram and diffusionless transformations
  • thermal processing such as precipitation hardening, heat treating and annealing
  • forming operations for metal alloys
  • practical examples using important metal alloy systems such as steels, aluminium alloys and Nickel superalloys.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam  100.00 2 hour exam
Managing Business Operations

This module explores the strategic importance of operations in business management, within and across organisations, and in addressing environmental and societal challenges. Organisations in this module refer to organisations from the public, private and third sectors; service and manufacturing.

Examples of topics include:

  • value and performance
  • the links with other business functions
  • sustainability
  • product and service innovation
  • managing the supply chain and network
  • resource management
  • excellence through improvement and quality
Managing Service Operations

This module will include topics that will help students to appreciate the growing importance of services, and understand the operations function in service industries. This module aims to illustrate the growing importance of services in today's economy and provide an appreciation of the issues involved in managing the operations function of service organisations. 

Management of Quality

This module aims to develop your understanding of quality management. It begins by introducing you to the ways in which thinking about quality has developed historically. You’ll discuss different definitions and concepts of quality and the specific quality management needs in the manufacturing and service sectors.

Manufacturing Process Capability

The module will give students in-depth understanding of technical capability of modern manufacturing processes in relation to product design. The aim of the module is to develop students’ abilities to understand and assess the capability of single and combined manufacturing processes. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in seminars each week when studying this module.

Plant Location and Design

This module provides an understanding of the factors which influence a company's choice of location, and of how to approach the design of layouts to support a company's strategic objectives and maximise the efficiency of its operations.

Supply Chain and Operations Planning

This module will introduce you to:

  • supply chain fundamentals, including: the supply chain planning processes and the need for them
  • planning processes and methods, including: forecasting; aggregate planning; MRP; capacity management; theory of constraints (TOC); JIT (kanban); inventory management
  • IS/IT support for planning including ERP systems
  • planning through the supply chain, examining the challenges in different contexts through case studies
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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

The fourth year of this course is spent in industry. You will receive support in applying for a year-long placement with an appropriate company. During the placement you will significantly enhance your engineering knowledge and skills. You will have regular meetings with your tutor throughout the year and will remain fully registered with the University.

A major individual project focusing on manufacturing engineering makes up a third of your studies. You will also study compulsory modules in advanced engineering topics along with a range of optional modules, allowing further specialisation.


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.

Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing

The aim of this module is to provide students with detailed knowledge of the various Additive Manufacturing technologies including specific design, material and process principles. Students will gain an insight into current and future applications as well as the research developments required for the advancement of this technology.

This module will cover design, processing and material aspects of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies, as well as the current and potential applications of the technology in a wide variety of sectors. Topics covered will include:

  • commercial and experimental systems
  • material requirements
  • design for Additive Manufacturing
  • software and systems
Digital Manufacturing

The module introduces the relevant background and fundamental concepts regarding the integration of different Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in modern manufacturing systems.

The focus is on understanding topics such as cyber-physical systems, adaptive and autonomous manufacturing, digitalisation, data analytics and emerging business models through a series of relevant case studies.

The aim of the module is to enable students to develop a sound understanding of how ICT technologies can be combined and integrated with available manufacturing technologies in the context of today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturing challenges.


Advanced Methods in Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction

Topics include:

  • working as a human factors engineer/HCI professional
  • predictive evaluation techniques (eg GOMs, Fitts Law)
  • psychophysical methods
  • verbal protocol analysis
  • qualitative approaches and methodologies
  • eye-tracking methodologies
  • ethical considerations in human factors research
  • capturing and analysing human physiological data
Cognitive Ergonomics in Design

This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of cognitive ergonomics and the way in which the consideration of cognitive ergonomics can impact on human performance in the workplace. 

Human-Computer Systems

This module will provide students with a thorough understanding of the growth of IT and human computer systems. To examine the concepts and methods available for the analysis, design and evaluation of computer-based interfaces through hardware, software, task and systems design. 

Innovation Management

This module will help students to understand the knowledge and skills required to manage innovation by considering a number of different perspectives. 

Joining Technology

This module examines, in-depth, the processes used for joining metallic (e.g. steel, aluminium and titanium alloys) and non-metallic (e.g. polymers and fibre reinforced composites) materials. 

Topics covered include:

  • mechanical joining
  • adhesive bonding
  • soldering and brazing
  • solid state joining (friction welding and diffusion bonding)
  • fusion welding (arc welding and the many classes thereof, resistance, electron beam and laser welding)

The fundamental characteristics of the various processes are examined along with procedures for practical applications. The origins of defects within joints and methods needed to control or eliminate them are also considered. The mechanical behaviour of joints is analysed, as is the effect of joining on the microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of the base materials. Other features such as residual stress and distortion are addressed. Attention is also given to appropriate design for manufacture in a modern manufacturing context.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 25.00 Case study review
Exam 1 75.00 1 hour 30 minute unseen written exam
Polymer Engineering (autumn)

A broad-based module covering the chemistry, material properties and manufacturing methods relevant to polymers.

Topics include:

  • Polymer chemistry and structure
  • Routes to synthesis, polymerisation techniques, practical aspects of industrial production
  • Viscoelasticity, time-temperature equivalence
  • Rheology of polymer melts, heat transfer in melts, entanglements
  • Properties of solid polymers, yield and fracture, crazing
  • Manufacturing with polymers, extrusion, injection-moulding
  • Design/ processing interactions for plastic products
Simulation, VR and Advanced Human Machine Interface
Supply Chain Management

The module aims to give an in-depth coverage of supply chain management and logistics in the context of contemporary operations, taking into account the major competitive drivers of efficiency and responsiveness and the solutions enabled by new technologies. 

Technologies for the Hydrogen Economy

In this module students develop understanding of hydrogen vehicle technologies and their role in delivering more sustainable transport and energy sectors.

The module covers technologies currently under development and those likely to be used in future vehicle power-train systems, as an energy storage buffer for the grid and as an alternative gas vector to decarbonise heat.

Technologies covered include;

  • electrolysers, storage, fuel cells and the impact of hydrogen on different applications.
  • Hydrogen use in the transport and energy sectors
  • Sustainable sources of Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen storage and distribution
  • Fuel cell technologies
  • Hydrogen Vehicles
  • Grid stability and decarbonisation of heat applications
  • Economic and environmental feasibility assessment


Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 1 examination (2 hours)
Work Systems and Safety

This modules aims to give an understanding of systems approaches to the design and analysis of effective and safe work, primarily in the context of industrial systems but also in relation to major projects, public and social systems and digital systems.

It is vital that students learn that technical, human, organizational and economic factors must be addressed when understanding the operation and potential failure in existing systems, and in developing requirements, implementation and evaluation approaches for social and socio-technical systems, and for systems of systems.

In this module, particular attention will be paid to distributed (in time and space) systems and ones with elements of automated processes (all of which will have to interact with human and organisational elements at some point and time). The potential causes of accidents and of human error are explained, and an introduction given to methods of reporting and investigating accidents and techniques for analysing accidents and systems reliability which will lead to the design of safer organisations and work systems.

Topics covered include:

  • risk and risk perception
  • risk assessment and management
  • accident models and accident causation
  • causes of human error
  • epidemiology, accident reporting and analysis
  • accident prevention
  • human reliability assessment
  • safety climate and culture
  • safety systems management

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 30.00  
Exam 1 70.00  
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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

Per year

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses:

  • Books - You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries.
  • Printing – Black and white printing costs 4p per side.
  • Year in Industry - If you do a work placement, any costs associated with travel or accommodation will need to be factored in.
  • Year abroad - If you study abroad, you will need to consider the travel and living costs for the country you choose. This could include visa costs and medical insurance.
  • Laptops – Although there are PCs available for your use in our computer labs, you may wish to purchase your own laptop, read more about our recommended specification.
  • Calculator - While the calculator you used for your former study is usually sufficient some students will choose to purchase a new calculator which will cost around £10.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

There may also be costs issued by the university for replacement student ID cards, additional transcripts or certification letters, reassessments and library fines.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

Faculty-specific funding

In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 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 students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships


Along with an accredited engineering degree you will have gained the practical and theoretical skills needed to improve the production systems for manufacturing industrial products and assemblies efficiently. Your transferable skills will also include effective communication skills and problem solving.

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

99.2% of undergraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £26,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £43,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment 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 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and provides you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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 (UKSPEC).

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

This course is accredited by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) to meet the further learning requirements of a Chartered Engineer.

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" I was part of a team delivering an engine assembly line for a new engine. We started with an empty shell and got to the point where we had an assembly line building engines. I got loads out of my placement, best of all, I got a job! "
Joe Hicks talking about his placement at Jaguar Landrover

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Important information

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.