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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): H300 (full-time); H301 (sandwich)
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time / four years with a placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

You’ll get the perfect blend of learning, in and outside of the classroom. We’ll refine your creative problem solving skills through exploring the latest digital technologies and providing hands-on skills, as well as building your confidence and experience through live projects and our annual industry Grand Challenge.

As well as the support you’ll get from expert staff and technicians, there’s the chance to set your own direction with a range of optional modules, online resources and projects. Recently students have worked on reverse engineering everyday objects, designing and building a Mars lander, and using industry standard software packages to design and build a model bridge.

This all adds up to a confident, work ready graduate who has loads of career options – medical, environmental, automotive, aerospace, resource, advance manufacturing, alternative energy and many more.

Our Mechanical Engineering courses are highly practical and use real examples and projects from industry. On this course you’ll be guided how to analyse and solve mechanical engineering problems by producing your own creative and innovative solutions using the latest technology.

You’ll benefit from excellent teaching. We are in the top 20 in the UK for teaching quality in general engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022).

With the focus firmly on problem-solving and live project work, we aim to give you three to four years of industry experience before you graduate. Who wouldn’t want that on their CV?

Foundation Year

We offer BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (with foundation year) which you can apply for if you don't meet the entry criteria for this course.

Industry recognition

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Recognised By Industry

This course is recognised by CDIO, a framework that has a project based learning approach. This framework stresses engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating (CDIO) real-world systems and products. The framework is dedicated to providing students with their initial grounding in engineering through live projects.

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What you’ll study

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Modules

Each year you'll take a combination of core modules to give you a solid grounding in engineering, specialist modules where you'll gain the specific skills needed for your particular subject area, and practical and project modules where you'll work on a task or project set by industry.

Engineering Science Fundamentals

Study the aspects of materials, from a macroscopic perspective, including their key properties, and develop the core knowledge and skills that are essential to Engineers and to Engineering.

Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing

Gain the relevant mathematical and computational skills for analysis and design that underpin many areas of engineering. These core mathematical skills will inform the discipline specific mathematic and computing skills you’ll use in the design, manufacture and testing of engineered products in the coming years.

Innovation and Engineering Solutions

Learn the physical and IT workshop skills required in the design and manufacture of products, including basic design methods and fabrication.  In terms 1 and 2 the module is taught through a series of lectures and short projects, and includes industry training in Autodesk Fusion 360. In term 3 the module will culminate in a 3-week Grand Challenge group project in which you will bring together the skills and techniques learned in this, and other, modules to solve an engineering challenge.

Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

Learn about principles of solid mechanics in the design and analysis of mechanical engineering components and systems, and the fundamentals of object motion and vibration. You’ll develop solid and dynamic problem-solving skills for mechanical components.

Thermofluids

Study the principles of fluid (liquid and gas) motion and the transfer of heat from one system to another, and gain understanding of relationships between heat and other forms of energy. You’ll learn how thermal energy is converted to and from other forms of energy and how it affects matter, and will study the principles and types of thermodynamic systems and processes

Digital Systems and Computer Engineering

Examine the theory of digital systems and gain hands-on experience integrating computing and electronics in order to solve practical problems.

Engineering Modelling and Simulation Techniques

Study a range of analytical and numerical techniques that are needed to solve mathematical models including; the approximation of functions using series; Fourier analysis; numerical integration and differentiation methods; and solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations.

Industrial Design and Product Case Studies

Develop the knowledge and skills learned in the first year module, Laboratory Analysis and Product Case studies by investigating a number of products to identify build considerations such as design and manufacture, materials and preparation, assembly, efficiency and business and consumer needs.

Integrated Group Design Project

This module is a practical project-based module where you’ll immerse yourself in engineering projects and product analysis. You’ll use the practical and project related skills you’ve developed so far, alongside necessary project management skills to design and produce components and / or products.

Control Systems and Engineering

Gain a sound understanding of the control theory applied to the design of systems that control the behaviour of devices such as cars, aircrafts, air handling units and robots.

Materials and Manufacturing

This module will introduce you to a variety of modern manufacturing processes and technologies. It will also cover materials selection, design for manufacture and operations management.

Optional year-long work placement.  If you are not taking a placement, you will progress directly to your final year in year three.

Performance Engineering

Develop your understanding and application of methods for setting, measuring, improving and monitoring performance in an engineering setting, to ensure quality and efficiency in the product lifecycle.

Engineering Project (40 credit points)

Bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills developed during the course of your degree to undertake an individual industrial or research project of your own choosing. You’ll investigate an engineering problem, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.

Robotics

Design and build gizmos and gadgets while developing your understanding of several core areas of robotic systems such as dynamics and control, localisation and mapping, and motion planning.

Optional modules. Choose two from:

Human Factors Engineering

All too often, the most brilliant technical products are not used to their full potential because users are unable to operate them. This module will give you an understanding of what limits human performance including physical capability, mental agility and organisational systems. It will consider how to design products for targeted specialist users, or for the wider population.

Sustainability in Engineering Design

What happens to a product when it reaches the end of its useful life? As technology advances rapidly, many of the things we use become obsolete very quickly. This module considers designing for sustainability, and choosing materials and components that can be reused, repurposed or recycled.

Sensors and Embedded Electronics

Gain a deeper understanding of electronic devices and sensor systems; from semiconductor technology through data acquisition and control to the design of embedded systems.

Mechanical Engineering in Sport

Develop your capacity to design, fabricate and test engineered products whose function is primarily of a mechanical nature; power source / controllers, frames, levers, joints, linkages, gears, belts/chains.

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How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • visits
  • group projects
  • case studies
  • oral presentations
  • laboratory assessments and reports.

All our engineering courses are taught through problem-solving and developing the right abilities to make you the very best engineer you can be. This is achieved by developing your engineering skills and knowledge through participation in several industry-led projects each year. These projects are put forward by industry to make you think, work and behave like a professional engineer. You'll also get to use the equipment used by engineering organisations across the globe.

These projects will inspire your creativity and give you experience in taking your idea from concept through to production. Year One projects include:

RevEng – Reverse Engineering

You will deconstruct everyday objects in order to gain understanding in design principles and consider potential improvements in terms of sustainability, manufacturing processes and cost.

Autodesk – Design Challenge
A three-day CAD training course on Autodesk Fusion, a powerful industry standard software package, followed by a Design Challenge set by industry. You will work in groups, applying the CAD skills you gained, to meet the brief set by industry.

Mars Lander
Design a landing system to carry a given payload from orbit to the surface of Mars, using the engineering fundamental principles you have learned during your Year One modules.

Laser cutting, 3D printing (Bridge, Light Pier support)
An industry standard software package will be used to design and model a bridge and a light pier support structure. You will be trained in using laser cutting and 3D printing, to build prototypes. Using the skills you gained during your modules you will make structures to withstand a given load.

Grand Challenge
Mark the end of your first year with this concept design project set by industry. You’ll present your results at an end of year show.

Contact hours

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (25%) and independent study (75%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Research informed teaching

Our research is tackling real-world issues – and the people working on this research will be teaching you. It also informs the subjects you’ll be studying with us so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 98% of NTU's Engineering submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Staff Profiles

Neil Mansfield

Professor and Head of Department

School of Science and Technology – Engineering

Professor Neil Mansfield - Head of Engineering - staff profile. Neil has research published in areas of human factors, engineering and sports performance.

Hemantha Kodikara Arachchi

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Hemantha Kodikara Arachchi - Senior Lecturer - Staff profile

Yvonne Reinwald

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Yvonne Reinwald - Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering - staff profile

How you’re assessed

Year 1 - coursework (58%) and written (42%)

Year 2 - coursework (52%) and written (48%)

Year 3 - coursework (75%) and written (25%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Placements

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your second year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent Engineering students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including Pirelli, Mercedes and the Government Operational Research Service. They secured varied roles such as Operational and Research Assistant, Quality Engineer and Engineering Assistant.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Find out more about work placements.

Careers

You’ve probably already got some idea of the career path you want to take. Many of our graduates go on to work in engineering-based roles, but it’s worth remembering that the skills you learn on an engineering degree are transferable to a variety of careers. Research, presentation, team working and analytical skills are highly valued by employers in various professions, both related and unrelated to engineering.

Engineering graduates are in demand as they are attractive to a wide range of employers due to their analytical thinking, problem-solving, and strong numeracy skills. You’ll be well-placed to secure a career in a range of sectors, including the armed forces, logistics, teaching, IT, and banking. Recent NTU graduates have gone onto engineering positions in a variety of organisations including Pitney Bowes, the RAF, Rolls Royce, and Siemens.

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on Masters-level courses, or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Take your first step to becoming an engineer with hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art Engineering Building. You’ll benefit directly from using some of the very latest cutting-edge facilities and equipment.

We’ve worked with engineering companies to find out the very latest techniques and equipment they’d want top-class graduates to have experience of. Armed with this knowledge, we’ve designed our dedicated mechanical engineering facilities that are filled with the equipment you’ll need to become an accomplished engineer in your field.

Entry requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points

What are we looking for?

  • 120 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Mathematics grade C); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma* – DDM including relevant mathematics modules; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

* We accept the following BTEC Extended Diplomas:

  • Extended Diploma in Engineering
  • Extended Diploma in Electronic Engineering
  • Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

If you are taking a BTEC Extended Diploma not named above, you will also need a suitable level 3 Mathematics qualification.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • 120 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Mathematics grade C); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma* – DDM including relevant mathematics modules; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

* We accept the following BTEC Extended Diplomas:

  • Extended Diploma in Engineering
  • Extended Diploma in Electronic Engineering
  • Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

If you are taking a BTEC Extended Diploma not named above, you will also need a suitable level 3 Mathematics qualification.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Tuition fees 

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. See our fees for 2022 entry.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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