BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering clearing student
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  • UCAS code(s): H300 / H301
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Three years full-time / four years with a placement
  • Entry requirements during Clearing may differ from those published in the 2018 prospectus, please call our Clearing Hotline on 0115 848 6000 to discuss.

Mechanical engineering is a large, established field of engineering. It covers the design and manufacture of small components and devices right through to large scale items and systems. Also, recent, rapid developments in technology, such as 3D printing, have changed the face of mechanical engineering. To help you to keep up-to-date with these changes and to become a mechanical engineer of the future, we work closely with industry to ensure you are as well-prepared as possible for a career in this exciting and rewarding industry.

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.

In the School of Science and Technology we pride ourselves on our hands-on approach to teaching and giving you real-world experience. With our brand-new engineering courses we are taking these experiences to the next level with a revolutionary approach to teaching engineering.

We are partnering with industry every step of the way to ensure that you become the very best engineer of the future by working with all types and sizes of engineering organisations. In our innovative approach, you’ll spend a large proportion of your time each year applying theory to live, industry-led projects. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement to boost your industry knowledge even further.

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?

Visit our engineering subject pages to watch our new video and for more details on our innovative teaching, industry partners and new facilities.

Accreditation

As is normal practice for new engineering courses, the University will seek accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for our programmes when they have students in the final year (2020/21). This accreditation will ensure the content of our courses matches the IET benchmark awarded to high-quality programmes that provide ideal preparation for aspiring professional engineers. The accreditation, if granted, will be backdated to include the first intake years.

What you'll study

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.

When does the course start?

Your course induction will take place in the last week of September and your course will start in October. For more information take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.

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.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    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 One and Two the module is taught through a series of lectures and short projects, and includes industry training in Autodesk Fusion 360. In Term Three the module will culminate in a three-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

  • Year Two

    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.

  • Year Three

    Placement year for sandwich students.

  • Final year

    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.

    Individual Engineering Project

    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.

    Sustainable Design and Product Death

    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.

    Fluid Dynamics in Physiology and Medical Devices

    When a medical device is implanted into the body this will have an impact on the flow of bodily fluids. In this module, you’ll study how fluids move in the body, how this is affected by the physiology of the human or animal, and how medical devices can alter or improve flows.

    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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

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.

Where will I study?

Due to the highly applied nature of these courses, the majority of your time will be spent in two purpose designed and built facilities on Clifton Campus: the Engineering Research and Teaching building, and the Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC). In these facilities, you will take your practical and workshop sessions. The lectures and seminars will take place in our new Teaching and Learning building.

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (65%) and written (35%)

Year 2 - coursework (58%) and written (42%)

Year 3 - coursework (66%) and written (34%)

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

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops 26(%) and independent study (74%)

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

Careers and employability

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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Mathematics grade C); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma* – DMM 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.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Mathematics grade C); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma* – DMM 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.

Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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.

Getting in touch

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

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

  • We are offering a £5,000 per year International Engineering Scholarship for this course.  Details and applications for this scholarship will be published on our international scholarships page.
  • For more information other opportunities for funding please visit our international pages.
  • For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Science and Technology course enquiries
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