Mechanical and Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H3M9 BEng/MAE

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About this course 2018/19

Are you interested in how to make cars better, faster, safer, cleaner and more sustainable? The automotive industry, which includes successful manufacturers like Nissan, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover, needs engineers who can work on design, production, and research and development.

The core of the course is the same as our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. You’ll also study specialist modules covering vehicle design and aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis systems, manufacturing systems, and automotive control systems and mechatronics.

This BEng (Hons) course will meet part of the academic requirement to be a Chartered Engineer, which is associated with higher salaries. You can meet the requirement in full by studying for an additional year and gaining an MEng (Hons). If you know from the start that you’d prefer an MEng, please apply for MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering instead of this course. 

The course is inspired by a sustainable engineering agenda that will ensure you’ll be equipped to work ethically in a world that needs engineers to meet societal challenges.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

 Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineering and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

 

Learn from the best

Northumbria University is among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Our expertise is reflected in the range and depth of our collaborations with industrial partners, such as Ricardo, JCB, Cummins and Caterpillar. We’ve built up excellent industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies. We organise a range of field trips to world-leading companies like British Engines, Siemens Power and EDF Energy.

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and group projects as well as tutor-directed and self-directed research. There’s a strong emphasis on problem-solving because we believe that you’ll learn best when you’re engaged in putting what we teach into practice.

The application of maths is an important aspect of the course. Don’t worry if you haven’t taken maths at A Level as we’ll provide additional support for you.  

Assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. They include assessed projects that will enable you to test your skills and understanding. For most modules, though not all of them, the main method of assessment is coursework and not exams. 

Learning Environment

Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities for engineering. We have specialist laboratories for smart materials and composites, building and construction, control and instrumentation, and fluids and thermodynamics. 

We have a twin engine test cell, wind tunnel and virtual reality suite for research into collision detection systems and car-to-car interaction. Northumbria is making significant advances in communication technologies, electronics and Bluetooth.

Our rapid prototyping room will make it easy for you to bring your design projects to life, and our modelling workshop offers tools and specialist equipment for modelling your designs. All our facilities are backed up by specialist technicians who will give support and advice when you need it.

To facilitate group projects, there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. With our problem-solving approach you’ll acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills as you progress through the course. These skills will come together in the major project that you’ll undertake, which requires independent research and appropriate techniques of inquiry, critical evaluation and synthesis.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. One of Northumbria’s signature research themes is ‘Future Engineering’, which is about innovation in the engineering and construction industries so that they are fit for purpose in the 21st century. We also have particular interests in novel construction materials, Building Information Management, smart materials and sustainable technologies.  

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering has been designed to partially fulfil the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)’s academic requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer. Chartered status is associated with improved employability and higher salaries.

The optional placement year will enrich your experience and provide opportunities to engage with industry. There is also an option to spend the year studying abroad, which will broaden your international experience.

Our ‘learning by doing’ approach will give you an in-depth understanding and the technical skills that are sought by employers. The major project in your final year is a great opportunity to apply everything you’ll have learnt. The outcome is not only important for assessment purposes but also to demonstrate your professionalism to potential employers. 

Our Careers and Employment Service offers resources and support that will help you find roles matching your interests and skills. You’ll be able to access a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to apply for graduate roles related to mechanical and automotive engineering. Among our graduates who are in work six months after the course, as many as 84% of them are in a professional or managerial job, according to Unistats 2015.

If you wish to undertake further study at postgraduate level, it may be possible to transfer to our MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering – though, because it’s an integrated masters degree, you would usually apply for it when you first apply to Northumbria. We also offer MSc degrees.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

About this course 2019/20

Are you interested in how to make cars better, faster, safer, cleaner and more sustainable? The automotive industry, which includes successful manufacturers like Nissan, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover, needs engineers who can work on design, production, and research and development.

The core of the course is the same as our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. You’ll also study specialist modules covering vehicle design and aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis systems, manufacturing systems, and automotive control systems and mechatronics.

This BEng (Hons) course will meet part of the academic requirement to be a Chartered Engineer, which is associated with higher salaries. You can meet the requirement in full by studying for an additional year and gaining an MEng (Hons). If you know from the start that you’d prefer an MEng, please apply for MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering instead of this course. 

The course is inspired by a sustainable engineering agenda that will ensure you’ll be equipped to work ethically in a world that needs engineers to meet societal challenges.

Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

 Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineering and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

 

Learn from the best

Northumbria University is among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Our expertise is reflected in the range and depth of our collaborations with industrial partners, such as Ricardo, JCB, Cummins and Caterpillar. We’ve built up excellent industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies. We organise a range of field trips to world-leading companies like British Engines, Siemens Power and EDF Energy.

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and group projects as well as tutor-directed and self-directed research. There’s a strong emphasis on problem-solving because we believe that you’ll learn best when you’re engaged in putting what we teach into practice.

The application of maths is an important aspect of the course. Don’t worry if you haven’t taken maths at A Level as we’ll provide additional support for you.  

Assessment methods are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. They include assessed projects that will enable you to test your skills and understanding. For most modules, though not all of them, the main method of assessment is coursework and not exams. 

Learning Environment

Northumbria University provides outstanding facilities for engineering. We have specialist laboratories for smart materials and composites, building and construction, control and instrumentation, and fluids and thermodynamics. 

We have a twin engine test cell, wind tunnel and virtual reality suite for research into collision detection systems and car-to-car interaction. Northumbria is making significant advances in communication technologies, electronics and Bluetooth.

Our rapid prototyping room will make it easy for you to bring your design projects to life, and our modelling workshop offers tools and specialist equipment for modelling your designs. All our facilities are backed up by specialist technicians who will give support and advice when you need it.

To facilitate group projects, there is a working space called The Hub that’s well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. With our problem-solving approach you’ll acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills as you progress through the course. These skills will come together in the major project that you’ll undertake, which requires independent research and appropriate techniques of inquiry, critical evaluation and synthesis.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. One of Northumbria’s signature research themes is ‘Future Engineering’, which is about innovation in the engineering and construction industries so that they are fit for purpose in the 21st century. We also have particular interests in novel construction materials, Building Information Management, smart materials and sustainable technologies.  

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering has been designed to partially fulfil the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)’s academic requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer. Chartered status is associated with improved employability and higher salaries.

The optional placement year will enrich your experience and provide opportunities to engage with industry. There is also an option to spend the year studying abroad, which will broaden your international experience.

Our ‘learning by doing’ approach will give you an in-depth understanding and the technical skills that are sought by employers. The major project in your final year is a great opportunity to apply everything you’ll have learnt. The outcome is not only important for assessment purposes but also to demonstrate your professionalism to potential employers. 

Our Careers and Employment Service offers resources and support that will help you find roles matching your interests and skills. You’ll be able to access a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to apply for graduate roles related to mechanical and automotive engineering. Among our graduates who are in work six months after the course, as many as 84% of them are in a professional or managerial job, according to Unistats 2015.

If you wish to undertake further study at postgraduate level, it may be possible to transfer to our MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering – though, because it’s an integrated masters degree, you would usually apply for it when you first apply to Northumbria. We also offer MSc degrees.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course info

UCAS Code H3M9 BEng/MAE

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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