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Are you interested in using scientific principles to solve problems and develop better ways to make things work?

Northumbria University’s Mechanical Engineering course is essential for the automotive, aeronautical, robotics, construction, software, oil/ gas, manufacturing, renewable energy and building services sectors. There are currently shortages of mechanical engineers and, by taking this undergraduate course, you’ll have plenty of career options.

The first year of the course provides a foundational grounding in engineering. You’ll then study more advanced principles of mechanics, manufacturing technology, energy systems and engineering design, potentially working on projects with companies such as Nissan, BAE Systems and Airbus. We encourage you to spend a full year in the industry between your second and final years.

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 Engineering instead of this course.

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.

 

 

 

 

89% of students say that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well (National Student Survey, 2018) 

For more information in relation to studying Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons), or related courses, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Mechanical Engineering course updates.

Are you interested in using scientific principles to solve problems and develop better ways to make things work?

Northumbria University’s Mechanical Engineering course is essential for the automotive, aeronautical, robotics, construction, software, oil/ gas, manufacturing, renewable energy and building services sectors. There are currently shortages of mechanical engineers and, by taking this undergraduate course, you’ll have plenty of career options.

The first year of the course provides a foundational grounding in engineering. You’ll then study more advanced principles of mechanics, manufacturing technology, energy systems and engineering design, potentially working on projects with companies such as Nissan, BAE Systems and Airbus. We encourage you to spend a full year in the industry between your second and final years.

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 Engineering instead of this course.

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.

 

 

 

 

89% of students say that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well (National Student Survey, 2018) 

For more information in relation to studying Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons), or related courses, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Mechanical Engineering course updates.

Course Information

UCAS Code
H300

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
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

A-level Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology), or recognised equivalents.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

Applicants will need A-level Mathematics and another analytical science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics or Technology), or recognised equivalents.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Occasionally field trips are arranged. Not participating will not adversely affect your course performance but if you do want to participate, you may need to contribute up to £200.

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £9,250

* This is the tuition fee for 2021/22 entry, and the maximum permitted to charge UK students as per Government Regulations. Government are yet to announce 2022/23 fees, if there is a change fees will be adjusted accordingly.


EU Fee in Year 1: £16,500

International Fee in Year 1: £16,500


Scholarships for 22/23 have not yet been announced. Please keep checking for updates.

For information on the range of Scholarships offered in 21/22, visit the funding pages.

 


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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB4001 -

Professional Studies and Technical Communication (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your understanding of the role of the engineering professions within the modern World and give you the opportunity to consider how a graduate engineer may shape the future. You will learn: how the engineering professions are structured and operate, how engineers may play a significant role within sustainable development and ethical responsibility in Global development and an engineer’s responsibility in Heath, Safety and management of risk.
You will develop and evaluate learning and communication skills to enhance your technical literacy. You will develop the ability to examine your own learning through reflection by connecting knowledge and experience through application and evaluation. Practical exercises will enable you to develop your ability to 'acquire, analyse and present' data and technical information. This will involve you in; information retrieval, data analysis, as well as experiencing a range of approaches to the presentation of technical information.

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KB4003 -

Introduction to Engineering Design [Mechanical] (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of concepts and methods of the design process and the use of engineering materials to create and develop economically viable engineering solutions to satisfy customer and user needs. You will learn through workshops (laboratory) include both "paper" and practical "design-make-test" exercises which require an understanding (that will be developed in the module) of the different properties of engineering materials. You will be identifying design constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety issues will be considered. You will be using computer software to aid the design process, including the production of engineering drawings (2D draughting and 3D Modelling). You will learn to understand the competitive nature of the product development industry. The result of your learning will be the development of your ability to manufacture prototypes providing useful outcomes from design activity.

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KB4004 -

Materials Engineering and Performance (Core,20 Credits)

You will begin the module by being introduced to the significance of materials science and engineering for 21st century engineers through the fundamentals of metal, polymers, ceramics and composites. Your will learn about different materials’ properties and internationally recognised standardised practices for testing them. You will develop an understanding of how properties can be optimised for various materials and how you can engineer materials at various to get the maximum and desired performance from them. Principal manufacturing processes used for engineering materials within a context of the structure-property-processing relationship will be covered in detail. Awareness on sustainability (e.g. eco-auditing) and preventative measures for degradation (e.g. corrosion) will also be covered. Within this module you will also undertake groupwork where you will be taught how to make engineering decisions as a group, manage your time and also personal reflection upon your team working skills.

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KB4052 -

Energy Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how engineering applications utilise basic science to design and operate energy systems. Based on this knowledge, you will apply scientific knowledge to examples of real systems to understand how they support design and analysis of objects and systems. This will enable you to make informed design decisions in systems that usefully employ energy and power within engineering applications that provide heat, light, motion, transport etc.

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KB4053 -

Mechanical Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how engineering applications utilise basic science to design and operate static and dynamic engineering systems. Based on this knowledge, you will apply scientific knowledge to examples of real systems to understand how they support design and analysis of objects and systems. This will enable you to make informed design decisions in systems that employ mechanics of materials, bodes and structures both statically and dynamically.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KC4018 -

Engineering Analytics (Core,20 Credits)

Basic algebra and trigonometry
Transposition, simplification, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, functions and identities.

Basic calculus
Derivative as slope and rate of change, standard derivatives; product, quotient and function of a function rules; integration
as reverse of differentiation, standard integrals, area under a curve; solution of simple differential equations by direct integration.

Complex numbers
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, complex conjugate and division in algebraic form. The Argand diagram. Polar form and
exponential form, with multiplication and division. De Moivre's theorem (powers and roots). Locus problems.

Calculus
Implicit, parametric and logarithmic differentiation. Maxima and minima. MacLaurin's series. Partial differentiation, first order change, analysis of errors, method of least squares. Integration techniques (substitution, partial fractions, by parts) and simple applications of integration.

Matrices and Determinants
Second and third order determinants, evaluation, properties, Cramer's Rule for solution of simultaneous equations; matrices, addition, subtraction, multiplication, transpose, inverse (via adjoint), solution of simultaneous linear equations by matrix inversion.

Vectors
Sum, difference, magnitude, components, Cartesian representation in three dimensions; scalar and vector products, angle between vectors, application to simple geometrical and physical problems.

Differential Equations
Solution of first order by separation of variables and integrating factor; second order with constant coefficients, auxiliary
equation, complementary function, particular integral by substitution.




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KB5000 -

Engineering Management & Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the most important issues for managing in an engineering environment, such as professional skills, project management, industrial engineering, quality assurance, costing and finance. We will introduce you to the methods used to make financial decisions in evaluating engineering and manufacturing options from an economic viewpoint. You will learn about working with people by considering the techniques used to evaluate and improve personal, team and organisational efficiency levels. Your learning will be further enhanced with content on how such factors may be influenced by quality control aspects, together with their importance and links in terms of engineering project management. You will be given opportunities to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the role of effective interpersonal communication and personal skills development, such as; personal development planning, knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of conduct and the need to communicate balanced arguments relating to professional and ethical issues.

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KB5001 -

Mechanical and Structural Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will acquire scientific and technical knowledge and practical skills for the design and evaluation of stress and deformation analysis for simple and complex engineering structures.
You will learn engineering mechanics in the context of design for strength, stability and stiffness from an analytical and numerical perspective. Theoretical knowledge introduced in prevoius study is solidified and enhanced through the study of finite element methods (FEM), a numerical approach to solving structural systems. Based on these skills, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to apply stress analysis methods, including FEM, to design and evaluate real-life mechanical and structural systems.

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KB5005 -

Fluid Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the fluid systems for incompressible and compressible flows. You will start with the significance of non-dimensional numbers in the context of model and prototype testing. Practical fluid flow machineries will be studied in detail. You will consider boundary layer theory and viscous flow with application to bearing lubrication and heat transfer during condensation. You will also study compressible flows and application to converging-diverging nozzle. You will be introduced to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and will be able to simulate practical laboratory data using a state of the art CFD software.

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KB5006 -

Manufacturing Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the connection of design, materials performance and manufacturing through lectures, seminars and practical classes. Starting with materials and processes classification you will explore topical such as: The relationships of; Design, Materials, Manufacturing and Form, Function and the environment in materials and process selection; Casting and moulding processes in metals and polymers; Machining processes and machine tools; joining processes and equipment; micro-manufacturing and fabrication of microelectronic devices; and surface roughness and measurement; surface treatments, coatings and cleaning.

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KB5007 -

Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about energy conversion systems and technologies and their application in energy generation and transportation sectors. You will be facilitated in your design based understanding on steam power cycles, heat transfer, IC engines, combustion and heating systems and air conditioning systems. You will develop your skills through undertaking an energy audit and problem solving. You will be given opportunities on your learning journey to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the case studies and problems related to these topics during seminars.

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KB5008 -

Mechanical and Structural Systems 2 (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the theory and methods of analysis and evaluation of mechanical and structural systems for their dynamical and vibrational behaviour. You will specifically learn about the kinetics of particles and rigid bodies and learn how to derive the equations of motion for a number of single and multi-degree of freedom systems such that you are able to understand the dynamic behaviour of mechanisms and associated engineering design problems. During the numerical aspect of this module you will learn the concepts that will allow you to take the equations of motion for complex mechanical systems and solve them in order to obtain the forces, positions, velocities and accelerations.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KB5048 -

Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KB6000 -

Investigative Project (Core,40 Credits)

You will learn about and demonstrate how to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in your degree programme whilst also extending your independent learning through a deep investigation of a topic, which may be of your own choice. You will develop your ability to plan, direct, progress and take responsibility for your own large scale investigative project.
You may be involved in the choice of the topic of your investigation and also be able to lead the direction of the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. Your investigation will draw upon a broad range of existing engineering knowledge and practice, apply advanced engineering techniques, allow you to draw your own conclusions supported by your findings and enable you to present your results in a professional manner.

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KB6004 -

Sustainable Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will aquire knowledge and the skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyse advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems their technologies and their application to energy generation problems. Advanced energy systems will be investigated, such as; combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines.

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KB6005 -

Advanced Structural Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the advanced methods of vibration and stress analysis. You will cover the free and forced vibration of single and multiple degree of freedom systems. This module reviews and highlights the real-world applications of vibration and utilisation of suitable software for advanced vibration analysis of systems. The applications are illustrated through the use of case studies. You will also learn about analytical methods of stress and deformation analysis for engineering structures with a focus on column buckling, energy methods and nonlinear behaviours. The utilisation of suitable software for stress/deformation analysis will also be introduced. An understanding of the capabilities and limitations of each method will allow you to apply these methods correctly and efficiently in a real-life engineering context.

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KB6007 -

Advanced Manufacturing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about various advanced aspects related to manufacturing systems including industrial automation and control; electrical and pneumatic control systems; and manufacturing philosophies/ tools. You will cover how these tools and philosophies can be used for conventional as well as non-conventional manufacturing systems. You will focus on the critical application of those systems in order to solve complex problems, including those in unfamiliar environments. You will learn about engaging with the theoretical knowledge: through seminar sessions and by exploring specific case studies.

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KB6009 -

Mechanical Design & Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the application of advanced design techniques and technologies for mechanical engineering problems. You will be covering a range of design techniques such as; Design for Manufacture, Design for Assembly, Design Failure Modes Effects Analysis etc, within integrated Computer Aided Engineering systems (CAD, CAM, FEA and CFD). As these approaches are interconnected and you will be expected to meet learning outcomes of the module by employing an interconnected approach to these critical concepts.
The role and use of Intellectual property, its protection and exploitation, will also be covered as part of the R&D/Design process.
An understanding and application of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) on how materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) are selected and specified in industry will be developed. You will also gain an understanding of materials and product manufacture and causes of materials and structural failure.
Your learning will be achieved from lectures and seminars where you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by undertaking both individual exercises such as; product deconstruction and revitalisation and group activity based exercises

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB4001 -

Professional Studies and Technical Communication (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your understanding of the role of the engineering professions within the modern World and give you the opportunity to consider how a graduate engineer may shape the future. You will learn: how the engineering professions are structured and operate, how engineers may play a significant role within sustainable development and ethical responsibility in Global development and an engineer’s responsibility in Heath, Safety and management of risk.
You will develop and evaluate learning and communication skills to enhance your technical literacy. You will develop the ability to examine your own learning through reflection by connecting knowledge and experience through application and evaluation. Practical exercises will enable you to develop your ability to 'acquire, analyse and present' data and technical information. This will involve you in; information retrieval, data analysis, as well as experiencing a range of approaches to the presentation of technical information.

More information

KB4003 -

Introduction to Engineering Design [Mechanical] (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of concepts and methods of the design process and the use of engineering materials to create and develop economically viable engineering solutions to satisfy customer and user needs. You will learn through workshops (laboratory) include both "paper" and practical "design-make-test" exercises which require an understanding (that will be developed in the module) of the different properties of engineering materials. You will be identifying design constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations, and health and safety issues will be considered. You will be using computer software to aid the design process, including the production of engineering drawings (2D draughting and 3D Modelling). You will learn to understand the competitive nature of the product development industry. The result of your learning will be the development of your ability to manufacture prototypes providing useful outcomes from design activity.

More information

KB4004 -

Materials Engineering and Performance (Core,20 Credits)

You will begin the module by being introduced to the significance of materials science and engineering for 21st century engineers through the fundamentals of metal, polymers, ceramics and composites. Your will learn about different materials’ properties and internationally recognised standardised practices for testing them. You will develop an understanding of how properties can be optimised for various materials and how you can engineer materials at various to get the maximum and desired performance from them. Principal manufacturing processes used for engineering materials within a context of the structure-property-processing relationship will be covered in detail. Awareness on sustainability (e.g. eco-auditing) and preventative measures for degradation (e.g. corrosion) will also be covered. Within this module you will also undertake groupwork where you will be taught how to make engineering decisions as a group, manage your time and also personal reflection upon your team working skills.

More information

KB4052 -

Energy Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how engineering applications utilise basic science to design and operate energy systems. Based on this knowledge, you will apply scientific knowledge to examples of real systems to understand how they support design and analysis of objects and systems. This will enable you to make informed design decisions in systems that usefully employ energy and power within engineering applications that provide heat, light, motion, transport etc.

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KB4053 -

Mechanical Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how engineering applications utilise basic science to design and operate static and dynamic engineering systems. Based on this knowledge, you will apply scientific knowledge to examples of real systems to understand how they support design and analysis of objects and systems. This will enable you to make informed design decisions in systems that employ mechanics of materials, bodes and structures both statically and dynamically.

More information

KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KC4018 -

Engineering Analytics (Core,20 Credits)

Basic algebra and trigonometry
Transposition, simplification, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, functions and identities.

Basic calculus
Derivative as slope and rate of change, standard derivatives; product, quotient and function of a function rules; integration
as reverse of differentiation, standard integrals, area under a curve; solution of simple differential equations by direct integration.

Complex numbers
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, complex conjugate and division in algebraic form. The Argand diagram. Polar form and
exponential form, with multiplication and division. De Moivre's theorem (powers and roots). Locus problems.

Calculus
Implicit, parametric and logarithmic differentiation. Maxima and minima. MacLaurin's series. Partial differentiation, first order change, analysis of errors, method of least squares. Integration techniques (substitution, partial fractions, by parts) and simple applications of integration.

Matrices and Determinants
Second and third order determinants, evaluation, properties, Cramer's Rule for solution of simultaneous equations; matrices, addition, subtraction, multiplication, transpose, inverse (via adjoint), solution of simultaneous linear equations by matrix inversion.

Vectors
Sum, difference, magnitude, components, Cartesian representation in three dimensions; scalar and vector products, angle between vectors, application to simple geometrical and physical problems.

Differential Equations
Solution of first order by separation of variables and integrating factor; second order with constant coefficients, auxiliary
equation, complementary function, particular integral by substitution.




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Engineering Management & Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the most important issues for managing in an engineering environment, such as professional skills, project management, industrial engineering, quality assurance, costing and finance. We will introduce you to the methods used to make financial decisions in evaluating engineering and manufacturing options from an economic viewpoint. You will learn about working with people by considering the techniques used to evaluate and improve personal, team and organisational efficiency levels. Your learning will be further enhanced with content on how such factors may be influenced by quality control aspects, together with their importance and links in terms of engineering project management. You will be given opportunities to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the role of effective interpersonal communication and personal skills development, such as; personal development planning, knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of conduct and the need to communicate balanced arguments relating to professional and ethical issues.

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Mechanical and Structural Systems 1 (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will acquire scientific and technical knowledge and practical skills for the design and evaluation of stress and deformation analysis for simple and complex engineering structures.
You will learn engineering mechanics in the context of design for strength, stability and stiffness from an analytical and numerical perspective. Theoretical knowledge introduced in prevoius study is solidified and enhanced through the study of finite element methods (FEM), a numerical approach to solving structural systems. Based on these skills, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to apply stress analysis methods, including FEM, to design and evaluate real-life mechanical and structural systems.

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Fluid Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the fluid systems for incompressible and compressible flows. You will start with the significance of non-dimensional numbers in the context of model and prototype testing. Practical fluid flow machineries will be studied in detail. You will consider boundary layer theory and viscous flow with application to bearing lubrication and heat transfer during condensation. You will also study compressible flows and application to converging-diverging nozzle. You will be introduced to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and will be able to simulate practical laboratory data using a state of the art CFD software.

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Manufacturing Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the connection of design, materials performance and manufacturing through lectures, seminars and practical classes. Starting with materials and processes classification you will explore topical such as: The relationships of; Design, Materials, Manufacturing and Form, Function and the environment in materials and process selection; Casting and moulding processes in metals and polymers; Machining processes and machine tools; joining processes and equipment; micro-manufacturing and fabrication of microelectronic devices; and surface roughness and measurement; surface treatments, coatings and cleaning.

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Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about energy conversion systems and technologies and their application in energy generation and transportation sectors. You will be facilitated in your design based understanding on steam power cycles, heat transfer, IC engines, combustion and heating systems and air conditioning systems. You will develop your skills through undertaking an energy audit and problem solving. You will be given opportunities on your learning journey to develop as a professional by reflecting upon the case studies and problems related to these topics during seminars.

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Mechanical and Structural Systems 2 (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the theory and methods of analysis and evaluation of mechanical and structural systems for their dynamical and vibrational behaviour. You will specifically learn about the kinetics of particles and rigid bodies and learn how to derive the equations of motion for a number of single and multi-degree of freedom systems such that you are able to understand the dynamic behaviour of mechanisms and associated engineering design problems. During the numerical aspect of this module you will learn the concepts that will allow you to take the equations of motion for complex mechanical systems and solve them in order to obtain the forces, positions, velocities and accelerations.

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Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Investigative Project (Core,40 Credits)

You will learn about and demonstrate how to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in your degree programme whilst also extending your independent learning through a deep investigation of a topic, which may be of your own choice. You will develop your ability to plan, direct, progress and take responsibility for your own large scale investigative project.
You may be involved in the choice of the topic of your investigation and also be able to lead the direction of the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. Your investigation will draw upon a broad range of existing engineering knowledge and practice, apply advanced engineering techniques, allow you to draw your own conclusions supported by your findings and enable you to present your results in a professional manner.

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Sustainable Energy Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will aquire knowledge and the skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyse advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems their technologies and their application to energy generation problems. Advanced energy systems will be investigated, such as; combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines.

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Advanced Structural Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the advanced methods of vibration and stress analysis. You will cover the free and forced vibration of single and multiple degree of freedom systems. This module reviews and highlights the real-world applications of vibration and utilisation of suitable software for advanced vibration analysis of systems. The applications are illustrated through the use of case studies. You will also learn about analytical methods of stress and deformation analysis for engineering structures with a focus on column buckling, energy methods and nonlinear behaviours. The utilisation of suitable software for stress/deformation analysis will also be introduced. An understanding of the capabilities and limitations of each method will allow you to apply these methods correctly and efficiently in a real-life engineering context.

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Advanced Manufacturing Systems (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about various advanced aspects related to manufacturing systems including industrial automation and control; electrical and pneumatic control systems; and manufacturing philosophies/ tools. You will cover how these tools and philosophies can be used for conventional as well as non-conventional manufacturing systems. You will focus on the critical application of those systems in order to solve complex problems, including those in unfamiliar environments. You will learn about engaging with the theoretical knowledge: through seminar sessions and by exploring specific case studies.

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Mechanical Design & Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the application of advanced design techniques and technologies for mechanical engineering problems. You will be covering a range of design techniques such as; Design for Manufacture, Design for Assembly, Design Failure Modes Effects Analysis etc, within integrated Computer Aided Engineering systems (CAD, CAM, FEA and CFD). As these approaches are interconnected and you will be expected to meet learning outcomes of the module by employing an interconnected approach to these critical concepts.
The role and use of Intellectual property, its protection and exploitation, will also be covered as part of the R&D/Design process.
An understanding and application of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) on how materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) are selected and specified in industry will be developed. You will also gain an understanding of materials and product manufacture and causes of materials and structural failure.
Your learning will be achieved from lectures and seminars where you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by undertaking both individual exercises such as; product deconstruction and revitalisation and group activity based exercises

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Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

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