About the course
Mechanical engineers are vital in today’s modern world. They design, manufacture and operate a huge range of products and processes. From high-performance race cars through to lifesaving medical equipment, from railways to green technology, none of this would be possible without mechanical engineering. So if you want to go on to become a manager in this vitally important industry, this course could set you on your career.
Successfully completing the MEng course allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject than the BEng course. It also means that you graduate with a Postgraduate level qualification, which can give you an advantage in the job market.
The course is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the principles and fundamentals of mechanical engineering. You’ll get involved in practical work, projects and problem-solving too. We’ll cover a range of topics within the subject, including mathematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials.
We want to help you go on to become a manager in your chosen field. So during the final year of your integrated Master’s we’ll study modules relating to management. We take a broader view of the commercial aspects of the industry, and study finance for managers. We’ll also explore advanced analytical skills and give you the option to take a module in either new product development or dimensional measurement. It’s all about encouraging you to think strategically and develop your leadership skills.
During your studies you’ll be offered the chance to take a placement after your second year. You could work in the industry and put what you’ve learnt into practice. We’ll also give you the opportunity to take part in national events like the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Formula Student and Railway Challenge competitions.
The course is fully accredited by the IMechE, which means it can go towards part of the academic requirements you need to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
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Mechanical engineering has the power to improve people's lives and new developments can have a real impact on society. At Huddersfield we're passionate about Engineering. Our courses are designed to combine industry knowledge and academic theory with practical experience to support you in graduating ready for work or further study.
Dr John Chai, Subject Area Leader, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Science
This module can be considered as physics related to engineering. The topics covered in this module are intended to provide you with a foundation for your future studies and are considered a basic requirement for the degree programme which follows in later years. You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratories which are not only designed to provide you with theory but also help you to practice the theory in the laboratory. You'll be introduced to the basic concepts and be supported in progressing to more advanced topics, such as static analysis and dynamic analysis. The module covers displacement, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s laws, energy and power (which are taught in the field of dynamics). You’ll also be offered the opportunity to study such topics as forces, vectors, beams, stress analysis and structures.
This module covers the fundamental concepts of the principles of operation, physical structures and properties of electrical motors and electronic devices used as driving elements and measuring instruments for mechanical systems. The practical sessions have been designed to help you explore how DC and AC machines, basic power electronics devices and sensors operate and how they can be used in the context of position and speed control within variable speed drives. Also the module contains a qualitative description of amplifiers, filters, analogue to digital conversion, resolution, range and sampling frequency in measurement systems.
Engineering Communication and Materials
This module aims to introduce you to the concepts of computer assistance for engineers, and covers the basic skills of 3D modelling with a computer aided design (CAD) package used by commercial organisations. This module is primarily studio and computer laboratory based. Through a series of exercises you're supported in gaining skills in how to effectively communicate through technical drawings (studio based) for the detail design of manufactured engineering components and assemblies. You’re required to undertake a series of integrated graded exercises which will allow you to express your ideas graphically to other engineers both manually and through the medium of 3D CAD. A series of lectures in materials technology are aimed at equipping you with the knowledge of how to select appropriate materials during the design process.
Manufacturing Technology and Workshop Appreciation
You’ll be required to attend a number of one day workshop practice sessions which are aimed at giving you an appreciation of some of the manufacturing processes through the use of hand tools, general engineering workshop machine tools, metal joining equipment, measuring and diagnostic equipment. Demonstrations of more complex equipment are aimed at giving you an insight into advanced processes. You’ll study how a number of engineered products are made and be supported in gaining an understanding of the manufacturing processes involved in the production of products in small numbers and in large scale production.
Professional Studies and Computing and Information Technology
This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the broad role of the Professional Engineer and Technologist in society and introduces the personal skills required to succeed as a Student Engineer and as Professional Engineer. You’ll be supported in gaining skills relating to problem solving, research, communication, time management and working to objectives, in both individual and team working situations. Appreciation and practical experience with respect to the role of computing and information technology is also covered. The module contains an introduction to ILP (Individual Learning Plans) and CPD (Continued Professional Development). You’ll also explore broader issues, such as legal, ethical, environmental and recycling.
The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques aimed at providing you with the fundamental mathematical principles you will need to apply the technical theory introduced in the engineering modules.
This module introduces essential principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and their application for analysis, performance prediction and design of thermo-fluids engineering systems. You’ll study design principles for various thermo-fluids engineering systems such as heat engines, refrigerators, turbo-machines, heat exchangers, fluid conveyance and flow control systems.
Analysis of Materials
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of why solid materials behave as they do and to develop your ability to analyse solid objects subjected to static loads. You’ll be supported in developing your skills in the classical techniques of stress and strain analysis as well as being introduced to finite element analysis. You’ll explore how to select appropriate materials and components based on their characteristics to suit particular operating conditions during the design process as well as how to determine why components may have failed.
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the analysis fundamentals applied to machine systems and mechanisms. You’ll be supported in developing an understanding of the techniques available for the analysis of machine dynamics, vibrating bodies and basic control techniques. Through theory and practical examples, the module also covers quantifying and solving realistic problems.
In this module you’ll be encouraged to develop your knowledge of BS 8888 (which is the British standard for the production of technical drawings and is an important part of design for manufacturing) and to engage in developing your understanding of the design processes through lectures and assignments and through the design improvement of an engineering assembly. We aim to develop your understanding of assembly drawings as a means of product representation. You’ll be supported in gaining an understanding of the creative design process through lectures and by examining existing products. You also have the opportunity to attempt the early stages of the process in assignment work, which aims to help you gain an awareness of risk assessment within the design process. On this module, you also have the chance to create engineering designs from brief through the concept stage to the final engineering design which will be represented by technical engineering drawings. You’ll be introduced to the concepts of sustainable design and of design optimisation.
Manufacturing and Enterprise
The module aims to provide you with an introduction to the major classes of manufacturing system, from small batch production to mass production, together with consideration of relevant production technology issues and the requirements for system organisation and management. It considers the essential aspects that are required to be addressed in successfully managing a manufacturing enterprise with an emphasis on operations and systems management - emphasis is given to aspects such as, machines, tooling, facilities layout and labour requirements. A group "enterprise" project, supported by an appropriate lecture programme, provides an opportunity for you to relate your knowledge to a realistic business scenario and gain experience of team working, report writing and presentation.
Application and Management of CAD/CAM
This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in the use of 3D computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) using software packages used by commercial organisations. You'll be introduced to the many ways in which the manufacturing industry uses CAD/CAM and move onto the various development strands of 3D modelling, data exchange issues. The module expands on to the wider management issues associated with the introduction of CAD/CAM in a commercial environment, including cost justification, concurrent engineering and benchmarking. CAM areas explored include computer aided part programming, robotics and rapid prototyping. There will be particular focus on practical applications.
This course offers an optional one-year work placement after Year 2.
Dynamic Analysis and Control
This module aims to provide you with an enhanced understanding of system dynamics. The modelling of multi-degree of freedom mechanical systems is considered together with control theory applied to higher order systems. You will have the opportunity to gain experience at the modelling of mechanical system dynamics using ADAMS multi-body dynamics software package.
Finite element analysis (FEA) uses computer software to predict how a product will react to forces (such as vibration, heat and other physical effects), helping to test if the product will break, wear out or do the job it was designed for. FEA is now an integral part of the design process and is often incorporated within solid modelling design packages. It’s important that you gain an understanding of the theoretical basis and limitations of FEA so that you can use it effectively. This module introduces you to this knowledge and gives you the opportunity to experience using a commercial code of this type. You’ll explore how to justify your analysis and how to gather the evidence to demonstrate that your analysis is reliable. You’ll also be supported in expanding your skills in classical stress and strain analysis.
Eco Design and IPR
Earth’s natural resources are increasingly becoming scarce yet the drive for newer products could not be greater. This creates an increased strain on our natural resources and one answer to this could be sustainable design (eco-design). Sustainable design incorporates the standard design process with the sustainable sourcing and disposal of materials ensuring a minimum effect on the planet’s resources. This module aims to provide you with an awareness about how to design goods using resources effectively. Also important to designers is the subject of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the relevant protection, practices and processes surrounding new and novel products, this module covers these issues. The module concentrates on eco-design from the true start of the design process (eco-sourcing) to the disposal of the end of life product (eco-disposal). Also introduced will be methods of measurement and financial and moral implications of designing products to a sustainable level.
Final Year Project (Mechanical)
This module provides you with the opportunity to plan, manage and execute a substantial engineering project, from a suitable objective to a satisfactory conclusion. The project, which may be industrially based, will be an in-depth study of an engineering problem, requiring a degree of initiative, planning and management of the project. This is aimed at helping you to extend your intellectual abilities in the chosen project area, to apply and to increase your knowledge in a chosen field and provides the opportunity to demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities. Each individual student will undertake a substantial project, on a topic appropriate to their pathway.
Choose one from a list which may include-
Project Quality and Production Management
Engineers have a responsibility to ensure that they deliver projects on time and within budget. With this in mind this module covers the scheduling of project activity, with appropriate consideration of resource constraints and the costs required for undertaking successful projects. You’ll study financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. To support this you’ll be introduced to project management software used by industry. The module also includes total quality management, introducing tools and techniques such as statistical process control, improvement programmes and maintenance management.You’ll explore how to effectively manage the manufacture of products and the decision making processes required with regard to people, machines, materials and finance.
Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics
This module has been designed to help you develop a thorough understanding of aerodynamic features associated with moving vehicles through the use of use of theoretical, experimental and computational tools. You'll also be introduced to a commercial computational fluid dynamics package.
Advanced Static Analysis
This module aims to extend your knowledge of the scientific principles used in more advanced static analysis of mechanical components and systems and to understand the role that mathematical and computer based modelling plays in this type of analysis. The module allows you the opportunity to gain experience in the use of commercial analysis software to solve non-linear structural problems.
Advanced Dynamic Analysis
This module aims to combine theoretical and practical analysis of dynamic motion with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). You’ll have the opportunity to study both vibration and control techniques with topics including vibration theory, mechanical control, forced vibration, resonance, Sdof (Single degree of Freedom) and MdoF (Multiple degrees of Freedom) systems and NVH applications.
Vehicle Aerodynamics and Air Management
This module combines the use of theoretical, experimental and computational tools to help you develop a thorough understanding of aerodynamic features associated with moving vehicles as well as air handling requirements. The module introduces you to various commercial computational fluid dynamics packages.
Finance for Managers
This module enables you to develop an understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and decision making within an organisation.
Year 5 Group Project
During this module you’ll be supported in taking part in a challenging group project. Typically this may lead to an entry into a competition, such as the Formula Student or the Railway Challenge events. This project will give you the opportunity to demonstrate a wide range of knowledge and understanding of design and manufacturing processes and methodologies. The project aims to simulate the type of work you will encounter in industry. You're expected to develop innovative design solutions which are compatible with clearly identified business/commercial objectives, within a defined budget.
Choose one from a list which may include-
New Product Development
To achieve advancements in the contemporary performance imperatives of quality, speed and price, enterprises need to constantly update their product portfolios. This module provides an overview and consolidation of the skills required to implement and manage the New Product Development (NPD) process within the context of a commercial enterprise. Emphasis is placed upon the evolution, development and exploitation of NPD strategies; together with consideration of innovation policies, models, culture and practice. Appropriate management methodologies are then introduced to assess new product ideas, determine feasibility, and define those products to achieve commercial gain. Module delivery is provided through formal lectures and extensive practical sessions, prior to the delivery of equally weighted group and individual project assessments.
Development of Dimensional Measurement
The module combines the theory and practical application of metrology for dimensional measurement of manufactured components. The module reviews the basic principles of metrology including calibration, traceability and inter-changeability. You'll be supported in performing measurements and in analysing data during laboratory work and study contemporary instruments including laser interferometers and co-ordinate measurement machines (CMMs). The application of international standards and the propagation of uncertainty associated with practical measurement, in particular the effects of temperature, will be reviewed and the use of temperature measurement techniques such as thermal imaging will be covered.
This course aims to give you a firm grounding in the principles and fundamentals of mechanical engineering through practical work, project work and problem solving activities. You’ll also explore the important role of business and financial management. You’ll be supported in developing your understanding of the value of mechanical engineering in the design and operation of power stations; in making best use of our remaining fossil fuels; in the bio-medical industry; and in the manufacturing sector.
You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions. 25% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, practicals, tutorials etc.
Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual projects, with a strong focus on practical work.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
AABat A Level . A Levels must include A2 Mathematics (Use of Mathematics is not an acceptable A Level) and at least one other Science/Technology subject (or equivalent qualifications) from the list of A Levels.
136 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 quaifications which must include the accepted qualifications as listed in Additional Information.
DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Science is not acceptable without an additional A Level Mathematics at least at Grade C.
In addition to A2 Mathematics, A Levels must include at least one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Mathematics, Mechanics, Dynamics, Architecture or General Engineering.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering - please note that we do not accept BTEC Computing and Operations as a qualification for entry to this course.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
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