Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement

UCAS Code

H300

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 engineers. So if you’re hoping for a career that puts you right at the heart of technological developments affecting all of us, this course could be the perfect start.

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.

While you’re here we’ll give you the opportunity to gain the skills to design, make and analyse products and processes from a range of different engineering applications. We’ll also look at the business and financial side of your subject, so you can see it in context and get the full picture of how the industry operates.

During your studies you have 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 meets the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and it can go towards part of the academic requirements you need to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

You might like to hear what Charlotte has to say about studying Mechanical Engineering BEng at the University of Huddersfield.

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. We offer you invaluable real-world experience through the optional placement year, as well as opportunities for development and creativity.

Dr John Chai

Professor John Chai, Subject Area Leader, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Course detail

Core modules:

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.

Electro-Mechanical Systems

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.

Mathematics

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 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, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions. 25.5% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual projects, with a 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.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Adam's story


Adam is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Huddersfield. Hear him talk about his journey since starting his course and watch the different projects he is involved with.

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. A placement year helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly. The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previous students have spent their placement year at companies including Cummins, Vauxhall, Unilever, Bosch and Bentley Motors.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here..

I had responsibility for designing motorcycle powertrain components. I developed professional skills that can only be gained through industry experience. Working for such a world-renowned company is a great addition to my CV.

Karl Dransfield>

Karl Dransfield, Mechanical Placement Engineer, Triumph Motorcycles

Teaching excellence

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Our students

Your career


Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as senior supplier quality engineer, vehicle engineering manager, design engineer, lead engineer and test engineer in organisations including McLaren Automotive Ltd, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Rolls-Royce, Cummins Inc and Bentley Motors Ltd.**

Additionally, you may gain skills that are transferable to other industries and may be able to pursue a career that requires a good honours degree. You could also go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate study which may interest you.

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

** Source: LinkedIn

90%* Graduates employed from this course

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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