Mechanical Engineering (Top-up) BEng(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

UCAS Code

H302

About the course

If you have studied Mechanical Engineering for at least two years at university or higher education level, this course helps you to build on your knowledge and skills to gain a degree.

Mechanical engineers play a vital role in our everyday lives. They design, manufacture and operate a wide range of products and processes. From high-performance cars to lifesaving medical equipment, from railways to green technologies, so much of our world is dependent on the skills of mechanical engineers.

This one-year top-up course aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to take the next step in your mechanical engineering career. We’ll give you the chance to understand how mechanical engineering contributes in to the design and operation of power stations, in making best use of our remaining fossil fuels, in the bio-medical industry, in rail transportation and in the manufacturing sector.

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. 

Dr John Chai

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

Course detail

Design Analysis

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.

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.

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.

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.

This course aims to develop the foundations of mechanical engineering you already possess through practical work, project work and problem solving activities. You’ll 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; rail transportation; and, in the manufacturing sector.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions. 19.2% 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.

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.

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.

* Whilst this is a top-up course and therefore there are no graduate statistics for this specific course, 97% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2016/17).

** Source: LinkedIn

97%* Graduates employed from this subject

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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