Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

30 September 2019

Duration

Minimum of 2 years part-time

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

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.

Before embarking on this part-time course, you should already have completed previous studies in mechanical engineering (usually a HNC or a HND). This course aims to provide you with an exceptional grounding in the principles and fundamentals of mechanical engineering through practical work, project work and problem solving activities. Your studies will cover areas including mathematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials. You’ll be supported in gaining the skills to design, make and analyse products and processes from a range of different engineering applications.

You’ll also study the business and financial management aspects of mechanical engineering to help you gain a full understanding of how industry operates.

Please note that we cannot guarantee that teaching will be consolidated into a single day, so you may find that your attendance is required on multiple days of the week.

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

Dynamic Systems

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.

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. 


Thermofluids

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.

Mechanical Design

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.

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

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 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.

Please note that the course is not “day release” and all teaching currently takes place on week days, so you may find that your attendance is required on multiple days of the week.

Dependent on your level of entry, you will complete a combination of modules over a two to four year period. You’ll typically study a minimum of three modules per year, in order to work towards gaining the BEng qualification.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

  • A minimum of a Higher National Certificate (HNC) at merit in Mechanical Engineering for year one entry or
  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) at merit in Mechanical Engineering for year two entry

Entry onto either year of the course is considered on a case by case basis and will depend on how well any prior study matches the first and/or second year of the Mechanical Engineering Course.

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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.

*Source: LinkedIn

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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.

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Changes to option modules

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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.

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