Mechanical Engineering (Top-up) BEng(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

About the course

If you have studied Mechanical Engineering for at least two years at university or higher education level, this is a one year course that helps you to build on your knowledge and skills to gain a degree. Unlike our other Mechanical Engineering courses the Top Up route is not directly accredited by the IMechE, though graduates may subsequently apply for professional registration with them.

Mechanical engineers play a vital role in our everyday lives. They design, manufacture and operate a wide range of products and processes, including:

  • High-performance cars
  • Lifesaving medical equipment
  • Railways
  • 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, whilst always looking at the impact on our environment. You’ll also explore the important role of business and financial management within the sector.

In addition, our Institute of Railway Research (IRR) within our Department of Engineering have been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for ‘innovative research in railway engineering to improve safety and efficiency through technological developments'. This is one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.

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. 

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Dr Mike Mavromihales, Mechanical Engineering Course Leader

Course detail

Design Analysis

Finite element analysis (FEA) uses computer software to predict how a product will react to forces or loads (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 correctly and 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 single-degree and 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 and Matlab/Simulink 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

This module is driven by you. It gives you the opportunity to undertake a project on a topic appropriate to your course, which may be focused on an industry based problem (previously some students have brought a project back from their placement company). Your project should consist of in-depth study of an engineering problem requiring a degree of initiative and result in a written report. This aims to help you extend your intellectual abilities by, enabling you to apply and increase your knowledge in a chosen field and demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are considered on an individual basis and are normally one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma at Merit in Mechanical Engineering
  • Foundation Degree in Engineering
  • International qualifications are accepted, with high technical engineering content

Other relevant skills or experience will be considered.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

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.

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 undergraduate graduates from the School of Computing and Engineering who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

** Source: LinkedIn

88.6%* Graduates employed

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.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, and contribute to society, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, find out more about our Research institutes and centres.

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, along with the Student Protection Plan, 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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