Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)

2022-23

Start date

26 September 2022

Duration

Minimum of 2 years part-time

About the course

Mechanical engineers are vital in today’s modern world. They design, manufacture and operate a huge range of products, processes and services. 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 looking for a career that puts you right at the heart of technological developments affecting us all, and want to be part of the next leap forward in sustainable solutions, 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 a 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
  • Materials

You’ll be supported in gaining the skills to design, make and analyse products and processes from a range of different engineering applications, and will study the business and financial management aspects of mechanical engineering to help you gain a full understanding of how industry operates. You'll learn through EnABLE (Engineering in an Activity Based Learning Environment), our new initiative that provides you with an opportunity to work in teams with other students to solve real engineering challenges and develop skills relevant to industry.

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

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, whichever mode you chose to study we'll support you in graduating ready for work or further study.

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Dr Mike Mavromihales, Mechanical Engineering Course Leader

Course detail

Dynamic Systems

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of particle and rigid body dynamic motions, and apply their principles to machine systems and mechanisms. You’ll be supported in developing an understanding of the techniques available for the analysis of machine dynamics and vibrating bodies.  Through theory and practical examples, the module also covers quantifying and solving realistic problems.

Manufacturing and Production Systems

In this module you will be introduced to the major classes of manufacturing systems, from jobbing to mass production with consideration of relevant production technology issues and requirements for systems from design through to production and control. You will focus on the interface between product development stages from design, to manufacturing and inspection, and the dependency to each other. The implications for product specification and design are considered and reinforced through your study of examples involving a practical problem-based approach. Emphasis will be given to aspects such as, design to production along with quantity forecasting implications and the significance of inspection and quality within a production system.

Electrical Energy Conversion

To increase system functionality and conversion efficiency, modern energy conversion systems invariably have electrical elements to interface a multitude of technologies. Electronics are a key technology, together with electric machines and control. You will learn how electronic techniques are used to convert energy and study key electric machine technologies. You will develop block component models that can then be integrated to form the core of an energy conversion system, for example, solar and wind generation schemes, electric vehicles or industrial processes implementing electro-mechanical energy conversion.

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. You’ll explore material testing  and then how to select appropriate materials including metals polymers ceramics and composites based on their characteristics to suit particular operating conditions during the design process as well as how to determine why components may have failed in the field.

Engineering and Design

The majority of products such as automotive vehicles, home appliances and hand tools represent design challenges that require both mechanical and electrical elements. This module focusses on these creative challenges and the tools and methodologies required to integrate mechanical and electrical elements of the design process. The module covers issues including computational design tools that support the design process and the need to cultivate a strong sense of responsibility and professional work ethics. You’ll be expected to apply the knowledge gained on this module to develop a realistic engineering product.

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.

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.

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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 were in work or further study 15 months after graduation (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK Domiciled)

**Source: LinkedIn

100%* Graduate employment

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.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Computing and Engineering, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Support Office: a one stop shop for students studying within the School. The team deal with every aspect of student life from enrolment, module queries, timetabling, exams, assessments, course-related committees and graduation. They are the first place to go with any query, and they can also signpost to other support networks.

Student Guidance Office: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic study skills and learning development. The team provide support with academic skills including research and project planning, referencing and paraphrasing, essay writing, critical thinking, understanding assessments and the presentation of academic work. Common learning development topics include, developing effective study habits, time management, how to manage deadlines, plan, structure and organise work and understanding the University regulations and systems.

Technical Support: technicians support our students across each department. Based in our labs with different specialisms and knowledge they are on hand to advise and guide, students can access our technician’s expertise during lectures and seminars as well as during self-study. A technical Helpdesk is also available to all students within the School of Computing and Engineering to help troubleshoot any computer issues or to borrow hardware and software.

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.

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

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