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  • UCAS Code:
    H105
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

If you don't want to go all the way to a full MEng (Hons), you can opt to graduate a year early with a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering instead. The course itself is designed to give you a solid grounding in all aspects of engineering, and will show you how to understand emerging technologies within the sector and how to apply them to real-world situations. 100% of our final year students agree our staff are good at explaining things – why not come and meet us to find out more?

You'll gain knowledge of the behaviour, performance and limitations of new technologies, in addition to modelling and simulating the performance of technologies. What's more this course meets the academic standards of Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) as set by the IED, which means you can apply for IEng (with a BEng) or CEng (with an MEng) status after gaining suitable experience in an engineering role.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

BEng (Hons) 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement. MEng (Hons) 5 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Accreditations:

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (BEng graduates) or Chartered Engineer (MEng graduates)

Relevant subjects:

Design, Design Tech, Engineering, Physics, Computing

Required subjects:

A-Level Mathematics (or equivalent), and any Science or Technology subject

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Electrical & Electronic Principles: You'll gain practical experience through designing and using printed circuit boards (PCBs) for an engineering system.
  • Engineering Mathematics: Gain an understanding of mathematics and how it's used in engineering.
  • Materials & Processing: Learn about important properties of metals, plastics, ceramics and composites and why and how they're picked for product design. Energy and other environmental issues of materials and their processing was also covered.
  • Engineering Principles: The theory and application of a range of mechanical engineering principles relevant to the design of components, structures and machines. You will be expected to apply mathematical analysis to the solution of statics design and dynamic problems and develop realisable solutions of design and engineering problems involving fluids and thermodynamics.
  • Engineering Design: The key engineering tools, methodologies and strategies necessary to design, analyse, validate and communicate an engineering solution. You will identify design constraints of components and simple mechanical systems and utilise analytical methods to develop solutions both as individual and group work.
  • Engineering Practice: The identification, planning and application of key methods of manufacturing and production in the realisation of practical physical outcomes.

Year 2

Core units

  • Management & Commercialisation for Technical Projects: An introduction to business and management. You'll learn to identify and use a company's strengths and evaluate opportunities for competitive products. There will be a focus on consumer marketing, decision making, intellectual property rights, product liability and financial and management accounting.
  • Manufacturing & Production: You'll learn about modern manufacturing processes for competitive product development.
  • Engineering Simulation: Take part in engineering design practices and learn about new technologies for mechanical and electronic concepts. You'll become familiar with industry standard simulation technologies.
  • Mechanical Systems Design: You will extend your engineering tools skills to mechanical systems, assemblies and their interfaces, using mathematical and statistical methods. By simulation, control and experimental work, you will gain the ability to generate engineering solutions that meet all aspects of the problem including production, operation and maintenance. This is primarily by teamwork, so you will learn about the different roles within an engineering team, and appreciate the skills in planning, managing and communicating the design process.
  • Stress & Dynamics: develop a further working knowledge, understanding and application of an increased range of mechanical engineering principles relevant to the design of components, structures and machines.
  • Fluids & Thermodynamics: You will need to know about the principal laws and processes of engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and dynamics, and also of fluids and thermodynamics equipment and processes, in order to solve real world problems.  

Year 3 (Placement)

You will complete a minimum 30-week industrial work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. You'll get an opportunity to include a period of academic study during this time. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 3/4 (Final year BEng)

  • BEng Project: An individual project which assesses your creative problem-solving skills in engineering design, combined with your mathematical modelling and analytical engineering skills.
  • Business Development: The importance of strategic management in the business development process. You'll raise your entrepreneurial spirit and business decision-making. This will enhance your capacity to recognise and capitalise on competitive and innovative opportunities in a changing business environment.
  • Thermofluids & Energy Conversion: Thermodynamics and energy, forms of energy, energy transfer by heat and energy & environment. You will examine the relationship of heat transfer, types and the characteristics of thermofluids and refrigeration cycles, and develop solutions to a range of complex engineering processes and problems, involving heat, fluids and energy conversion. 
  • Computational Engineering: The opportunity to further develop advanced computer based and simulation tool skills. You will also independently select and apply appropriate advanced computational engineering tools for the creation and simulation of complex mechanical assemblies and learn to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions using computational engineering tools to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Advanced Stress & Vibration: The importance of analytical methods used in the design of structural components and structures. You will develop the ability to apply analytical methods efficiently and effectively in the analysis and design of complex components and structures, and predict their performance in service using both analytical and computer tools.

Year 5 (Final year MEng)

  • Structural Integrity: Structural integrity theories for solving a range of engineering problems and diagnosing the causes of structural failure and proposing methods of avoiding them in the future.
  • Group Project: Work in a team in to produce a solution to an engineering problem. You'll learn to determine characteristics in yourself and others by completing a rationale analysis of how these affect group dynamics, and understand strategies for managing yourself and others when working in a team.
  • Materials Failure & Prevention: This unit will teach you about material failures to help you design against and diagnose them.
  • MEng Project: Combine what you've learnt on this course, research findings and industrial experiences. You'll learn about the characteristics and implications inherent in the solution of a complex, real-world problem.
  • Project Management: The methods and techniques for designing and using development projects. You'll learn about human factors that affect these projects. 

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

You will spend time developing practical engineering skills in addition to engineering theory. You have access to workshops, design studios and laboratories equipped with industry standard facilities, including technical workshops with advanced machines as well as state-of-the-art rapid prototyping and manufacturing facilities.

Year 1 – 37% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 418 hours
  • Independent learning: 782 hours
  • Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 52.5 hours

Year 2 – 32% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 378 hours
  • Independent learning: 822 hours

Year 3 - (Placement year)

Year 4 - 13% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 161 hours
  • Independent learning: 1039 hours

Year 5 - 14% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

75% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 68%
  • Year 2: 58%
  • Year 3: 0% (placement year)
  • Year 4: 83%
  • Year 5: 90%

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career so we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. We provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far. Many of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies.

A recent report from High Fliers Research has highlighted the vital importance of work placements. The report found that more than a third of jobs for new graduates are being taken by people who have already had work experience with that employer through work experience during holidays or placements as part of a course. More than half of employers expect would-be recruits to have some kind of work experience, without which they are unlikely to be considered, regardless of their qualifications.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum 30-weeks.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Jaguar Cars Ltd
  • Xerox
  • Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
  • Dyson Appliances Ltd
  • The Gillette Company. 

Why not read about some of our students’ experiences? What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Your application

Background and experience

The overall philosophy of this course is to produce graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop well considered and potentially commercial products. Therefore, the ability of the applicant to think both laterally and logically, in both artistic and scientific domains is crucial in order to satisfy aesthetic, ergonomic, technological, manufacturing, standards and economic criteria.

In addition to the need for a broad basic knowledge and the ability to communicate in a wide range of disciplines, is the recognition that applicants must be able to think both creatively and analytically. The applicant must also have a desire to be able to learn about design by producing working prototypes of their solutions.

Experience of CAD would be beneficial although not essential.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications – and you may also be invited to attend an interview. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry

The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM.

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C  (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service. It may be that we can still consider it.

Access Courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC Qualifications

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires from Distinction, Merit, Merit.

  • Diploma: This course requires at least Distinction, Merit in addition to one A-Level or equivalent to acheive the overall tariff.

  • 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

  • Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels or equivalent to achieve the overall tariff.

A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 71-75% overall.

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 28-31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff and include required subkects as appropriate.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma plus one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

Careers

Engineers are constantly in demand and this course will give you all the skills and knowledge you'll need to do well in this varied and fascinating sector. When you graduate, you'll be equipped to take on a range of engineering roles across the manufacturing and engineering sectors and our graduate employment record in this field is excellent, with 90% of our students in work or further study within six months of finishing their course.

Graduates from our design and engineering courses are now working for a range of organisations, including Aish Technologies Limited, Canyons, General Electric Aviation, Modulift, Pall Aerospace and Visteon. Among the roles they are in are:

  • Construction project manager
  • Design engineer
  • FEA engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Production manager.

Industries worked in

  • Engineering
  • Industrial design
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Construction.

Further studies

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Meet our staff

Dr Ben Thomas is the course leader. During his time here at BU as a PhD student, Ben worked with the RNLI to investigate friction and wear problems on the slipway when launching lifeboats.

Ben has continued to be active in sustainable design research and recent research work includes collaboration with SKF, Longitude Consulting Engineers Ltd., the Balmain trust and ongoing research collaboration with the RNLI and other colleagues within the Department of Design & Engineering.

If you would like to talk to our staff, why not come along and meet us at an open day?

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • A2-A0 Plots for CAD coursework

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services. You will receive more information about these if you are offered a place on the course.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Student section of the website

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.  

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates any changes to the course content.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
8/1/2016 Change of year 1 unit Course details content

Statics & Dynamics: Through a mix of laboratory and/or software-based exercises, lectures and seminars, you'll learn about a range of static and dynamics principles for design components, structures and machines. You'll mathematically analyse static design solutions and dynamic and kinematic design problems.

8/1/2016

Change to year 1 unit Course details content

Engineering Tools: The key engineering tools for analysing, designing, communicating and making an engineering solution. This unit will cover computer-aided design (CAD), basic programming and workshop skills.

8/1/2016

Change to year 2 unit

Course details content

Visualisation Tools: Learn about applied 3-D modelling techniques to support your design visualisation, realisation and presentation. You'll learn to support your design process by using computer, physical modelling and presentation skills, and colour, texture and light using computer and manual techniques.

8/1/2016

Change to year 2 unit

Course details content

Mechanical Design Applications: Develop further knowledge of mechanical engineering for designing components, structures and machines.

8/1/2016

Change to year 2 unit

Course details content

Thermo Fluids & Heat Transfer: Learn about key thermo fluid and heat transfer principles. You'll be shown these for a number of systems and process.

8/1/2016

Change to year 3 unit

Course details content

Advanced Engineering: You will learn about and use the latest innovations in engineering to solve complex problems. This will include computational intelligence and the latest simulation systems and technologies.

8/1/2016

Change to year 3 unit

Course details content

Advanced Computer Applications: Develop advanced CAD skills for analysis, design and simulation. This will include static and thermal stress analysis.

8/1/2016

Change to year 3 unit

Course details content

Mechanical Design Analysis: Important analytical methods for designing structures. You'll apply these methods and predict their performance in service using analytical and computer tools.

23/5/16

Removal of the interview selection measure for 2017 entry

Your application

You will need to attend an interview for this course - find out more about what to expect at an interview, including where the interviews are held, and what you need to bring. You can bring along a portfolio of your work to support your application, however this is not essential and may not be required. Please do not bring along educational certificates or other documents.

What our students say

David Maw

My placement involved work as a commercial structural engineer using Autodesk and Solidworks Finite Element Analysis software to model, analyse and optimise structures

What employers think

2010 CBI/EDI Education and Skills survey

Two thirds of employers believe gaining practical experience is the most valuable step you can take to improve your employment prospects.

What our students say

Martin Shutler

It’s a great privilege to combine this IED award with my Engineering qualification, this is an excellent addition and I am very pleased.

Facilities & opportunities

Innovation Centre

Innovation Centre

Learn about our Innovation Centre, where students craft their prototype products using a range of tools and equipment.

Additional information

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International students

We have a strong international student community. Find all the practical advice and information you need here.