MEng Mechanical Engineering

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Entry year
2021/22
Course code
H301
Application
UCAS
Level
Undergraduate
Tariff points
120
Department
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus
Full-time: Frenchay, Part-time: Frenchay apart from year 1.2: City of Bristol College.
Duration
Full-time: four years full-time; five years sandwich. Part-time day release programme available over five to six years.
Delivery
Full-time; part-time; day release; sandwich
Programme leader
Dr Iain Barton

Please note the entry requirements stated for this course are indicative. The entry requirements for 2021 will be published by September 2020.

Page last updated 29 July 2020

Introduction

Get industry ready with this degree that consistently achieves high graduate employment rates and is available to study on a day release basis.

Why study mechanical engineering?

Engineers constantly ask questions and explore new ideas. They play an important role in developing the world around us - whether that's through the initial design and manufacture of products, or through their development, management or marketing. A degree in Mechanical Engineering will challenge you and transform the way you learn, giving you the opportunity to use your skills in any sector you wish.

Why UWE Bristol?

Develop your understanding of stress analysis, dynamics, heat transfer, mechatronics, materials and manufacture, and maths.

You'll be taught in our new state-of-the-art School of Engineering designed to revolutionise the way engineering is taught. Featuring engine test cells, dedicated collaborative learning spaces and all of the latest high-tech equipment, it's purpose-built to support a wide range of engineering disciplines.

Choose your modules in a way that allows you to specialise with your chosen career in mind. Gain an inside track on the profession through factory visits and professional briefings with industry-leading organisations across the UK.

This course is developed alongside our partner employers to make sure you're industry ready when you graduate. They also provide you with placement opportunities, as well as advice on CV-writing, interview techniques and industry issues.

You'll share modules with aerospace and automotive engineering students in your first year. This means that you can transfer onto one of these courses if your focus changes.

Join us in using the power of engineering to explore, take risks and find ways to change the world for the better.

Where can it take me?

Mechanical engineers are sought after for traditional engineering jobs and the product development process. They are also highly regarded in the world of financial business.

You'll also be in demand to help maximise usage of high capital plants and operations such as power stations, oil refineries and hospitals.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The department is currently reviewing the curriculum for this course from year one onwards. The topics you will study are listed above, however the final topics are subject to approval as the changes go through university approval.

Year one

You will study:

  • Engineering Practice
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Dynamics Modelling and Simulation
  • Thermofluids
  • Applied Electrical Technology.

Year two

You will study:

  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Engineering Research
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Applied Thermofluids
  • Dynamics
  • Systems Design.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year sandwich course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Year three (Final Year for BEng)

You will study:

  • Engineering Project
  • Group Design and Integration Project.
  • Professionalism for Engineers.

Plus, four optional modules from:

  • Composite Engineering or Materials and Structures for Special Applications
  • Mechanics of Materials or Automotive Manufacturing
  • Thermofluid Systems or Advanced Heat Transfer
  • Vibrational Dynamics or Vehicle Dynamics
  • Control Engineering.or Integrated Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering in Society
  • Emerging Automotive Technologies 1. 

Year four (Final year for MEng)

You will study:

  • Engineering Group Capstone Project.

Plus, four optional modules from:

  • Design of Fluid Systems
  • Structural Integrity in Design
  • Advanced Mechatronics
  • Mechanics of Composites
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Principles of Lean Engineering
  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
  • Emerging Automotive Technologies 2.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through a mix of lectures and tutorials, experimental laboratory work, engineering fabrication, drawing and design, computing and application-based mini projects.

Make use of facilities including stress analysis, testing and materials selection, dynamics and vibration and thermofluids.

Experiment with energy conservation and control, aerodynamics (high speed and low speed wind tunnels), electronics and computing, manufacture, advanced manufacture and robotics.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals

to give you the inside track on industry challenges and opportunities. Visit our careers fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events that help you find work as soon as you graduate.

Get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost your skills and experience. Some students volunteer their skills to help develop infrastructure in developing countries, through initiatives like Engineers without Borders. Others have had success with UWE Bristol teams in the Formula Student competition.

Showcase your work to employers and the public at our annual Environment and Technology degree show.

Take a look at recent students' work on our Pinterest board.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
129%71%0%
224%76%0%
319%81%0%
418%82%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

You can study this course full-time over three (BEng) or four (MEng) years, or part-time on a day release basis.

Part-time study

Modules are structured to allow you to attend all your lectures and tutorial sessions on a single day each week, minimising the time you spend away from the workplace.

Dependent on entry qualifications, you'll generally complete the course within five years. A large proportion of our part-time students are supported by their employer.

A benefit of studying part-time is you'll be able to put your learning into practice and potentially use work-related problems in projects.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of examinations, assignments and group projects.

An individual project is a key assessment in Year three and Final year.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
167%28%5%
256%43%1%
350%46%4%
425%63%12%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

Placements are available with our partner employers, as well as organisations across the region.

Past students have worked for the German Space Agency, Rolls Royce, Airbus and smaller regional consultancies. Many of these employers were so impressed with the calibre of our students that they employed them on graduation.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Read about past students' placements with our partner employers.

Fieldwork

You'll have an opportunity to see engineering in action at a range of facilities.

On factory visits, you'll receive a guided tour of the shop floor and attend a presentation from the host organisation.

Past visits have included Jaguar Land Rover, the National Composite Centre, Airbus and GKN.

Study facilities

Our new engineering building is designed to inspire the engineers of the future. Built for hands-on investigation, with engine test cells, wind tunnels and collaborative learning spaces. An ideal environment for encouraging you to explore, take risks and discover ways to change the world for the better.

Test your theories and develop engineering skills in our well-equipped laboratories.

Carry out stress analysis experimentation in our statics lab or consider moving based problems in our dynamics lab.

Experiment with industry-ready electro-mechanical machines and investigate heat transfer and engine performance using specialist equipment.

Develop practical skills in our rapid prototyping facility and machine shop.

Learn how to undertake finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computer-aided design (CAD) on our workstations equipped with industry standard software.

 A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Your combined understanding of maths, science, technology, business and management can lead to a broad range of careers all over the world.

Consulting and contracting jobs are available in the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery. These are in industries such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, energy and water.

If you're interested in business or commerce, a mechanical engineering degree is also highly regarded in finance, IT and management.

Read how an MEng degree and placement prepared Lawrence for an exciting future in Mechanical Engineering.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
  • A-level subjects: Grade C in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • Relevant subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Mathematics; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You must be studying one of the following: Aeronautical Engineering; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. To include Merit in one of the following units: Further Engineering Mathematics or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics and 15 credits in another science or technology subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and a Pass at Higher Level in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Design Technology; Physics; Environmental Systems and Societies.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering or BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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