Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) / MEng
3-4 years full time
5 years full time (with Foundation)
5-8 years part time
Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
International: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
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This is a flexible course, with many options to add even more value to your studies. The BEng Mechanical Engineering is available to study full-time or part-time, with teaching delivered over multiple days each week. If you would prefer day-release study, the BSc Engineering offers this option.
You can study for three years to achieve the BEng, and you can add an additional year in industrial placement between the second and third year, so that you can put your studies to practice.
If you choose to, you can then study for a further year to achieve the award of MEng, an integrated postgraduate stage, giving you a more in-depth experience of engineering principles and the opportunity to showcase all that you have learned in a substantial group research project.
We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.
*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher
Our Mechanical Engineering degree has been developed to ensure that you gain the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in your career and drive the industry forward. Within this course you will study mechanical engineering principles, mechanical design and simulation, materials science, control systems, thermo-fluids, corrosion and condition monitoring, as well as investigating sustainability and innovation within the industry and business practice.
Introduction to Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1004Status: CompulsoryThe module introduces students to engineering drawing and the production of engineering models and drawings using computer technology. The selection of materials engineering components and the operating principles of simple machines will also be features of the module.
Materials Science (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1007Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide Engineering students with a sound background knowledge and understanding of structure properties testing and application of engineering materials. Students will gain a broad knowledge of the range of manufacturing processes that can be applied to materials for a variety of manufacturing applications.
Engineering Industry Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1048Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to examin key factors which complement technical elements of engineering understanding of which is regarded essential in todays industrial environment. Analysis of the key areas of qualty standards sustainability project management and ethics form strong themes throught the module.
Thermo-Fluid and Mechanical Principles (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1049Status: CompulsoryThis module aims to provide an overview of fundamental scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems providing a basis for further study in specialist areas of mechanical engineering and to develop analytical problem-solving skills in the context of mechanical engineering
Electrical and Electronic Principles (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1050Status: CompulsoryThis module aims to provide Engineering students with the fundamental knowledge and analytical techniques to build a firm foundation for the analysis operation problem solving and circuit simulation exploring both DC and AC electrical and electronics circuits.
Mathematics for Engineers (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1051Status: CompulsoryThis module aims to provide Engineering students with the fundamental knowledge and analytical techniques needed to enable them to study related engineering modules successfully and to analyse and solve practical problems through the application of mathematics and to develop analytical problem-solving skills in the context of engineering and engineering systems.
- Introduction to Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2005Status: CompulsoryThe module is about the creation and development of an economically viable product that meets defined requirements. The module involves significant intellectual challenges as it requires you to integrate and augment your engineering knowledge and apply it to the solution of design problems.
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2045Status: CompulsoryThis module enables students to build on the basic mathematical principles studied in the first year and aims to give students the advanced knowledge and analytical techniques needed to enable them to study advanced engineering modules successfully and to analyse and solve practical problems through the application of advanced mathematics.
Industrial Appreciation (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2046Status: CompulsoryThis module has a strong industrial focus. Considering those topics which support the technical elements of engineering which are vitally important in the modern engineering environment. Students develop skill in research and the application of theoretical knowledge to solve cross-disciplinary problems.
Control Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2050Status: CompulsoryThe module applies knowledge gained in the study of Mechanical Principles and Electrical Principles and introduces the basic concepts of instrumentation and control systems. This module provides rigorous analysis of control systems and studies the design of controllers and the implementation of control algorithms.
Solid Mechanics (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2053Status: CompulsoryThis module is concerned with the mechanics of rigid and deformable solids in a state of equilibrium. It reviews the fundamental principles of rigid body statics extending them to deformable solid bodies. Concepts of stress and strain are introduced as will stress-strain relations describing the static behavior of elastic bodies.
Advanced Thermo-Fluids (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2055Status: CompulsoryThis module builds on the basic Thermo-Fluid Principles introduced in the first year. It presents an overview of fundamental scientific principles underpinning the design and operation of advanced mechanical engineering systems. The module aims to develop analytical problem-solving skills in the context of advanced mechanical engineering.
- Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Lean Manufacturing and Quality Applications (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3005Status: CompulsoryThis module has four key themes which are vital in supporting technological industries. Focusing on the application of Quality Principles Manufacturing improvement techniques project management and personal performance and leadership. Many of the topics are discussed and evaluated using relevant industrial scenarios applying knowledge gained to solve problems.
Machines and Mechanisms (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3021Status: CompulsoryThis module provides students with instruction in the fundamentals of theory of machines. The theory of machines and mechanisms provides the foundation for the study of displacements velocities accelerations and static and dynamic forces required for the proper design of mechanical linkages cams and geared systems.
Computational Fluid Mechanics (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3023Status: CompulsoryThis module introduces concepts in finite difference and finite volume methods as applied to various ordinary and partial differential model equations in fluid mechanics; fundamentals of spatial discretization and numerical integration; numerical linear algebra. It further introduces engineering and scientific computing environment. Advanced modelling topics are also covered.
Heat Transfer (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3025Status: CompulsoryThe aim of this module is to build and develop the fundamentals thermodynamics and Fluid mechanics covered at level 4 and advanced thermofluids covered at level 5. Students apply reasonable assumptions and boundary conditions to simplify the differential equations governing the heat transfer and thermodynamics in order to have analytical solution to heat transfer and thermodynamics problems. The concept and use of computational thermofluid mechanics as a numerical technique to solve more complex heat transfer and thermodynamics problems is introduced.
Engineering Project (40 Credits)
Module code: ENG4004Status: CompulsoryThis module provides the opportunity to apply and develop theoretical knowledge in an individual project and individual report. By completing the module students will gain experience of researching the necessary technical information of solving cross-disciplinary technical problems. This module could form the assessment for any University approved industrial placement opportunity.
- Lean Manufacturing and Quality Applications (20 Credits)
Mathematical Modelling (20 Credits)
Module code: ENGM001Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to provide students with thorough and comprehensive knowledge of principles and techniques of deterministic stochastic and differential equation based mathematical modelling. Real problems will be used to teach students how to develop and illustrate these techniques and derive a mathematical model. The students will be taught how to combine rigorous mathematical approaches/approximation engineering estimates and data analysis. In this module a variety of physical phenomena and engineering applications will be considered. The use of methods of applied analysis probability statistics and stochastic processes will be described.
Computer-Aided Analysis and Visualization of Mechanical Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: ENGM004Status: DesignateThis module provides an opportunity to learn advanced numerical algorithms for computer-aided analysis of moving mechanical systems with emphasis on the kinematic and dynamic analysis of mechanisms. These are illustrated with practical examples and case studies with technical computing and visualization implemented in MATLAB / Simulink and Simscape Multibody toolbox.
Group Industry Project (60 Credits)
Module code: ENGM006Status: CompulsoryThis module provides the opportunity to develop experience in the execution of a group project. They will gain experience of researching technical information solving cross-disciplinary technical problems and working to deadlines The module has a strong industrial focus and includes various methods of engagement including industrial talks and company tours.
Professional Practice for Technologists (20 Credits)
Module code: ENGM009Status: CompulsoryThis module provides an in depth study of key areas relating to the professional practice within a technological context. Looking particularly at; the role of project management; the impact of the individual and organisation within technological environments; the role of ethical principles and the value of sound research methodologies. The module aims to create a dymnamic engaging environment to discuss and debate the key topics contained within the module.
- Mathematical Modelling (20 Credits)
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We look for applicants with A-Level Maths at grade C or above and an A-Level in Science at grade C or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.
Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study. Entry requirements are as follows:
- A-level DEE
- BTEC MPP
- Professional/industry experience
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
for study at undergraduate level.
- Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
for study at postgraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
- International – Full Time: £13,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
Fourth year will be charged at MSc rate, subject to inflationary increase.
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750
- International – Full Time: £12,900
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
Fourth year will be charged at MSc rate, subject to inflationary increase.
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
This degree has been accredited by IMechE under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
At the end of the third year you can choose to either graduate with a BEng level qualification, or continue onto the integrated postgraduate fourth year to achieve the MEng qualification.
- You will benefit from industry workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites.
- Our engineering programmes have strong industry focus, aiming to build upon students’ knowledge and experience to prepare them for employment or further study.
- Longstanding links with the Northants Engineering Training Partnership (NETP) means that you will have the opportunity to do paid work placements as part of your degree and you will be introduced to key industrial contacts before you’ve even graduated.
- Possibility of an industrial based final year project.
- IMechE accredited.
Is there work experience?
Integrated into the second year is the opportunity to work with one of our industrial partners for three to four days per week. These placements are fully supported by the University and using our links with the Northampton Engineering Training Partnership (NETP) we ensure that you are given the guidance and support you need to have a fulfilling and productive placement experience.
How will I learn?
We teach this course through a combination of theoretical and practical approaches so that you can learn system design techniques for electronic and mechanical purposes as well as how to optimise this design, depending on the application and purpose.
To broaden your theoretical knowledge and appreciate the applications of systems in heat and mass transfer applications (including hot water circulation and thermally powered cooling) you will work in our thermo-fluidics laboratory and use computer simulation tools.
There will also be small group work for collaborative research and development tasks which will help you learn how to work in multidisciplinary groups while improving your communication and presentation skills. The dissertation in your third year will consolidate everything you have learned and also develop your written communication skills.
This course is available part-time, studying 80 credits or less per year. This will be taught over multiple days each week. If day-release study is what you would prefer, the BSc Engineering offers this option.
What is the schedule of the course?
Typical modules are taught over four or five days per week.
How will I be assessed?
For the initial BEng (Hons) qualification, a wide range of assessment tools are used, essays, reports, end of stage examinations.
Careers and Employability
Mechanical engineering graduates are sought by employers in almost all sectors of the engineering industry. These include the Aerospace industry, Automotive industry, Chemicals industry, Construction industry, Defence industry, Fast-moving consumer goods industry, Marine industry, Materials and metals industry, Oil and gas industry, Pharmaceuticals industry, Power generation industry, Rail industry and Utilities industry.