Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

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About the course

Mechanical Engineering is designed to teach the necessary skills to become a professional Engineer, including analytical abilities in thermo-fluids, dynamics and solid mechanics, complemented by 3D-design and management skills.

Reasons to study Mechanical Engineering at DMU:

  • The unique balance of key analytical subjects and work related and professional skills ensures that you graduate with the confidence to face challenging engineering situations in modern industry.
  • The management skills necessary to operate successfully in modern industry are promoted and developed at all stages of the course
  • You will use industry standard software such as ProEngineer, MatLab and Algor F…

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About the course

Mechanical Engineering is designed to teach the necessary skills to become a professional Engineer, including analytical abilities in thermo-fluids, dynamics and solid mechanics, complemented by 3D-design and management skills.

Reasons to study Mechanical Engineering at DMU:

  • The unique balance of key analytical subjects and work related and professional skills ensures that you graduate with the confidence to face challenging engineering situations in modern industry.
  • The management skills necessary to operate successfully in modern industry are promoted and developed at all stages of the course
  • You will use industry standard software such as ProEngineer, MatLab and Algor FEA Analysis and have open access to computer and experimental laboratory facilities throughout the course.

Mechanical engineering is vital to all aspects of our everyday lives. It covers the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about anything that has movable parts. This could be from massive structures such as oil platforms, to large jet engines and single valves.


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Key facts

UCAS course code: H301

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement or six years part-time studying one day per week.

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

Entry requirements for 2014

  • Normally 260 UCAS Points from at least two A Levels or equivalent, to include a Mathematics, Physics or Engineering subject plus five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English
  • BTEC requirements: Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) at National Diploma Level in a Mathematics, Physics or Engineering
  • Additional qualifications can contribute toward the points score, such as a third A Level or AS Levels or equivalent

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition| is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.


Teaching and assessment

The course is taught by knowledgeable, experienced staff who are willing to help you gain a sound understanding of the engineering principles along with the personal skills that will enable you to study successfully and embark on a rewarding career.

A variety of techniques are used throughout the course with an emphasis on lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory classes. Student-centred learning takes place through the research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises for the development of skills and understanding.

You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 14–16 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

Course modules

First year
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Principles of Design and Manufacture
  • Computer Aided Engineering
Second year
  • Engineering Science I
  • Engineering Science II
  • Project Management
  • Failure Analysis and Design Analysis
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Final year
  • Individual Project
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Plant Analysis and Sustainability
  • Dynamics and Control

Industry links and professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)| as working towards Chartered Engineer status.

As a member of IMechE you will be part of an internationally recognised organisation that represents engineers in more than 135 countries, be able to get advice and support, training and development, as well as access networking groups.

Full time undergraduates studying this course can also apply for free student Affliate| IMechE membership.

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.

Work experience and placements

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit| provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft Ltd, IBM, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Engineering students have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local, national and international companies including BMW AG, Airbus UK and Siemens.

Graduate careers

The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers that can be entered by graduates. You could go into industries including aerospace, defence and energy as well as the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products, pharmaceuticals, furniture and foods. You will have the ability to work in areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality.

Fees and funding

UK/EU Full-time £9,000 Placement year £650 Part-time (Where available) 4 year course £5,925 per year 6 year course £3,950 per year Per module £988 per 15 credits International
Full-time £11,250 Placement year £750

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.

Scholarships

Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.

2013 High Flyers Scholarships

We are committed to ensuring talented students have the opportunity to study at De Montfort University (DMU), demonstrated by our package of more than £20 million|| in financial and student support over three years, and an investment of £8.75 million in the student experience.

The £1,000 award will be made to students who have applied to DMU and enter with 320 UCAS points or more from three A Levels or an A2 equivalent*.

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*Terms and conditions| apply

Facilities

The main mechanical lab is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.

There is a purpose built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.

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