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Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

to include Mathematics AND one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Maths, Electronics or Engineering. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

to include Mathematics AND one from Physics, Design Technology or IT at Higher level. Following reform to the Mathematics provision within the IB, we are happy to consider Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (AA) and Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (AI) as being suitable to meet our GCSE (SL equivalent) and A Level (HL equivalent) Mathematics requirements.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or similar, to include a Distinction in the 'Further Engineering Mathematics' unit 28 or 8 Or 'Calculus To Solve Engineering Problems' Unit 7.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Mechanical engineering

In our ever-changing world, mechanical engineers develop new and differing uses for technologies and materials, in order to improve the mechanical operation of equipment and devices used in anything from food and oil production to international construction projects or the design of toys.

Ranked 3rd in the UK for the study of Mechanical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2020), our professionally accredited course gives you the opportunity to qualify first at bachelor and, if you choose to continue, to master’s degree level. It meets the educational requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which sets out the competence and commitment required for registration, so that upon successful completion you can practice eventually as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

We aim to produce graduates with the versatility and depth of understanding to deal with new and unusual challenges in mechanical engineering, alongside the necessary imagination and creativity to innovate.

The undergraduate degree will provide you with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and skills in science, commerce, design, manufacturing and management to help prepare you for a career across a broad range of industries with, for example, major equipment manufacturers, design consultancies or supply-chain companies.

As the course progresses, your learning will become more specialised, for example, examining instrumentation and control in Year 2, then thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in Year 3. You will also be able to tailor your course to suit your interests and career aspirations, choosing from a range of optional modules in subjects like finite element analysis or control systems engineering.

At master’s level, we will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the core subjects involved in the application of science, processes, materials, design and management to enable you to solve problems of increasing complexity. You will have the option to progress to a MEng following successful completion of Year 2 (subject to meeting specific grading criteria).

**Key Course Benefits**

* Access to modern facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

* Opportunity to participate in field-trips abroad, which have recently included trips to Poland, Bulgaria, China, Belgium and USA (subject to application and additional costs).

* Dedicated industrial placement tutor, who can help you with your applications for placements and support you if you choose to spend a year in industry*. Past placements have included roles in Aston Martin Lagonda, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN.

* Free student membership of the IMechE

* Free student membership of WES, the Women’s Engineering Society, which is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity society open to all regardless of gender identity.

* Dedicated industrial placement tutor can help you with your applications for placements and support you if you choose to spend a year in industry. Past placements have included roles in Aston Martin Lagonda, Unipart, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN.

* Access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of Computerised Numeric Control (CNC) machinery and a laser workshop.

Modules

Our main study themes are:

* **Science and Technology:** the essential underpinning science and technology necessary for today’s engineer.

* **Design and Manufacture:** the innovative resolution of design and manufacture problems focused on commercially viable solutions.

* **Manufacturing Analysis:** you will learn to use industry standard software to model, analyse and validate process and systems.

* **Sustainability:** an ethical approach to work by protecting the best interests of life and the environment.

* **Practical:** investigation and analysis using laboratory, workshop and computer-based techniques.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Mechanical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
92%
Male students
8%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

69%
Engineering professionals
4%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
4%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£33k

£33k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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