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Engineering (Mechanical)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

To include Mathematics and Physics Specific subjects excluded for entry: Critical Thinking and General Studies. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

To include Mathematics and Physics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

666 in Higher Level subjects including Mathematics and Physics. We accept Maths Analysis & Approaches, and Maths Applications & Interpretation

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

To include Mathematics and Physics.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

D*DD and Mathematics at grade A at A level (or equivalent) or DDD and Mathematics at Grade A* at A Level (or equivalent)

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

D*DD

• Extended diploma D*DD + A for A level Mathematics, or DDD and A* • Standard diploma D*D + A for A level Mathematics, or DD and A* • Subsidiary diploma D* + A for A level Mathematics & Physics, or D and A*A

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

To include Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.

UCAS Tariff

152-168

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

General or integrated engineering

The BEng Mechanical Engineering degree is a high-quality three-year degree designed to offer you the knowledge and skills necessary to join engineering teams on graduation. It is complementary to the four-year Durham MEng, and transfer is possible between the courses up to the end of the second year. It is important to highlight that you also can transfer between the different Engineering programmes that we offer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, etc.) up until the end of the second year, provided that you meet the relevant progression requirements. We believe that students should make an informed decision about their futures and allowing our students to transfer between programmes, once they understand the different disciplines, demonstrates our commitment to this and the Department’s General Engineering philosophy.

In the first two years, the BEng covers the same broad base of engineering education as the MEng degree. The BEng prepares you for an exciting career in modern engineering, with the flexibility to respond to changing technologies.

**Year 1**
You will study four modules in engineering, one in mathematics and one optional module. In your engineering modules, you will receive instruction in the use of 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software (e.g. SolidWorks), be taught how to implement engineering algorithms into computer code (specifically in C and MATLAB) and take part in a number of practical labs. You will also take part in a group design activity where you have to design, build and test a device to solve a specific engineering challenge. Recent examples include miniature hydroelectric generators and chain-climbing robots. On the course, you also attend lectures, discussion classes and supervisions with academic staff.

Compulsory modules:
Solid Mechanics and Structures 1
Electronic and Electrical Systems 1
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
Engineering Practice 1
Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists
And one free elective.

The optional (free elective) module may be selected from anything that will fit the timetable and for which you meet the necessary prerequisites. Popular choices have previously included ‘Introduction to Programming’, ‘Computational Thinking’ and a range of different language modules but some students have taken modules in History or Poetry.

**Year 2**
Engineering and mathematics now occupy the full six modules in the timetable.

You will undertake a major design project as part of a small team with guidance from an academic supervisor and an ‘Industrial Tutor’ (an engineer from industry). This lets you put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have developed in your lectures. The end result is a detailed design report and a series of CAD drawings good enough to manufacture a device from.

Compulsory modules:
Engineering Mathematics 2
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
Solid Mechanics and Structures 2
Electrical Engineering 2
Electronics 2
Engineering Design 2.

**Year 3**
At this point in the degree you will specialise into Mechanical Engineering.

You will take four Mechanical Engineering taught modules plus an individual technical project (which is equivalent to two modules). For your project, which is the highlight of most of our students’ degree, you will work closely with a project supervisor and will be responsible for planning, design and manufacture of equipment, experimentation, analysis and reporting of your results. Practical skills, in addition to the weekly laboratory sessions, cover topics such as industrial problem solving with interaction with local industry.

Compulsory modules:
BEng Engineering Project
Materials 3
Solid Mechanics 3
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3
Electrical Engineering 3.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules:
• Solid Mechanics and Structures 1
• Electronic and Electrical Systems 1
• Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
• Engineering Practice 1
• Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists
And one free elective.

Year 2
Compulsory modules:
• Engineering Mathematics 2
• Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
• Solid Mechanics and Structures 2
• Electrical Engineering 2
• Electronics 2
• Engineering Design 2.

Year 3
Compulsory modules:
• BEng Engineering Project
• Materials 3
• Solid Mechanics 3
• Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3
• Electrical Engineering 3.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year and will publish finalised core requirements for 2022 entry from September 2021.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£28,500
per year
International
£28,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

St Chad's College

Van Mildert College

John Snow College

Grey College

Hatfield College

College of St Hild and St Bede

Josephine Butler College

St Aidan's College

Trevelyan College

University College

South College

St John's College

St Cuthbert's Society

Collingwood College

St Mary's College

Stephenson College

No college preference

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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.

86%
high
General or integrated 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.

Engineering (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

89%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

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.

General 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.

£29,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

54%
Engineering professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

As a mixed subject within engineering where students get a chance to learn from a range of disciplines, this course isn't taken by as many people as some of the more specialist disciplines. Demand for engineering skills is high, though, and so unemployment rates are low and the average starting salary was a very healthy £26,400 for 2015 graduates. Graduates are able to specialise enough to be working in jobs in engineering — especially in design and development - as well as engineering project management. IT and management consultancy were some of the more common jobs outside engineering. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to a 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.

£29k

£29k

£37k

£37k

£40k

£40k

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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