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Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements


104 UCAS points including A2 Maths at grade C, and Physics or a STEM subject at grade C. (Relevant STEM subjects are Applied Science, Engineering, Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Electronics)

104 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits in Maths, Physics or a STEM subject. (Relevant STEM subjects are Applied Science, Engineering, Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Electronics)

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 104 points from Higher Level Subjects, including Maths at HL5, and Physics or a STEM subject at HL5. (Relevant STEM subjects are Applied Science, Engineering, Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Electronics)

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

DMM

Engineering BTEC - Merit in Electrical and Electronic Principles and in ONE of the following; Mathematics for Engineering Technicians or Further Mathematics in Engineering/for Engineering Technicians OR Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems at Merit

104 UCAS points including Maths at grade C, and Physics or a STEM subject at grade C. (Relevant STEM subjects are Applied Science, Engineering, Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Electronics)

T Level

M

including Maths and Physics

UCAS Tariff

104

including Maths and Physics or STEM subject.

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

**Course overview**
- Spent your life taking things apart to see how they work? This could be the course for you. Mechanical Engineering teaches you to design objects and systems with motion.

- Mechanical engineers use their knowledge of fundamental engineering principles like mechanics, materials, thermo-fluids and computer-aided design to analyse and design objects and systems with motion.

- Our degree combines the fundamentals of traditional courses in this subject with our long experience of providing a rounded education to graduates. This ensures you’re prepared to work in a range of industrial sectors.

- You’ll also develop skills in user needs and business plan development. There’s an optional placement route to spend a year in industry between Year 2 and Year 3.

- This course is informed by our Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology (ADMT) research centre and the Jost Institute of Tribotechnology.

**Why study with us**
- Benefit from the latest high-quality equipment available in our new £35m Engineering Innovation Centre featuring an additive manufacturing (3D printing) lab, rapid prototyping, CNC workshop, computing labs and more.

- Mechanical Engineering is in the top 20 in the UK with over 90% of students satisfied overall with their course according to National Student Survey 2020. Plus, we’re also 2nd in the UK for overall ‘Learning and Resources’.

- You will have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovation projects.

**Further information**
After completing three years of full-time study you’ll have the option to graduate with a BEng (Hons) degree (it will take four years to reach this stage if you choose to go on a 48-week industrial placement in-between Years 2 and 3). Or you can choose to undertake an additional year of advanced study and graduate with an MEng (Hons) degree instead (this normally takes four years to complete in all, or five years with an industrial placement).

Modules

Year 1: Engineering Analysis, Engineering Design, Engineering Science, Engineering Applications

Year 2: Design & Manufacture, Thermo-Fluids, Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation, Operations Management A, Mechanics, Kinematics and Materials

Year 3: Project, Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering Systems, Mechanical Reliability, Engineering Simulation or Advanced CAD

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
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:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of 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.

57%
low
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

54%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
68%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
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

70%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
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?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

58%
Engineering professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
5%
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

£30k

£30k

£32k

£32k

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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Lower entry requirements
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