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University of Derby

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H319

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Mechanical engineering

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
This four-year degree is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). You'll build upon your skills and knowledge acquired through studying Mechanical Engineering, first at honours degree level and then further at postgraduate level.

IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?
Take your ambitions as a mechanical engineer to the next level with this far-reaching MEng programme. It puts you on the fast track to challenging andrewarding roles at the forefront of engineering development.
Combine undergraduate and postgraduate studies in a single four-year programme, so that you graduate with a masters degree
Achieve the underpinning knowledge you need for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Learn in the state-of-the-art surroundings of our brand new STEM Centre
Gain vital experience of current practices, systems and techniques: we support you to find relevant optional work placements
Be inspired by our well-qualified and highly experienced teaching team
Enjoy invaluable industry insights through a guest lecture programme featuring leading engineering professionals
Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.

HOW YOU WILL LEARN
The programme features a number of additional opportunities to broaden your experience and enhance your industry insights. We run a guest lecture programme in conjunction with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, with lectures held at either our Markeaton Street site or at Loughborough University.
The University also has a strong track record in the Shell Eco-Marathon competition, one of the world’s leading energy efficiency competition programmes. Our Mechanical Engineering Shell Eco Team was awarded sponsorship of £9,000 to build the prototype ethanol vehicle for the 2016 event. We also became involved in a partnership with Bombardier to build a scale locomotive for the IMechE Railway Challenge competition.
You will be assessed through a combination of in-course assessments, case studies, presentations, reality-based assessments, examinations and professional presentations.

OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES
Roles within the mechanical industries are extremely technologically challenging today, with ever-increasing paces of change and development. The larger industries predominantly now operate on a global scale.
As a MEng graduate, you will be ideally equipped to meet the challenges presented by the constant search for improvement and the relentless pace of development that characterise these industries.
We place great emphasis on the development of management skills throughout the programme, and we encourage you to secure work placements within relevant industries to strengthen your knowledge and enhance your experience.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
This is an exciting new programme offering excellent career prospects. Graduates from our current BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering have found employment in a wide variety of industries and areas, including positions at Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and numerous other major industrial players in the UK and internationally.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Derby

Department:

Department of Engineering

TEF rating:
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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.

68%
low
Mechanical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

82%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


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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.

£23,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Engineering professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

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