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Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

A Levels must include A2 Mathematics (Use of Mathematics is not an acceptable A Level) and at least one other Science/Technology subject (or equivalent qualification) as listed in Additional information.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in relevant Science/Technology subjects.

120-112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which must include Higher Level Mathematics and another Higher Level Science/Technology subject as listed in Additional Information.

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

DDM-DMM

in Engineering. The BTEC Extended Diploma in Science is not acceptable without an additional A Level Mathematics at Grade C or above.

UCAS Tariff

120-112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications which must include the accepted qualifications as listed in Additional Information.

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

Mechanical engineers are vital in today’s modern world. They design, manufacture and operate a huge range of products, processes and services. From high-performance race cars through to lifesaving medical equipment, from railways to environmentally sustainable technology, none of this would be possible without mechanical engineers. So if you’re hoping for a career that puts you right at the heart of technological developments effecting all of society, this course could be the perfect start to change the world we live in.

This STEM course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the principles and fundamentals of mechanical engineering. You’ll get involved in practical work, projects and problem-solving too. We’ll cover a range of topics within the subject, including mathematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials. While you’re here we’ll give you the opportunity to gain the skills to design, make and analyse products and processes from a range of different engineering applications. You’ll be supported in developing your understanding of the value of mechanical engineering in many different sectors including:

* Power generation

* Manufacturing and process industries

* Transport systems, for example, road, rail air, and marine

* Bio-medical

* Aerospace

* Product design and development

* Engineering services

We’ll also look at the business and financial side of engineering, so you can see it in context and get the full picture of how the industry operates. You'll learn through EnABLE (Engineering in an Activity Based Learning Environment), our new initiative that provides you with an opportunity to work in teams with other students to solve real engineering challenges and develop skills relevant to industry.

During your studies you have the chance to take a placement after your second year. You could work in the industry and put what you’ve learnt into practice. We’ll also give you the opportunity to take part in national competitions like the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Formula Student,Railway Challenge (http://hudrail.co.uk/) and UAS (http://teamhawk.hud.ac.uk/) (or comparable design and build team projects).

The course is fully accredited by the IMechE, which means meets the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and it can go towards part of the academic requirements you need to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

In addition, our Institute of Railway Research (IRR) within our Department of Engineering have been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize (https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2019/november/inst-railway-research-queens-anniversary-award/) for ‘innovative research in railway engineering to improve safety and efficiency through technological developments'. This is one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.

Professional links and accreditation:
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE - http://www.imeche.org/) and fully meets the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng - https://www.imeche.org/membership-registration/become-a-member/incorporated-engineer), and partly meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The IMechE is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering community and IMechE accreditation is recognised around the world as an indicator of quality.

This accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis.

Additional cost:
You’ll need to cover the cost of your safety boots, which are a compulsory requirement. The cost will be dependent on where you purchase your boots, but typically you can purchase them online from between £8.99 and £19.99.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Mechanical Engineering and Science
Electro-Mechanical Systems
Engineering Communication and Materials
Manufacturing Technology and Workshop Appreciation
Professional Development and Transferrable Skills
Mathematics

Year 2
Core modules:
Thermofluids
Analysis of Materials
Dynamic Systems
Mechanical Design
Manufacturing and Enterprise
Application and Management of CAD/CAM

Year 3 – optional placement year
This course offers an optional one-year work placement after Year 2.

Final year
Core modules:
Dynamic Analysis and Control
Design Analysis
Eco Design and IPR
Final Year Project

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Project Quality and Production Management
Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics

Assessment methods

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

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
£16,000
per year
International
£16,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Engineering and Technology (CEET)

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Mechanical engineering

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
95%
Male students
5%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

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.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Engineering professionals
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Quality and regulatory 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.

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

£29k

£29k

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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