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University of Kent

Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry

UCAS Code: H311

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

Including Mathematics at grade B plus one other science/technology subject (Physics, Computing or Electronics)

The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in Maths GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification and grade C or 4 in Physics/General Science GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

or 15 points at Higher Level including: HL Mathematics (not maths studies) at 5 or SL Mathematics (not maths studies) at 6 or HL Maths: Analysis and Approaches at 5 (not Applications and Interpretations) AND a science subject 5 at HL or 6 at SL

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

DDD-DMM

in an Engineering subject including Further Maths/Further Maths for Engineering Technicians. Other subjects are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

Scottish Highers qualifications are considered on an individual basis

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112-128

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Mechanical engineering

This course is designed for students with a strong interest in developing smart mechanical systems. Drawing on our established expertise in Mechatronics, Robotics, Materials and Instrumentation, the course will produce engineers with a solid knowledge of mechanical systems, control, design and the interplay of these disciplines.

Engineering has become a hi-tech discipline requiring integrated expertise across subject areas. For instance, a robot or an autonomous vehicle requires a mechanical platform with sophisticated drive mechanics and control. Employers increasingly require engineers to solve problems using innovative design approaches while improving efficiency and productivity. Therefore, this course teaches mechanical engineering with a strong emphasis on design and smart technologies. To achieve this, you will carry out hands-on projects combining your mechanical designs with control systems under the supervision of specialist academics. Course modules provide a solid grounding in mechanics, materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechatronics, control, instrumentation, mathematics, electronics, and programming. You will also benefit from the employability and career development activities offered across our degrees; these activities are informed by industrial interaction and include placement opportunities. The course has been designed to fulfil the requirements for Accreditation from the Engineering Council. The additional aims of our Year-in-Industry degree are to give students an opportunity to gain experience as engineers working in a professional environment and to develop employment-related skills. The placement year develops students’ technical skills, employability and soft skills as well as increasing their awareness of the future context for employment.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Kent

Department:

School of Engineering and Digital Arts

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
E

After graduation


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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
97%
high
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Engineering professionals
35%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Other elementary services occupations

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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