Mechanical Engineering is a great course, with a lot of great tutors who offer a lot of support and guidance with your studies. The dynamic between the lectures and practical sessions really helps towards further development of learning.

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Overview

Building service engineers play a critical role in the on- and off-site construction process and also in designing new systems and techniques that are driving the industry.

Our degree enables you to not only interact with businesses involved in building services, but also with peers from other sectors to solve real-life problems using the innovative CDIO approach.

We also ensure that there is considerable focus on your employability, and actively encourage work placements with the likes of EDF, Delphi and Southeast Water to help you on your path into the industry.

On completion of the course you'll be skilled in professional engineering practice and prepared to work as an effective, industry-ready engineer who is on track to become a Chartered Engineer.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering (Building Services)?

As a qualified mechanical (building services) engineer, you could be designing and developing building services to be integrated into modular buildings. Working on large or small scale projects, you could design the processes and operations (manual, semi-automated and automated) that enable parts on the production line to be implemented and fitted. 

Our hands-on course will prepare you to enter an engineering career with varied and exciting prospects. You'll work on individual and group projects, gaining the knowledge and specialist technical and transferable skills you need to work as a mechanical engineer ensuring systems meet demand, are reliable, integrated and operate smoothly. You'll also develop leadership and management skills that will support you with pursuing a senior engineering role. 

Entry requirements

MEng 112-120 UCAS points (including A level or equivalent in maths, physics, applied science or engineering)

Further entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (including maths, English, science)
  • Science can be physics, chemistry, biology or computer science

You will need to maintain 50% or more in each module during the first three years of undergraduate study to remain on/progress onto this course. Please note any module failure at Level 7 will result in being awarded the BEng Mechanical Engineering.

This course is also available as a BEng with Foundation Year or BEng

More information about entry requirements.

112-120
UCAS Points

All about the course

You'll begin the course by learning about professional practical engineering and you'll study engineering design and engineering science. As you progress through the degree, you'll explore mechanical engineering in more depth studying modules such as dynamics of solid materials and mechanics, and smart building technology communication, control and instrumentation systems. You'll also have opportunities to develop the leadership and management skills that are needed for senior roles in engineering.

All through the course, you'll experience plenty of hands-on learning through active learning laboratories, engineering laboratories and the use of engineering workshops and makerspace. You will undertake small group projects, typically sourced from industry. You'll also develop skills enabling you to:

  • work effectively and supportively in diverse and inclusive groups
  • communicate effectively in groups and one to one
  • apply project management to group-work
  • apply principles of commercial management and consideration of wider issues.

Each year you'll undertake a large group project. These projects, which are typically sourced from industry, will help you to develop your learning in engineering business, practice and project management. 

In year 1, you'll have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding and some application. As you progress to year 2, you'll apply your knowledge and understanding to conceive, design, build and operate a solution to a problem. In your third year, you will undertake an individual research and development project that will inform the group project and help you to develop and illustrate the ability to critically analyse the application of your knowledge and understanding to solve an engineering problem. You'll continue to undertake project work in Year 4 to advance your engineering expertise.

You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and gain valuable experience working alongside industry experts.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work and workshops. 

Seminars and tutorials in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor and will spend a significant amount of time gaining hands-on experience in the computing and engineering laboratories.

In each academic year you will complete a team CDIO project (typically sourced from industry) in a 40 credit module. These large group projects provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your knowledge and understanding in context to a real-world scenario and develop your confidence in your mechanical and product engineering understanding and knowledge.

Additional drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring sessions will be typically timetabled and you will be encouraged to make use of and support these sessions to develop your learning. 

We will also nurture your transferable skills so you can:

• work effectively in diverse and inclusive groups

• communicate effectively in groups and one-to-one

• apply project management to group-work

• apply principles of commercial management and solutions considerations

• develop effective communication with professionals from other disciplines, especially clinicians

• contribute to industry through your solutions

• provide tangible results for your portfolio of evidence for future employment.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading books and articles from academic journals, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

Each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of input over the academic year. This includes class contact time in lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission, and examination revision.

The contact time per module is typically a blend of lectures, laboratories and tutorials and equates to:

• Year 1 60 hours

• Year 2 50 hours

• Year 3 40 hours

• Year 4 40 hours

Typical contact time per week:

• Year 1 15 hours

• Year 2 12.5 hours

• Year 3 10 hours

• Year 4 10 hours

The modules are led by our engineering academic team consisting of lecturers, senior lecturers and principal lecturers. Laboratory learning is further supported by senior and junior technicians and postgraduate demonstrators.

Everyday our world is changing with innovative technologies, we are determined to support you in this exciting journey through our professional Mechanical Engineering degree course.

Ghazal SheikholeslamiProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

All academic years consist of a mix of modules that are assessed by coursework only, to modules that are assessed by examination and coursework. Examinations may be open-book or closed book exams. Coursework may include, Engineering log book, Technical drawings, Wiki pages, blogs, pitches to industry, posters, leaflets, engineering manual, etc.

Years 1-3 (Levels 4-6) consist of 4 modules that are 20 credits each and 1 module that is 40 credits.

In the modules and module assessment you will need to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of engineering science and principles engineering at Level 4;
  • Application of knowledge and understanding of Mechanical Engineering at Level 5;
  • Critical analysis of application of knowledge and understanding of Mechanical Engineering at Level 6.

The 40 credit modules will provide you with the opportunity to work on a substantial group CDIO (Create, Design, Implement and Operate) project typically sourced from industry. These projects will provide you with the opportunity to build your technical skills, as well as your professional practice skills. The pioneering CDIO approach is being designed to enable you to develop your creative skills to find solutions based on engineering science, principles and provide practical benefits to end users, and manufacturers. 

The Level 6 Professional Mechanical Engineering Project 40 credits module will entail group and individual project. The overall group project will be typically sourced from industry, and will require a number of individual projects to support a solution to the overall group project. Each individual project will entail dissertation assessment.

Each group will be led and managed by a Level 7 MEng student studying the Professional Engineering Project and Management module. Each Level 7 student will research, develop, apply and test through the development of their own evaluation methods to critically analyse a more complex problem that contributes to the Level 6 Professional Engineering group. Each Level 6 and 7 individual projects within the group project will entail a dissertation.

Level 7 students will be responsible to lead and manage integration of all the project solutions to provide an integrated system, and verifying and validation that the solutions are timely, cost effective and are the desired quality, in addition to meeting IS standards, current and anticipated future regulations and public policy, ethical considerations, patents, health and safety.

SURPRISING TERMS

Please note: progression from BEng (Hons) to the MEng is an optional possibility at the end of Year 2 (Level 5) if you meet the Integrated Master’s Framework criteria for progression to the Integrated Masters programme. 

The difference in learning between MEng and BEng (Hons) degrees in accordance to the accrediting engineering council, AHEP 3.0, is that:

BEng is a three-year degree that provides you with the knowledge and skills to become a practising engineer. Students who graduate with this level of award on professionally accredited programmes are recognised as being on track to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Incorporated engineers are professional engineers who maintain and apply technology in practice. After the first 2 years of study it is possible to progress from the BEng onto the MEng programme if you achieve in the last academic year 50% or more in each module and you show academic progress in your learning. Alternatively, upon completion of the BEng course you could complete an accredited Masters degree (MSc) or a Postgraduate Degree Apprenticeship to be on track to become a Chartered Engineer.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

H154

Location(s):

Canterbury
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