Science provides the insight to understand the world around us; engineering uses technology to build the systems that meets our needs – energy, transport, food, health, entertainment and the rest.

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Overview

 
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As with all our Mechanical Engineering degree courses, our Systems option isn’t just designed to teach you the practical and technical aspects of the subject.

It also allows you to get involved in solving problems facing businesses in the real world, using the pioneering ‘Concept, Design, Implementation and Operation’ (CIDO) approach.

You will gain key employability skills and be encouraged to take up placements, helping you to go straight into employment upon completion of your studies.

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 (Systems)?

Mechanical engineers who specialise in systems are tasked with solving complex engineering problems through systems tools and techniques. By choosing this diverse path in engineering, you could go on to work in a wide range of sectors such as transport, process and allied health industries in the UK or further afield.

During the course, you will develop strong technical and engineering skills and will build your mechanical engineering knowledge while taking specialist modules that focus on systems. You'll learn to design creative, considered, sustainable, ethical, economical, inclusive complex engineering components.

Through project work, you will develop as an independent thinker and you will gain practical and transferable skills that will help you work effectively in an engineering team. 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 mathematics, English language, 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 and BEng with Foundation Year

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

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 systems engineering modelling and analysis methods. You'll also have opportunities to develop the leadership and management skills that are needed for senior roles in engineering.

Our hands-on learning both on campus and on-line will prepare you to enter an engineering career with varied and exciting prospects. You will develop a practical problem-solving approach 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 which will be supported by the use of on-line tools and on-line project management approaches akin to industry. 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 and will advance your engineering expertise.

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.

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

  • Year 1 60hrs
  • Year 2 50hrs
  • Year 3 40hrs
  • Year 4 (MEng) 40hrs

Typical contact time per week:

  • Year 1 15hrs
  • Year 2 12.5hrs
  • Year 3 10hrs
  • Year 4 (MEng) 10hrs

Additionally, 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 upon your knowledge and understanding in context to a real-world scenario and develop your confidence in your mechanical and product engineering understanding and knowledge. We will also facilitate your learning to be able to:

  • Work effectively and supportively in diverse and inclusive groups
  • Communicate effectively in groups and one-to-ones
  • 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.

Additional drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring online sessions with your personal academic tutor will be typically provided and you will be encouraged to make use of and support these sessions, to develop your learning. They are also an opportunity to apply your learning on new unfamiliar problems with the academics. As at other institutions these sessions have supported students to progress in their studies and provided valuable evidence for employment.

Each 20 credits of a course of study, requires 200 hours of input over the academic year. This includes class timetabled contact time on and off campus and on-line; lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratories. Also includes yourself study time; module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission of assessments, and examination revision.

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 year 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) each 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 credits modules will provide you with the opportunity to work on a substantial group CDIO 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 in order to find solutions based on engineering science, principles and provide practical benefits to provide mechanical engineering solutions for transport to power generation industry. The industry sourced projects enable you in a group to undertake research and innovate and could have the potential to influence industry and the wider mechanical engineering community.

The Level 6 Professional Mechanical Engineering Project module will in particular entail group and individual project work. 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 a dissertation assessment. Each group will be led and managed by a Level 7 MEng student, providing peer and cross-fertilisation of learning.

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.

In addition to previous information Examinations maybe open-book, closed book style exam, on-line, or 24hr take home exam. 

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Placement year £1,850 N/A

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

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

H149

Location(s):

Canterbury
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