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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Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

H142

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

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.

Our foundation year option enables you to join the Mechanical Engineering (Systems) course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements. It equips you with the knowledge to move into formal degree study, setting you up for future success.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering (Systems) with Foundation Year?

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 foundation year, you'll develop your engineering, science and computing knowledge and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level. You'll go on to develop strong technical 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'll develop as an independent thinker and you'll gain practical and transferable skills that will help you work effectively in an engineering team. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are typically 32-112 UCAS points including minimum 5 GCSEs (including maths, English language and science). However, students who have typically:

  • 32-88 UCAS points at Level 3 and studied at least one of the following: A level maths, A level physics, A level applied science, A level engineering, BTEC Engineering Diploma.
  • 88-112 UCAS points at Level 3 and who have not studied: A level maths, A level physics, A level applied science, A level engineering, BTEC Engineering Diploma.
  • 32-112 UCAS points at Level 3 in maths, science or engineering and who have not been in full-time/part-time education for many years.

Further entry requirements

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

The course will provide you with further science and maths knowledge and understanding that underpins Mechanical Engineering and support developing your higher education learning skills in Science and Maths to support your further pursuit of studying a MEng/BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (Systems).

This course is also available as a MEng and a BEng

More information about entry requirements.

32-112
UCAS Points

All about the course

The foundation year will give you study skills and foundations of engineering that you need to start Year 1 of the degree. You'll learn about general engineering science, physics, chemistry, computer programming and maths, and you'll develop higher education study skills.

As you progress through the degree, you'll learn about professional practical engineering and you'll study engineering design and engineering science. You'll then go on to explore mechanical engineering in more depth studying modules such as dynamics of solid materials and mechanics, and systems engineering modelling and analysis methods.

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 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:

• Foundation year 60 hours

• Year 1 60 hours

• Year 2 50 hours

• Year 3 40 hours

Typical contact time per week:

• Foundation year 15 hours

• Year 1 15 hours

• Year 2 12.5 hours

• Year 3 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.

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.

The Foundation Year (Year 0) consists of 6 non-credit bearing modules.

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.

Fees

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

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £1,850 relate to 2020/21 only. 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:

H142

Location(s):

Canterbury
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