BEng (Hons) single honours Mechanical Engineering (Building Services) with foundation year  2020/21

Year of entry

Mechanical engineers’ contribution to our world is all around us. From the chairs we sit on, the clothes we wear, to utilities to make our environment safe and healthy. We offer a unique learning opportunity as not only has the course been co-designed with local industry, during the course you will have the opportunity to solve problems provided by local industry. Working with your peers and other fields of engineering, you will apply the course theoretical learning to solve industry supplied work related problems, such as using Industry 4.0 technology to manufacture modular homes. You will conceive ideas to solve the problem(s), design your solution, implement your solution and test/observe your solution using the pioneering CDIO approach.

Great news!

We’re building a new £60m Science, Engineering, Technology and Health facility on our main campus in Canterbury, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our engineering students. We’re planning to open Building 2 in September 2020, with building work now well underway.

Mechanical (Building Service) Engineers contribute to the on and off-site building industry, new and refurbishment construction industry. They are responsible for a wide variety of activities with respect to the heating, water, air-conditioning, ventilation, and mechanical services implementation into a building whether the building is new or a refurbishment, traditional on-site or off-site modular build. For example, innovations that building services engineers are leading on include building integration photovoltaic glazing, and pavegen enabling the building and its users to generate electricity through window solar panels and kinetic energy harvesting flooring, also, mechanical systems such as lifts, and innovative window cleaning tracks to enable automated cleaning of windows.

“HTA’s student accommodation is the tallest modular building in Europe…Projects like Apex House show the true potential of modular construction in the UK, where great design meets innovative technology”

Jon Astbury, Architects Journal

In Kent and Medway there is growing number of large corporations developing large industrial scale build off-site manufacturing facilities that will need Mechanical (Building Services) Engineers to design and develop building services to be integrated into modular buildings. They will also design processes, operations (manual, semi-automated and automated) to implement and fit the building services in the modular build on the production line.

Building services engineers play an increasingly important role, assessing and improving energy utilisation and efficiency…No other career gives you the chance to make such a big impact on saving our planet

CIBSE 2018

Building services engineers are at the forefront of developing renewable energy sources

CIBSE 2018

We are offering a unique and inclusive learning opportunity with courses that have been co-designed with local industry. Working with your peers and other fields of engineering you will typically have the opportunity to take the course theoretical learning and apply it to solve industry supplied work related/work based problems. You will conceive ideas to solve the problem(s), design your solution, implement your solution and test/observe your solution: CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Observe). We are one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer the pioneering CDIO international engineering education model and studying in this way offers you an authentic learning experience that will enable you to solve societal engineering challenges.

Throughout the degree you will be supported to develop your employability skills and job application skills to apply for placement opportunities. Placement opportunities in engineering often to lead to opening doors to great potential engineering graduate employment opportunities with for example Cussons, EDF, Delphi, Rambol, Berkeley Group, Southeast Water, etc.

Mechanical Engineering is the broadest engineering discipline and while there are many engineers who work in a purely mechanical environment there is also a broad spectrum of engineers who work in multi-disciplinary environments

IMechE (2016)

This course is for you if you are looking to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer and don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the MEng/BEng Mechanical Engineering (Building Services) course.

  • it has been a while since you last studied, particularly in science and maths, and you would like to change career and become a mechanical engineer.
  • you have not continued with science or maths in your post 16 education and are doing well in your post 16 studies. Perhaps you or others have recognised you have the habits and mind-set for a career in mechanical engineering.
  • your career plan into mechanical engineering has gone slightly awry and you need to strengthen your knowledge and understanding in science and maths before studying at degree level.

The foundation year will provide you with the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge you need to be prepared for the BEng. On successful completion of the foundation year you will progress to the BEng Mechanical Engineering (Building Services). During the course you will be supported to develop your employability skills and job application skills to apply for placement opportunities. Placement opportunities in engineering often to lead to opening doors to great potential engineering graduate employment opportunities.

Our Mechanical Engineering degrees have a common Year 1 (Level 4) with biomedical engineering and product design engineering degrees. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of engineering science, maths, physics and chemistry, and computer programming. You will gain hands-on learning experiences in the engineering workshops, engineering laboratories and makerspace. 

On all Mechanical Engineering degrees, you will develop your learning through active learning laboratories, engineering laboratories and the use of engineering workshops, makerspace using equipment akin to industrial practice. You will undertake small group projects, typically sourced from industry. 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 one
  • Apply project management to group-work
  • Apply principles of commercial management and consideration of wider issues.

On all Mechanical Engineering degrees, at every level, you will undertake a large group project typically, where possible, sourced from industry. At each level these large group projects will provide you with the opportunity to develop your learning in engineering business, practice, and project management.

In year 1 you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding and some application. As you progress to year 2, you will 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 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 a problem typically sourced from industry. We will continue to facilitate your learning and good practice in inclusive team working, communication, project and business management skills to the benefit of the group project.

Core modules

Foundation Year - Year 0

Fundamentals of Engineering

This module will introduce the principles of engineering, including engineering science and key concepts that guide engineers in the 21st Century. This will be the start of inspiring your future engineering ambitions.

General Engineering Science Skills

Here you will develop basic transferable skills in scientific reasoning, scientific investigations and the communication of scientific ideas and outcomes. This will enable you be a more effective engineer when communicating your ideas to non-engineers.

Mathematics for Engineers

This module will develop the mathematical skills that are relevant to engineering to enable you to apply relevant mathematics to solve and model engineering problems.

Fundamentals of Physics

This module introduces the basic underpinning physics concepts relevant to engineering, supporting your aspirations of becoming an engineer.

Fundamentals of Computer Programming

You will study the fundamental principles of computer programming, to support development in developing mechanical systems that interface with Internet of things.

Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry for Engineers

Develop the familiarity with fundamental physical chemical concepts. This module develop your material engineering understanding and practice.

Year 1

Professional Practical Engineering (with  Mechatronics project) (40 credits)

This module will introduce you to applying mechanical related engineering, engineering evaluation, concept generation, design, prototype and testing to a real problem typically sourced from industry and therefore contributing to local industry.

Mathematics, Computing and Physics for Mechanical Engineers (20 credits)

Develop your confidence in applying the fundamental science (laws of physics), mathematics and statistics principles, and computing skills in context to engineering, ensuring you have the mathematical and digital skills for your engineering ambitions.

Introduction to Engineering Design (20 credits)

You will learn through practical experience of creating and translating engineering drawings. You will practice by hand and on a computer in a group design project, developing similar habits and minds as commercial engineers.

Introduction to Elec/mechanical Systems  and Practice (20 credits)

You will gain experience of electronic, electrical and mechanical principles, methods and practice used in commercial engineering components. You will also develop engineering practical workshop skills to manufacture and fabricate engineering products.

Introduction to Material Engineering Characteristics & Manufacture (20 credits)

This module introduces you to materials used in engineering, specifically metals, plastics, ceramics and composites and material mechanical properties to enable you to select appropriate materials for future products or tasks.

Year 2

Engineering Product Lifecycle (40 credits)

You will gain experience of developing products in context to product life-cycle from raw materials to end of life, and take into consideration the wider social, environmental, commercial and financial issues and your role as an engineer.

Computer Aided Engineering and Design (20 credits)

You will learn Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools and design processes for designing, sizing and developing products and parts akin to a commercial engineer.

Dynamics of Solid Mechanics and Materials (20 credits)

You will strengthen your knowledge and understanding of materials, solid mechanics and dynamics applied to material selection like an engineer.

Dynamics of Fluid and Thermal Systems (20 credits)

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics as applied to mechanical engineering type of applications, like district heating system.

Smart Building Technology Communication, Control and Instrumentation Systems (20 credits)

You will learn fundamental theory and technology of control and instrumentation used to manage and control systems in the built environment, for example, room temperature, air circulation, lifts.

Year 3

Professional Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Project (40 credits)

You will gain experience of working individually and as part of a team to develop a solution to more complex mechanical/electrical engineering problems.

FEA for mechanics and materials (20 credits)

You will apply, critically analyse and interpret the fundamental principles of advanced stress analysis and computational mechanical dynamics finite element analysis of products to evaluate if products in principle are fit for purpose, prior to prototyping.

CFD for Thermal and Fluid dynamic modelling (20 credits)

You will learn to model and analyse industrial fluid flow and heat transfer systems like a biofuel plant. 

Industry 4.0 for Manufacturer (20 credits)

You will investigate and critically analyse Industry 4.0 technology and solutions for the manufacturing industry.

Design for Manufacture Modular Build (20 credits)

You will learn to design and analyse creative, considered, sustainable, ethical, economical, inclusive complex engineering solutions for the off-site manufacture of buildings. 

Mechanical (Building Services) Engineers are sought after throughout the UK, and there are good prospects for career longevity.  There are many opportunities to practice as a mechanical engineer including:

  • Working with fire engineers and civil engineers to assess a building design for  flammability, structural integrity in case of fire, and smoke dynamics through a building
  • Designing and managing the implementation and maintenance of air and heat flow through buildings; collaborating with architects, designers and structural engineers
  • Working at a building services supplier, for example lift designers, manufacturers and installers as part of multi-discipline engineering teams, to create, implement and maintain domestic lifts for elderly and disabled
  • Design and implement automated solutions to fitting electrical systems into modular home buildings being constructed in a build off-site factory.

Alternative Career Opportunities for all fields of Mechanical Engineers

Career opportunities extend beyond the mechanical engineering sector, they can include the following:

  • Financial sector: mechanical engineers are highly sought after for their data processing and analytical talents for industry audits, accountancy and consultancy
  • Management consultancy sector: mechanical engineers are welcomed for their numeracy and ability to write technical reports, analytical skills, and awareness of wide ranging technology and processes
  • Legal sector: mechanical engineers are employed for technical reviewing, advising, and approving patents and advising on business mergers and acquisitions of other technology business.

Please note that some career paths are subject to further academic study and qualifications may require industrial sponsorship or be dependent on the employer and the economic or sector demand.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs


Additional costs include travel to and from Canterbury to Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne or Discovery Park, Maidstone or CCCU Medway campus as when required for learning.

Also possible opportunities to visit Industrial facilities on the Isle of Sheppey, Medway, Maidstone, Ashford and Discovery Park, Maidstone and partner institutions in Europe.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

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

  • Foundation Year (Year 0) 60hrs
  • Year 1 60hrs
  • Year 2 50hrs
  • Year 3 40hrs

The modules are led by our engineering academic team consisting of lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, and laboratory learning will be further supported by Senior and Junior technicians and Postgraduate demonstrators.

In addition, 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.

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. 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 200hrs 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.

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 Product Design at Level 5;
  • Critical analysis of application of knowledge and understanding of Product Design 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/Electrical 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.

Please note: progression from BEng 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 degrees in accordance to the accrediting engineering council, AHEP 3.0, is that:

MEng is an integrated four-year Masters degree course. The fourth year enables you to develop broader engineering leadership and management skills as well as advanced knowledge in a particular engineering field. Students who graduate with this level of award on professionally accredited programmes are recognised as being on track to build an engineering portfolio for a future application to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 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 Product Design Engineering.

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 as long as 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.

We are working towards professional accreditation of our engineering courses. Accredited courses are delivered to a UK recognised standard. We are consulting the accrediting bodies, IMechE, in designing our courses. This is to keep us on track for accreditation. We hope to receive accreditation by 2022. If we receive accreditation, it will apply to these courses. At present these courses do not have professional accreditation.

In 2020, we will open a major new facility for science, engineering, health and medicine, part of our £150m vision to transform our Canterbury Campus. The new building will be the main base for our Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub, with specialist centres across the region located alongside Engineering and Technology businesses.


Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new building has to offer.

This degree has been co-designed with engineering professionals and input from manufacturing, small and medium Enterprise (SME) employers of engineers, power generation, and building services/construction industries, who recruit and employ mechanical engineers. This helps to ensure that our mechanical engineering graduates meet employer needs and expectations in terms of the technical and employability skills relevant for these industries.


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UCAS course code

  • H144 BEng Mechanical Engineering (Building Services) with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time (or 5 years with industry placement)


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be between 32 and 112 UCAS Tariff points depending on your Level 3 subject mix, experience and what you say about studying Engineering in your UCAS Personal Statement. Plus, 5 GCSEs at grade C, or above (or equivalent) including maths, science and English language

    Further entry requirements

    If you haven't taken Level 3 qualifications in subjects traditionally aligned to Engineering (e.g. maths, science), are returning to education or are changing careers, the foundation year provides you with the opportunity to build the knowledge base required to continue onto the BEng.

    If you already have maths or science qualifications at Level 3 then we would require 32-88 tariff points for entry onto the Foundation Year.

    If you do not have the necessary entry qualifications, we will consider you if you can demonstrate that you can study at a suitable level. You may be invited to attend an interview.

    More entry requirement details.



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