MEng/BEng (Hons) single honours Mechanical Engineering (Systems) 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.

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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 (Systems) Engineers contribute to a wide variety of industry by developing integrated mechanical, mechatronic and computer technology to produce effective system solutions to problems. For example, systems engineers at an alternative energy organisation would work with all stakeholders to ensure a wind farm is located in the right geographic location, taking into account geology and the impact on communities and the environment. They would also consider how easily it can be integrated into the national grid, maintenance and economic impact.

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

John Baxter FREng, Former President of IMechE Mechanical Engineering (2007)

It is the task of the systems engineer to choose the components and interactions between them to achieve the desired emergent properties and to suppress those that are undesirable

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The engineers who can design integrated systems, and especially those specialise in that field and call themselves systems engineer

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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)

The three-year BEng will unlock your full potential as a creative problem solver. Our hands-on, practical problem solving approach makes up 40-60% of each year of study so you can be a confident, work-ready engineer by the time you graduate. On completion of the BEng, you will be on track to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

The four-year MEng course will advance your engineering talent even further and develop your leadership and management skills. On completion of the MEng you will be on track to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

We are one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer the CDIO international engineering education model, developed by MIT, which allows you to learn in a practical, hands-on way to find solutions to industry related engineering challenges.

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.

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.  

Core modules

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.

Control, Instrumentation, and Communication Systems in an Industrial Environment (20 credits)

You will gain technology insights and applications of communication, control and instrumentation for an industrial environment, for example oven temperatures, automated pickers.

Year 3

Professional Systems Engineering Project (40 credits)

You will gain experience of working individually and as part of a team to develop a solution to more complex systems 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. 

Systems Engineering Modelling and Analysis methods (20 credits)

You will learn a systematic approach to solving complex engineering problems through systems tools and techniques. This will enable you to apply to a wide range of sectors such as, transport, process and allied health industries.

Systems Design and Engineering Analysis (20 credits)

You will learn to design creative, considered, sustainable, ethical, economical, inclusive complex engineering components. For example, an emulsifier cream filling station for biodegradable tube packaging.

Year 4 (MEng only)

Professional Engineering Project and Management (60 credits)

You will gain experience of leading a team and working individually on a team project. You will research and develop an innovative solution to a complex product.

Energy Systems and Sustainability for Engineers (20 credits)

You will learn to consider and analyse the roles of conventional and alternative energy technologies in providing a sustainable energy future.

Advanced Engineering Modelling (20 credits)

On this module you will learn the skills to take the initiative in investigating and critically analysing a mechanical system using both Finite Element (FEM) and Finite Volume (FVM) methods. This will help you to establish whether a mechanical system is fit for purpose.

Quality Systems and Processes (20 credits)

You will develop your leadership and criticality of quality systems, reliability assessment and management approaches to support you to be a leading commercial engineer.

Placement Module

You will have the option to do a placement module at any time in your degree. The placement module is designed to permit different modes of placement, from day-release, vacations, and year-long.

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

  • Working with engineers from other fields to integrate procurable technology to create a portable innovative solution to processing plastic waste in the sea into oil
  • Integrating technologies to recover electrical energy from a mechanical train braking system and reduce the amount of power a train needs to draw from overhead electrical cables
  • Working with different users to identify integrated technology solutions to improve the quality and efficiency of airport security checks
  • Designing and developing more effective and safer integrated automated rail crossing technology system solution.

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:

  • 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

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 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.

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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Fact file

UCAS course code

  • H149 MEng Mechanical Engineering (Systems)
  • H146 BEng Mechanical Engineering (Systems)

UCAS institution code

  • C10


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

    BEng 3 years full-time (or 4 years with industry placement)


  • September 2020

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