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Computer Aided Engineering BEng (Hons)

Develop the core knowledge and skills you need to thoroughly understand modern engineering processes on this long-standing course. Our engineers graduate with the ability to skilfully apply their engineering experience to the research, design and development, manufacture, operation, and maintenance of high technology products, systems and services. The course includes advanced, industry-standard CAE techniques for design, manufacture and production, supported by all the appropriate engineering science and knowledge. You’ll leave with an appreciation of the role of the engineer in industrial wealth creation and society as a whole - and the skills you need for a rewarding career.

National Student Survey 2017
UCLan Computer Aided Engineering courses are third in the UK for overall student satisfaction

Throughout the course you will experience and develop analytical skills for design, manufacturing and organisational skills; all essential to the modern graduate engineer. Studies provide the core knowledge and skills essential to a thorough understanding of engineering processes and include: manufacturing engineering; electronics; mechanics; engineering drawing; and analytical methods. Subsequently, competence is further developed by taking more specialised CAE modules in computer-aided design, finite element analysis and simulation. Final year projects encourage detailed exploration of your own specific areas of interest.

Our close links with industry mean everything you’ll learn reflects current best practice - especially as you’ll be taught by staff with successful careers in the aerospace and automotive industries.

The course is delivered by staff from the School of Engineering who are active in both research and knowledge transfer.

  • Matthew Dickinson is lecturer and course leader for the BEng (Hons)/Meng Computer Aided Engineering course. He is lecturing in Fundamental Engineering Simulation. He is currently completing a PhD in investigating the role of running-in in race Engines.
  • Hadley Brooks is a lecturer in our mechanical Engineering course. He is lecturing Manufacturing and sustainable Manufacturing. His area of research interest in additive manufacturing.
  • Tony Broad has academic and practical engineering skills with expertise in practical composites manufacturing. Active industrial links with local companies to promote visits and graduate placement opportunities.

Areas of Expertise include:

  • Engineering Design and Manufacture, 2D & 3D CAD/Drafting with AutoCAD - CAD/CAM with Alphacam, 3D CAD Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, 3D Studio Max, Engineering Simulation - FEA, Motion Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Composites Design and Manufacture, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Materials Technology.
  • Prof Ian Sherrington has an inter-disciplinary background in physics, mathematics, computing, and engineering, and has interests in wear prediction, wear measurement, friction measurement, effects of wear debris, lubricant leakage and oil film thickness measurement.
  • Graham Calderbank is an engineering lecturer and researcher at the University of Central Lancashire. He teaches across several engineering courses in a variety of subject areas, including fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, dynamic systems relating to motor sports, engineering focussed computer programming with MATLAB and LabView, and the design & development of engineering products. Graham is also involved in research with the Jost Institute, and is currently investigating the lubrication of crosshead engines with a view to developing a control system to optimise the lubrication of two-stroke marine diesel engines. Prior to joining UCLan, Graham spent several years as a product engineer for a Lancashire based company that designed and manufactured automotive components.

The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results show 93% of Computer Aided Engineering students are overall satisfied with their course, with 97% rating for staff are good at explaining things/have made the subject interesting.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years or four years sandwich. Part-time: five-six years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    H132; Short form: BEng/CAE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

    Sandwich year fees: £900

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at C or STEM at C.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit including Maths units.
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points   
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects and HL5 in required subject.
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent .

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Courses at a glance

Year 1

The module listings below apply to full-time study. If studying part-time you can take up to four modules per year. With a suitable HND in Engineering it is possible to enter the final year of the course.

Compulsory modules

  • Engineering Applications
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Operations Management A
  • Instrumentation and Interfaces
  • Software Development 2
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced CAD
  • Engineering Simulation
  • Operations Management B
  • Manufacturing Simulation
  • A major project

Optional modules - choose one:

  • Computer Aided Tribology
  • Control Systems
  • Engineering Design

Late Applications

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.