Full-time: Three years, an additional year for Industrial Placement routes. Part-time: Usually two years longer than full-time equivalent but depends on path chosen.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
H301; Short form: BEng/MeE
Preston (Campus code: U)
Subject to approval
If you’ve spent much of your life to date taking things apart to see how they work, this course is for you. As a mechanical engineer, you’ll use your knowledge of fundamental engineering principles like mechanics, materials, thermofluids and computer-aided design to analyse and design objects and systems with motion. You’ll graduate with a rounded education that prepares you to take ideas all the way from idea to production and launch. You’ll also develop skills in user needs - vital for anyone working in this field - and business plan development as part of your final year project, which draws together everything you’ve learned on the course.
280 points at A2 inc Maths at C, Physics at C or STEM at C, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Merit Merit (including Maths units)
Pass Access To HE: 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: Grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
128 points at A2 including Maths at B and Physics at B or STEM at B; General Studies accepted
OCFBED: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma (Including Maths Unit): 31 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.
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The course is structured around engineering capabilities graduates require rather than traditional academic sub-disciplines. You will follow a coherent programme of study that allows you to draw in the relevant elements of engineering regardless of where in the traditional "map" of the subject they lie.
The Mechanical Engineering degree combines the fundamentals of traditional courses in this subject with our long experience of providing a rounded education that ensures graduates are prepared to work in a range of industrial sectors. In addition to fundamental elements such as analysis, mechanics, systems integration, materials properties and computer aided design, students also develop skills in user needs, business plan development and (at MEng level) social, legal and professional ethics considerations. The BEng project presents an opportunity to integrate learning across the course, while the MEng includes a higher-level project that enables students to demonstrate application of their knowledge at a fully professional level, and a group project that develops and demonstrates their ability to work within a team, an experience that is highly valued in industry. Those choosing a placement route spend a year in industry in their second or third year.
The course is linked with the Jost Institute of Tribotechnology, meaning there is a collaborative working environment and a close link with a vibrant, research-active community.
The BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree is delivered by staff from the school of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences that are active in both research and knowledge transfer.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
Over the past few years students have ben taken on field trips to several organisations, including Leyland Trucks.
The student workshop provides a centre for those wanting careers in design and development of products. The workshop has CNC lathe and milling machines, a five axis laser cutter and a wide variety of machine shop equipment. There is a race facility where cars are prepared for the race activities. The composites workshop is used for a variety of activities from research on resin infusion to the development of F3 hovercraft. Master classes and formal meetings are used together with the facilities in the workshops and the CAD facilities including SolidWorks, FLUENT (CFD), COSMOS, ANSYS and many other software packages. The dynamometer is used for engine mapping and development.
You’ll have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovation projects, and take part in specialised group projects using complex systems.
You’ll have access to extensive manufacturing facilities, which means you’ll gain the practical engineering expertise you need to get noticed by employers.
Industrial Placement is a 48 week placement with a company which is assessed by portfolio and contributes to the course outcomes. You are responsible for identifying and winning the placement, but the University supports this via links to industry and training in application and interview skills.
Full time students can enroll with Unites Internships, which is open to all final year students and graduates and provide the opportunity for work experience placements within the North West. This provide valuable experience to both UK/EU and overseas alike.
Engineering graduates are in greater demand than ever and due to the broad and very diverse nature of Mechanical Engineering, a variety of career options are available to you, including careers in aerospace, the automotive industry, biotechnology, computing and electronics, manufacturing, energy conversion, the Ministry of Defence and research development. If you’re interested in the applied scientific and mathematical aspects of the discipline, you can carry on into a career in research and teaching.
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