Computer Aided Engineering

Computer Aided Engineering MEng

Further develop your ability to apply a socially aware, responsible and consistent approach to design, manufacturing and organisation – essential for professional engineers - and meet the academic criteria you need to progress to Chartered Engineer status. Throughout your studies you’ll apply modern computer-aided engineering techniques to the manufacturing industry, studying modules designed to improve your analysis and problem-solving capabilities - and in your final year, you’ll take part in student-led project and individual projects to put all of your new skills into real-world application. You’ll graduate thoroughly prepared to take on the engineering industry.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years full-time; five years sandwich. Part-time: Five years (Level 3 and 4 modules)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

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  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2020

  • Engineering at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • Our close links with industry mean everything you learn reflects current best practice, especially as you’ll be taught by staff with successful careers in the aerospace and automotive industries.
  • Benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), located at the centre of one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK.
  • The quality of these courses has been recognised with accreditation by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

The table applies 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 third year of the course.

Compulsory modules

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

Compulsory modules

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

Year 3 and 4

Compulsory modules

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



Compulsory modules

  • Engineer in Society
  • Case Studies in Engineering
  • Advanced Tribology
  • Advanced Engineering Systems
  • A major project (double)

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics/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.
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction​ including Maths.
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL Maths 5 and HL Physics 5.
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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The course is intended to provide the opportunity to gain a degree and additional valuable experience to enable graduates to have a good chance of entering the motor sports industry. It has been developed as a direct result of the need for professionals within the motor sports industry and satisfies the requirements of an Engineering Council Institution.

The MEng is a four year course (five year if on Foundation entry), plus an extra year if an industrial placement is included. Satisfactory completion of an industrial placement leads to the award: MEng (Honours) CAE with Industrial Placement.

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.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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

  • 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. Read Matt's Q&A
  • 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 & 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.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

We use lectures and applications based learning through assignments and design briefs. You will use a substantial student workshop for the module in manufacturing as well as traditional lecture rooms for other modules. In recent years, the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences has moved into a brand new building with impressive computer facilities and specialist labs.

You’ll have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovative projects.

Assessment is done using formal examinations and coursework. As the course progresses less emphasis is given to assessment by examination and more to coursework.

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Industry Links

The quality of this course has been recognised with accreditation to Chartered Engineer status by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Design, for fully meeting education requirement for Chartered Engineer status (CEng).


On successful completion of this programme, you will be eligible to apply for progression to postgraduate studies.

A first or second class honours degree in Computer Aided Engineering will allow proceeding to master studies. Students may apply to suitable masters in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, product design or management.

A third class honour degree in Computer Aided Engineering will allow proceeding to further to postgraduate studies.

Graduates in CAE pursue careers in a wide range of industries including aerospace, marine, nuclear and petrochemical. Their roles are usually in design, manufacturing or production.

Engineering graduates are in greater demand than ever, which means the options for you are rich and endless, including careers in aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development.

Put simply, engineers are concerned with the conversion of natural resources into valuable products and services that benefit us all. Those choosing a career in engineering can be confident that their skills will always be in demand.Those with specific knowledge of Computer-Aided Engineering will also have the ability to exploit the advantages of new technologies to extend their engineering expertise.

This degree course provides a programme of study containing modern computer-aided engineering techniques that are applied within manufacturing industry. These include computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacture and computer-aided production management.

Virtual Tour

You’ll have access to modern computer facilities and specialist laboratories in electronics, manufacturing and motor sports, and learn how to use state-of-the-art engineering software including Solid Works, Ansys, MatLab and Excel, and how to perform advanced simulations.

Engine Build / Dynamometer Workshops

Composites (GRP bodywork) Workshop

Engineering / CNC Workshop

Motorsports Workshop

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.