What Will You Study
Our four year MEng in Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and builds upon the BEng scheme offering opportunity for you to develop your leadership, entrepreneurial and management potential as well as deeper understanding in technical challenge.
You will follow our BEng course for your first three years of study and in your fourth and final year you will take masters level modules alongside project work.
Our fourth year structure operates with an alternating pattern of intensive two week taught modules followed by a week dedicated towards your group project work. Often linked with industry these projects offer the pinnacle of achievement whilst at university and have been praised by external examiners and industry. Examples of previous projects include, waste water energy generation with Yorkshire Water, novel prototype tidal turbine with WASP Cumbria Ltd, performance improvement of the Sinterstation 2000 with 3D Systems Europe, and surface finish of metallic powder bed additive manufactured in part with BAE Systems and Formula Student.
Additionally, students on the MEng will undertake two short industry-linked projects. These will provide you with more in-depth knowledge and highly-valued project management and leadership experience.
- Chemical Engineering : BEng Hons
- Chemical Engineering : MEng Hons
- Electronic and Electrical Engineering : BEng Hons
- Electronic and Electrical Engineering : MEng Hons
- Engineering : BEng Hons
- Engineering (Study Abroad) : BEng Hons
- Engineering (Study Abroad) : MEng Hons
- Mechanical Engineering : BEng Hons
- Mechatronics : BEng Hons
- Mechatronics : MEng Hons
- Nuclear Engineering : BEng Hons
- Nuclear Engineering : MEng Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Design, Innovation and 3-D Thinking
- Energy Technology and Sustainability
- Further Engineering Mathematics
- Strength and materials
- The World of Manufacture
- Business Development Project
- Engineering Analysis
- Engineering Mechanics
- Engineering Projects
- Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics
- Instrumentation and Control
- Materials & Design
- Power and Heat
- Design and Manufacturing
- Electrical and Fluid Drives and Actuators
- Engineering Management
- Engineering Materials
- Individual MEng Project
- Leadership in Technology
- Machine Elements
- Vibration Analysis and Applications
- Advanced CAD/CAM
- Group Project
- Intelligent System Control
- Introduction Module
- Mechanics and Actuators
- System design and modelling
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A-level: AAA to include Mathematics and Physical Science A-level, ie Phys, Chem, Design Tech, Electronics etc. We normally expect three A-levels.
General Studies: Accepted as one of the best 3 grades if 4 A-levels are presented
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: AAABB. Advanced Higher in Mathematics is helpful.
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 36 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses, inc. Mathematics at higher level
BTEC: Overall grades of DDD including distinctions in Mathematics modules
New UK 'Diploma' & Cambridge Pre-U: Contact us for information
Direct entry to second year: Appropriate qualifications include a good Higher National Diploma or Certificate in relevant subjects, or a Higher Diploma from polytechnics in Hong Kong and Singapore. Candidates with other qualifications of comparable standing should write to enquire.
Many of our graduates go on to work with the companies we have strong links with, often starting on salaries in excess of £26,500 per annum. Recent Engineering graduates have embarked upon careers as electronic, mechanical, applications, design and nuclear systems engineers.
As well as specific technical knowledge, your Engineering degree teaches you skills of logical analysis, communication, problem-solving and project management. They are used by our graduates for work in design, project engineering and management, research, contracts, sales and marketing and data analysis. Our graduates also choose to continue their studies to MSc and PhD level.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017-18 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:
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Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A, or the equivalent academic qualifications. In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
- An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.
Bursaries for life, living and learning
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
It will be necessary for students to purchase clothing for use in laboratories which is approximately £70. The University pays for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology where appropriate plus contributes to specialist software and workshop materials.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.