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Engineering is about applying science and mathematics to the real world, which is why our Masters-level Mechanical Engineering programme adopts a hands-on approach. You will develop and practise advanced skills and knowledge that will support your career ambitions.
Mechanical engineering is concerned with anything that moves and lots of things that don’t. Anywhere where solids, liquids or gasses interact, mechanical engineering has its part to play. From a simple nut and bolt, through to the complex multi-physics of aerodynamics in Formula One, mechanical engineering covers a broad range of content and can lead to a multitude of different and exciting careers.
Our approach reinforces your learning from lectures through practical activities, and allows you to fully assess your assumptions while building teamwork and project management skills essential to your future career. The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) as meeting complete fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.
In the modern world, Mechanical Engineers do not work in isolation, which is why our broad based common first year adds significant value to your degree. Not only will you cover themes from within mechanical engineering, but also the fundamentals behind electronics and chemical processes, along with a solid foundation in engineering mathematics.
Following the first year, where you will have begun to explore a variety of different areas of the discipline, you will have the opportunity to consider and plan your academic progression. At this stage, you may choose to continue with your Mechanical Engineering study, or move onto any of our other specialist programmes.
Specialist modules in mechanical engineering will begin in the second year, where you will cover all the main themes of materials, statics and dynamics, fluids and thermodynamics. You will also work on design exercises and have the opportunity to undertake a business development project.
On this programme, you may decide to spend a year in industry, gaining valuable experience and enhancing your employability. We have extensive links built through our leadership in research and have students undergoing placements with multinational corporate companies through to smaller specialist SMEs. Our degree programme is flexible as to when this occurs, but we would recommend the best opportunity is once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge. Therefore, the most appropriate time would be at the end of second or third year.
In year three, all Mechanical Engineers will undertake a major dissertation project, which will enable you to demonstrate your in-depth knowledge of a specific, specialist area of your subject. The project period covers the entire academic year, with an intensive period following exams to finalise results and present the findings professionally. Previous examples include: wind turbine blade icing study; microstructural design of steels for improving strength and toughness; graphene-based coating systems for corrosion protection; and a lightweight pipe inspection robot.
During your fourth year, you will undertake a significant team based project, which regularly receives commendation by external examiners, accrediting bodies and industry. The projects are a culmination of the four years of working at Lancaster and allow you to apply your specialist knowledge to a significant engineering challenge. Examples of which include:
During this programme, you will also undertake two short industry linked projects, giving you the opportunity to develop your leadership, entrepreneurial and management potential.
A Level AAA
Required Subjects A level Mathematics and a Physical Science, for example, Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Computer Science, Design & Technology or Further Mathematics.
GCSE Minimum of 3 GCSEs grade B or 6 to include Mathematics, and English Language grade C or 4
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
Interviews Applicants may be interviewed before being made an offer
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and 6 in a Physical Science at HL
BTEC (Pre-2016 specifications): Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in an Engineering related subject to include Distinctions in Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians units
BTEC (2016 specifications): Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in an Engineering related subject to include Distinctions in the following units – Unit 1 Engineering Principles, Unit 3 Engineering Product Design & Manufacture, Unit 6 Microcontroller Systems for Engineers, Unit 7 Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems and Unit 8 Further Engineering Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, including sufficient Mathematics content, with 36 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 9 Level 3 credits at Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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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.
Calculus is a flexible technique that can appear almost anywhere in engineering, from the smallest integrated circuit to the largest nuclear power plant, and this is reflected across the range of modules that calculus features in. This module provides a broader understanding of functions, limits and series, and knowledge of the basic techniques of differentiation and integration.
Control is about making engineering devices work efficiently and safely. This module gives students the ability to programme to a level where they are able to solve everyday engineering problems, such as controlling the movement of a robot arm. They will gain the ability to use functions, arrays and pointers, and will be able to manipulate strings, format the input/output and carry out basic mathematical calculations.
The fundamentals of structuring and writing a computer programme are included and students will gain experience at interfacing with practical engineering systems such as a motor. The module will be particularly relevant to students with an interest in robotics, computing and control.
This module encourages students to analyse real-world problems, and to use a logical design path and tools and techniques such as 2D and 3D CAD, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), and Form over Function to arrive at a design that meets the initial requirements. Often working in teams, students will learn about the full product lifecycle, from customer requirements to design process and to product recycling/disposal. As well as the practical aspects of design and innovation, the module covers other skills such as marketing, packaging, completing a statement of requirements, and the human brain.
The module is based on exploration and discovery and evaluated through coursework alone. It also incorporates the ‘IMechE Design Challenge’, a ‘design-make-test’ competition held annually between North West universities.
Many of the fundamental equations of engineering are written in the form of differential equations, and so this module teaches students the skills to work with these equations. Students will learn both analytical and numerical techniques, which is of particular relevance to future engineering modules that analyse fluid and heat flow and temperature distribution.
The module starts with the fundaments of Ohm’s law and introduces the main laws and theorems necessary to understand direct and alternating current flow in a circuit, including Kirchoff’s laws and different simplification theorems. At the end of this part of the module, every student will be able to reduce a circuit to its simplest form and carry out basic voltage and current split calculations.
The module then goes on to provide students with an understanding of the role and main functions of the key component blocks in many state-of-the art electronic systems. The theory will be supported with case study applications, where students will look at systems such as the electric guitar, computer mouse, electronic fuel injection and the telephone. Students will gain a basic understanding of the limitations and headline specifications of these items, including sensors, signal conditioning, analogue-digital conversion, processors and actuators, and following the flow of information through a typical system.
Students will learn how to perform basic calculations, which underpin the subject, and to confidently analyse and solve engineering problems, as well as design solutions.
Introducing a range of key aspects of chemistry that is relevant to engineers, this module addresses atomic and molecular structure. It focuses on chemical reactions and bonding, as well as thermodynamics, acid, based and redox reactions, the kinetics of reactions, and nuclear chemistry. Lectures featured in this module are supported by weekly, small group tutorials that are designed to illustrate the practical applications of the concepts learnt in the lectures.
Students taking this module will develop an appreciation for the importance of electrons in a variety of chemical reactions, such as corrosion and polymerisation. Additionally, the module will enhance students’ ability to balance such chemical reactions, predict the results of key reactions and perform a variety of calculations relating to the determination of reaction rates.
A key feature of today’s cutting-edge electronic technology is the storage of information and its processing. This module uncovers the basic engineering principles behind these critical requirements such as Boolean algebra, truth tables, Karnaugh maps, logic gates and memory circuits. Students will gain both the knowledge and the vocabulary with which to understand digital electronic systems together with the background necessary to appreciate what is likely to be possible in the future.
The module also looks at how analogue electronic components can be combined to perform simple logic functions and how these logic blocks can be combined to perform memory tasks. Students will develop this concept towards the principle of a processor and will learn about simple programmable devices and how these relate to the range of programmable solutions that are currently available.
Sensing and extracting signals from the real-world is a fundamental requirement of virtually all electronic systems. This module provides students with the background knowledge and understanding of the ways in which signals are captured from sensors, then amplified, and then fed into a data acquisition system. It includes work on circuits and networks and introduces the op-amp, which is a fundamental building block of many analogue circuits. Students will also gain an understanding of basic sensor characteristics and of signals, including how they can be represented in the time and frequency domains and how they can be manipulated with filters.
Students have an opportunity to build and test the operation of op-amp and sensor circuits in a dedicated electronics lab during the module.
This module introduces students to a further range of mathematic techniques that can be directly applied to engineering problems, such as the application of matrices for solving simultaneous linear equations. Students will learn about the application of the Laplace transform, a powerful technique used in electronics and control and vibration analysis, which transforms differential equations to a linear function. They will discover iterative methods that provide extra opportunities to find solutions to equations.
The global energy sector is continually evolving, particularly around the development of sustainable and renewable energy sources, and this module provides an understanding of this field along with conventional power generation and utilisation. Primarily, students will learn about the fundamental aspects of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical and nuclear reactions which are essential for those who wish to specialise in these fields.
Students will gain an understanding of the ways in which energy is captured from renewable sources and produced from fossil fuel reserves, as well as a detailed understanding of wind turbine design. The module covers how hydroelectric schemes, tidal barrages and wave energy works and teaches students to make numerate comparisons of the energy available from these sources compared with thermal and nuclear power stations.
This wide-ranging module considers the engineering aspects of transport technology such as fuel consumption and how it may be reduced, types of engines and motors, and electric drive systems for land transport. More specifically, students will look at the Otto cycle, aerodynamic drag, basic circuit theory, batteries, and fuel cells. They will also learn how to calculate vehicle performance, taking account of drag, mass, and propulsion characteristics. Energy flow diagrams for IC engines and electric and hybrid vehicles will be covered as well as thermodynamic cycles for petrol and diesel engines and their major components.
There are four practical exercises associated with this module reflecting the wide scope of the content. They include evaluation of the efficiency of an internal combustion engine (requiring groups to partially dismantle the engine, make measurements to determine its compression ratio and valve timings, then reassemble it and perform calculations based on measurements), and economic assessment of a new light rail transport system in the North West.
Applying mathematics to real-world problems is a key skill for engineers. This module introduces students to a range of mathematic techniques that can be directly applied to engineering problems. Amongst the topics covered, students will learn about vectors, indices and logarithms, as well as complex numbers to enable them to precisely describe an electrical current or signal. The mathematical methods used here are put to use in engineering practicals and projects. For example, topics related to matrices are used in the second year robotics project for transforming coordinate systems.
Manufacturing is at the foundation of our global prosperity and is a continually developing field. This module covers a wide range of manufacturing processes used in engineering, from the well-established, such as casting and moulding, to modern and growing methods, such as additive manufacturing. By the end of the module, students have gained knowledge of a range of materials, ways of producing them as manufactured or part-manufactured components and ways of estimating the cost of doing it.
The lectures are accompanied by hands-on experience of machining, welding and material testing techniques in our dedicated workshops and at least one industrial visit to see some of the manufacturing processes in action (most recently Jaguar Land Rover).
The human skeleton, a suspension bridge and a car chassis are examples of structures that are designed to transmit forces from one place to another. To do this safely and efficiently it is important to adopt the right arrangement of load-bearing components and to use materials with appropriate strength and stiffness. In this module, students will learn about structural forms and beam theory and will develop their ability to analyse engineering problems by calculating internal stress of components in tension, compression and bending, and by applying the Euler buckling theory. As a result, students will gain an appreciation of designing simple engineering structures to achieve the required strength and stiffness for a wide range of manufactured products.
Practical sessions will be delivered in our labs and students will work in groups to design, build and test efficient steel box beams to withstand a set load. The exercise comprises application of the analysis techniques learnt in lectures, an element of creative design, sheet metal fabrication and testing, and a final written project report including analysis of the failed beam.
Focusing on the fundamental aspects of process engineering, this module aims to equip students with an understanding of basic processing terminology such as batch, semi-batch, continuous, purge and recycling. There will be a review of processes, along with flow diagrams, process variables and units, and students will become familiar with the mass balance of non-reactive systems, including general material balance of a single-unit operation and multiple-unit operations.
This module will allow students to assign process variables, units and economics; students will develop knowledge of industrial processes along with a working understanding of phase equilibrium thermodynamics to chemical processes. A range of vapour-liquid equilibria, covering the level rule, ideal solutions, Raoult’s Law, Henry’s Law, volatility and relative vitality, will be approached in detail on the module.
This module considers a wide range of material in the wider business development area. Students are encouraged to think with creativity, with entrepreneurial flair and innovation. Practical sessions allow students to demonstrate their progress on a weekly basis through idea generation, peer presentations, elevator pitches and formal presentations, and the module is complemented by a number of external industrial speakers who have been successful in their own business endeavours and are keen to pass on that knowledge.
Students will become familiar with a rich mixture of experiential learning opportunities that develop a wide range of transferable skills in the context of engineering entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the development and use of business plans and marketing strategies. Students will prepare a business plan, and will discuss team dynamics and the requirements for entrepreneurial activity. Additionally, students will learn to use appropriate terminology in developing business projects. They will discuss relevant aspects of company finance, uncertainty in business ventures and how markets can be analysed and will analyse frameworks for marketing and the structure of a business plan, along with developing the ability to analyse potential markets and sources of funding.
This module introduces students to numerate aspects of engineering. It is designed to provide students with a broad and flexible array of mathematical methods for the analysis of data and signals, and intends to illustrate the essential role of computing in the application of these. Students will use calculus for the analysis of trigonometric, non-linear, polynomial and exponential functions, and will sketch multivariable functions with engineering meaning on three-dimensional Cartesian axes.
Additionally, students will evaluate the significance of differential equations in the description of an Engineering system and apply methods such as Laplace, integration and substitution for their solution, along with developing the ability to analyse systems in both the time and frequency domain, using Fourier and Laplace transformations. Students will learn to apply the spectrum of approximate methods that exist for finding the roots of equations, definite integrals and linear approximations.
Students will apply the matrix representation of coefficients and the correspondence to arrays in software, including the use of manipulations such as the inverse matrix. They will also use the concepts of least squares analysis in order to assess the consistency of data. Finally, students will develop the ability to use a software package such as Excel for multivariable analysis of a given function and to produce appropriate graphical outcomes.
This module introduces the subject of structural and stress analysis, and also covers mechanical vibrations. Students will develop an understanding of the physical behaviour of structural components and their design with reference to stress and deformations. They will also engage with mathematical and physical models for the analysis and design of statically indeterminate structures. In addition, the module encourages students to analyse quantitatively the behaviour of oscillatory systems with one or more degrees of freedom.
Students will learn to discuss the meaning and significance of the terms natural frequency, resonance and damping in relation to vibrating systems, and will find the natural frequencies and, when there is more than one degree of freedom, the corresponding mode shapes for such systems. Students will also gain a working knowledge of the essentials of mounting a machine so that only small force amplitude is transmitted into the foundation, and will develop an awareness of how an accelerometer works, its advantages and disadvantages, and how to use it to measure vibration. Additionally, students will gain the ability to carry out two-dimensional stress and strain transformation calculations, and will be able to calculate maximum shear stresses in shafts and beams subject to shear loads.
Introducing a range of key concepts in engineering project management, and putting some of these into practice by means of an interdisciplinary group project, this module aims to motivate students to produce and test a functional electro mechanical machine to meet a given specification, such as the development of a line-following mobile robot. Students will develop a range of skills, including the ability to describe a mechanical / electrical system at the "block diagram" level, identifying its power and signal flows and writing an overall performance or functional specification. Students will also acquire the knowledge required to integrate the functional requirements with other needs, such as maintainability, safety, manufacturability, environmental impact and regulatory compliance, and will discuss the requirements for interface management including spatial, mass, environment, control, failure modes, energy.
Additionally, students will develop the skillset required to prepare an interface management plan for a complete project and interface specifications for the subsystems/components. They will discuss the project lifecycle including specification, design, manufacture, commissioning, maintenance, modification and disposal. Finally, students will apply the principles of validating the design of a complex system using analysis, sample testing, type testing, commissioning, system tests and acceptance.
The first half of this module introduces fluid mechanics. It will address hydrostatistics, with emphasis on forces on plane areas, centre of pressure and forces on curved surfaces. The module will also cover Archimedes' Principle, with a focus on the buoyancy and stability of floating bodies and metacentric height. Students will also explore Bernoulli equation and flow measurement, and will learn about steady-flow momentum equation, forces and fluid flow.
The module’s second half will address thermodynamics. Students will discover the intensive and extensive thermodynamic quantities, the equation of state and the perfect gas law. They will also become familiar with thermodynamic equilibrium, reversible and irreversible processes, and will develop an awareness of the work, heat and the first law of thermodynamics. Additionally, the module will cover heat capacities at constant volume and constant pressure, along with the definition of expansivity and compressibility, and internal energy and enthalpy.
Students will examine how forces arise in static fluids, and will develop the ability to carry out basic calculations on fluid motion and to introduce the basics of fluid machinery. The module will introduce the behaviour and effects of turbulent and laminar flow in pipes, and will examine thermodynamic quantities, their relationships and application to heat engines, boilers, condensers, nozzles, diffusers, turbines, compressors and throttles.
Students will develop the knowledge required to discuss the terms centre of pressure, metacentre, metacentric height and Reynolds number. They will also learn to apply Archimedes' principle to situations involving buoyancy, and will find the force on a submerged plane or curved surface. In addition, students will gain the ability to determine whether a body will float stably and to estimate its period of rolling, and will understand the characteristics of laminar and turbulent flow. Further skills available on this module include the ability to estimate the pressure drop due to friction in a fluid flowing along a pipe, and to apply Bernoulli's equation to situations of flow along a closed conduit.
This module is designed to enhance students’ understanding of system dynamics and feedback at the block diagram level, by providing tools for the analysis of linear single-degree-of-freedom systems. Students will gain the ability to choose and use appropriate instrumentation appropriate for feedback and data-logging purposes. The module will enable students to interface devices such as memory, digital IO and analogue IO to a microprocessor or microcontroller. They will also discover how to access such devices from within a program using C and/or Assembler.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to develop single-degree-of-freedom models for simple mechanical, electric and electromechanical systems. They will also be able to discuss the assumptions necessary to develop such linear models and have an awareness of nonlinear and chaotic systems. Additionally, students will develop the ability to analyse 1st and 2nd order models in both the time and frequency domain, including vibrations and asymptotic stability, and will write down the transfer function of a system from its differential equation and understand the significance of the poles/zeros. Further skills available on the module includes the ability to manipulate block diagrams of open and closed-loop systems, and design proportional, integral, derivative, velocity and multi-term controllers. Finally, students will construct and use Bode diagrams, and will develop the knowledge required to analyse the function and physical operation of a range of common types of transducer, e.g. for the measurement of strain, force, temperature and acceleration.
Introducing the fundamentals of materials engineering, this module addresses a range of topics including atomic bonding, the origins of the elastic models, and elastic and plastic deformation mechanisms in crystalline materials. In addition, the module explores the defects and crystalline imperfections, strengthening mechanisms in crystalline materials, Fe-C system and non-equilibrium phase transformations.
The module will also address the effects of wear, such as the nature of surfaces, describing and measuring surface form, static and kinetic friction, adhesive and abrasive wear regimes, and mechanical design. This section of the module will look at combined loadings, thin walled theory, yield criteria and failure mechanisms. Students will gain an understanding of the manufacturing processes and surface finish, tolerances, limits and fits, and will work with standard components such as rolling bearings, plain bearings and seals.
Students will develop the ability to classify the fundamental types of solid materials according to bond type, energy and physical properties. They will also learn to describe the unit cell types adopted by industrially significant metals and will gain familiarity with the use of direction and Miller indices as a method of describing planar symmetry and the crystallographic basis of anisotropy. Additionally, the module will enhance students’ ability to describe fundamental materials concepts of solid solutions, point defects, dislocations and atomic diffusion, and will develop an understanding of how finite element analysis is able to supplement the engineering design process and be aware of the need to validate the results of a finite element analysis.
This module will enhance students’ knowledge of heat transfer calculations and aims to show where these are the essence of, or are essential to, engineering design. Students will develop an understanding of electric power systems, including the characteristics of the main types of electric machine. In addition, students will gain skills in the ability to estimate steady state heat transfer rates, and will also be able to size simple parallel and contra flow heat exchangers. They will develop the level of understanding required to estimate temperature distributions within 1-D or rotationally symmetric systems in which there is steady heat flow, as well as correctly sizing cooling fins.
Students will set up appropriate boundary conditions for 3-D heat conduction problems that are to be solved numerically using a software package, and will
estimate the time it takes for a thermal system to reach steady state. Finally, students will be able to perform calculations to predict the performance of a single phase induction motor, and will be able to analyse the starting, speed and torque control methods used on induction motors.
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Introducing the metal cutting manufacturing processes, this module focuses on mechanical machining theory. It covers jigs and fixtures, as well as cost estimating, CNC and ancillary equipment. Students will gain an understanding of FMS and parts classification, along with group technology.
The module will enhance students’ understanding of the process of machining, as well as the principles of work holding and fixturing. Students will prepare a process plan and will be able to estimate times for manufacture of simple jobs.
Additionally, students will develop an understanding of the principles of CAPPE, and will set out a time estimate for a manual or robotic assembly process, as well as considering the principles of DFMA.
Students will give an account of the relationship between CNC, FMS and CIM, including the information structures needed to achieve integration, and will gain an understanding of key issues in modern manufacturing, especially regarding tooling and other investment hot-spots. In addition, the module will allow students to fully appreciate current enabling technologies such as rapid prototyping and the use of in-cycle gauging and SPC to promote 'right first time'.
This module examines the role of management and its relevance to engineers today. In this context, specific knowledge about manufacturing systems and project financial appraisal will be introduced, together with relevant aspects of law and human resource management, industrial organisation and project costing.
Students will receive an outline of company finance and reporting, including relevant aspects of law and human resource management, industrial organisation; project costing, along with an overview of environmental reporting, quality and safety management.
The module will reinforce students’ understanding of the role of management in industry and its relevance to engineers today, as well as how modern manufacturing operations are organized financially. Students will evaluate financially both large and small projects as the basis for major decisions, and will develop knowledge of what quality is and its importance to all organizations. Additionally, students will apply suitable tools for the improvement of quality, will gain knowledge of the relevant aspects of law and human resource management, and will understand the importance of environmental reporting. The module will also enable students to carry out a basic level of safety management.
This module addresses the physical behaviour of a wide range of engineering materials by consideration of key underpinning science concepts affecting resistance to failure by yield, fast fracture, fatigue, creep and corrosion/environmental degradation. Through the examination of case study examples, the module will examine the interconnection between materials selection, processing and environmental/service conditions and the influence these have upon the economic and safe use of materials in a range of common engineering applications.
Students will develop the ability to describe the limitations of yield based failure criteria when determining the resistance to failure by crack initiation, growth and fast-fracture. They will also apply LEFM fracture mechanics concepts to the modelling of engineering components and gain the level of knowledge necessary to explain how fatigue testing is carried out in the laboratory, whilst applying the results from such testing to the modelling of engineering components.
The module will enhance students’ ability to describe the underpinning mechanisms that cause creep in materials and be able to use creep models and creep data to carry out basic calculations to predict the performance of materials under elevated temperature conditions.
Additionally, students will gain the skillset required to explain the underpinning principles that affect the environmental degradation of materials, and in particular those applicable to industrially significant metallic alloys. Students will reinforce their understanding of why the structural integrity of materials in engineering design is a function of the structure-property-environment relationship. Finally, students will be able to exercise informed materials selection in engineering design.
The module involves students completing an individual project. They are responsible for the research, management and the design/practical element of the project. They will be assigned a project title and project supervisor who will guide and advise throughout the project. The module aims to give students an in-depth knowledge of a specific, specialist area of their subject. They will learn professional software, design or experimental skills consistent with subject.
Students can choose a specific area of development from a vast range of possible outcomes, and they will work towards their personal goal. Students can gain knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of historical, current, and future developments and technologies.
Alternatively, students may choose to develop the ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to their engineering discipline, in order to solve engineering problems. There will also be an opportunity for students to learn and apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to their engineering discipline, in order to solve engineering problems. Students can also develop an understanding of customer and user needs and the importance of considerations such as aesthetics, along with workshop and laboratory skills.
This module aims to familiarise students with the issues involved in starting up and running a company in a technological area and to introduce the concept of entrepreneur as a transformational leader. Work placements will allow students to develop an appreciation of engineering problems within an industrial context.
Students will participate in a company-based problem-solving or design project, and will improve their understanding of a particular technological problem depending on the nature of their company placement. Additionally, students will gain a theoretical basis of operations management, strategy and strategic development, accounting, customer value and marketing as well as managing human resources. The module will enhance students’ ability to carry out basic financial analyses, for example to forecast the company's future performance, and will provide them with a theoretical basis and practical experience of problem solving and teamwork. Finally, students will gain a theoretical basis and some experience of Human Resources aspects of business.
This module will develop students’ skills in analysing some commonly-occurring machine elements. Discovering how these devices work and support/transmit force and load leads to better decision making in their selection and use as a machine component, either individually or as part of a more complex assembly.
Over the course of the module, students will develop the level of skill required to establish the geometry of contacts between bodies, including relative radii of curvature. They will be able to estimate stresses and loads between bodies at such contacts and will understand how to carry out calculations on involute gear geometry, including estimating load capacity. Additionally, students will learn to carry out calculations involving gear trains, including efficiency and inertia considerations, and will also gain the necessary knowledge needed to estimate load capacity of plain (hydrodynamic) bearings. Students will also develop their understanding of how loads are carried by bolted joints.
This module provides fundamental understanding of the principals involved so students can go on to apply this knowledge in the design and analysis of complex mechanical systems. Therefore, the aim of this module is to develop students’ skills and abilities in mechanics, particularly in relation to mechanisms and linkages, balancing of rotating and reciprocating machinery, and inertia forces in mechanisms. Students will gain experience in kinematics and kinetics of mechanisms, including velocity diagrams and instantaneous centres. Additionally, the module will introduce rigid body dynamics and motion described in various co-ordinate systems, along with balancing rotating and reciprocating equipment.
This module will enable students to use principles of forces and moments equilibrium, with inertia forces, to estimate the forces acting on rigid bodies that are accelerating in two dimensions. They will also use kinematic principles to relate displacements and velocities of points on linkages of rigid bodies. Additionally, the module will enhance students’ ability to find the location of instantaneous centres in a linkage, and apply the instantaneous-centre method to investigate the velocities of points on a linkage.
Students will learn how to find the velocity of any point of selected planar mechanisms using velocity diagrams and the velocity image theorem. They will also develop the necessary knowledge to find the acceleration of any point of selected planar mechanisms using acceleration diagrams and the acceleration image theorem. Finally, students will apply the idea of energy conservation to ideal systems.
This module aims to extend students’ experience of a range of industrially relevant computer-based engineering tools including computer aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA), computer aided manufacture (CAM) and product data management (PDM), with a view to critically analysing the tools and techniques available and competently applying them to 'real' engineering scenarios. The impetus and development of the tools will be discussed as will their future directions. Students will get hands-on practical experience of these tools and will be given the opportunity to apply their experience and knowledge to 'real world' engineering problems.
The module will enhance students’ ability to critically evaluate mechanical designs using Finite Element Analysis, and they will use their understanding of solid mechanics to devise appropriate Finite Element Analysis methodologies and assess the validity of their analysis. Additionally, students will create designs that can be reliably realised using Computer Aided Manufacturing methodologies, and will gain a comprehensive understanding of the use of Product Data Management and be able to judge when it is to be used as compared to alternative methods. Students will also develop solutions to meet ‘real-world’ engineering needs and will learn analysis and manufacturing strategies, whilst making competent engineering decisions based on evidence.
This module provides students with the opportunity to experience live projects over a significant period of time, working in multidisciplinary groups and in a team project environment. Students will bring specialist knowledge from their own degree disciplines for the benefit of developing a multidisciplinary solution to the project being undertaken.
The group projects are typically developed in partnership with industry collaborators or based on research activity within the engineering department, ensuring that they are at the cutting edge of research and or industrially-focussed requirements.
Students will develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate a project brief, providing input based on their individual degree specialisation, such as nuclear, mechanical or mechatronics. Students will implement a system for documenting and tracking a project management system that requires agreement of time-constrained deliverables that can be changed over time, and will create a fully justified design brief for a product, process or service that is underpinned by specific subject specialist knowledge and takes account of a critical engineering analysis of the topic under consideration.
Additionally, students will produce a working prototype, product or process that takes account of and incorporates subject specific knowledge and is consistent with the commercial drivers of industrial stakeholders, and will demonstrate the ability to collect, store, analyse and recall large sets of data or results that could be interpreted by all members of the multidisciplinary group, whilst showing their understanding of issues such as health and safety, risk, ethics, environment, National/European/International standards and other regulatory frameworks that are subject specific and must be adhered to.
This module introduces students to the design and application of intelligent control systems, with a focus on modern algorithmic, computer-aided design methods. Starting from the well-known proportional-integral algorithm, essential concepts such as digital and optimal control are introduced using straightforward algebra and block diagrams. The module addresses the needs of students across the engineering discipline who would like to advance their knowledge of automatic control and optimisation, with practical worked-examples from robotics, industrial process control and environmental systems, among other areas.
Students will gain an understanding of various hierarchical architectures of intelligent control and will be able to analyse and design discrete-time models and digital control systems. Additionally, they will gain the necessary knowledge to design optimal model-based control systems and identify mathematical models from engineering data. Students will also learn how to design and evaluate system performance for practical applications.
This module educates students in the importance of the mechanism and mechanical design requirements for products and systems. The module will cover the mechanics of robotic manipulators, their use in manufacturing and their programming. Students will gain an understanding of actuator operating principles and an approach to their selection.
Additionally, students will gain knowledge of the meaning and significance of factors which determine the performance and stability of machine systems, such as structural stiffness, kinematic design, parasitic effects and load diffusion. They will be able to set out the scheme design of a machine/system which incorporates principles derived from this understanding, and will be skilled in analysing the dynamics of real systems by applying appropriate approaches including the formulation of actuator system models, time-series analysis and frequency response analysis.
Students will also able to calculate the geometric and kinematic performance of a robotic arm, and will work out the drive forces or torques required for given loads on a robotic arm. Finally, students will gain an understanding of the principles of actuators and will be able to select appropriate actuators as well as developing an appreciation for current advances in actuator technology.
This module introduces the MSc and MEng years. Students are provided with the initial skills and guidance to get started on their projects (individual for MSc and in teams for MEng) and they will be introduced to the Department's system for ordering components. MEng students will receive their team brief prior to meeting with their supervisor to gain a good understanding of the full scope of the project and to discuss approaches to the topic set. They will also organise themselves into suitable roles within their team, and will be able to use the Department's ordering system.
Students will be introduced to various aspects of team working, such as methods, problems and pitfalls. They will also discover Matlab and Simulink revision sessions, and will participate in information searching.
Introducing the concept of systems and systems design, this module addresses structured methods of functional decomposition, and provides insight into functional modelling and creative thinking tools.
Students will develop knowledge in the importance of a structured approach to system and product design, including the skills for eliciting, capturing and analysing customer requirements. The module will also introduce functional modelling methods for the analysis and synthesis of a set of requirements.
In addition, students will be able to demonstrate a theoretical understanding of a systemic approach to systems design. They will develop skills for eliciting, capturing and analysing customer requirements, and will gain a theoretical understanding of system design and how it relates to systems engineering and its principles through divergent and convergent thinking processes.
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.
Because of the dynamic nature of mechanical engineering, our graduates go on to excel in a wide range of sectors including Automotive, Aerospace, Technical Consultancy, Energy, Manufacturing, Business and Management, and Public Administration and Defence. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake PhD level study at Lancaster and pursue a career in research or teaching.
Our Careers Service offers a wide range of support and advice and we host a Science and Technology Careers Fair every year, allowing you to make valuable business connections.
We are often approached by external companies to help solve problems that are specific to engineering. We view such problems as opportunities, and with the expertise that you gain during your degree, it will be your job to solve these challenges in small teams. Our current students and recent graduates can also apply for relevant paid work experience through the Science and Technology Internship Programme.
We strive to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017 were:
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from
the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here:
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. 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:
Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.
Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.
Bursaries for life, living and learning:
Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.
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
Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018.
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.
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