Mechanical Engineering MEng Hons - 2018 Entry

UCAS Code
H303

Entry Year
2018

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

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:

  • Waste water energy generation with Yorkshire Water
  • A novel prototype tidal turbine with WASP Cumbria Ltd
  • Performance improvement of the Sinterstation 2000 with 3D Systems Europe
  • Surface finish of metallic powder bed additive manufactured in partnership with BAE Systems and Formula Student

During this programme, you will also undertake two short industry linked projects, giving you the opportunity to develop your leadership, entrepreneurial and management potential.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    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:

    • Waste water energy generation with Yorkshire Water
    • A novel prototype tidal turbine with WASP Cumbria Ltd
    • Performance improvement of the Sinterstation 2000 with 3D Systems Europe
    • Surface finish of metallic powder bed additive manufactured in partnership with BAE Systems and Formula Student

    During this programme, you will also undertake two short industry linked projects, giving you the opportunity to develop your leadership, entrepreneurial and management potential.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    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

    Other Qualifications

    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.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    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.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

    Year 4

      Core

    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.

  • Careers

    Careers

    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.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    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:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,168

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    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: Island Students.

    Funding

    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:

    • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study for full-time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students who achieve A*,A*,A in their A level examinations (or equivalent academic qualifications) and who place Lancaster as their firm choice. This is awarded regardless of household income.
    • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study for all UK students with household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve A level grades of A*,A, A in their A level examinations (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), who place Lancaster as their firm choice will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.

             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.

    •  An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

    Bursaries for life, living and learning:

    • A Lancaster bursary of £1,000 for each year of study for all students from the UK with a household income of less than £42,600.

            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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