Mechanical Engineering

BEng Hons

  • UCAS Code H300
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years

Overview

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Our Mechanical Engineering degree adopts a practical approach that will develop your skills and knowledge for a career involving innovation and leadership.

Mechanical engineering is concerned with anything that moves and many things that don’t. From a simple nut and bolt, through to the complex multi-physics of aerodynamics in Formula One, mechanical engineering solves the broadest range of challenges and leads 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 partial fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.

Year 1

In the modern world, Mechanical Engineers are part of small or large teams developing complex systems, which is why our broad based common first year adds significant value to your degree. You will study themes from within mechanical engineering, but also the fundamentals behind electrical, electronics and chemical processes, along with a solid foundation in engineering mathematics.

Year 2

Specialist modules in mechanical engineering will begin in the second year, where you will cover main themes of materials, statics and dynamics, fluids and thermodynamics, complemented by design and laboratory activities. You have the opportunity to undertake a business development project, to introduce you to Industry 4.0 concepts.

Year 3

In year three, you will work on an engaging individual project shaped over your interests and ambitions. Your supervisor, a leading specialist in the subject area, will guide you to gain an in-depth knowledge of the topic for successful project completion.

Previous examples include:

  • Wind turbine blade icing study
  • Microstructural design of steels for improving strength and toughness
  • Graphene-based coating systems for corrosion protection
  • Lightweight pipe inspection robot
  • Revolutionary flywheel energy storage (FES) solution

Course accreditation

Institution of Mechanical Engineers logo Engineering Council logo

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 postgraduate 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

Required Subjects A level Mathematics and a Physical Science, for example, Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Computer Science, Design & Technology or Further Mathematics.

GCSE Minimum of four GCSEs at grade B or 5 to include Mathematics at grade B or 6, and GCSE English Language at 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.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including either:

  1. Mathematics HL grade 6 (either pathway) plus grade 6 in a HL Physical Science
  2. Mathematics HL grade 6 (either pathway) plus grade 6 in two SL Physical Sciences
  3. Mathematics SL grade 7 (Analysis and Approaches) plus HL grade 6 in a Physical Science

Acceptable physical science subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Design Technology

BTEC (Pre-2016 specifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit 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, Merit in an Engineering related subject to include Distinctions in the following units – Unit 1 Engineering Principles, Unit 7 Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems. Unit 8 Further Engineering Mathematics is highly recommended.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. 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

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2022/23 were:

UK International
£9,250 £25,270

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Tom Millen Engineering Scholarship

A generous donation from the family of Tom Millen will enable an outstanding Engineering student from a disadvantaged background to benefit from an annual bursary of £3,000.

This award is in memory of Tom Millen, who served as Superintendent of Laboratories and Workshops in the Engineering Department at Lancaster University. He began working for the Department in 1969 and retired in 1977.

Each year, a £3,000 bursary will be offered to support one Engineering student from a disadvantaged background who has performed at a high academic level at the start of their studies at Lancaster. It will be awarded to the first-year student during their second year who meets the following criteria:

  • The recipient must be a home fee-paying student.
  • The recipient must be from a disadvantaged background.
  • The recipient must pass all modules in the academic year on the first attempt and achieve the highest overall aggregate score from all modules (with a minimum of 17.5).

The bursary will be given in three £1,000 instalments over the course of the academic year. You do not need to apply for the scholarship - the selection process is internal.

Katherine Field, MEng Hons Mechanical Engineering

A place for Katherine

What’s been the best surprise about Lancaster?
I didn't know what to expect when I first came to uni, but I thought I'd be like I was when I was in the sixth form. I think I've learnt to be more spontaneous and less uptight, which has happened because of being in this environment where I feel comfortable, and that surprised me a lot. The fact that I've had fun whilst also studying hard too - I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I have.

What are you doing on your current project?
My fourth-year project is a stretcher project. We're working with the mountain rescue team down the road - Bowland and Pennine. They showed us a stretcher and we're looking at ways of improving it because it's really heavy at the moment and trying to get it up and down mountains takes effort. So we've come up with some ideas and we're hopefully going to make a prototype, test it and see what they think.

Which parts of the course have you enjoyed most?
I've enjoyed the project work the most. You do a lot of project work, right from the start until the end of the fourth year, working in teams. I was getting into the lab and making stuff, and I love doing that. The robot project in the second year was a good one. My project last year was an individual project, and I really enjoyed that - getting involved with an external company. Those were my favourite bits about the course.

Katherine Field, MEng Hons Mechanical Engineering

MEng Mechanical Engineering

We have world-leading academics, who are involved in state-of-the-art research which influences the material that we teach. We adopt innovative teaching methods including the pioneering use of creative project work and a design-build-test approach to learning, helping our students learn interactively and gain hands-on experience. We are an International Partner in the CDIO™ initiative, which seeks to revolutionise engineering education.

Keep your options open

If you're unsure of which area of specialisation you'd like to go into upon application, you can use the UCA code H100 Engineering to leave your options open. The common first year lets you change your specialisation allowing a more informed choice at the end of year one, subject to meeting the requirements of that course.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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