Mechanical Engineering BEng Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
H300

Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

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 complete 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 Overview

    Course Overview

    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 complete 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
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

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

    GCSE Minimum of five GCSEs at grade B or 5 with 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 35 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 and Manufacture, Unit 6 Microcontroller Systems for Engineers, Unit 7 Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems. Unit 8 Further Engineering Mathematics is highly recommended.

    In the case of BTECs with the 2016 specifications, although the minimum requirement is indicated as Distinction, Distinction, Distinction, we would anticipate that satisfying the subject requirements would normally suggest the overall performance to be higher than this.

    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

      Optional

    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 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.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.

    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

    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. 

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Weekly contact hours in the first year

11

Lecture hours per week in the first year

6

Lab hours per week in the first year

Mechanical Engineering student Ryan Skeats

Ryan's story

“I think the most surprising thing about Lancaster for me is that it’s a big University, so I thought it would just be me in a large bubble, on your own. That’s not the case at all, it’s a much more personalised experience. The Engineering Department is smaller than others in the country, but that’s been a good thing, because you build up personal experience and personal relationships with all of the department, from fellow students to academics, to your project supervisor, even the technicians are very friendly and always there to help you.”

Friendly and Collaborative

Our friendly, informal and collaborative atmosphere help those who work and study here achieve success. Class sizes are small, meaning you will always be a name and never a number here. You'll get to know your lecturers and support staff in person and our open door policy means you can call in for help and advice at any time. This one-to-one support is something our students really appreciate during the big jump from college to university.

Year in Industry

Whilst studying this degree 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 - Rolls-Royce, Dunlop - through to specialist SMEs. We would recommend the most appropriate time to do this would be at the end of year two, once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge.

Tutorial Groups

Throughout your degree, you will be part of a small tutorial group led by an experienced academic. During the first year, you will have weekly meetings with your group to discuss the week's lectures and to learn and practice a wide range of soft skills that are fundamental to an engineer.

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.

Facilities

The Engineering Department houses a wide range of facilities covering many areas from renewable energy to high-frequency electromagnetics. Our state-of-the-art equipment is in active use for world-leading research, as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects.

3D Printing

We have a wide range of 3D printers and additive manufacturing technology, allowing you to easily create bespoke components for your projects.

Robotics

Our robotics laboratory is specially catered for designing and making robots for use in hazardous locations, such as nuclear power plants.

Wave Energy Tank

Our wave tank is a valuable teaching aid. This allows us to observe the behaviour of surface waves and how they can affect large-scale engineering projects.

Chemical Labs

Our chemical laboratories allow us to engineer better materials for new technological developments. You will study corrosion, conductivity and electrochemical impedence.

Employment Destinations

Graduates at Lancaster go on to work in some of the most prestigious engineering firms in the world.

Mercedes AMG

Rolls Royce

Sellafield Ltd

EDF Energy

Jaguar Land Rover

Siemens

BAE Systems

National Grid

Network Rail

Transport for London

Mechanical Engineering student Michelle Zemura

Michelle's story

“The engineering courses are not only well balanced in terms of labs and lectures but also lecturers and PhD students are largely accessible if you need any help or guidance. The campus itself has great facilities and has everything you need to successfully complete your studies and still be involved in your other interests.”

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