Mechanical Engineering MEng Hons - 2022 Entry

UCAS Code
H303

Entry Year
2022

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Our Masters-level degree adopts a practical approach that will develop your skills and knowledge for a career involving innovation and leadership. The IMechE accreditation will qualify you as a Chartered Engineer, a professional title carrying considerable prestige with employers.

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.

Year 1

In the modern world, Mechanical Engineers are part of small or large teams developing complex systems. Our common first year is tailored to equip you with the required broad fundamental knowledge. 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

Year 4

In year four, our programme provides advanced skills, knowledge and experience, with a focus on leadership and management, and offers the following three distinctive pathways to support your career ambitions:

  • Design
  • Energy and Resources
  • Materials and Manufacturing

Fourth year project

You will undertake a significant team-based project.  The project is a culmination of the four years of studying at Lancaster and allows you to apply your specialist knowledge to an engineering challenge.

Successful projects include:

  • Waste water energy generation with Yorkshire Water
  • A novel prototype tidal turbine with WASP Cumbria Ltd in the field of renewable energy
  • 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

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 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.

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 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, 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.

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.

Year  1

    Core

Year  2

    Core

Year  3

    Core

    Optional

Year  4

    Core

    Optional

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.

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.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2022/23 are:

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.

Undergraduate tuition fees

Fees are set by the UK Government annually, and subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the 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 information about this on our Island Fees page.

Additional course costs and information

There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.

Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.

College Fees

Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. We have nine colleges in total, and every student belongs to a college, whether you live on campus or choose to commute. All students pay a small college membership fee, which supports the running of college events and activities. Once you have been accepted into a college, you will receive confirmation and be required to pay a college membership fee.

For students starting in 2022, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses.

Computer Equipment and Internet access

To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.

The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or Broadband support in place.

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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Gain vital skills and experience

Each of our Engineering undergraduate programmes comes with an optional placement with a cutting-edge engineering company. Each placement will give you practical, realistic workplace experience that will make you attractive to employers after your graduation. In recent years, Lancaster University students have taken work placements with EDF, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mercedes AMG, Network Rail and more.

Formula Student

You'll be able to participate in the most exciting engineering competition IMechE Formula Student (FS). You’ll build an electric racing car to test, demonstrate and improve your capabilities to deliver a complex and integrated product for a motorsport competition.

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

Your typical first year

All of our degrees share a common first year of study. This will give you an excellent grounding in all aspects of engineering, before you develop more specialist knowledge.

Lectures

Lectures are like classroom lessons you have experienced. They differ in that group sizes can vary between large and small numbers. The prime purpose of a lecture is to impart knowledge and to develop your understanding of a subject. It is important to extract the content and the message of the information presented.

Tutorials

We reinforce our modules with a scheme of weekly tutorial workshops. These are small groups of students with a member of academic staff as a tutor. For engineering tutorials, there will be question sheets and exercises for you to complete as well as the opportunity to discuss the wider context of the work. This can include ethics, careers and any other material important to your development as individual learners and professional engineers. Maths workshops will help you to apply your mathematical skills to other material covered in lectures.

Laboratory work and projects

In your first year, you will spend two afternoons per week in lab work. This will either be practical work in the laboratory or computer programming sessions.

Independent learning

You should spend about half of your time on independent learning. This includes reading your notes from lectures, further reading, coursework, practical work linked to modules and tutorials and preparation for exams.

Conceive Design Implement Operate

Our degrees are underpinned by the CDIO(TM) framework to prepare you for industry careers. It provides you with an education stressing engineering fundamentals. These set you in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating real-world systems and products.

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.

Contact hours

The amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars and other learning activities will differ from year to year and vary depending on the module options you choose. These figures are averages from the most recently available data for this course, the academic year 2018-2019, and are based on 1,200 study hours per year. The figures apply to single honours degrees. Joint honours degrees will vary from the percentages below depending on the combinations studied.

Year 1

  • 57%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 43%

    Independent study

Year 2

  • 29%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 71%

    Independent study

Year 3

  • 9%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 79%

    Independent study

  • 12%

    Placement or Study Abroad

Year 4

  • 19%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 81%

    Independent study

Assessment

Most of our degrees use a broad range of assessments methods. These figures are averages based on the most recently collected data for this course, and are given as a guide.

Year 1

  • 48%

    Coursework

  • 52%

    Written exams

Year 2

  • 51%

    Coursework

  • 49%

    Written exams

Year 3

  • 54%

    Coursework

  • 46%

    Written exams

Year 4

  • 52%

    Coursework

  • 48%

    Written exams

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