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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

UndergraduateBEng Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: H300

What you'll study

The course commences with a broad-based engineering education, emphasising the application of mechanical engineering.

Your studies will include a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, computer laboratory work and workshop practicals. The study of manufacturing methods, commercial management and production management – along with the mathematical knowledge to underpin the mechanical engineering theories you will learn – ensures that your education is comprehensive and multidisciplinary.

Your studies will be complemented by a specialist ‘design-and-make’ module, which utilises our machine shops – an important professional requirement.

All BEng and MEng Mechanical Engineering programmes are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). BEng programmes fully meet the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meet the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. MEng programmes fully meet the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

  

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Mathematical Tools and Concepts

    This module delivers essential core mathematics: polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, series, vectors, matrices and complex numbers. You'll be introduced to Mathworks' Matlab to solve mathematically described engineering problems as well as to present and process results from experiments and simulations.

  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

    This module introduces you to key mechanical engineering concepts such as the principles of forces, moments, and basic stress analysis concepts. You'll explore materials that are commonly used in technological environments and explain their properties. Simple mechanical systems are also introduced, such as gears, pulleys and drives.

  • Introduction to Design and Mechanical Engineering Practice

  • Mathematics and Engineering Thermodynamics

    Develop mathematical skills in calculus and explore fundamental concepts in engineering thermodynamics. Topics in mathematics include differentiation, integration and differential equations. This is complemented by topics in thermodynamics including the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, and heat engine cycles and their applications.

  • Mechanical Engineering Science

    This module builds on the fundamentals of statics, stress and materials. You'll analyse and determine equilibrium conditions and the state of stress for defined mechanical systems, as well as describe processing routes, and factors that influence the properties of engineering materials.

  • Engineering Global Challenge 1

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Mathematics and Control for Engineers

    Develop more advanced mathematical techniques needed to solve a range of engineering problems. You'll focus on mathematical techniques used to model and control dynamical systems. You'll also be introduced to Laplace and Fourier transform techniques and how they may be applied to linear control systems.

  • Mechanical Engineering Design

    Gain hands-on experience producing a full design solution to solve a problem based on a loosely-defined customer requirement. This involves following the product design process from specification writing through to detailed design.

  • Stress Analysis and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

    Develop your understanding of fundamental theories and techniques relevant to the mechanical engineering problems in stress analysis and dynamics. You will explore strength, stiffness and stability of components and structures under load, learn the basic principles of Newton's dynamics and apply this knowledge for static and dynamic analysis of mechanical systems.

  • Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers

    Gain knowledge and hands-on experience of using a range of mathematical functions and techniques to solve engineering problems. In addition and parallel to the math, you'll learn the fundamental and engineering aspects of fluid mechanics and apply this knowledge to solve multivariable mathematics and fluid mechanics problems.

  • Materials and Manufacture

  • Engineering Global Challenge 2

    Develop and enhance a range of professional skills as a basis for professional registration as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer. You'll focus on areas such as team working, leadership, project planning, data collection, measurement, business skills, and self-reflection.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

In the final year of the BEng course, you will undertake a major project which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills as an engineer. You will develop a deeper knowledge of mechanical engineering in line with your particular interests.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Individual Project (Mechanical Engineering)

    Apply and extend engineering knowledge and professional skills by working on a substantial individual project throughout the academic year, supported by an academic project supervisor. Activities include project management, research, engineering design and development, and reporting and presentation.

  • Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis

    Develop your understanding of advanced theories and techniques relevant to the solution of complex stress analysis problems. The theory and application of finite element analysis is also covered using industry standard software.

  • Thermofluids and Acoustics

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Materials Selection, Design and the Environment

  • Lean Manufacture and Business Improvement

    Develop an understanding of lean manufacturing philosophy and the need for efficiency within a production environment. The module covers essential tools and techniques, implementation strategies and key performance indicators that are routinely used by industry to evaluate the suitability of management and operational strategies.

  • Applications of Dynamics and Vibrations in Mechanical Systems

    Enhance your knowledge and confidence in analyzing the dynamic behavior and vibrations of mechanical systems. You will learn the key concepts of planar kinematics and kinetics and solve dynamics vibration problems with appropriate advanced mathematical methods.

  • Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM

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More about this course

Mechanical Engineering is the largest and most popular area of engineering among students and has a long, successful history at Hull. Hull was rated among the top three northern universities for student satisfaction with mechanical engineering courses in the Complete University Guide 2015. During your studies you will gain a broad base of knowledge, along with innovative problem-solving skills, which can be applied to a range of mechanical engineering-related industries.

Combine this with the opportunity to boost your employability by spending your penultimate year either applying the theory learned in previous years to real life projects on industrial placement, or by studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. The option of a Masters year is available for those who aspire to the highest level and wish to study at a more advanced level. A Foundation year is ideal if you do not have the qualifications and experience to enter the degree course directly.

Hull has a genuine multidisciplinary engineering capability within the school, where skills across the various branches are taught by industry professionals and practising engineers, most of whom are Chartered Engineers. 

 

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

44%

15%

41%

Second year

38%

10%

52%

Final year

28%

3%

69%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Hull Campus

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Rated top five in the UK for student satisfaction and scored 10/10 for the progress our students make in the 2018 Guardian University Guide.

Study with professional and practising engineers – equipping you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career.

We keep up-to-date with emerging technologies to ensure you'll receive expert teaching of the most advanced ideas and techniques.

Hull has a long history of accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. This year, we're undergoing re-accreditation.

Europe’s longest standing science festival - The British Science Festival - is coming to the University of Hull, 11-15th September 2018.

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Entry requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,000 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Due to a national shortage of engineers and technologists, our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects with many securing challenging and rewarding positions in the UK, throughout Europe and in the USA.

The skills you learn from studying engineering – your mathematical abilities, problem-solving skills, ability to understand innovative concepts and experience of working in teams gained through group projects – are in high demand across all areas of engineering, and this is reflected in the significant pay rises of Chartered Engineers that continue to outstrip the cost of living.

Your career prospects are enhanced by our close collaboration with industry to ensure our course meets the requirements of potential employers. This is evidenced in the types of jobs our graduates go on to; many work as science, engineering or technology professionals with organisations such as BAE Systems, Jaguar, Land Rover, British Energy, The Royal Navy, Williams F1 and Rolls Royce.

Engineering graduates are also prominent within senior management positions. The Engineering Council's recent survey revealed that an increasing number of chairmen, chief executives and managing directors are professional engineers.

Research is another career avenue for our graduates. Many students have also stayed on for higher degrees both at Masters and PhD level.