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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Mechanical and Energy Engineering


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UCAS code: HJ37

What you'll study

The first two years of this course are common to all mechanical engineering degrees at Hull. This is to give you a broad-based education encompassing all the major subject areas before you specialise from Year 3 onwards.

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 learn – ensures that your education is comprehensive and multidisciplinary.

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

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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

* Modules are subject to availability

In the third year, you will study topics specific to the energy engineering element of the programme.

Core modules

  • 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

  • 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

Integrated Masters

* Modules are subject to availability

The final year is much more specialised, with a research project which allows you to apply your skills and your passion to produce work at the cutting-edge of mechanical and energy engineering.

Core modules

  • Group Project (Mechanical Engineering)

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

  • Sustainable Engineering Systems

  • Energy Technologies

  • Statistical Methods and Reliability Engineering

  • Building Energy Systems: Design and Practice

“When I went into the workshops and saw what they had, that was when I said to myself that I had to come here to study.”

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More about this course

The Humber region is rapidly emerging as Europe’s renewable energy capital, with engineering giant Siemens and its partner Associated British Ports investing £310 million in a wind turbine production facility at Green Port Hull, creating a range of rewarding positions for talented engineering graduates. The University of Hull is renowned for producing students with real-world, hands-on experience, and this highly practical course will provide you with the specific engineering knowledge and skills, along with the expertise on energy management and environmental impact, you need to forge a career in this rapidly expanding and exciting sector.

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 quality of the student experience here continues to resonate with undergraduates: mechanical engineering courses at Hull were rated in the top three among northern universities for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2015.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

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.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have an A level in Maths at Grade C or above, or alternative Level 3 qualification.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 30 including 5 in HL Maths
  • Access to HE Diploma: Suitable for BEng route only with transfer to MEng subject to satisfactory progress. 
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: Engineering including merit in core and optional maths units.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

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: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

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.


Future Prospects

Prospects for our engineering graduates continue to be excellent, and many receive firm offers of employment even before graduating. A report from industry body EngineeringUK highlighted a current annual shortfall of 55,000 skilled workers in the engineering sector – meaning that suitably qualified engineers have rarely been in higher demand.

Your career prospects are enhanced by our close collaboration with the industry to ensure that our course meets the requirements of potential employers. You will also benefit from a wealth of advice, information and guidance provided by the University Careers and Employability Service, both during your degree and after graduation. Unlike most universities, we do not impose a time limit after which careers support is withdrawn.

With regard to career-entry salaries, engineering graduates (along with those from mathematical sciences, technology and architecture courses) are second only to medicine and dentistry graduates*. Chartered Engineers enjoy significant pay rises that continue to outstrip the cost of living.

*Engineering UK 2014, ‘The State of Engineering’.