mechanical

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BEng Mechanical Engineering

Study on a course ranked #3 in the UK for student satisfaction, with the opportunity to spend a year in industry.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

N/A

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UCAS code

H300

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Course overview

Mechanical engineers are involved in the design and development of almost everything we use - from nanotechnology to healthcare equipment to planes, windfarms and even spacecraft. The skills you will learn are highly sought after by employers. By studying mechanical engineering you can look forward to good job prospects and a varied and fulfilling career.

Hull has an excellent reputation for teaching Mechanical Engineering. We’re ranked #10 in the UK for learning opportunities in the National Student Survey 2021.

This programme shares a common first year with the other engineering subjects in the Department of Engineering, making it possible for you to switch between degrees at the end of the first year if you want to choose a different pathway.

The first year programme gives you the core theoretical and practical skills you’ll need throughout your time at university and beyond. CAD, programming and control and thermo fluids are just a few of the areas you’ll cover. The mathematics module is specifically geared towards engineering applications.

Transferable skills - teamwork, problem solving, presentations skills and report writing - are embedded in the programme. The modules you’ll study encourage project-based learning and you’ll get the chance to manufacture and test your concepts. You’ll also take part in Global Challenge, where you’ll work in a team to tackle a design and build project.

We treat you as a trainee engineer, so that by the time you graduate you’ll have gained a broad knowledge base and innovative problem-solving skills which you can then apply to a range of industries: automotive, aerospace, energy and medical devices, to name just a few.

Many of our students take the opportunity to spend a year in industry as part of their degree, gaining valuable experience and contacts which will help them in their careers. You could be working for some of the biggest employers in the country. Companies such as RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), Airbus, Virgin Media, IBM, BMW Group, Siemens, Microsoft and Smith & Nephew.

But it’s not all study and work - there are lots of extra-curricular activities for you to get involved with as well. Become part of our Formula Student team and you could be building a single seater racing car and competing against other students at Silverstone. There’s a robotics society and you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art FabLab, packed with 3D printers on which to build you prototypes.

Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Accreditation shows employers you have studied on a programme that meets globally recognised standards for engineering graduates - and puts you on the pathway to Chartered Engineer status.

We are currently in the process of becoming accredited by the Women in Engineering Society, which will bring even more opportunities to network and meet and learn from experts beyond the university.

Learn more about your course in our subject sessions

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Six reasons to study Mechanical Engineering at Hull

  1. 10th in the UK for learning opportunities in Mechanical Engineering*
  2. Accredited by two leading industry bodies†
  3. Direct pathway to Chartered Engineer status
  4. Opt to spend a year in industry
  5. Facilities include new robotics lab and Fab Lab
  6. Build a racing car with the Formula Student team

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Engineering Global Challenge I

    Learn the basics of CAD (SolidWorks) and apply the skills to solve a defined contemporary problem as part of an interdisciplinary engineering team.

    Fundamentals of Engineering

    Introducing the key principles and concepts of mechanical and electrical and electronic engineering; ranging from digital electronics to basic stress analysis concepts.

    Mathematics for Engineers

    Gain knowledge of the characteristics of a range of functions and techniques appropriate to engineering, developing expertise in analysis, interpretation and problem solving.

    Practical Skills for Engineers

    An introduction to key experiments and construction skills required for electrical and electronic engineers, as well as hands-on experience in the mechanical engineering manufacturing workshop.

    Programming and Control

    Communication of mathematical problems and solutions, as well as logic simulation and C programming results for academic, specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Thermofluids

    Gain knowledge, comprehension and hands-on experience of using a range of mathematical functions and techniques appropriate to the application of Engineering Thermofluids to engineering processes.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Mathematics and Control for Engineers

    You'll focus on advanced mathematical used to model and control dynamical systems. You'll also be introduced to Laplace and Fourier transform techniques.

    Mechanical Engineering Design

    An opportunity to apply engineering design tools and techniques to solve real-world engineering problems. This module will take you through the product design process right from initial design specification, though to manufacturing planning and prescription.

    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. 

    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. 

    Materials and Manufacture

    Explore the reasons engineering structures can fail, sometimes unexpectedly, through fatigue and fast fracture, corrosion and creep, as well as processes to reduce such problems. 

    Engineering Global Challenge 2

    Develop and enhance a range of professional skills as a basis for professional registration as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer. 

Placement year modules

Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.

Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services such as the Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.

Final year modules

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

    Individual Project (Mechanical Engineering)

    Apply and extend your engineering knowledge and professional skills by working on a substantial individual project throughout the academic year.

  • Compulsory

    Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis

    Examine advanced theories and techniques to solve stress-analysis problems. The theory and application of finite element analysis is also covered using industry-standard software.

    Thermofluids and Acoustics

    Explore the formal derivation of thermofluids formulae and wave equations. You'll examine the applications of thermofluids theory and noise reduction in the environment. 

    Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM

    Understand and apply advanced computational techniques for problem solving, familiarise yourself with computer aided design (CAD) packages, and take your designs from the virtual domain to the physical, with computer aided manufacturing (CAM). 

  • Optional

    Materials Selection, Design and the Environment

    Examine the techniques for assessing the optimal material in specific engineering design scenarios, as well as exploring  the major issues facing contemporary industrialised society.

    Lean Manufacture and Business Improvement

    Discover the tools, techniques, implementation strategies and key performance indicators that are used in industry to evaluate the suitability of management and operational strategies.

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

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

348 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

852 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

44%
15%
41%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

360 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

840 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

38%
10%
52%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

1,200 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

252 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

948 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

28%
3%
69%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

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Entry requirements

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  • BTEC grades N/A

  • Points required N/A

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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At Hull, you’re a name not a number. During Clearing, we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades. We may be able to offer you a place whatever your situation.

Some courses still do 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 466100 or complete our online form to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Fees and funding

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£17,550 per year

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

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

The fees shown are for 2021 entry. The fees for 2022 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Product developer
  • Production manager
  • Engineering manager
  • Researcher
  • Designer

The skills you learn from studying engineering will give you access to career paths across a range of industries. And with a national shortage of engineers, your skills are likely to be in high demand.

Our graduates have gone on to find work as science, engineering or technology professionals with organisations such as BAE Systems, British Energy, the Royal Navy, Williams F1 and Rolls-Royce.

Graduate Q&A

Dave Mylett graduated with a degree in Mechanical Design Engineering in 1999 and has since gone on to work in the fast-paced world of Formula 1.

Read Dave's story here.

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* National Student Survey (NSS) 2021, HEIs only.

† The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)