mechanical

Undergraduate

BEng Mechanical Engineering

Study under industry professionals and practising engineers to gain the skills for a range of engineering careers.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

H300

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Start date

Course overview

Mechanical engineering has a long and successful history at Hull. You'll gain a broad knowledge base and innovative problem-solving skills which you can then apply in various mechanical engineering-related industries.

Choosing to study this subject here is a step closer to a rewarding and stimulating career.

We stay up-to-date with emerging technologies to train you in the most advanced ideas and techniques. We’ll give you the tools to unlock solutions that make people’s lives better.

Six reasons to study Mechanical Engineering at Hull

  1. Accredited by two leading industry bodies*
  2. Direct pathway to Chartered Engineer status
  3. Opt to spend a year in industry
  4. Facilities include new robotics lab and Fab Lab
  5. Build a racing car with the Formula Student team
  6. Study under industry professionals

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

    Mathematical Tools and Concepts

    This module delivers essential core mathematics knowledge, including polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, series, vectors, matrices and complex numbers.

    Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

    This module introduces you to simple mechanical systems and the key mechanical engineering concepts such as the principle of forces, moments, and basic stress analysis. 

    Introduction to Design and Mechanical Engineering Practice

    Learn the principles of mechanical engineering and put them into practice. You'll cover topics like computer-aided design, lab exercises, and manufacturing safety and processes.

    Mathematics and Engineering Thermodynamics

    Develop mathematical skills in calculus and explore fundamental concepts in engineering thermodynamics, including heat engine cycles and their applications.

    Mechanical Engineering Science

    Analyse and determine equilibrium conditions and the state of stress for defined mechanical systems, and describe processing routes and factors that influence the properties of engineering materials.

    Engineering Global Challenge 1

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

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

    Gain hands-on experience producing a full design solution to solve a problem. 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. 

    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. 

  • 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.

    Applications of Dynamics and Vibrations in Mechanical Systems

    You'll learn the key concepts of planar kinematics and kinetics, and solve dynamics vibration problems with appropriate advanced mathematical methods.

    Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM

    Apply computational problem-solving techniques, relish the functionality of computer-aided design packages, and take your designs from the virtual domain to the physical world.

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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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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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.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 including 5 in HL Maths
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science or Engineering based HE Diploma with minimum of 45 credits at merit or higher, including 18 credits at merit in Maths.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: Engineering including merit in Maths for Engineers and Further Maths for Engineers.
  • BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma: Engineering including Merit in Calculus and Further Engineering Mathematics units
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: Engineering including Merit in Maths for Engineers and Applied Mathematics for Engineering 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.

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

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£17,200 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.

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. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

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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.

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