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These programmes provide an appropriate blend of the theoretical and practical skills that professional mechanical engineers will need on graduation.
Study Mechanical Engineering at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This course is available at BEng Hons and MEng Level. This course if offered at the Jordanstown campus by the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. Modern technology involves an increasingly complex and challenging range of research, development and design skills applied in a wide range of industries such as automotive, aerospace, medical instrumentation, domestic and leisure products. These MEng/BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering courses are designed for those wanting to become chartered engineers. The MEng course is accredited for CEng status by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the BEng Hons course is also accredited for CEng status, subject to the appropriate further learning. Graduates from both programmes are equipped to enter a variety of mechanical engineering areas, such as; design and consultancy, materials technology, manufacturing and project management, process engineering and maintenance. The courses place an emphasis on individual and team projects providing the opportunity for hands-on involvement and an understanding of engineering materials, processes, devices and systems. Analytical and communication skills are developed with an emphasis on computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM). The skills and knowledge acquired are applied to a wide range of real-life engineering problems.
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About this course
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This course has been designed with the aid of industrialists to address the needs of industry and the research community. The MEng and BEng Hons courses are taught and assessed in common over the first two years. Students on the BEng Hons programme are eligible to transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Placement year providing that they have obtained a year average of at least 60% in year 2. The third year of each programme is spent on Placement – and successful completion of the Placement year leads to a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) which is awarded at Graduation. The BEng Hons students have one additional year of study whereas the MEng students have two additional years of study.
Diploma in Professional Practice DPP
Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI
Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS
Find out more about placement awards
Typically 18 – 20 hours per week class contact time between 9.15 am and 6.05 pm. There are no timetabled activities on Wednesday afternoons.
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We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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The GCE A Level requirement for this course is grades BBB to include Grade B in one from GCE A Level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Design, Engineering or Electronics. If presenting only Design and Technology, please contact the Faculty Office.
See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the GCE A level subject presented.
The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a related Engineering subject area with overall award profile of DDM to include a minimum of 9 unit distinctions. Also requires a minimum Merit in a unit of Applied or Further Mathematics and in a unit of Mechanical Technology or Mechanical Principles.
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Faculty admissions staff by T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: email@example.com.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 (typical grade profile) to include Higher Level Mathematics and one other Higher Level from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Engineering or Technology and Design. Plus English Grade H6 or English Grade O4 or above at (OL) if not sitting at Higher Level.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC (to include minimum of BB in Mathematics and a science subject).
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC (to include Mathematics and a science subject).
Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 26 points to include 13 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and an another Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.
Access to Higher Education (HE)
The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of an Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall Mark of 70% and 70% in NICATS Mathematics (Level 2). Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.
Other Access courses considered individually, please contact admissions staff:
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GCSE Mathematics Grade A or above if presenting only one of Technology and Design, Engineering or Electronics as the specified subject/s for this course OR GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent) if presenting another of the specified subjects for the course.
GCSE English Language Grade C (or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
OCR/Cambridge Technical Combinations
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept a range of alternative combination of qualifications such as OCR Nationals and OCR Cambridge Technicals when presented with an A Level in one of the specified subjects (please refer to A level section).
HNC requirement is overall Distinction in an Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering subject (plus GCSE Maths grade C or an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) will be considered for year 1 entry only.
HND requirement is overall Merit in an Engineering, Science or Applied Science subject (plus GCSE Maths Grade C or Merit in an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) may be considered for year 2 entry where the curriculum sufficiently matches that of Ulster University full time year 1 course.
Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree with an overall mark of 55% and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules. Applicants will normally be considered for entry to an associated Honours degree (normally Year 2 entry).
For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty admissions staff by T:+44 (0) 28 9036 6305 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger.
Teaching and learning assessment
Programmes employ a broad range of teaching and assessment styles and place an emphasis on practical demonstrations and on interactive learning opportunities. Many traditional features such as lecture, tutorial, laboratory and seminar modes are used, there has been an increasing utilisation of technology mediated teaching approaches.
The programmes use a diversity of assessment modes such as formal examinations, seen and unseen problems in class tests, on-line multiple-choice assessments, laboratory seminars, poster sessions, oral presentations of design solutions, and to a limited extent, peer assessment, where group project work is involved.
Exemptions and transferability
Students who have successfully completed studies equivalent in content and level to year 1 modules may be considered for direct entry to Year 2.
Students on the BEng Hons programme who obtain a year 2 average mark of at least 60% are eligible to transfer to the MEng programme. The transfer normally takes place at the end of the Placement year.
Careers & opportunities
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Job prospects in a broad range of engineering industries are excellent with the vast majority of graduates finding employment within six months of graduation. Graduates with an MEng or BEng Hons, first class or upper second class award satisfy the entry requirements for a wide range of postgraduate research posts and scholarships in mechanical engineering, engineering materials and manufacturing engineering.
Work placement / study abroad
The industrial placement year is considered a significant period in the formation for the junior mechanical engineer. Involvement in the practice of engineering in an industrial setting develops the engineering, transferable and personal skills of the undergraduate and enhances their employability on graduation. All students are therefore required to undertake an industrial work placement - normally in year 3 of the programme.
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
Scholarships, awards and prizes
Follow the links to the Faculty of Computing and Engineering
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
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