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These programmes provide an appropriate blend of the theoretical and practical skills that professional mechanical engineers will need on graduation.
This course is available at BEng Hons and MEng Level. This course if offered at the Jordanstown campus by the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. 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
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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.
- September 2018
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Analytical Methods for Engineers
This module provides an understanding of the language and terminology of mathematics, together with the mathematical techniques from algebra, calculus and statistics that are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.
This module provides the fundamental principles mechanical and electrical technologies and provides a methodology for their practical application. The module covers topics such as: Statics and Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Linear DC Circuits, Energy Storage and AC Circuits.
This modules makes students aware of the relevant professional, ethical, legal, and sustainability issues associated with being a professional engineer. Induction in how to study at university is included at the start of the module. Assessment is a combination of individual report, class test and team group report.
A module which integrates lectures with practical sessions in the study of the basics of common production and the behaviour of engineering materials. The student will consolidate their learning of the interaction among materials, production methods, quality and workshop safety.
A module which integrates formal study with a significant practical programme for the understanding and application of common manufacturing processes. Production of a working electro-mechanical product will deepen knowledge and develop basic skills for selected manufacturing processes. Candidates will critique their work to improve the product design and select appropriate production processes for batch manufacture.
Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 1
This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals in the use of a modern 3D CAD system to create robust 3D part modules using an introductory range of feature types.
Drawing and Design
This module includes freehand sketching, systems of projection, drawing conventions, dimensioning and tolerancing, design documentation, an introduction to the total design activity, formulation of a product design specification (PDS), material selection and manufacturing considerations in design.
This module provides the fundamental principles of Dynamics, Statics and Strength of Materials in relation to mechanical engineering and provides a methodology for their practical application. Its content includes: Basic and derived units, static equilibrium, statically stressed systems, theory of torsion and bending, kinematics of a particle and kinetics of a particle. Those theoretical and practical principles required within each topic area will be developed in lectures and applied in assignments and tutorials.
Control Theory & Applications
This module provides an understanding of the theoretical concepts and use of feedback-control systems. Theoretical studies are supported by the use of appropriate PC-based analysis and design packages.
This module provides a strong basis in important analytical techniques from algebra and calculus and statistics, which are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.
Electrical services: the operation and application of transformers, AC and DC motors including selection, electromagnetic fields, circuits and electronics. Lighting systems. Students will also conduct laboratory experiments and undertake pratical laboratory based projects.
The module provides a general coverage of different classes of materials and usage of computer packages. Metallic and non-metallic materials are studied with respect to processing, microstructure, mechanical performance under different conditions, applications, cost, the environment and health and safety.
Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 2
This module builds on the fundamentals of 3D solid part modelling (MCAD1) with the introduction of more advanced solid modelling tools, assembly modelling, creation of 2D drawings from part and assembly models and surface modelling.
Design and Industry 2
The module considers creativity in design; product innovation; technical and non-technical aspects of design; safety and product liability; design analysis techniques for economic product manufacture and assembly; functional analysis; value engineering; safety and reliability through design projects; manufacturing processes; assembly techniques; material handling methods; component and product inspection and testing.
The module further develops engineering design capability across a variety of issues. Group projects provide the means of assessment. In addition a programme of industrial visits exposes the students to a wide variety of production scenarios and processes.
A module which examines the relevance and application of Quality principles and techniques to the manufacturing environment. Discussion of current topics in Quality Management and Quality Improvement is supported by study of the fundamentals of ISO 9001, Statistical Process Control, Measurement System Analysis and Nonj-Desctructive testing. This module prepares the student to contribute to these challenging activities in their early employment.
Thermal Fluid Sciences
This module provides an introduction to the principles behind fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the application of this theory to everyday items, ranging from relatively simple devices such as pumps, pipes, bicycles, refrigerators and heating systems through to internal combustion engines, hydroelectric power stations, gas turbines and steam engines.
An understanding of how fluids flow, and the forces that result, along with knowledge of energy and how it can be transformed and made more useful are the intended outcomes of this module. It will enable students to continue their study of thermal fluid sciences at a higher level if desired.
This module provides an extension of the fundamental principles of Dynamics and Statics and Strength of Materials in relation to mechanical engineering and provides a methodology for their practical application.
This module is a year's paid industrial placement programmed to complement the undergraduate engineer's academic studies. The student will be employed as a junior engineer to enable improvement in their understanding of the work environment and development of their transferable, communication and personal skills. The experience will enhance their engineering ability, maturity and eventual employability.
International Academic Studies
This module is optional
This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.
This module provides an insight to key areas of management within organisations; operations management, strategic management and human behaviour within organisations. Teaching methods include lectures, guided discussions and seminars.
Design and Industrial Applications 3
This module is based on the execution of an industrially generated major design project through multi-disciplinary team activity involving aspects of: project management, market analysis, specification, concept design, budget costing, decision making, detail design, production planning, manufacturing requirements and product costing.
This module involves the technology of fixed automation; computer numerical control; materials handling; low cost automation; computer integrated manufacturing; industrial robot technology; robot applications; automated inspection and advanced robotics.
Mechanical Science 3
This module provides adequate technological principles to allow for the solution to practical problems. Those theoretical and practical principles required within both the thermopdynamic and mechanical disciplines will be developed in lectures and applied in assignments, laboratory and tutorials.
Final Year Project
Each student taking this module will carry out an individual project on a topic relevant to their degree of study. Students will be expected to design the project in collaboration with a nominated supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up results in the form of a final written report.
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
This module is optional
This module provides students with a detailed understanding of the composition, function and application of synthetic and natural biomaterials in the context of the medical implant devices they are used to fabricate. The approach taken highlights the important materials science issues involved in the provision of these systems. The increasing importance of tissue engineering to the provision of enhanced medical implant devices that cam more effectively replace damaged and/or diseased tissue and organs is also addressed.
This module is optional
This module gives the student an overview of nanotechnology and its applications in engineering.
This module is optional
This module introduces environmental issues/aspects and provides coverage of science, technology, design, regulations and management systems pertaining to environmental protection, resource conservation and alternative energy sources.
Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
This module is optional
This module provides a practical, hands-on treatment of Computer Aided Engineering in the context of application in design practice or manufacturing company. It majors on the more advanced part modelling techniques, assembly modelling, good modelling practice, collaboration and interoperabilty, design documentation, 3D printing, surface modelling rendering, mechanism simulation and Finite Element Analysis. It involves the utilisation of an integrated, state-of-the-art MCAD suite along with the teaching of the general principles of these technologies.
Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
This module is optional
The module commences with a revision of the basic principles of stress and strain, leading to elasticity, tensile testing and plastic behaviour. It then proceeds to address more advanced topics including, micro and macroscopic deformation mechanics and their influence on material performance. It concludes with an introduction to the mechanical forming of materials.
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/National 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, Engineering and the Built Environment accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma/National Foundation Diploma and BTEC Diploma/ National Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact 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.
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 AA 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 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 a Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall 70% and 70% in Mathematics. Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.
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, Engineering and the Built Environment 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 and an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) will be considered for year 1 entry only.
HND requirement is overall Merit in an Engineering subject to include a Merit in either Level 4 or Level 5 Analytical Methods module (plus GCSE Maths Grade C). Applicants 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 and 55% in Mathematics module. 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: email@example.com. 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)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
- £9,000.00 Discounts available
- £13,240.00 Scholarships available
Scholarships, awards and prizes
Follow the links to the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. 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.