Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code: H300

Your engineering career starts at Edge Hill University. Discover the core disciplines of mechanical engineering, programming and applied mathematics. Prepare for industry by immersing yourself in the technology underpinning a range of mechanical systems, theories and instrumentation techniques.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Typically 4.5 years full-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Engineering
Department: Computer Science
Students gather round a computer screen in a computer lab.

Working as a mechanical engineer is all about designing equipment, developing prototypes and evaluating tools. Think it might be the career for you? At Edge Hill, we’ll prepare you to solve real-world challenges facing fast-growing sectors like transport, defence and robotics.

We’ve designed a degree that will prepare you for different aspects of mechanical engineering. Think exciting areas like automated manufacture, computer-aided engineering and applied industrial engineering. There are plenty of possibilities in this field.

Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, computing technologies and mechatronics are just a few of the areas you’ll explore. We’ll also spend time helping you become confident with the rapidly changing world of mechanical engineering.

You’ll graduate as a skilled professional with knowledge in everything from programming to control theory, modelling to professional practice. With skills sought after by organisations across sectors, you’ll be able to manage the design and development of mechanical engineering systems.

Course features

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

What you'll study

Your first year focuses on providing you with a solid foundation for the rest of the course. We’ll give you insight into a range of current topics, from analysis and the fundamentals of the design, to construction of systems and the foundations of engineering mathematics. These subjects focus on the key principles underpinning engineering materials, electrical and electronic engineering, computation and programming, and mathematical principles.

Compulsory modules:

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Computer Aided Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Fundamentals

Engineering Materials

Foundations of Engineering Mathematics

Professional Practice in Engineering 1

Programming 1

Year 2 provides you with a more specialised focus. Take a closer look at fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, structural and solid mechanics, and control systems and instrumentation. At the same time, explore the principles of mathematics for engineering. You’ll have the chance to work on live briefs, deliver real products and work as part of a team. Want even more practical experience? Before beginning Year 3, you can complete a 12-month industrial placement or year abroad.

Compulsory modules:

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Applied Mathematics for Engineering

Control Systems and Instrument Engineering

Fluid Mechanics

Professional Practice in Engineering 2

Structural and Solid Mechanics

Thermodynamics

Investigate topics covering mechatronics, and manufacture and design. Develop expertise in engineering management and enterprise. In Year 3, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop advanced knowledge and skills in more specialist fields. You’ll also carry out a research and development project in the form of software or hardware. Everything you do in Year 3 is designed to help you develop and will focus on independent study.

Compulsory modules:

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Engineering Management and Enterprise

Engineering Research and Development Methods

Engineering Research and Development Project

Manufacture and Design

Mechatronics

How you'll study

Teaching methods are designed in consultation with leading employers in the region. Many classes are based in engineering and computing laboratories, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.

Classes are highly interactive, with practical application of concepts a key factor, as well as cases drawn from real-life. Workshops, seminars, group tutorials and practical exercises provide opportunities for you to work with your peers and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability.

Studying on a full-time basis, you will be required to attend up to four days a week.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays, presentations and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development, while also benefitting from guest lectures delivered by industry experts. The programme team are specialists in engineering and computing and are active researchers. Their research feeds directly into the teaching of the programme, ensuring that you will learn about the latest developments within subjects while gaining the skills and knowledge required to meet industrial needs.

Academic staff are also regular contributors to conferences and journals, frequently engaging with the wider business and academic environment in disseminating knowledge and delivering impact.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. This must include A Level Mathematics at Grade C or above or equivalent. GCSE English Language at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent, is also required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Tech Hub.The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern engineering and computing laboratories are equipped with comprehensive state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Where you'll study

Tech Hub

Learning resources

Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

Finance

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students joining this course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Further details of financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining this course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

According to the latest data provided by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency), in 2018/19 high skilled graduates of Engineering and Technology could expect a starting salary of £28,000.

As a qualified engineer, you’ll have lots of choices when it comes to career paths. Many students decide to work in technological development with machinery. However, you could also apply your skills to accountancy, computer science, and teaching.

As a mechanical engineer, you could work in a variety of areas including:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • manufacturing
  • medical equipment
  • renewable energy
  • systems design

Or perhaps you’d prefer to continue studying? Postgraduate study is a great way to gain expertise in a specific field. Alternatively, a Masters degree in a business-related subject can boost your commercial awareness and business acumen.

Mechanical engineering is a fast-paced discipline so continuous professional development is key for maintaining your knowledge. As a graduate, you might attend conferences or complete short courses run by professional bodies, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). You might also join in-house training, take part in workshops or study part-time at university alongside your role.

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