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Manufacturing Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECU185

Study options:

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

This integrated Master’s course has been designed and delivered in partnership with Unipart Manufacturing Group as part of a £32 million collaborative project to develop the next generation of highly skilled, specialist engineers for the UK's high-value manufacturing sector.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the UK’s industrial sector has increased by 1.4% a year since 1948. Fierce global competition, however, is creating an even greater demand for graduate engineers capable of adopting innovative product designs and manufacturing methods in industries as diverse as food processing and household appliances to automotive and aerospace.

Coventry is ranked 7th in the country for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses in the Guardian University Guide 2019, which includes this Manufacturing Engineering degree. This course aims to enable you to progress from an undergraduate degree right through to a Master’s level qualification in four years of full-time study. You will have the opportunity to have direct access to Unipart's operations, working on 'live' issues in a real-world manufacturing production environment, as well as the University’s state-of-the-art High Performance Engineering Centre.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

You will be encouraged to become student members of the IET or IMechE and support presentations and activities by the regional committees.

During the course, you will also systematically record achievement of professional competences, which is required along with an accredited degree programme to seek professional registration at either Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporate Engineer (IEng) level.

During the course you will have the opportunity to prepare for and taken through accreditation as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) with the IET.

What our students say...

Being at Unipart provides a fantastic, hands-on approach to our projects. It really is fun, while being a good experience.

Maria Maynard-Bligouras, BEng/MEng Manufacturing Engineering, current student in 2016/17

Course information

Your studies will be split between our £50m Engineering and Computing Building and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), based at Unipart’s Coventry site.

This 'faculty on the factory floor' allows you to experience technology on the manufacturing front line, including robotic automation, forming, joining, analysis and simulation, metrology and product verification technology.

Students spend time on the Unipart shop floor every week talking with people making products and the people who manage these product lines. Taught modules are applied immediately in a real factory and supplemented by continual live experiences of how things are manufactured in real time.

You will participate in ‘live’ projects at the Manufacturing Institute and with the wider support of Unipart Manufacturing Group, such as the design of a manufacturing area for a heat-exchange pipe or fuel-rail or consider the impact of automation and robotics on manufacturing efficiency.

94%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Technology 1

  • Mechanical Science and Mathematics

  • Part-assembly Manufacturing Project

  • Quality and Metrology

  • Manufacturing Electrical Science

  • Quality and metrology part-assembly extension project

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Engineering materials and manufacturing technology 2

  • Automation and Robotics

  • Automated Manufacturing project

  • Design and Computer Assisted Manufacturing

  • Sustainability and the product lifecycle

  • Design Principles for Manufacturing

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • BEng / MEng Pathway

    • Tactical and strategic analysis in manufacturing
    • New Product Development project
    • Individual Industry Focused Dissertation Proposal
    • Individual Industry Focused Manufacturing Engineering Project
    • Supply Chains and Logistics

     

    Optional modules (1 of the following combinations):

    • Combination A: Lean Systems and Production Control, Advanced Manufacturing Systems Project
    • Combination B: Engineering materials and manufacturing technology 3, Manufacturing Technology Project

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Year 4 (MEng)

    • Industrial Group Project Initiation
    • Industrial Group Project
    • Advanced Manufacturing Simulation
    • Sustainable Engineering and Manufacturing
    • Future and Advanced  Materials and Technologies (MEng)                                 
    • Vision Systems and Sensors in Industry
7th

Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Course content is designed to meet the Chartered Engineer general and specific learning outcome statements of the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC.
  • Opportunity to participate in field-trips abroad, which have recently included trips to Poland, Bulgaria, China, Belgium and USA (subject to application and additional costs).
  • Access to industry-standard software, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis (FAE) and Computer fluid dynamics (CFD) mathematic modeling software.
  • The best second year students may be offered an opportunity to study at Purdue University for the Spring semester in the US and work with companies like Subaru during the Summer.
  • Ranked 7th in the UK for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and received the prestigious ‘Gold Award’ in the 2018 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • Dedicated industrial placement tutor can help you with your applications for placements and support you if you choose to spend a year in industry. Past placements have included roles in Aston Martin Lagonda, Unipart, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN.
  • Access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of Computerised Numeric Control (CNC) machinery and a laser workshop.

Our main study themese are:

  • Science and Technology: the essential underpinning science and technology necessary for today’s engineer.

  • Design and Manufacture: the innovative resolution of design and manufacture problems focused on commercially viable solutions.

  • Manufacturing Analysis: you will learn to use industry standard software to model, analyse and validate process and systems.

  • Sustainability: an ethical approach to work by protecting the best interests of life and the environment.

  • Practical: investigation and analysis using laboratory, workshop and computer-based techniques.

This course can be studied full-time over three years for BEng and four years for MEng. However, you can extend this by one further year if you choose to spend a year on placement or studying abroad between Years Two and Three. Students on similar courses have worked for Aston Martin Lagonda, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN on placement and gone to universities in Germany, Spain and Korea to broaden their experience.

Our courses are based on a series of one or two-hour lectures, with tutorial sessions, associated practice, laboratory exercises and workshop exercises at both Unipart and the University. These exercises provide practical, hands-on project work, designed to help solve ‘real-life’ manufacturing issues at Unipart’s manufacturing facility. Previously, students have optimised product lines and made them more efficient, for example, or analysed defects to find the root cause and proposed cost-effective ways of avoiding defective components.

The commitment and involvement of the Unipart Manufacturing Group in the design and operation of this programme ensures a strong focus on developing graduates capable of performing with contemporary and demanding manufacturing environments. Within the Institute, you will be able to familiarise yourself with manufacturing equipment that mirrors current production machinery and manufacturing processes and anticipates future production capability.

There is a strong industrial context throughout the programme with the use of real-world examples and case studies, such as the new fuel rail for Ford’s incredibly efficient Fox engine or the weight reduction project for an Aston Martin exhaust system.

We have a strong portfolio of industry-related research around sustainable manufacturing, composite material research and low carbon vehicles. Our innovative ‘activity-led learning’ approach means you will be given opportunities to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice. This enables you to develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.

Such work may involve manufacturing prototypes with 3D-printing, reverse engineering of current and past products to produce using 3d scanning to create engineering data and geometry to produce design models, which can then be used through CAM software to generate CNC machining programs, ready to produce physical products. 

The involvement of Unipart Manufacturing Group ensures that engineering and technical skills are assessed and developed in line with current industry standards. Project reporting from semester-based projects will be to both academic and Unipart Manufacturing Group staff, enabling you to receive both academic and industrial feedback.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods such as viva voce, exams, technical reports, portfolios etc.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 40%
  • Formal examinations: 25%
  • Group work: 20%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters: 5%

40% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The function, materials, manufacture, manufacturing processes and technologies and assembly of a wide range of engineering products.
  • The principles of engineering science and mathematics and their application to design, production, use and service of a broad-range of manufactured products.
  • Design principles for products and systems that meet technological and business market requirements and constraints.
  • Operations management, product planning/control methods and quality techniques at different levels of factory and supply chain hierarchy.
  • Sustainable engineering, business and knowledge management practices within a global context.
  • Engineering management of people, processes and projects (at tactical and strategic levels) to ensure business success.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Model and analyse innovative engineering systems using appropriate engineering science and mathematical modelling techniques, including computer-based techniques.
  • Synthesise solutions to iterative and innovative engineering design problems.
  • Research independently topics, evaluating new knowledge to determine new or novel information that contributes effectively to solving engineering problems.
  • Justify engineering and commercial decisions for product or operational choices within complex engineering systems across the product lifecycle.
  • Operate effectively and safely a range of manufacturing related technologies or on projects within an industrial context.
  • Use commercial software in the evaluation of problems and in the determination and optimisation of solutions.
  • Work effectively and constructively within project teams.
  • Research and investigate problems individually, generating and justifying approach, analysis, solution and final recommendation to a practical engineering problem.

In a typical week you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial, later individual project supervision, every week.
  • Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical laboratory, workshops or seminars every week.
  • Large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures each week.

Additionally, you will be expected to complete between 16-20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities etc.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we provide opportunities to participate in a number of collaborative projects. Recent first-year students visited the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland to undertake workshop and computer aided manufacturing skills in an overseas environment. Others have taken part in a collaborative project developing universal healthcare solutions working with the University’s Occupational Therapy students alongside six other institutions from around Europe, participating in international innovation and creativity programmes in Ruse, Bulgaria and Hasselt, Belgium.

On this course, you may have the chance to apply to spend a whole semester in your second year at Purdue University in the United States and study an international supply chain first hand in the third year. We also organise a range of overseas fieldtrips, which have previously included: test work at the GM proving ground; a tour of the Ford F150 factory in Detroit, USA; a tour of Hirata, a Japanese Tier 1 automotive supplier for Ford, Chrysler and GM; participation on a certificated training course with Altair on Inspire; and visits to Mahle Powertrain, the University of Michigan and Chrysler Building. All fieldtrips and placements may be subject to additional costs and application.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Being at Unipart provides a fantastic, hands-on approach to our projects. It really is fun, while being a good experience.

Maria Maynard-Bligouras, BEng/MEng Manufacturing Engineering, current student in 2016/17

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU185
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBC to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies. DDM in Engineering to include a Distinction in Maths For Technicians. 29 to include Maths and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or IT at Higher level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2018.

What our students say...

Being at Unipart provides a fantastic, hands-on approach to our projects. It really is fun, while being a good experience.

Maria Maynard-Bligouras, BEng/MEng Manufacturing Engineering, current student in 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

Being at Unipart provides a fantastic, hands-on approach to our projects. It really is fun, while being a good experience.

Maria Maynard-Bligouras, BEng/MEng Manufacturing Engineering, current student in 2016/17

Career prospects

Between 2010 and 2020, engineering companies have been projected to have 2.74 million job openings, of which, 1.86 million will require engineering skills.

Manufacturing is predicted to dominate innovation strategies for the next decade with companies desperate to capitalise on robotics/cobotics, intelligent systems, big data, analytics and more. Pay is not only increasing, but salaries are also higher on average than in other areas – at around £31K for manufacturing compared with £27K for services sectors (ONS).

Our partnership with the Unipart Manufacturing Group ensures this course is highly vocational in nature, designed to produce ‘industry ready’ graduates, who are well prepared for their first role in industry.

You should graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of a range of manufacturing principles, having learned the skills needed to apply new technologies to the solution of manufacturing problems in an industry environment.

We will actively encourage and support you to make the most of this demand and prepare you for the world of work. This includes wherever possible support in finding placements and employment from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Where our graduates work

Our course provides a route into many careers with the global engineering industry, including: manufacturing, project or process engineering; process planning; scheduling and control; logistics; and supply chain management.

Graduates on similar courses have gone on to secure roles as manufacturing engineers or consultant engineers with companies like Rolls Royce or Atkins Global.

£25k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £25,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

Being at Unipart provides a fantastic, hands-on approach to our projects. It really is fun, while being a good experience.

Maria Maynard-Bligouras, BEng/MEng Manufacturing Engineering, current student in 2016/17
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 17/18 Contract can be found here and the 18/19 Contract will be published shortly.