Mechanical Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

H300

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2020
September 2020

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Mechanical Engineering is the basis for many of the engineering disciplines, including the automotive, aero, marine and medical sectors.

In our ever-changing world, mechanical engineers develop new and differing uses for technologies and materials, in order to improve the mechanical operation of equipment and devices used in anything from food and oil production to international construction projects or the design of toys.

Ranked 3rd in the UK for the study of Mechanical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2020), our professionally accredited course gives you the opportunity to qualify first at Bachelor and, if you choose to continue, to Master’s degree level. It meets the educational requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which sets out the competence and commitment required for registration, so that upon successful completion you can practice eventually as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

The Mechanical Engineering MEng and BEng (Hons) courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for 2020-21 entry. The MEng route fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and the BEng route enables membership and registration as an Associate Member (AMIMECHE) of the IMechE.

What our students say...

My experience in the Engineering, Environment and Computing faculty has been amazing, and I wouldn’t change it for anything! I have had fantastic opportunities to go on international trips, attend inspiring conferences and have had the support of the faculty and staff for my degree throughout the whole experience. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year, and am very grateful to the faculty employability and placements team for the events they host, advice and 1-1 meetings which allowed me to get my placement.

Samantha Parsons, MEng Mechanical Engineering, graduated 2018, now working as a graduate engineer at Meggitt

Course information

We aim to produce graduates with the versatility and depth of understanding to deal with new and unusual challenges in mechanical engineering, alongside the necessary imagination and creativity to innovate.

The undergraduate degree will provide you with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and skills in science, commerce, design, manufacturing and management to help prepare you for a career across a broad range of industries with, for example, major equipment manufacturers, design consultancies or supply-chain companies.

As the course progresses, your learning will become more specialised, for example, examining instrumentation and control in year two, then thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in year three. You will also be able to tailor your course to suit your interests and career aspirations, choosing from a range of optional modules in subjects like finite element analysis or control systems engineering.

At Master’s level, we will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the core subjects involved in the application of science, processes, materials, design and management to enable you to solve problems of increasing complexity.

95%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2018

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules at year one are intended to lay a firm foundation for further study of Mechanical Engineering and prepare students for specialist subjects.

Modules

  • Manufacturing Technology and Materials

  • Mechanical Science

  • Design

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Engineering Applications

  • Electrical Science

  • Year 1 Add+vantage Module

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 at year two cover specialised subjects appropriate to contemporary Mechanical Engineering along with management and group project work.

Modules

  • Design and Sustainability

  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

  • Thermo-fluid Mechanics

  • Analytical Modelling

  • Engineering Management

  • Instrumentation and Control

  • Year 2 Add+vantage Module

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

Following your second year, there is an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution (subject to availability, additional costs, competitive application and meeting applicable visa requirements).

In the past, some students have spent a year as stress and dynamics analysts, design engineers and manufacturing engineers for large national and international companies.

Modules

  • Professional work placement

  • Study abroad

Overview

Modules at year three help to prepare you for professional practice in your chosen discipline. The project modules give an opportunity to build a portfolio of capabilities that can be presented to potential employers. Mandatory and optional modules support you in broadening your knowledge into associated technical topics of interest.

Modules

  • BEng

    Compulsory Modules:

    • Individual project
    • Mechanical Product Innovation
    • Stress and Dynamic Analysis 1
    • Thermodynamics 3
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Professional Development and Management
    • Year 3 Add+vantage Module

    Optional modules (2 from the following):

    • Finite Element Analysis and Optimisation
    • Propulsion Systems (Aero) and Aerodynamics
    • Computational Thermo-fluids
    • Materials Analysis and Advanced Manufacturing
    • Control Systems Engineering
    • Electric Vehicle Technology

  • MEng

    Compulsory modules:

    • Professional Development and Project Planning
    • Individual Project Dissertation
    • Further Stress and Dynamics Analysis
    • Year 3 Add+vantage Module

    Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • Finite Element Analysis and Optimisation
    • Propulsion Systems (Aero) and Aerodynamics
    • Computational Thermo-fluids
    • Materials Analysis and Advanced Manufacturing
    • Control Systems Engineering
    • Electric Vehicle Technology

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

The MEng route is designed for high achieving BEng (Hons) students looking to progress to MEng, subject to a satisfactory level 5 grade point average, above 65% with no individual module mark below 50%. The MEng provides an opportunity to continue your studies and to develop advanced technical, application and leadership skills to meet the full academic requirements for Engineering Chartership.

A highly successful feature of this current course is its ability to draw on the existing industrial and research experience of academics in order to cover established and emerging specialisms.

Modules

  • Industrial Group Project Proposal

  • Industrial Group Project Dissertation

  • Business Innovation and Sustainability

  • 1 pathway from the following

    • Pathway 1 - Mechanical
      1. Engineering Simulation and Analysis
        Advanced Control Systems Engineering
    • Pathway 2 - Manufacturing
      1. Advanced Manufacturing Simulation
        Vision Systems and Sensors in Industry (MEng)
    • Pathway 3 - Propulsion System
      1. Structural Analysis and Material
        Advanced Propulsion Systems

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

3rd

Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 3rd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to participate in field trips abroad, which have recently included trips to Poland, Bulgaria, China, Belgium and the USA.* * Please note that field trips and placements (incl industrial) may be subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.)(
  • Dedicated industrial placement tutor, who 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, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN.*
  • Access to modern 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 CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Our main study themes are:

  • Design: The innovative resolution of design problems focused on commercially viable solutions.
  • Analysis: The investigation and manipulation of variables and principles that determine the behaviour of products and systems.
  • Management: The application of principles and practices utilised to assure effective business operation.
  • 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 are successful in securing a year on placement or studying abroad* between years two and three. Our students have previously 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 innovative ‘Activity-Led Learning’ (ALL) 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 provides you with an opportunity to develop professional skills at the same time as learning the technical content of your degree. Practical project work may, for example, involve manufacturing prototypes with 3D-printing, reverse engineering of current and past products to produce 3d scanning to create engineering data and geometry to create design models, which can then be used through CAM software to generate CNC machining programs, ready to produce physical products.

* Please note that placements and study abroad may be subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include lectures with associated practice, laboratory, workshop exercises and tutorials; problem-based learning in groups with tutor or industrial mentor support (subject to availability); group learning; formative modelling exercises; and independent research of library resources, the internet and engineering companies.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of: the function, materials, manufacture and assembly of a wide range of engineering products; the principles of engineering science and mathematics and their application and capability in defining and proving the performance of innovative engineering products; aspects of innovative mechanical design, including the design process, design standards and codes, selection of materials and methods of manufacture, and design tools for optimised performance, reliability, weight, cost and sustainability.
  • Develop and test strategies for engineering products involving appropriate instrumentation, experimental methods, and data analysis techniques.
  • Manage people, processes and engineering projects to promote the commercial success of an engineering enterprise.
  • Model and analyse innovative engineering systems using appropriate engineering science and mathematical analysis techniques, such as analysis of aerodynamics, thermodynamic cycles, control systems, stress and dynamics.
  • Synthesise solutions to innovative engineering design problems.
  • Select appropriate instrumentation for the functional design of innovative engineering products and systems and to support development and test work.
  • Search for, and evaluate information sources to identify information essential to solving engineering problems.
  • Use test equipment and machines specific to your course, which may include 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), Modal analysis hardware and software, for experimental work to support product development.
  • Use commercial software specific to your course in the solution of engineering problems, which may include noise and vibration, aerodynamic drag and lift and stress analysis.
  • Communicate graphically the design of a component or system through sketches, CAD etc.

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 on individual project supervision, each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical laboratory, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 16-20 hours of self-directed study each week, for example revising, using guided handouts, 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 and field trips.* Recent first year students have 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 Bulgaria (including Ruse) and Hasselt, Belgium.

A further overseas fieldtrip has 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.

We also encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad* after your second year of study. Previously students have been placed in Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, CERN in Switzerland and Bertrandt in Germany.

* Please note that collaborative projects, placements, field trips and study abroad opportunities may be subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

global programmes

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

What our students say...

The tutors on the course are easily available to contact for help and guidance either via email or through face to face meetings.

Edward Launchbury, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, third year student

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU155
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies D*DD-DDM in an Engineering subject to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians. 31 points to include Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, or IT at Higher level Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents. For information regarding what might amount to ‘specified equivalents’ please contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

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 is assessed on an individual basis.

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.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

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.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

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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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


January 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK 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


January 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 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


January 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 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:

Course essentials – additional costs

The following are additional costs not included in your tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

My experience at Coventry University has been fantastic, from the teaching staff to the facilities and the environment, I have had a wonderful time. I now feel ready to take on the world.

Uche Onyekpe, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, graduated 2018, now studying a PhD at Coventry University

Career prospects

Mechanical engineers are sought after and highly paid professionals in UK business.

We will actively encourage and help to prepare you for the world of work. This includes support in identifying placements* and employment from our faculties employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. Recent student placements include: GE Oil and Gas in subsea systems and design; LH Group examining rail industry servicing; vehicle build for Jaguar Land Rover; and engine development for Cummins Engines.

Fully accredited by the IMechE, the course is as such recognised in industry, providing credibility of the technical standard of our graduates among employers, thus supporting your opportunity to improve your career prospects. Through the practical projects and placements, you will stay abreast of the emerging issues and challenges for mechanical engineers.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

* Please note that placements may be subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Where our graduates work

Successful completion of this course provides a possible route, into many careers within the global engineering industry, including such industries as aerospace, automotive, rail, marine, chemical construction and defence.

What our students say...

The opportunities you get from this university is what makes it stand out from other universities. The career support unit helped me develop the skills to achieve a placement at a prestigious global conglomerate, Tata Technologies.

Ka Ming Joyce Tang, MEng Mechanical Engineering, graduated 2019, now working at Altair Engineering Ltd
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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