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Mechanical Engineering

Entry Year: 2021

7 study options

Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H300
Institution code
Q50
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A-levels: BBC including B or above in Mathematics, and B or above in Physics or Chemistry.
IB: HL 28 points / 554 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Mathematics, and 5 or above in HL Physics or HL Chemistry.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Engineering with Foundation BEng (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
HHX3
Institution code
Q50
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A-levels: CCC.
IB: HL 24 points / 444 at Higher Level.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience BEng (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H304
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC including B or above in Mathematics, and B or above in Physics or Chemistry.
IB: HL 28 points / 554 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Mathematics, and 5 or above in HL Physics or HL Chemistry.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad BEng (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H30Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC including B or above in Mathematics, and B or above in Physics or Chemistry.
IB: HL 28 points / 554 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Mathematics, and 5 or above in HL Physics or HL Chemistry.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H301
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB including B or above in Mathematics, and B or above in Physics or Chemistry.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Mathematics, and 5 or above in HL Physics or HL Chemistry.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience MEng (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H302
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB including B or above in Mathematics, and B or above in Physics or Chemistry.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Mathematics, and 5 or above in HL Physics or HL Chemistry.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad MEng (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
H31Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB including B or above in Mathematics, and B or above in Physics or Chemistry.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Mathematics, and 5 or above in HL Physics or HL Chemistry.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Overview

Mechanical engineering looks at how parts, machines and systems work, and how to design and analyse them.

The vital role of mechanical engineers is becoming increasingly important as society attempts to meet the great challenges facing it in the future. From addressing the demands of a growing and ageing population, to seeking new sustainable energy approaches and preserving our environment, mechanical engineers will be at the heart of delivering solutions to future global issues.

The focus of mechanical engineering on energy and design and its widespread applications within society, provides our graduates with opportunities to pursue a variety of interesting careers. Because it’s so broad, it makes an ideal undergraduate degree – providing an opportunity to learn about the full range of exciting engineering pathways without specialising too early.

In Years 1 and 2 you’ll build a strong foundation in fundamental engineering concepts such as fluid mechanics, design, materials and mathematical modelling, whilst being introduced to Mechanical Engineering through our ‘Explore Mechanical Engineering’ module. Modules in design and experimental practice, will help you to develop the practical workshop and laboratory-based skills necessary for all engineers, and put core programme material into perspective and to practical use.

In Year 3, you’ll be able to choose modules that fit with your own interests and skill set. This includes Designing for a Circular Economy, Robotics, Failure of Materials, Network Engineering, Heat Exchange and Recovery and Process Safety and Loss Prevention. The third-year design project will provide an opportunity for you to concentrate on your specific interests, whilst working on an industry-focused area in collaboration with the School’s world-leading researchers.

Students who choose to take the MEng degree will learn advanced modules and carry out an industry or research-linked project that focuses on solving real engineering research and design problems. Recent projects have included assessing Britain’s Olympic bobsleigh and testing a combustor from a Rolls-Royce micro-gas turbine.

We place strong emphasis not only on the technical content of our modules, such as mechanics, thermodynamics and design, but also on the cross discipline skills vital for an engineer to function in the work place. We have mapped the modules in our programmes to a range of attributes that we would like our students to attain, within the areas of creativity, resilience, communication and professional practice in order to produce well-rounded, interested and highly employable graduates. This not only ensures that the students develop technical knowledge and understanding as they progress through their degree, but it also gives us the confidence that students will graduate with skills they can apply to a range of future careers or higher-level study.

We've recently undertaken a review of our programmes to ensure that they will prepare you for life beyond 2030 and ensure they reflect the global challenges facing both our society and your future as engineers. We have developed the modules we offer in consultation with our students, staff and industry to enhance your student experience and graduate employability.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which means students can progress to chartered engineer status (CEng). 

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Structure

You can complete your Mechanical Engineering degree in three, four or five years. A typical BEng programme will comprise 3 years of study, whilst a typical MEng programme will comprise 4 years of study. Study abroad can be taken in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be taken in Year 4. Industrial Experience can be taken in Year 3 or 4 of a BEng programme or Year 3, 4 or 5 of an MEng programme. Please note that students cannot do both study abroad and a year in industry.

Year 0

Foundation

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Physics - Mechanics and Materials
  • Essential Foundation Mathematics
  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Mathematics B  (double module across Semester 1 and 2)

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Physics- Fields and Waves
  • Physics - Electricity and Atomic Physics
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Mathematics B  (double module across Semester 1 and 2)

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

You'll cover the following specialist topics:

  • Designing for manufacture
  • Thermodynamic cycles
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Instrumentation and measurement
  • Analysis of solids
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Numerical methods and data analysis
  • Vibration and Control systems

 

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Design Project (30 credits)
  • Sustainable fuels and energy conversion
  • Vehicles for the future
  • Electrical systems and renewable energies
  • Computer Aided Engineering Solids and Fluids

 

choose two from 

  • Designing for a Circular economy
  • Robotics
  • Failure of Materials
  • Design and Build Project in Robotics
  • Network Engineering
  • Heat exchange and recovery
  • Process safety and loss prevention

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MEng only

Students choosing the MEng option spend an additional year studying advanced specialised modules and working on a group project. Recent projects have included taking part in the Shell Eco Challenge, designing, building and testing a novel solar collector, and a control-oriented sea wave energy converter.

Specialist module topics include:

  • Advanced Combustion in Reciprocating Engines
  • Advanced Environmental Engineering
  • Advanced Gas Turbines
  • Computational Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Robotics

 

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Integrated foundation year

Students who do not have the required high school qualifications for admission to this degree,  and students who do not meet their UCAS Conditional offer may be considered for the 4 year degree (foundation year plus the 3 year degree). 

International students with Year 12 or a completed international high school certificate qualify for the one year foundation programme commonly known as the ISEFP.

The foundation programme offers a range of transferable skills and an opportunity to improve on your knowledge content for relevant Maths and Science subjects.

You will enrol on an Engineering BEng with Foundation which will offer progression to a range of degrees in the School of Engineering and Material Sciences including BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering.  At the end of the foundation programme, students will be required to meet the progression requirements for admission to BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering.

Year in industry

Apply for our Mechanical Engineering BEng or MEng with Industrial Experience to spend a year in industry. You'll put your understanding of mechanical engineering into practice in a real-world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Take an extra year to study your choice of advanced modules and complete a high-level group project. Apply for our Mechanical Engineering MEng, ideal if you want to go into research and development, or to give you an edge in the job market.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Mechanical Engineering BEng or MEng with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.

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Testimonial

What I enjoy the most about my course is that I can apply the theory I learn to real-life scenarios. I’ve always loved physics and maths, and mechanical engineering is the most applicable combination of the subjects.

Anesu Nyamutora, Mechanical Engineering (2019)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals and problem-based learning.

You should plan for 14-17 hours of formal teaching each week, plus time spent on group projects. For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further one to two hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework, written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams in the summer.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • combustion laboratory
  • nanofluids research labs
  • mechanical testing facilities
  • two-phase flow and heat transfer labs
  • the Whitehead Aeronautical Laboratory containing low- and high-speed wind tunnels
  • workshops for engineering manufacture.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Many Mechanical Engineering graduates go on to further study, or find work in sectors such as energy, manufacturing, transportation or communications. Engineering consultancy is another possible career.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Aixtron
  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
  • MOOG Music
  • Network Rail
  • PEI-Genesis
  • Y Solar.

Career support

The School of Engineering and Materials Science holds a weekly careers session where employers provide information, advice and skills training. We also run networking events for students to meet employers and alumni.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Mechanical Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Engineering with Foundation - BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience - BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad - BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering - MEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience - MEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad - MEng (Hons)

About the School

The School of Engineering and Materials Science attracts some of the brightest minds from across the country, and the world. The most recent national assessment of the quality of university research (REF 2014) placed us seventh for our general engineering research (Times Higher Education).

Our academic staff have extensive contacts with major industrial companies in engineering and materials science, and there is constant interaction between industry, research and our teaching.

Our students benefit from personal contact with approachable teaching staff in small-group settings, where discussion and feedback is actively encouraged.

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