Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

From heating systems to refrigerators to cars, the mechanical engineer shapes our daily life, yet across the world they are in short supply. Choosing a mechanical engineering degree with Salford, can open up an exciting career designing, commissioning and maintaining the systems of the future.

Salford is a leading regional UK centre for engineering. Creating a gateway to professional status, our Mechanical Engineering degree course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards.

Delivered over three years – or four with a placement year, you’ll study a suite of modules designed to embed theoretical knowledge and creative application to help you become a world-class engineer. With a focus on real-world problems solving, you'll explore how to apply using technology to advance mechanical engineering design and application.

This course is also available with an integrated masters route.

You will:
  • Develop professional knowledge, design and analytical skills towards Chartered Engineer status
  • Learn about the social, legal and environmental issues associated with senior engineering roles
  • Explore advanced modules in dynamics and control engineering, structural mechanics and manufacturing
  • Complete experiments and project work in specialised engineering laboratories
  • Choose to take an industry placement year to increase your professional engineering skills
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Institute of Mechanical Engineers logo
Royal Aeronautical Society Logo

This is for you if...

1.

You're excited by mechanical engineering and desire a future career in this field

2.

You're a keen problem-solver who enjoyed mathematics or physics at school/college

3.

You're fascinated by the opportunities in engineering and want a degree with professional status

Course details

All about the course

Having the ability to apply technical detail is at the heart of engineering, and core to Salford’s values, so we strive to embed this as a core learning objective throughout your studies. Our accredited Mechanical Engineering degree is designed to equip you with technical and commercial leadership and a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards expected by society, the profession and the environment.

Our modular programme is designed to equip you with technical and commercial leadership and a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards. In year one, essential modules explore engineering in relation to mathematics, electrical systems, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering structures and dynamics. As you progress to year two, you'll further explore control engineering, manufacturing, and experience a mechanical group design project.

In your final year, you'll take your knowledge to an advanced level, with modules including thermodynamics, industrial management and finite element analysis. You'll also complete experiments and project work, culminating in your individual project.

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

Industry placements are a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and make those early career connections.  On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By successfully completing a placement year, you can also add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award.

Year one

Engineering Mathematics

You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.

Engineering Materials and Electrical Systems

You will develop an understanding of the basic properties and applications of materials and of the principles of electronic and electrical engineering. This will include learning about the relationship between the micro-structure and mechanical properties of materials, mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection, the principles of electronic and electrical engineering, and the response of electrical elements in circuits to AC or DC supplies.

Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

In this module, you will be given an understanding of the internal combustion engine and the gas turbine and an introduction to refrigeration cycles. You will also expand your knowledge of heat transfer processes, fluid mechanics to viscous flows by examination of the Navier-Stokes equations, and compressible flow analysis to one and two dimensional flows.

Project and Risk Management

You'll be introduced to project management techniques, particularly in project planning, organisation and control. You will develop an understanding of project timings and resource allocation and a broad understanding of quantitative methods used for decision making in industry. You will gain experience in the interactive nature of engineering, including business and commercial influences, and effectively communicate the outcome using computer software and presentations.

Engineering Structures and Engineering Dynamics

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of structural behaviour and the nature of stress and strain and provide you with a foundation in engineering dynamics, allowing you to tackle simple engineering problems, and preparing you for subsequent modules.

Manufacturing and Mechanical Group Design

You will be introduced to a range of basic manufacturing processes and their application, enabling you to specify appropriate manufacturing techniques, taking into account quality, quantity and cost. You will work in groups throughout this module, building on your communication and team working skills.

Year two

Engineering Mathematics

You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.

Engineering Dynamics and Control Engineering

This module will provide you with an introduction to the design and analysis of both analogue and digital feedback control systems and the application of fundamentals in spatial kinetics and multi-degree of freedom vibrations. You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of the analysis and solution of engineering problems in dynamics and robotics and the application of fundamentals in discrete event systems and their application to robotics and automation.

Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

In this module, you will be given an understanding of the internal combustion engine and the gas turbine and an introduction to refrigeration cycles. You will also expand your knowledge of heat transfer processes, fluid mechanics to viscous flows by examination of the Navier-Stokes equations, and compressible flow analysis to one and two dimensional flows.

Manufacturing

Your understanding of manufacturing methods and current processes will be enhanced through this module, and you will be able to specify the most appropriate manufacturing method/process for a particular application taking into account quality, quantity and cost. You will also be introduced to computer simulation modelling and programmable logic controllers and their programming language.

Structural Mechanics

Become proficient in the application of theory of beam deflections, instability, three dimensional stress analysis and criteria for strength. You will develop an understanding of the Direct Stiffness method, the nature of elastic stability, the need for failure criterion and the nature of plastic strain.

Mechanical Group Design

You will extend your knowledge and experience in robotic design via the writing of clear and concise specifications, the generation and presentation of concepts, performing appropriate calculations and selecting suitable materials, actuators, sensors and computer hardware and software. The module provides additional computer systems skills and applications of CAD and IT in support of communication and the analysis and presentation of data.

You will develop key skills in both written and oral communication, group dynamics, interview skills and the running and reporting of formal meetings. The module provides additional computer systems skills and applications of CAD and IT in support of the communication, analysis and presentation of data.

Year three

Industrial Management and Project Preparation

This module has two main components. Industrial management in which you will be introduced to the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses, and the principles of quality management systems; and project preparation which will develop your ability to work independently, become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information, and develop effective communication skills both written and orally.

Control Engineering and Engineering Dynamics

You will be introduced to the design and analysis of both analogue and digital feedback control systems and the application of fundamentals in spatial kinetics and multi-degree of freedom vibrations. Subjects include encirclement theorem, Nyquist stability theorem, compensator design and spatial kinetics applied to machinery and robots.

Finite Element Analysis and Structural Mechanics

Explore finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will become aware of the principles of finite element analysis, learn how to construct an appropriate finite element model of a physical system, and know how to interpret the results of the analysis.

Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

In this module, you will be given an understanding of the internal combustion engine and the gas turbine and an introduction to refrigeration cycles. You will also expand your knowledge of heat transfer processes, fluid mechanics to viscous flows by examination of the Navier-Stokes equations, and compressible flow analysis to one and two dimensional flows.

Manufacturing and Group Design

You will extend your knowledge and experience in design: the writing of clear and concise specifications; the generation and presentation of concepts; performing appropriate calculations, selecting suitable materials, treatments and manufacturing processes; the development of the concepts into workable schemes and their communication in a form suitable for manufacture including dimensional toleranced scale drawings or sketches.

Project

A vital part of your career preparation, whether in industry or research, is to complete an individual project. Your final project will be based on an engineering theme of industrial relevance.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Lab activities

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.

facilities

The Mechanical Laboratory is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.

The Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

The Control and Dynamics Laboratory is home to flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

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What about after uni?

On successful completion of the course, you’ll be closer to realising your ambition to work in mechanical engineering.  As this undergraduate course meets the exemplifying academic benchmark for Chartered Engineer status requirement, you can enhance your career prospects through professional registration and institution memberships.

A mechanical engineering degree with Salford provides a fast-track entry to careers in a wide range of engineering roles. You may choose to focus your career in product design, manufacturing, or even the operation and maintenance of complex power stations. Opportunities can be found in many globalised industries, including automotives, aerospace, military and defence, petrochemicals, transport and information technology. 

FURTHER STUDY

You might find you want to learn more about engineering and related technologies, so we offer a range of specialist postgraduate courses to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a significant fees discount.

A taste of what you could become

A mechanical engineer

An aerospace engineer

A mechanics designer

A researcher

A systems controller

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from aeronautics, engineering and technology. The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with industry in the North West and beyond.

External validation of the course content recognises that it meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession. Continued collaboration with the professions also ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities and professional memberships.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We're looking for students who have a keen desire to follow a career in mechanical engineering. Good interpersonal skills, attention to detail  and a strong work ethic are desirable. You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real life applications.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS) 

International students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

Although this course does not require an ATAS if you decide to progress to the MEng or the MSc element of this programme you will be required to obtain an ATAS in order to register for that course. Apply for your ATAS Certificate.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter. If you cannot find it please contact application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating to ATAS, please contact Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below:

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above.

UCAS tariff points

104-112 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics and a numerate science 

A level

104-112 UCAS points, to include a grade C in Mathematics and grade C in a numerate science. A pass in the practical element of science A-Levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM in Engineering, must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules

Access to HE

Pass with 104-112 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering course; including 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and Distinctions in numerate modules

Scottish Highers

104-112 UCAS points to include Mathematics and Physics or Design Technology, grade C for Advanced Higher level or grade A at Higher level

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-112 UCAS points to include A2 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering

International Baccalaureate

30 points to include grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,820per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15240per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H304

Institution S03