Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Four year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

From heating systems to refrigerators to cars, mechanical engineers shape 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.

This Foundation Year entry route will prepare your skillset, so you're ready to study our full BEng Mechancial Engineering degree. This entry route aims to build your engineering knowledge, enhance your application of mathematics, and help you to develop skills for successful undergraduate study. On successful completion, you'll progress to the full degree.

A gateway to professional status, our full Mechanical Engineering degree course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards. This course will advance your skillset, so you're on course to become a Chartered Engineer.

You will:
  • Develop competence in essential areas of engineering and mathematics
  • Build the technical skills and confidence ready to progress to the mechanical engineering undergraduate degree
  • Gain essential analytical and problem solving skills so you can study engineering
  • Develop practical and I.T skills, as you strengthen communication and study skills
Placement

options available

Course accreditations
Institute of Mechanical Engineers logo
Royal Aeronautical Society Logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping components and technologies

2.

You want to study mechanical engineering but don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree

3.

You're seeking a change of direction into engineering, or are a mature student with work experience

Course details

All about the course

Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year entry provides a broad introduction to mechanical engineering. It is ideal if you’ve not reached the required A levels or BTEC grades, or if you’ve chosen a new direction for your studies. The year aims to build your problem-solving capabilities and understand engineering challenges.You'll also develop study skills, so you're are ready to advance to the full degree.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you'll progress to the full BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree. Across three further years of study, you'll cover topics that include electrical systems, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering structures and dynamics, control engineering, manufacturing, and take part in a mechanical group design project. You'll 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.

Foundation year

Engineering Methodology 1 and 2

Studied in both trimester one and trimester two, these modules will provide an introduction to mathematics and its application to engineering. Module content is designed to help you understand and apply mathematics in engineering. Topics include algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus.

Energy and Power

Module content will introduce the concepts of power and energy within the context of engineering systems and conservation. You’ll learn the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and the technologies which can generate energy and power for domestic and commercial consumption.

Information Technology and Study Skills

This module will help you to develop study skills to suit your individual learning style. Module content also provides an introduction of computer systems hardware and software.  As you develop your range of study skills, you’ll learn how to apply IT when communicating data analysis.

Mechanical Systems

You’ll be introduced to the basic concept of mechanics. You’ll learn about the principle of stress and strain, solve problems in statistics and build knowledge for problems associated with simple beams. 

Experimental Methods

Module content will provide you with an understanding of the basic units used in engineering and their practical significance.  You’ll learn to apply engineering analysis to design experiments and develop skills in producing technical reports.  You’ll also build a range of engineering measurement and computational analysis skills.

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
  • Laboratory-based activities

ASSESSMENT

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

  • Laboratory exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable future. Our research expertise includes the built environment, cancer, data security, dementia, marine conservation, robotics, and sustainability.

We place our students at the heart of everything we do. With over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative members of staff we offer a robust support system for our student community. Our expanding suite of multidisciplinary programmes cover acoustics, architecture, biology, biomedicine, chemical sciences, computing, construction, engineering, environment (built and natural), geography, mathematics, physics, property, robotics, surveying and wildlife.

If you're looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.

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 sessions include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling of beams.

The Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments include determining aerodynamic properties, and the influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag of wings.

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

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

On successful completion of the full BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course, you’ll be closer to realising your ambition to work in engineering.  As the course meets the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) requirement in full, you can progress to acquire 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 aeronautics 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

A civil engineer

An aerospace engineer

A production manager

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 fields. The course team has a wide range of long-standing, professional relationships with industry, both 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. Continue 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

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

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.

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

64 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics, a numerate science, or Engineering

A level

64 UCAS points to include minimum grade E in Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma

MPP for Engineering or science subjects, to include Merits in Mathematics modules

Access to HE

Pass with 64 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering or Science programme

Scottish Highers

64 UCAS points, to include Mathematics, grade E at Advanced Higher level or D at Higher level

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 UCAS points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, to include Science, Engineering or Technology

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We 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 have received your application we will 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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
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.
Additional costs

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

 
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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H302

Institution S03