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City, University of London

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

to include A Level Mathematics

We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

IB with 33 points including Higher Level Mathematics and Physics at grade 6

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

in Engineering plus a minimum grade B in 'A' Level Mathematics or Physics.

UCAS Tariff

120

to include A Level Mathematics

75%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Mechanical engineering

This course is suitable for individuals who relish problem-solving and have a strong desire to design and optimise advanced machines (be they driverless cars, high-speed trains, robotic manufacturing systems, tidal power stations or solar-powered generators) through the novel application of science and mathematics.

This BEng Mechanical Engineering undergraduate programme encourages critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study. The design exercises provide the opportunity for students to be engaged in cross-disciplinary challenges, preparing the way for tackling larger problems that span traditional engineering boundaries. The courses are led by academic staff from our active Research Centres, supported by specialist professionals from industry.

Our recent graduates have obtained posts within Ford, Howden, Delphi Diesel Systems, AVL, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Tube Lines and Holroyd.

Our Mechanical engineering degree encompasses the remarkably successful disciplines of material sciences, thermodynamics, solid and fluid mechanics and robotics. This degree will train you in all aspects necessary for a successful career as a mechanical engineer.

Modules

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, group design exercises, laboratory classes and engineering workshops. Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study. We encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study.

Year one is common to all of the engineering courses. Students study the science (largely physics) and mathematics that underpin engineering principles.

Students begin to specialise in year two, advancing their knowledge of solid and fluid mechanics while also studying measurement, data analysis and mechatronics.

The third year places increasing emphasis on mechanical design. Modules include: fluid mechanics, mechatronics and control, structural analysis, thermodynamics and heat transfer and engineering management.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
- Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
- Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills

- Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
med
Mechanical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
28%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Mechanical engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
69%
low
Employed or in further education
85%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

43%
Engineering professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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