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Plymouth University

Mechanical Engineering with Composites

UCAS Code: H306

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


128 to 136 UCAS points, including A Level Grade C in Mathematics and Grade C in a second relevant subject: Applied ICT / Applied Science / Applied Business / Biology / Business Studies / Chemistry / Computing / Computer Science / DT (Product Design Resistant Materials) / DT (Systems & Control Technology) / Product Design / Economics / Economics & Business / Electronics / Engineering / Environmental Science / Further Maths / Use of Maths / Pure Maths / ICT / Physics / Statistics. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

32 overall to include Grade 5 at Higher Level Mathematics and Grade 5 at Higher Level in a second relevant subject. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

to include Mathematics and a second relevant subject.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

128 to 136 UCAS points, including Grade C in Mathematics and Grade C in a second relevant subject.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

Including A Level Grade C in Mathematics and Grade C in a second relevant subject: Applied ICT / Applied Science / Applied Business / Biology / Business Studies / Chemistry / Computing / Computer Science / DT (Product Design Resistant Materials) / DT (Systems & Control Technology) / Product Design / Economics / Economics & Business / Electronics / Engineering / Environmental Science / Further Maths / Use of Maths / Pure Maths / ICT / Physics / Statistics. Excluding General Studies

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

5 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Mechanical engineering

Could you see yourself designing high performance bikes, working with racing car teams or producing ground breaking medical components? You could follow in the footsteps of some of our graduates and begin shaping your own exciting career in mechanical engineering.

You will distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) for Chartered Engineer status. You can apply to either of these institutions for membership as a Chartered Engineer.

* Open the door to a successful future. Our graduates have gone on to work for Ferrari, Honda, British Cycling, Rolls-Royce, Williams Grand Prix Engineering, Activa, Babcock Marine, Princess Yachts and more.

* Primed for your career: 82 per cent of our students are in a professional or managerial job six months after graduation.

* Benefit from an optional 48 week paid work placement.

* Distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) for Chartered Engineer status. You can apply to either of these institutions for membership as a Chartered Engineer.

* Develop a strong foundation in mechanical engineering principles and materials science.

* Choose from specialist modules in composites engineering, design and manufacture.

* Experience modern laboratory facilities for practical work which is a core part of the degree.

* Benefit from working on industrially relevant problems within composite materials and design of composite structures.

Modules

In year 1, you’ll acquire a sound foundation in design, mechanics, materials, electrical principles, thermo-fluids, mathematics and business, learning by actively engaging with real engineering problems. You‘ll undertake a popular hands-on module in manufacturing methods. Modules are shared with the MEng and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, the MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Composites and the MEng and BEng (Hons) Marine Technology.

In year 2, you’ll build your knowledge of composite materials in preparation for specialist modules in the final year. The central role of design is used to integrate the learning from other modules on this course, such as structures and materials. You'll also study modules on thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, business dynamics, mathematics and control and quality management.

In your final year, you’ll specialise in composites design, engineering and manufacture. You’ll undertake an integrating group design project. Additional modules of study include statistics and quality management. You'll also develop your knowledge and skills through an in-depth project on a topic of your choice.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth University

Department:

School of Engineering

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.

75%
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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

93%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D
301

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
7%
Production managers and directors
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering and technology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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