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University of Bradford

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS points to include Maths at grade C

112 UCAS tariff points to include 12 Level 3 Maths credits at Merit. Applicants should be studying an Access to HE in Science or Engineering.

112 UCAS tariff points to include Higher Level Maths at grade 5 plus Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English.

112 UCAS tariff points to include five Higher Level subjects including Maths at grade H1 and Ordinary English Language at grade O4.

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

DMM

Acceptable subjects: Any Engineering. Construction and the Built Environment not accepted. BTEC Extended Diploma (2010): To include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians module (Unit 28) at Merit. BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016): To include Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems (Unit 7) and Further Engineering Mathematics (Unit 8) at Merit.

112 UCAS tariff points to include Advanced Higher grade D in Maths plus SQA Credit standard grade / Intermediate 2 at grade 3 in English or SQA National 5 grade C in English.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 UCAS tariff points to include 64 points from 2 GCE Advanced Level (or equivalent) including GCE Advanced Level Mathematics at Grade C and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or equivalent.

80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the most versatile of the engineering disciplines and there exists a high and growing demand from industry for graduate Mechanical Engineers.

Our accredited degree will place you at the heart of modern industry, providing career opportunities in sectors such as:

- Aerospace, automotive and rail

- Energy and power generation

- Manufacturing engineering; product design, materials, production and processing.

You’ll combine mechanics, materials science, thermofluids and computational methods to design, analyse and implement complex systems which are economic, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

Throughout the degree you’ll put theory into practice through a range of individual and group projects. For instance, year 1 will see you take part in three projects using your skills to design, build and test real mechanical devices.

On graduation you will be industry ready, with a grounding in engineering science and hands-on working knowledge of:

- the core analytical and advanced scientific principles and methods underpinning mechanical engineering

- applied prototyping and analysis for efficient computer-aided design and manufacturing;

- integrated skills for complex engineered systems, including communication and project management skills, as well as advanced model based systems analysis tools and techniques.

We encourage and support all our students towards a seamless transfer to our at the end of either the first or second year. The MEng programme comprises an extra fourth academic year that combines in-depth study with the integrative skills expected by industry, and provides the formal educational requirements for CEng registration.

**Professional accreditation**
The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

Modules

Year one develops your core knowledge in Mechanical Engineering. This includes the key subjects of: ?Fluid mechanics ?Structural mechanics ?Mechanics of machines ?Materials sciences ?Computer–aided design Laboratory sessions are used to explore theoretical concepts. In year two you develop specialist knowledge in the fundamental subjects. In year three you refine your skills and undertake a substantial individual project, often linked with ongoing research activities. Optional modules are used to tailor your study to match your interests and career aspirations. Over the course of your programme of study you will engage in a number of projects. In year one you will undertake a group project to design and build a small electric vehicle which has to carry a payload up a gravel slope. This is a stimulating project which allows you to put in to practice the core knowledge that you have acquired. In year two you design and have manufactured a simple mechanism. This involves a number of critical steps and provides insight into the level of detail and accuracy needed to translate a design concept into a fully functioning product. It presents in miniature the real-world engineering process. In your final year (in addition to your individual project) you undertake a group design project using formal design methods developed through our industrial partnerships to solve practical engineering problems. Year 1: Computer-Aided Engineering (core) Engineering Mathematics (core) Fluid Mechanics 1 (core) Machines Mechanics & Mechatronics (core) Materials & Structural Mechanics (core) Skills for Engineering (core) Thermodynamics 1 (core) Year 2: Control Engineering (core) Engineering Statics & Dynamics (core) Financial & Project Management (core) Fluid Mechanics 2 (core) Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (core) Material Engineering & Design (core) Thermodynamics 2 (core) Year 3: Advanced Engineering Design (core) Materials Failure Analysis (core) Project (core) Six Sigma for Business Excellence (core) Advanced Fluid Mechanics with Aerodynamics (option) Manufacturing Systems Engineering (option) Reliability & Safety Engineering (option) Sensors & Instrumentation (option)

Assessment methods

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,420
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Mechanical and Energy Systems 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.

86%
high
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

86%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

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.

£23,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
77%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Engineering professionals
19%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Teaching and educational 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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