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University of Leicester

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H305

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

including Mathematics and a Physical science.

Accepted alongside Maths and Physics A-Level.

Pass Engineering Access with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which at Distinction. Including all level 3 Maths modules at Distinction. Additional Mathematics assessment test will be required for applicants who do not hold Mathematics grade B at A-Level. Please contact department regarding eligibility

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

in Principal Subjects including Maths and Physics

ABB at A level including Mathematics and Physics plus grade B in EPQ

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C/4 in English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

with a minimum of 17 points at HL, including 5 and 6 points between Mathematics and Physics at HL. Pass Diploma with 32 points with a minimum of 17 points at HL, including 6 in HL Maths and 6 in SL Physics. Pass Diploma with 32 points with a minimum of 17 points at HL, including 6 in HL Physics and 6 in SL Maths.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2

in higher level subjects, including Mathematics, Physics and English.

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

D

including Mathematics and a Physical science.

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

D*DD

In Engineering. Including Year 2 Mathematics at Distinction. Additional Mathematics assessment test will be required for applicants who do not hold Mathematics grade B at A-Level. Please contact department regarding eligibility.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

from three Advanced Higher subjects including Mathematics and a physical science.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

including Mathematics and a physical science at grade A.

Accepted alongside Maths and Physics A-Level.

UCAS Tariff

136-160

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

86%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Mechanical engineering

This is for you if... you want to understand how new technologies are improving the performance of mechanical systems. The MEng is a direct route to Chartered Engineer status.

Professional engineers have a high degree of specialist knowledge but increasingly they use a broad approach to problem solving across a range of engineering disciplines. This is coupled with an awareness of environmental, social, legal, economic and regulatory aspects of the problem at hand.

Mechanical systems are at the core of the manufacturing, process and service industries including:
• Advanced engines, traction and braking systems for vehicles
• Aircraft, satellites and deep space probes
• Biomedical technologies such as imagers, ventilators and prosthetics
• Air and water pollution control equipment
• Transportation and mass transit systems
• Industrial plant for the processing of raw materials and for power generation

Building on a broad foundation of engineering studies in Year 1, you will develop specific expertise and skills in mechanisms and vibrations, structures, mechanical materials, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

Modules

For further details, see the full programme summary on our website by clicking on the ‘view course details’ link towards the top of this page. From there you can access specific module information on the ‘Study with us’ pages.

Assessment methods

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand throughout your course to offer advice and support on personal matters, provide guidance on course choices and help you appraise your own work.

For the practical aspects of the course you will work, with a partner or as part of a small team, in our well-equipped engineering labs. On your third year project you will work individually with an academic member of staff.

Continuous assessment of your experimentation, computing, design and project work will contribute about 30-50% of your overall mark, with the rest based on your performance in exams for each module. You will also be expected to give presentations about your work.

Most of the teaching in the final year of the MEng will be in small seminar groups, and you will be expected to organise an industrially relevant team based project.

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:

University of Leicester

Department:

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

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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
86%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Engineering professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
6%
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.

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