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University of Portsmouth

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300

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

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, with 32 points from Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics, Science or Technology based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50 to include M3 in Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Combined Science/Physics at grade C, or equivalent/GCSE English and Combined Science/Physics at grade 4, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from a Higher Level in Mathematics, plus a relevant subject at Higher Level.

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

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Mathematics at H3, plus a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

104-120 Tariff points to include 32 points from Mathematics, plus a Science or Technology subject.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

96%
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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Mechanical engineering

**Overview**

Recent years have seen huge advances in technology for transport, healthcare and robotics. If you enjoy getting stuck into technology projects and love finding practical solutions to problems, this BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree course is the perfect choice for you.

To meet the challenges of the engineering world, you'll study the design, development, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of engineered products. You'll get to specialise in advanced subjects such as sustainable development and computer-aided engineering and have the option to get involved in the University's Formula Student racing team.

**Accredited by:**

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) meeting in full the academic requirement for IEng (Incorporated Engineer) and in part the academic requirement for CEng (Chartered Engineer).

95% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

**What you'll experience**

On this course you'll:

- Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and engineering design

- Use our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, stress analysis lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities

- Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students

- Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our manufacturing workshops

- Have to option to expand your learning and meet potential employers by working on an industrial project

**Careers and opportunities**

There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many opportunities open to you when you graduate.
What can you do with a Mechanical Engineering degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including:

- design

- research and development

- product manufacture

- project management

What jobs can you do with a Mechanical Engineering degree?

Graduates from this course have gone on to work as:

- mechanical engineer

- product design engineer

- aerospace engineer

- application engineer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"Formula Student has given me the confidence in my ability as an engineer, as components that I have designed were built and proven to withstand their environment." Simon Hotchkiss, Mechanical Engineering Student

Modules

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Electrical and Electronic Principles
Introduction to Design
Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Materials and Manufacturing Technology
Mathematical Principles

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Computer Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture
Engineering Design
Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Control Engineering
Engineering Programming
Institution-wide Language Programme

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
BEng Individual Project
Finite Elemnet Analysis in Fluid Mechanics
Sustainable Development and Environmental Managemen

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Advanced Engineering Materials
Design for Quality

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written examinations
coursework
practical tests
project work
presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year one students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
Year two students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
Year three students: 60% by written exams and 40% by coursework

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
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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.

77%
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
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

91%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
E
D

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
99%
high
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

68%
Engineering professionals
5%
Business, research and administrative professionals
3%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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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