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University of Portsmouth

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H304

Master of Engineering - MEng

Entry requirements


120-144 Tariff points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics, Science or Technology based), with a minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Mathematics at Distinction.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54 to include a minimum of 3 Principal Subjects, to include M2 in Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

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

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects at Higher Level.

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

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

To include Higher Level Mathematics at H3, plus two relevant subjects.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

120-144 Tariff points to include a minimum of 3 Advanced Highers, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects.

UCAS Tariff

120-144

120-144 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus two relevant subjects

85%
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 | 2019

Other options

5 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Mechanical engineering

**Overview**

With huge advances in technologies for transport, healthcare and robotics, there’s never been a more exciting time to train as a mechanical engineer.

This 4-year MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering integrated Master's degree course is similar to our 3- year BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course. The difference is you'll study more advanced topics leading to a Master's degree at the end of the course.

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.

In your final year, you'll complete a major group engineering project. This is normally linked to the University's research and commercial activities, giving you relevant experience in the field.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE). This course also meets the UK Standard for the Engineering Council's Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which is set by the Engineering Council.

After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further work experience. With the current shortage of talented engineers, you'll be in high demand across many sectors and industries. You could join a graduate engineering programme or work in areas such as aerospace, research and development, and product design.

96% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

96% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**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

- Complete a team project in your final year

- 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 the 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 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

You will begin the course with the foundations of engineering science and engineering design, including some computer-aided design. You’ll also get the chance to manufacture a product of your own design. In your second year you’ll study further mathematics and engineering science, engineering materials, manufacturing and business, instrumentation and control, and computer-aided engineering. In your third year you will cover solid mechanics, manufacturing systems and sustainable development. There is also a range of topics in your final MEng year including advanced materials, manufacturing and design, energy and environmental management, structural integrity and industrial control systems for you to tailor your studies to your individual interests. To end your studies you will participate in a major group engineering project, normally linked to one of the school’s research or commercial activities such as materials and structural integrity, product design and manufacture, and dynamic systems engineering.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. We assess your work through written examinations, coursework, practical tests, project work and presentations.

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
£15,900
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.

81%
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
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

84%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
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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