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University of Southampton

Mechanical Engineering/Advanced Materials

UCAS Code: HJ35

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

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Typical offer: A*AA, including A*A in Mathematics and Physics, plus a pass in the practical science assessment where applicable. EPQ offer: A*AB, to include Mathematics and Physics at grade A*A, and grade A in the EPQ; plus a pass in the practical science assessment where applicable. Contextual offer: AAB, to include both Mathematics and Physics at grade A; plus a pass in the practical science assessment where applicable. General Studies, Use of Mathematics, Core Mathematics, Thinking Skills and Critical Thinking are excluded for entry.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

Typical offer: D2, D3, D3 to include Mathematics and Physics, one of which must be at grade D2. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A-levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D2 can be used in lieu of A-level grade A* or D3 can be used in lieu of A-level grade A.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

Typical offer: Pass, with overall score of 38 points, with 18 points required at Higher Level, including 13 points from Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Typical offer: AAA to include Mathematics and Physics. All applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

Typical offer: A*A in A-level Mathematics and A-level Physics (Pass in Practical), and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

UCAS Tariff

152-168

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

50%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Materials technology

Mechanical engineering

Our courses provide you with the fundamentals of engineering, alongside design modules throughout your degree, which enable you to apply your knowledge and develop the skills you need to become a successful engineer. This course will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the properties of both established and novel materials that are essential in modern engineered systems. You will study advanced topics such as the modelling of material behaviour, and develop the skills to design materials and surfaces from atoms to applications.We offer our students a dynamic learning environment; your course will include a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, private study, and individual and group projects.

Modules

The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising mechanical engineering aspects. The second year covers the main mechanical engineering subjects with modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline. In the third year the course includes an individual project and specialist modules. In the fourth year the course includes a Group Design Project. In addition to the modules below, students can choose further module options to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2. Core and compulsory modules: Year 1: Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment, Electrical and Electronic Systems, ThermoFluids, Design and Computing, Professional Engineering and Functional Materials. Year 2: Systems Design and Computing, Electronics, Drives and Control, Engineering Management and Law, Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II, Thermodynamics, Mechanics, Machines and Vibration, Fluid Mechanics, Materials and Structures. Year 3: Individual Project, Engineering Design with Management, Heat Transfer and Applications, Biomaterials. Year 4: Group Design Project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is conducted through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,320
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Mechanical 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.

85%
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.

Technology

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

41%
UK students
59%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
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

90%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
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?

55%
UK students
45%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

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.

Technology

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.

£27,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

68%
Engineering professionals
12%
Senior officers in protective services
4%
Sports and fitness occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This course sits in a group of very specialised materials technology subjects, including furniture technology, engineering materials and gemmology - bear this in mind when you review the stats, as the employment prospects for each don't necessarily have much in common. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

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
98%
high
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

58%
Engineering professionals
9%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Business, research and administrative 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.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Mechanical engineering

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

£28k

£28k

£34k

£34k

£37k

£37k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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