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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

A*AA including grades A*A in mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable. We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: AAB including grades AA in mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)

DD-D*D

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve Grade A* in A-level mathematics plus DD in the Tech Level or Grade A in A-level mathematics plus D*D in the Tech Level Accepted subjects: Engineering. Must be offered in combination with A-level mathematics and units M1 and M2 must be taken.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D3,D3

D2, D3, D3 in three Principal subjects including mathematics and physics, one of which must be at 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 grade D3 can be used in lieu of A-level grade A.

Extended Project

A

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: A*AB including grades A*A in mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical and grade A in the EPQ Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

Pass, with 38 points overall with 18 points required at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in mathematics and 6 at Higher Level in physics Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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

H1,H1,H1,H2,H2,H2

H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 including mathematics at H1 and physics at H1

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD-D*D

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve Grade A* in A-level mathematics plus DD in the Technical Diploma or Grade A in A-level mathematics plus D*D in the Technical Diploma Accepted subjects: Engineering

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve an A*A in mathematics and physics at A-level plus D in the Technical Extended Certificate

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

D

D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A*A in A-level mathematics and physics (in any order), with a pass in the physics Practical

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A*A in A-level mathematics and physics (in any order), with a pass in the physics Practical

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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

A

A*AA from 3 A levels including grades A*A in mathematics and physics or A*A from two A levels including mathematics and physics, and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Pass in the associated science Practical is required where applicable.

UCAS Tariff

152

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Mechanical engineering

Materials engineering

This integrated masters degree will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the properties of both established and novel materials that are essential in modern engineered systems. You wi. The first two years are the same across our Mechanical Engineering degrees and focus on the essential principles of mechanical engineering, as well as law and management, systems design, and modelling and computing, in order to take a product from initial concept to the marketplace.

During your third and fourth years 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. In your third year, you will also carry out an individual project, bringing together the concepts and skills you have learned.

During your fourth year, you will take advanced and specialised modules and participate in a group design project, applying your engineering knowledge to solve a real-world problem.

You will have access to extensive facilities, which include the largest wind tunnel in any UK university, a high-resolution 3D imaging centre, dedicated student design studios and workshops, and a materials and structures research facility in our new National Infrastructure Laboratory.

Our courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and offer a route to chartered status.

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, Mechanical Systems Analysis, Mechanics, Structures and 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, Manufacturing and Materials, Engineering Design with Management, Heat Transfer and Applications, Biomaterials. Year 4: Group Design Project, Advanced Management.

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
£21,580
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.

79%
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

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

87%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

54%
UK students
46%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
B

Technology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

42%
UK students
58%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
74%
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.

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.

£27,000
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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
93%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Engineering professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals
6%
Information technology and telecommunications 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.

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.

£25,500
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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
63%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

66%
Engineering professionals
9%
Senior officers in protective services
3%
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.

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