Mechanical Engineering (BEng)

Mechanical Engineering is the creative application of science and expertise to the design, construction and operation of products and processes.

Mech Eng

From the design of jet engines and racing cars to the production of consumer goods, mechanical engineers are essential, and combine imagination with modern technology to offer innovative solutions to meet the complex requirements of society and industry.

In all industrial sectors, Chartered Mechanical Engineers develop well-designed products, manufacture them by efficient processes and sell them skilfully on world markets. Choosing this degree means that you will receive a sound training in the fundamentals and applications of engineering principles and can look forward to a challenging and rewarding career.

Key facts

UCAS CodeH300
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
AccreditationsEngineering Council
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications
Typical A level offerAAA A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent)
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (excluding Mathematics)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 - 36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

Engineering 2010, UK-SPEC 2010.

Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Alastair Clarke, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

Mechanical Engineering is the creative application of science and expertise to the design, construction and operation of products and processes. From the design of jet engines and racing cars to the production of consumer goods, mechanical engineers are essential and combine imagination with modern technology to offer innovative solutions to meet the complex requirements of society and industry.

In all industrial sectors, Chartered Mechanical Engineers develop well-designed products, manufacture them by efficient processes and sell them skilfully on world markets. Choosing this degree means that you will receive a sound training in the fundamentals and applications of engineering principles, and can look forward to a challenging and rewarding career.

There is a great deal of choice available to you at the Cardiff School of Engineering as it is one of a few Schools to offer both sandwich and full time MEng and BEng degree schemes in Mechanical Engineering.

“I really love Cardiff. It’s absolutely fantastic. I really like that it’s not a campus university so you’re not isolated. Cardiff University has everything I expected a University to have.”

Hannah Little, undergraduate Engineering student

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
Mechanics 2EN103810 credits
Mechanics 1EN104310 credits
Communication Skills in English and Professional StudiesEN104710 credits
Engineering ApplicationsEN104820 credits
Thermofluids 2EN103910 credits
Materials and ManufactureEN103210 credits
Engineering AnalysisEN109020 credits
Thermofluids 1EN103410 credits
Electrical TechnologyEN104010 credits
Computing 1EN104210 credits

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
Control and InstrumentationEN203710 credits
Fluid MechanicsEN203310 credits
Mechanical Engineering LabsEN202410 credits
Materials and ManufactureEN203110 credits
Solid MechanicsEN200210 credits
Thermodynamics and Heat TransferEN204110 credits
DynamicsEN203210 credits
DesignEN260220 credits
Engineering AnalysisEN203010 credits
Introduction To Economics, Law, Accounting and Management ScienceEN200910 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Computing 2EN200810 credits
Biomechanics 1EN245110 credits
Manufacturing Systems DesignEN290410 credits

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Product DesignEN390610 credits
Business ManagementEN300410 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Materials and ManufactureEN303310 credits
Fluid MechanicsEN303410 credits
Energy StudiesEN303610 credits
Solid MechanicsEN303710 credits
Thermodynamics and Heat TransferEN304210 credits
Robotics and Image ProcessingEN306210 credits
Biomechanics 2EN345010 credits
Fluid Power & ControlEN351310 credits
Automotive Power TransmissionEN360710 credits
Object Oriented Engineering ComputingEN308510 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

The Cardiff School of Engineering is an integrated School with a reputation for providing education of the highest quality. The School is renowned for its up-to-date teaching and research facilities and its strong links with industry. The School's graduate students are in great demand from industry and the public sector across the UK and internationally.

No matter which degree programme you choose, you will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by the practical aspects of engineering which are taught through laboratory and project-based work. Our teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Each semester consists of eleven teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period. Staff are always happy to clarify any material or answer any of your questions and help with specific aspects of a module can be directly obtained from your lecturers.

Your progress in each module is usually assessed mid-way through each semester (through a one hour test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using a variety of different methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Your first year of academic life will expose you to a broad range of new and exciting experiences. To help you through this transitional period in your life, upon starting your studies at Cardiff, you will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree programme. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner as and when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Mechanical Engineering

Employment prospects for Mechanical Engineers from Cardiff are excellent, with recent statistics indicating that the vast majority are following chosen career paths within six months of graduating. A substantial number of graduates work in product design for the automotive, aeronautical, communications and energy industries. Some are employed in medical engineering, others are travelling the world for the petrochemical industry, whilst some are involved in development, production and general management. A few choose to use their degrees as a qualification to enable them to work in other disciplines. Those who have followed this route typically work in the Forces, the financial sector, the legal profession, chartered accountancy or computing. With such high calibre and broad opportunities, a career in Mechanical Engineering is varied, challenging and rewarding.

Engineering in general

Our graduates occupy key positions in leading firms where engineering skills are required, such as Halcrow, Atkins, BP, BAE Sytems, RWE Npower, Mott McDonald, Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Ford, Tata Steel, Nokia, Bosch, and beyond. Our graduates have also moved on to work within local governments, UK and international utility companies and organisations such as Climate Energy and GlaxoSmithKline.

If you are seeking to formally enhance your degree, choosing the Year in Industry programme at Cardiff is a good option as we have an official partnership with the City and Guilds of London Institute which will enable you to achieve the Senior Award of Licentiateship after successfully completing your placement. This is a professional qualification which rewards work related competence and expertise and is widely recognised by employers. If you hold the award you are entitled to use the letters LCGI after your name.

Being at the forefront of engineering research means that Cardiff has excellent links with industry and the policy of the school is scrutinised by a panel of top industrialists on a regular basis. In addition, numerous links have been developed with companies, both in the UK and overseas, through our Year in Industry programmes and through consultancy work by staff. This involves advising on matters such as energy policy, bridge design, magnetic materials and semiconductor devices. You can be confident therefore that Cardiff's School of Engineering has an ethos which is entirely focused on providing you with the knowledge, experience and connections to succeed in your chosen career.

Jobs

  • Civil engineer
  • Graduate mechanical engineer
  • Project manager

Duration

3 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available

The school admits c350 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes

Applications received

Typical applications received

c1,900

Accreditations

QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

Engineering 2010, UK-SPEC 2010.

Overview and aims of this course/programme

The BEng (Hons) programme aims to:

  • produce engineering graduates, educated in the application of a broad spectrum of fundamental science and engineering principles to real-life technological, financial, regulatory, managerial and ethical problems encountered in the mechanical engineering profession, and to produce graduates who are equipped to be key professional players in the wider industry, the professions, and public service;
  • produce graduates who are numerate, literate, analytical, articulate, practical, adaptive, creative, confident and inquisitive;
  • provide students with sound knowledge and skills, confidence to solve multi-disciplinary problems in the mechaical engineering context, ability to exercise original thought, have good professional judgment and take responsibility for the direction of important tasks;
  • encourage students to progressively take ownership and direction of their learning so that they may develop as independent life-long learners;

 

The BEng (Hons) Year in Industry programme builds upon the BEng (Hons) programme by aiming to:

  • produce graduates that are proficient in oral and visual communication with other professionals and lay people;
  • promote the advancement of scholarship to meet the strategic needs of the local region and the wider nation;
  • form a prevailing ethos of professional, social and ethical responsibility within the learning environment and in the students;
  • produce graduates with sound understanding of problem solving “in a business context to achieve an economic solution;

 

The MEng (Hons) programme builds upon the BEng (Hons) programme by aiming to:

  • produce graduates adept at working in, and leading, teams of inter-disciplinary professionals;
  • provide opportunities for students to be creative and innovative  in problem solving while maintaining a proper balance of risk management ;
  • expose graduates to niche areas of new and novel technologies;
  • ensure graduates appreciate and experience the demands of running multiple projects to tight deadlines;
  • provide graduates with opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary projects within a well-resourced environment

 

The MEng (Hons) Year in Industry programme builds upon the MEng (Hons) programme by aiming to:

  • produce graduates that are proficient in oral and visual communication with other professionals and lay people;
  • promote the advancement of scholarship to meet the strategic needs of the local region and the wider nation;
  • form a prevailing ethos of professional, social and ethical responsibility within the learning environment and in the students;
  • produce graduates with sound understanding of problem solving “in a business context to achieve an economic solution;

 

The MEng (Hons) International Semester builds upon the MEng (Hons) programme by aiming to:

  • ensure graduates are familiar with an additional, International  culture;
  • appreciate the technical focus provided at international universities;
  • appreciate the role of engineering in another society;

 

The MEng (Hons) Year in Industry with an International Semester:

  • incorporates the relevant attributes from the relevant programmes listed above

 

What should I know about year five?

Students should attend lectures whenever possible, and are expected to attend all timetabled laboratory sessions, as notified. While a 10-credit module represents 100 hours of study in total, typically this will involve 2–3 hours of contact time with teaching staff per week. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, example sheets, revision and assessment. Therefore all students are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently. Students must keep their personal tutor and the Teaching Office informed of any circumstances or illnesses that might affect their capacity to attend teaching or undertake assessment.

How is this course/programme structured?

Year 1 and Year 2 have a similar structure, with a series of lectures underpinned by supportive practical ‘laboratory’ sessions.  Year 3 comprises the 3rd Year Project, with a value of one-quarter of the overall year.  This project necessitates students working individually, alongside a supervising staff member.  Year 3 provides greater choice for students, building upon the foundations established in the earlier years through the selection of topics that suit their interests.  Year 3 is also the time when the Year in Industry students will then leave for a year to proceed with their placement.  ‘International’ students will leave for a 4 month placement in the months September – December of their 3rd Year, returning to complete Year 3 in Cardiff.  Year 4 comprises two group projects which are linked to topical research. In total, these comprise one-half of the overall assessment.

What should I know about year four?

All resources are provided by the School, though students are expected to have access to printing facilities for the presentation of assignments.



 

What should I know about year three?

This programme is accredited via the Engineering Council, meaning that the core competencies of UK-SPEC are integrated throughout the 3 or 4 ‘taught’ years.  Some practical skills will be developed during the laboratory-based sessions, whilst there is a consistent core of management skills and personal development.  Additionally, written skills are reinforced through a series of reports and assignments, whilst communicative skills are encouraged during vary module assessments.

What should I know about the preliminary year?

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. Students will attend lectures, participate in examples classes, and carry out extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years 3 and 4. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in the 3rd year, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are many opportunities for interactions with potential employers, and the Year in Industry route involves a placement with an employer.

What should I know about year one?

Assessment

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of class tests and coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of all assessment throughout the programme, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is largely project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.

The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in years 1 and 2, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and students may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

Feedback

In-term feedback is provided during years 1 and 2 predominantly through mid-term assessments and laboratory reports.  In years 3 and 4, coursework assignments, supervisory meetings and presentations provide both formative and summative feedback.

 

 

Other information

Students will be allocated a personal tutor to assist them with both academic progress and pastoral support when required. The personal tutor will see students weekly in the Autumn semester of Year 1, and as required thereafter. For the 30-credit project in Year 3, students will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism, whom they should expect to meet with regularly. In addition to the broad range of support services provided centrally by Cardiff University, students with specific needs will be supported as required.

 

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate with students, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

 

The School also maintains a Personal Development Plan programme through all years of the degree, to give students an opportunity to reflect on their learning, and to assist students with preparation for their professional career. The School and the University provide many forms of support for future career development and opportunities.

Distinctive features

The Programme Outcomes have been informed by the QAA’s Engineering Benchmark Statement and also by the requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Details of specific learning outcomes for modules on this course can be viewed in Learning Central.

How will I be taught?

The distinctive features of the programme include:

  • the opportunity for students to learn in a research-led teaching institution serviced by staff rated highly in the last RAE;
  • the opportunity to work in facilities commensurate with such a successful research unit;
  • academic staff who are Chartered Engineers;
  • a variety of advanced level modules on offer;
  • the opportunity to study a language;
  • the opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry;
  • emphasis on progression towards independent learning in preparation for life-long learning;
  • the opportunity to participate in the design, development, construction, testing and competing of a proven Formula Student Racing car;
  • the opportunity to engage with professionals from a wide spectrum of specialities such as orthopaedics;
  • MEng programmes provide full accreditation for Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and registration as a Chartered Engineer.
  • an open and engaging culture between students and staff, with student representatives as full members on School committee; and;
  • comprehensive and anonymous student evaluation of all aspects of the Programme (both on academic modules and on other aspects of the School).

Admissions tutors

Dr Alastair Clarke, Admissions Tutor


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