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Mechanical Engineering (International) (MEng)

  • UCAS code: H309
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

Mechanical engineers are essential to the workings of the modern world, combining imagination and technology to offer innovative solutions across society and industry. They work across all industrial sectors, developing and manufacturing well-designed products through efficient manufacturing processes.

This four-year MEng Mechanical Engineering programme offers you a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the BEng. It allows you to use the last two years of the course to expand and strengthen your knowledge in mechanical engineering.

You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.

An added advantage of this MEng Mechanical Engineering (International) course is that one semester is spent studying engineering through the medium of English in a partner university overseas. There are currently more than 65 destination universities on four continents.

Other mechanical engineering courses include:

  • A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering if you choose a BEng course
  • The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry if you choose the relevant four-year BEng or five-year MEng degree option
  • The opportunity to study a language if you choose the relevant MEng degree option with a sandwich year at a university in France, Germany or Spain
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Semester abroad

You will have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our English-speaking partner institutions in Europe, or further afield in Australia, the United States, China and more.

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Professionally accredited course

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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Industry-standard facilities

You will have access to designated design studio space, specialist laboratories, workshops, and computer suites.

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Strong design element

There is a strong design element throughout the course, and you will have plenty of opportunities for hands-on practical work.

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Join Cardiff Racing

You will have the opportunity to join Cardiff Racing and participate in the design, development, construction, and testing of a proven Formula Student racing car.

Where you'll study

School of Engineering

Study in one of the UK's leading engineering Schools for the quality of research and teaching.

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Entry requirements

AAA-AAB. Must include grade A in Maths. You will need to pass the science practical element of the A-level if this is part of your programme of study.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD in a BTEC Diploma in any subject and grade A in A-Level Maths.

36-34 overall or 666 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Maths.

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Tier 4 visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.

We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

No specific equipment is needed. The University will provide resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment) and a variety of other learning resources.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a four-year full-time degree with one semester of year three spent studying abroad. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20, the year three and year four projects are each worth 30 and the international module is worth 50. You need to attain 120 credits a year in order to continue your studies.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

Year one consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Electrical TechnologyEN104010 credits
Engineering ApplicationsEN104820 credits
Professional EngineeringEN108610 credits
Engineering AnalysisEN109020 credits
Materials and ManufactureEN110120 credits
MechanicsEN110220 credits
ThermofluidsEN110320 credits

Year two

Year two again consists of a series of lectures underpinned by practical laboratory sessions.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Mechanical Engineering LabsEN202410 credits
Control and InstrumentationEN203710 credits
Thermofluids 2EN210420 credits
Solid Mechanics and DynamicsEN210520 credits
Computing 1EN210610 credits
Engineering Analysis and Computing 2EN210720 credits
DesignEN260220 credits
Manufacturing Systems DesignEN290410 credits

Year three

The autumn semester of year three is spent studying at a partner institution overseas for the equivalent of 50 credits. There are currently more than 65 destination universities on four continents.

The year also includes a major project, with a value of a quarter of the overall year. For this you will work individually, alongside a supervising staff member.  Some preparation takes place in the autumn semester but the module is completed in the spring semester.

Other core and optional modules build upon the foundations established in the earlier years.

Module titleModule codeCredits
International ExperienceEN309250 credits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Commercialising InnovationEN300610 credits
Fluid MechanicsEN303410 credits
Solid MechanicsEN303710 credits
Object Oriented Engineering ComputingEN308510 credits
Waste Management and RecyclingEN340110 credits
Fluid Power and ControlEN351310 credits

Year four

Year four includes two group projects, which are linked to topical research. In total, these make up half of the overall assessment.

There is also a core Management in Industry module and a choice of optional modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Numerical Methods in EngineeringEN401810 credits
Automotive DesignEN410130 credits
Integrated Building DesignEN410230 credits
Renewable Energy DesignEN410330 credits
Biomechanics and Biomedical EngineeringEN410730 credits
Mechatronics DesignEN411030 credits
Energy ManagementEN460310 credits
Cond Monitoring, Modelling and ForecastingEN460410 credits
Risk and Hazard AssessmentEN460610 credits
ControlEN461010 credits
TribologyEN461110 credits
Thermodynamics and Heat TransferEN462610 credits
Fundamentals of NanomechanicsEN463010 credits
Quality and ReliabilityEN464010 credits
Theory and Applications of the Finite Element MethodEN464110 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.

Learning and assessment

Teaching is through lectures, examples classes and extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years three and four. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in year three, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers.

The international module will be delivered through the medium of English, using the delivery methods of the overseas institutions, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and laboratories.

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree course. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

For the 30-credit project in year three, you will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism and meet regularly.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes like design and project work and via return of marked coursework.

The opportunity to test your 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 you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

What skills will I practise and develop?

This course is currently undergoing accreditation via the Engineering Council, as it is a new course. The core competencies required for UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years of the course. 

Through lab work you will develop practical skills focused on the application of a range of engineering principles to real-life technological, regulatory and ethical problems encountered in the engineering profession.

You will also:

  • Enhance your communication skills, both orally and in writing through a series of reports and assignments
  • Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in a engineering context
  • Enhance your team-working skills, ability to exercise original thought and good professional judgement

Careers

Career prospects

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Many graduates work in product design for the automotive, aeronautical, communications and energy industries. Some work in medical engineering, some are travelling the world for the petrochemical industry, while others 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 Armed 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.

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