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Mechanical Engineering with Year in Industry (MEng)

  • Subject area: Engineering
  • UCAS code: H307
  • Next intake: September 2024
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Mode: Full time with sandwich year

Entry year

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Why study this course

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Professional skills

Group projects with engineering students from other disciplines mirror the dynamic of a professional engineering team and will help you to develop vital skills.

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Cardiff Racing

Many of our mechanical engineering students join Cardiff Racing to participate in the design, development, and testing of a proven Formula Student racing car.

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Professional placement

Gain valuable experience working in a paid role at an organisation in the UK or abroad for one academic year. Our students have worked at leading engineering organisations as well as businesses in other sectors.

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Professionally accredited course

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Mechanical engineers combine imagination and technology solve real-world problems, through the manipulation of moving parts. They develop all sorts of mechanical devices, tools, engines and machines. that offer innovative solutions for society and sectors including transport, energy and manufacturing.

This accredited course provides the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you need to become a work-ready mechanical engineer. You will embed the knowledge gained from your lectures and tutorials and develop your practical abilities in design, computing and modelling, through hands-on projects and design classes.

You will choose from a range of authentic, real-world engineering problems and industry-focused scenarios, to work on both individually and with student engineers from other disciplines. Group work mirrors the relationships of an engineering team and will help you to build professional skills, such as teamwork and communication. Our open access makerspace provides a place for you to design, create and collaborate.

You will have the opportunity to complete a salaried placement working in a location of your choosing, including outside of the UK. This is a great way to experience a professional working environment and put the skills you have learned into practice. In the past, our students have completed placements at Rolls-Royce, Network Rail, Siemens, General Electric and Bosch.

The MEng degree programme allows you to expand and strengthen your knowledge in mechanical engineering. You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and multidisciplinary engineering design projects.

Accreditations

Subject area: Engineering

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  • Marker5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

Entry requirements

We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:

A level

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

Our grade range covers our standard offer and contextual offer. We carefully consider the circumstances in which you've been studying (your contextual data) upon application.

  • Eligible students will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.
  • Where there is no grade range advertised and/or where there are selection processes in place (like an interview) you may receive additional points in the selection process or be guaranteed interview/consideration.

Learn about eligible courses and how contextual data is applied.

International Baccalaureate

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

Baccalaureate Wales

From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

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 Student 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.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International students using any type of visa will need to have ATAS clearance to study this course.

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 a minimum of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading, and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 69 overall with a minimum of 59 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 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.

Other qualifications from inside the UK

BTEC

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

T level

We do not accept T Levels for this programme.

Qualifications from outside the UK

See our qualification equivalences guide

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

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £9,000 None
Year two £9,000 None
Year three (sandwich year) £1,800 None
Year four £9,000 None
Year five £9,000 None

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2024/25 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £28,200 None
Year two £28,200 None
Year three (sandwich year) £5,640 None
Year four £28,200 None
Year five £28,200 None

Learn more about our tuition fees

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Costs for sandwich years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with the Year in Industry, such as travel costs, which you should take into account.

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.

Living costs

We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Course structure

This is a five-year full-time degree programme, with largely core modules in Years One and Two. The third year is spent working in industry. Years Four and Five have carefully chosen balances of core and optional modules, allowing you to choose subjects to tailor to your personal interests or chosen career path.

You need to earn 120 credits per year.

Students wishing to progress on an MEng programme at the end of Year Two will need to achieve a year average of 60% or higher, or otherwise progress onto one of our two BEng programmes.  If you are not able to secure a placement, you will transfer to the non-placement course to complete your degree.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2024/2025 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2024.

Year one

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

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
Engineering Analysis and Computing 2EN210720 credits
DesignEN260220 credits
Electrical TechnologyEN271410 credits
Manufacturing Systems DesignEN290410 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year three is spent working in industry. You are normally expected to be in employment for a minimum of 30 weeks to satisfy the minimum University requirement, although the School of Engineering expects the placement to last for the whole academic year.

During your placement you will be visited by your industrial training tutor or nominee at least once, but preferably twice, if you are based in the UK.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Industrial TrainingEN3095120 credits

Year four

Year four 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.

There is a core module in Business Management but also a choice of optional modules, building upon the foundations established in the earlier years.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Industrial Project ManagementEN302610 credits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Commercialising InnovationEN300610 credits
Materials and ManufactureEN303310 credits
Fluid MechanicsEN303410 credits
Energy StudiesEN303610 credits
Solid MechanicsEN303710 credits
Thermodynamics and Heat TransferEN304210 credits
Robotics and Image ProcessingEN306210 credits
Object Oriented Engineering ComputingEN308510 credits
Engineering Optimisation with PythonEN309810 credits
Waste Management and RecyclingEN340110 credits
Fluid Power and ControlEN351310 credits
Mechanical Power TransmissionEN360810 credits

Year five

Year five 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.

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.

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Mechanical engineering student works on Formula Student car for Team Cardiff Racing.

Learning and assessment

Teaching is through lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical laboratory and project-based work. There is a rich library of online learning material, tailored for each lesson in each module, including instructional/informational videos, study notes, guided exercise questions and some online quizzes.

All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in Year Four, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff.

There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers through careers fairs and guest lectures. Speakers from industry give regular lectures on their areas of expertise. These offer you the opportunity to hear experts speak on topics that are relevant to your degree and give you an insight into working in industry.

How will I be supported?

In Year One, you will be allocated 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. 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 Four, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant area of research specialism who will meet with you regularly to provide guidance and advice on progress in the work.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion boards.

An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is delivered within the School of Engineering, and a Careers Consultant is also available.

Cardiff 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/tests.

The opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in Years One and Two, 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.

How will I be assessed?

Your assessments will be varied to evaluate knowledge, understanding, professional skills, and key skills.  Assessment in Year One is mostly through tests during the year, short reports, a professional development portfolio, presentations, and two written examinations. This range of assessments is carried into the higher years with a gradual change from tests to exams. The major individual project in Year Four is assessed by a dissertation report, while group projects in Year Five are assessed via large multi-component project reports.

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU1 Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems in mechanical engineering. Much of the knowledge will be at the forefront of the particular subject of study and informed by a critical awareness of new developments and the wider context of mechanical engineering.

KU2 Formulate and analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions. This will involve evaluating available data using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles, and using engineering judgment to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed.

KU3 Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex mechanical engineering problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts.

KU4 Discuss the role of quality management systems and continuous improvement in the context of complex mechanical engineering problems.

KU5 Apply knowledge of engineering management principles, commercial contexts, project and change management, and relevant legal matters including intellectual property rights.

Intellectual Skills:

IS1 Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques, recognising/discussing the limitations of the techniques employed, for the synthesis of mechanical engineering problems, and to make judgements on appropriate action.

IS2m Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems.

IS3m Design solutions for complex mechanical engineering problems that evidence some originality, and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate, with consideration of applicable health & safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards.

IS4 Apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of complex problems.

Professional Practical Skills:

PS1 Select and apply appropriate practical laboratory and workshop skills in mechanical engineering, particularly in devising analytical or experimental approaches, to investigate complex problems.

PS2 Select, apply and evaluate appropriate materials, equipment, engineering technologies and processes, recognising their limitations.

PS3 Use a risk management process to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks (the effects of uncertainty) associated with a particular mechanical engineering project or activity.

PS4 Adopt a holistic and proportionate approach to the mitigation of security risks in mechanical engineering.

PS5m Integrate knowledge, understanding, skills and creativity to solve a substantial range of engineering problems, some of them novel or complex, especially through participation in group design projects.

PS6 Demonstrate the benefits of structured training in an extended industrial placement, to gain experience and increase appreciation of the application of engineering principles in a commercial setting.

Transferable/Key Skills:

TS1 Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used.

TS2 Identify and analyse ethical concerns and make reasoned ethical choices informed by professional codes of conduct.

TS3 Adopt an inclusive approach to engineering practice and recognise/articulate the responsibilities, benefits and importance of supporting equality, diversity and inclusion.

TS4m Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team, and evaluate effectiveness of own and team performance.

TS5 Plan and record the reflective evaluation of self-learning and development as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD.

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Student works on their third-year project in the area of robotics.

Careers

Career prospects

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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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.