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Mechanical Engineering MEng

Subject area: Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Open Day How to apply
Mode of study

4-year full-time; 5-year thick-sandwich

UCAS Code

H301, H302 with Professional Development

Start date

September

Mechanical Engineering MEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option

Overview

About the course

The mainstream Mechanical Engineering course at Brunel covers all the fundamental elements of mechanical engineering and design, and provides a background in related fields such as computing, electronics, electrical engineering, control, energy and environment. To give you greater commercial insight and awareness, you will also study elements of management, ethics, finance and law.

The final year of the MEng is about broadening and deepening your knowledge and understanding of the discipline, to better meet the leadership needs of industry.

Aims

Mechanical engineering covers the design and development of every kind of machine – from supersonic fighter jets and super cars to bicycles and mobile phones. In fact, every product or service has probably been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer. This course gives you a broad and solid grounding in the subject. The specialisms in this respected general degree include sustainability and mechatronics which can be applied across the manufacturing sector, or more specifically in areas such as biomedical engineering.

This course aims to produce highly qualified mechanical engineers with qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in industry, commerce and public service where leadership, initiative, personal responsibility and professionalism are required.

Enquiries

Admissions and Course Enquiries
Web: Admissions Enquiries Information
Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 266633(College Marketing Office)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
Contact Admissions or Course Enquiries Online

Admissions Tutor: Mr Colin Axon
Email: me-ug-admissions@brunel.ac.uk


Course Content

Typical Modules

Level 1

  • Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermofluids
  • Analytical Methods and Skills
  • Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Laboratories, Technical Drawing and Workshop Experience

Level 2

  • Solid Body Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
  • Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation
  • Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanical Systems and Components

Level 3

  • Major Individual Project
  • Sustainability, Mechatronics and IC Engines
  • FEA, CFD and Numerical Modelling
  • Professional Engineering Practice

Level 5

  • Major Group Project
  • Strategic Management, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Advanced Computer Engineering
  • Advanced Modelling and Design
  • Advanced Thermofluids
  • Advanced Solid Body Mechanics

MEng Final Year Project

All students participate in a team project of 5-6 people, which develops not only their transferable skills, but also their ability to design and manufacture a product. Recent examples of projects have included a novel means of filtering water, and applying fuel-cell technology to motorcycles.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • Staff teaching on the course carry out much of their research with collaborators outside the University, including major oil companies, plant and equipment manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms. This means that links between the Mechanical Engineering staff and industry are very strong.
  • Learning to work as part of a team is an essential objective of the MEng course. All MEng students take part in a Major Group Project, not only designing, but also making an artefact. The project focuses on their development of management skills, alongside the application of technical knowledge. There is the opportunity to exhibit these projects at the graduate showcase, known as Brunel Engineers, as well as other industry-sponsored competitions.
  • Students benefit from excellent laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well-equipped. Industry-standard specialist software for engineering design is available to students 24 hours a day in dedicated computer clusters.
  • Mechanical Engineering and the three corresponding “with” courses are taught together in the first and second years, so that students may elect to change course to get a flavour of specialism in their third year of study.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at Iowa University in the US, during your second year.
  • If you start on the full-time course, you can transfer to the sandwich course at any time before the end of Level 2.
  • If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Level 2 by obtaining a pre-set progression standard.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The MEng degree course fulfils the academic requirement to go forward for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) Status

To become a Chartered Engineer you must fulfil certain requirements laid down by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The duration for these usually takes eight years, as follows:

  • An accredited four-year MEng degree (eg – this MEng programme) or

an enhanced three-year degree – i.e. a BEng (a BSc does not qualify), plus further accredited study to Master’s degree level.

  • Initial professional development to establish engineering competences as described in UK-SPEC.
  • Further development of competences in a position of responsibility, followed by a peer review interview.

This can take longer if industrial training is difficult to come by. The provision of training can be expensive for employers, because they will incur costs in providing it, and will lose the use of an employee’s service while training is undertaken.

Brunel’s sandwich courses help smooth the way through this stage because the integrated work experience is approved by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. With a large proportion of industrial training already completed, students are well down the road to registration, even before graduation.

Facts and Figures

The department has about 700 undergraduate students, 300 postgraduates and around 100 research students and assistants. Each year we take in about 160 new students, of which around half are studying for a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Our philosophy at Brunel is to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of scientific principles in mechanical engineering, and to provide them with the transferable skills that are designed to meet the challenges of employment within the engineering sector of the global economy.

How many hours of study are involved?

In Level 1, contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 19 hours per week. This will assist you in adjusting from school/college to university life. As the course progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work.

How will I be taught?

Lectures – These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and ideas that you need to understand, and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.

Laboratories – Practicals are generally two or three-hour sessions in which you can practice your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.

Design studios – In a studio you will work on group projects with guidance from members of staff. In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. You may be required to design and produce an artefact or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.

One-to-one – On registration for the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor whose role is to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will also have one-to-one academic supervision on Level 3 project work.

Assessment

You will undertake assignments, project work, reports on laboratory practicals, oral presentations and short tests. There are written examinations in May of each year. In Level 3, all students undertake a major individual project. This is worth a third of the overall marks for the year.

In the final year of the MEng course, assessment is biased towards coursework, and there are fewer exams. This reflects the workload of projects found in engineering industry.

The final degree classification is calculated from a combination of Level 2, Level 3 and final year grades. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree, but you must pass the year in order to progress.

Employability

Graduates from the MEng degree course have demonstrated themselves to be of the highest calibre of their peer group. Generally, our MEng students have a number of job offers before they graduate, and find themselves in the enviable position of cherry-picking their prospective careers.

The five-year thick-sandwich degree programme enables you to gain high-quality, relevant professional experience which is sought by employers. Students have the opportunity to change from the full-time mode of study to the thick-sandwich course up to the end of Level 2.

Work Placements

You can choose to study either a full-time course or the prestigious sandwich course. Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements within prominent companies and organisations. The placement in industry is usually taken between Levels 2 and 3 for at least 44 weeks. This time can count towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre will support you to get the best placement to suit your aspirations. They can help you with advice to compose the best possible applications, and coach you with mock interviews – often with the support of industry visitors.

The organisations that employ the students on placement are checked to ensure they can provide suitable training experiences. Quite often, Brunel graduates within firms mentor current students. The placement is assessed, and students must pass it to graduate with the words ‘with Professional Development’ in their degree title. Each student is allocated both a mentor within the company and an Industrial Tutor from Brunel, who is on hand to help ensure that the placement yields the best possible experience for the student’s personal professional development.

Careers

The range of industries in which our graduates choose to work is vast, and includes aviation and avionics; agricultural machinery; automotive design and manufacture; building services engineering; electronics; gas and water supply; North Sea oil production; mining and mineral processing; nuclear power; work for the water authorities; TV production; accountancy; banking; insurance; patent engineering; financial consultancy; the police; the armed forces; the railways; and the National Health Service.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies such as:

  • Alstom
  • BP
  • Centrica
  • Delphi
  • Ford
  • GKN
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Qinetiq
  • The Ministry of Defence.

Research

Some of our graduates go directly into research, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD), whilst others spend several years in industry first.

Work Placements

You can choose to study either a full-time course or the prestigious sandwich course. Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements within prominent companies and organisations. The placement in industry is usually taken between Levels 2 and 3 for at least 44 weeks. This time can count towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre will support you to get the best placement to suit your aspirations. They can help you with advice to compose the best possible applications, and coach you with mock interviews – often with the support of industry visitors.

The organisations that employ the students on placement are checked to ensure they can provide suitable training experiences. Quite often, Brunel graduates within firms mentor current students. The placement is assessed, and students must pass it to graduate with the words ‘with Professional Development’ in their degree title.

Each student is allocated both a mentor within the company and an Industrial Tutor from Brunel, who is on hand to help ensure that the placement yields the best possible experience for the student’s personal professional development.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2016/17 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,000 final year

International students: £17,200 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Criteria 2016/17

  • GCE A-level AAA, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted)
  • Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade A in Engineering, plus the Specialist Unit in Maths for Engineers at grade A along with 1 AS-level (excluding General Studies) at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma not accepted for the MEng entry. BTEC Extended Diploma students are encouraged to apply for the BEng degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year two of the course they can discuss transferring to the MEng.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D* in Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles and A-Level grade A in Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D* with A-Levels grade AA in Maths and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 34 points, including 6 in Higher level Maths and 6 in Higher level Physics
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Applicants should apply for the BEng and those who achieve the progression requirement can then transfer to the MEng at the end of Level two.
  • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade B, English Language at Grade C, and Double Science (or two separate Science subjects) at Grade C or above. Other acceptable GCSEs: English Literature, Geography, History, Languages, others may be considered on an individual basis.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.