MEng

Mechanical Engineering

Achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation

H304UCAS code 4yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

Take a look around the room you are in. Most of what you see has been made, developed or modified by an engineer. This course encompasses the design, development, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of engineered products.

The difference between this course and our BEng (Hons) route is that as well as specialising in more advanced topics, you’ll meet the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Create your own designs in our manufacturing workshops
  • Put learning into practice by doing a paid work placement, either in the UK or overseas
  • Be involved in Formula Student

What opportunities might it lead to?

This MEng course has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), meeting the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Successfully completing this MEng course will allow you to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • design
  • research and development
  • product manufacture
  • project management

Formula Student has given me the confidence in my ability as an engineer, as components that I have designed were built and proven to withstand their environment.

Simon Hotchkiss, MEng Mechanical Engineering student 2015

Apply for September 2016

Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
H304
Duration
4 years full time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Entry
300-360 points to include a minimum of 240 points from 3 A levels or equivalent, to include 100 points from Mathematics, plus a minimum of two Science or Technology subjects English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5. Other qualifications
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £13,700 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Contact
technology.admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 2555
Department
School of Engineering
Programme specification

Subject:

Engineering

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Hands-on opportunities to gain practical experience by solving real-world problems
  • Approachable and passionate lecturers with industrial experience 
  • Excellent facilities and good employment prospects

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Year one

You will begin the course with the foundations of engineering science and engineering design, including some computer-aided design. You’ll also get the chance to manufacture a product of your own design.

Core units in this year will include:

  • Communication and Engineering Technology Appreciation
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Introduction to Design
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

Year two

Broaden your knowledge gained in the first year. You’ll study further mathematics and engineering science, engineering materials, manufacturing and business, instrumentation and control, and computer-aided engineering.

Core units from this year will include:

  • Computer Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics, Instrumentation and Control
  • Materials and Manufacture (ENG)
  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Programming

Year three and four*

In your third year you will cover solid mechanics, manufacturing systems and sustainable development. There is also a range of topics in your final MEng year including advanced materials, manufacturing and design, energy and environmental management, structural integrity and industrial control systems for you to tailor your studies to your individual interests.

Core units in your third year include:

  • Design and Sustainable Development
  • Individual Project
  • Integrated Engineering Group Business Project
  • Materials, Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Thermofluid Mechanics

To end your studies you will participate in a major group engineering project, normally linked to one of the school’s research or commercial activities such as materials and structural integrity, product design and manufacture, and dynamic systems engineering.

Core units in your final year include:

  • Multidisciplinary Group Project
  • Structural Application of Finite Elements
  • Structural Integrity

Options to choose from in the final year include:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy Management
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Integrated Manufacturing Systems
  • Operations and Quality Management
  • Virtual Prototyping for Production

*This course is also available as a 5-year sandwich (work placement)


Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory and project work, CAE system activity and open access study. The course has a strong practical emphasis and we pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.

How are you assessed?

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations
Dr Zhongyi Zhang

Tutor's view

Dr Zhongyi Zhang
Mechanical Engineering

Our teaching provides you with balanced theoretical knowledge of engineering and technology and the ability to resolve engineering and technological problems. This is complemented by a challenging but rewarding MEng project which is supported by research active staff and labs equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities.

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Laboratories

We offer you a range of labs such as the Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory and the Mechanical Behaviour of Materials Laboratories. All are well-equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities allowing you access to all the equipment and software you need to complete your individual project.

Formula Student

Design, construct and test a competitive race car. Prizes to be won and lots of great networking opportunities as you race on the famous Silverstone circuit in competition with 3,000 students from all over the world.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Ahmed Khalid Hussein, MEng Mechanical Engineering student

I have had a lot of support during my degree - from the Maths Cafe and tutorial sessions.

Ahmed Khalid Hussein, MEng Mechanical Engineering student

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

It is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers and our courses are aimed at educating engineers for a multitude of different careers in engineering and technology. This course puts you in an excellent position to start a career as a professional engineer. Not only does it meet the requirements of the major engineering graduate programmes, it gives you the chance to sample the workplace with a year-long industrial placement. Placement employers may even offer a sponsorship for your remaining years of study, a job offer on graduation, or both.

You could work for a large company, in the Armed Forces or in one of the many small companies within this sector. You could even start your own specialist company.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • mechanical engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make and, more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. Our Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) not only helps you to arrange your placement but acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to your employability as well as assisting you in securing other types of work experience.

Here are some examples of the roles our students have secured for their placements:

  • Undergraduate Engineer at Elta Fans
  • Trainee Project Engineer at RJM International
  • Engineering Graduate at Tulip

Career planning

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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

Katherine Penn, MEng Mechanical Engineering student

The Department is very supportive - I am currently trying to find a placement year and I get emails with new vacancies nearly everyday.

Katherine Penn, MEng Mechanical Engineering student

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