Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering BEng (Hons)

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UCAS Code
HH37
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you've got an interest in engineering and want to lead from the front by designing and building products that are smarter, faster and more efficient, this is the ideal course for you.

On this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of engineering science and design, including Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and specialise in more advanced subjects such as engineering programming and sustainable development.

You'll create your own designs in our manufacturing workshops and have the option to get involved in the University's Formula Student racing team.

After the course, you'll be set to work in engineering and technology in areas such as manufacturing and the armed forces. Or you could start you own specialist company.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), meeting in full the academic requirement for IEng (Incorporated Engineer) and in part the academic requirement for CEng (Chartered Engineer).

This course is also accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and electrical and electronic principles
  • Specialise in advanced subjects such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) engineering, sustainable product development and design for quality
  • Use our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities
  • Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our manufacturing workshops
  • Have to option to expand your learning and meet potential employers by completing your final-year project in industry
  • Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many opportunities open to you when you graduate.

What can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including:

  • product design
  • manufacturing and installation
  • project management
  • research development

What jobs can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • manufacturing engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

I enjoyed my course, particularly the project based learning, which allowed practical work to be carried out alongside the theory.

Sophie Washington, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Student

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Introduction to Design
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials and Manufacturing Technology
  • Mathematical Principles

Core modules in this year include:

  • Computer-Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture
  • Engineering Design
  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Control Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering Programming
  • Institution-wide Language Programme

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have been on placements to companies such as:

  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • Renishaw
  • Eaton

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or in a group.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • BEng Individual Project
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (Product Realisation)
  • Design for Quality
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory and project work
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
  • independent study

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • written coursework
  • multiple-choice tests
  • presentations
  • mini projects
  • a major piece of supervised independent work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 80-96 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,400 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

There may be occasional trips for which you will be asked to contribute £25 a trip.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – HH37
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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