Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

Mechanical engineering is recognised as one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines and offers a wide variety of career options.

Our accredited BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering prepares you for high earning potential as a professional engineer. This programme takes advantage of the University's location in a major industrial centre by providing practical activities in the field and a number of opportunities to engage with industry.Teesside University is a natural choice if you are seeking the skills and knowledge required for employment in industries including aerospace, automotive, marine, manufacturing, medical, rail, renewable energy, oil and gas, power and process.

You may also be interested in our integrated master’s courses:

Professional accreditation

Engineering Council accredited degree Our degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

From Year 1, you are given the opportunity to join the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as a student affiliate member. Your membership grade depends on your experience and qualifications. As you progress, you can apply for a membership upgrade.

This accredited degree provides you with the BEng-level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

 

Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Materials and Sustainability

This module provides you with a foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials, together with a hands-on appreciation of these through laboratory-based practical sessions.

Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance will be explored to highlight factors that influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

Mechanical Engineering Practice

Structural Mechanics

This module introduces common types of structure used in engineering, assesses the types of loads they must resist and provides you with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure.

Specific areas of study include: basic concepts of force, stress and strain; properties of materials and sections; analysis of frames, beams and columns; equilibrium conditions and statical determinacy; beam bending movement, shear force and deflection; and lightweight cables.

Lectures will introduce each major topic on the module with tutorials used to practise calculations. Laboratory practicals are used to investigate the properties of construction materials and develop a deeper understanding of structural theory.

The module is assessed by in-course assignment and an examination, comprising calculations and short answer questions on the module indicative content.

Thermodynamics

You are introduced to the concepts of engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer. You look at the transfer of heat, energy for solids, liquids and gases. You explore the various mechanisms for this heat transfer, quantify these mechanisms and apply them to industrially important equipment, particularly heat exchangers. At the end of the course you will be able to design and analyse heat exchanger systems for a given duty. You look at the engineering thermodynamic properties of pure working fluids. You define, develop and apply a series of thermodynamics principles to solve engineering related problems of increasing difficulty. You explore derivation of the first and second laws of thermodynamic and apply it to real-world analysis of a range of heat-power cycles. You attend a series of preparatory lectures and tutorials.

 

Year 2 core modules

Aeroengines and Rocket Science

You look at the fundamental thermodynamics and operational characteristics of a range of engines and their components including gas turbines, jet engines, turbofans, turboshaft engines, ramjets, scramjets and rockets (which are used in aerospace applications) and torque power producing gas turbines (used in industrial and marine applications).

You explore the fundamental thermodynamics of engine operation, the equation for thrust calculations, Mach number, stagnation properties, shock waves, steady one dimensional flow, and analyses of flows through convergent and convergent-divergent nozzles. You learn how to calculate the performance and efficiencies of the engine and its components.

Components include burners and afterburners, compressors, turbine and nozzles. You also look at the calculation and analyses of flows through compressor and turbine blading stages, and fundamentals of rocket propulsion, trajectory analysis, and performance of solid and liquid rocket engines.

You attend a series of keynote lectures as well as problem-solving tutorials and practical investigations.

Applied Mathematical Methods

Group Design and Build Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through the engineering programmes.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to work in teams in order to solve industrially relevant design problems. In the course of this module, you will develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness, all of which support problem solving in a technical context.

You learn to use theoretical principles in the practice of creating an engineered design item, through group working activities. A problem based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures/ seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development.

You are assessed through two in-course assignments.

Manufacturing Processes

This module provides you with an insight into current manufacturing processes, promoting a deep understanding of technological factors and an awareness of working principles and capabilities. Traditional methods, such as casting and rolling are examined, together with state-of-the-art practices, such as powder metallurgy. You combine a detailed study of selected manufacturing processes with hands-on experience in laboratory-based practical sessions.

You review important aspects of current thinking, such as quality, reliability, sustainability, lean manufacturing and the extensive use of computers in many areas, to ensure an informed picture of modern manufacturing. You also explore the suitability of manufacturing processes for applications, using a framework that recognises the interrelationships of (manufacturing) process, (artefact) function, shape, and materials.

Mechanics of Materials 1

Mechanics of Materials is a branch of mechanics that studies the relationships between the external loads applied to a deformable body and the intensity of internal forces acting within the body. The subject also involves calculating the deformations of the body, and it provided a study of the body’s stability when the body is subjected to external loadings.

This module examines the essential theories and fundamental principles of mechanics of materials, and develops your knowledge, skills, and ability to apply them in mechanical analysis and design.

Product and Assembly Design Modelling

In this module, you develop your skills and knowledge in applying 3-D solid modelling and surface modelling to product design, using industry standard software. You gain a thorough understanding of computer modeling, and how to apply these skills to design engineering components and products.

You model parts with flat and cylindrical type surfaces, as well as those with more complex curved surfaces. The ability to obtain the mass and other properties of models and create orthographic drawings from 3D models will be covered.

You gain a thorough understanding of both static and dynamic hierarchical assemblies and their value to industry, and learn how to produce ‘Bill of Materials’, undertake clearance and interference checks on mating parts, and Tolerance Analysis.

You acquire the ability to animate dynamic assemblies; you create joints and mechanisms to solve for kinematic motions, and you learn how to structure the models effectively and modify them as appropriate.

 

Final-year core modules

Computer Aided Analysis

In this module we develop your knowledge of advanced techniques for the computer based analysis of designs and to use commercial software to solve more complex engineering problems.

You gain a thorough understanding of computer methods for the analysis of detailed design.

Nodes, elements and meshing techniques for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) will be covered.

Types of boundary conditions such as loads and constraints are explained including how to apply them.

You learn how to solve FEA problems and analyse the results. The ability to animate dynamic assemblies is also covered.

You create joints and mechanisms and solve for kinematic motions.

The majority of the learning takes place while undertaking tutorials in computer laboratories.

Lecture time away from the computer room is used to provide background information, theoretical concepts and to discuss the application of the concepts being used in the software.

You are provided with support when undertaking the tutorials and assistance and feedback on your work is given as you progress.

In this module you learn how to:
>pre-process, process and post-process design data
>define meshes and boundary conditions for Finite Element Analyses
>undertake linear static analyses
>look for convergence of iterative solutions
>use programming methods to solve engineering problems
>compare finite difference methods with finite element methods
>elect appropriate methods for the solving of complex engineering problems
>evaluate and reflect on your work.

Dynamics and Vibration

Interdisciplinary Group Project

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team in order to solve a complex employer relevant problem. You gain an understanding of your knowledge and limitations, and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skill set. Working in an interdisciplinary team enables you to successfully resolve problems which otherwise would not have been possible within a single disciplinary team.
You develop a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness in order to support complex problem solving in a technical context, and enhance your awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

Mechanics of Materials 2

This module explores the advanced theory and the principles of the mechanics of materials, and applies them to the analysis of realistic engineering problems.

Specific areas of study include stress concentrations, inelastic deformation and residual stress under axial loading, torsion and bending, transverse shear, failure theory, design of beams and shafts, deflection of beams and shafts, design of columns, thick-walled cylinders and interference fits.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You must attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions. Part of your programme involves a substantial research-based project.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, examinations), but you are also expected to spend time on your own. This self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). During one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

One module in each year of your study involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

Your programme involves a range of assessments including coursework assignments, project reports and formal examinations.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Your offer will be made on the basis of your UCAS application and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS tariff points: 96-112 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including mathematics and physics. Alternative subjects to physics can be considered - for example, electronics, engineering, technology, mechanical principles.

Typical eligible qualifications and subjects include:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A Levels including grade C in mathematics and an analytical science.

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an appropriate discipline including Merit in Further Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma in Engineering
Merit in at least 24 Level 3 credits including mathematics

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade D in higher level Mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate
At least five subjects studied at higher level, including grade B (H2 if awarded after 2016) in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate
Award of IB, including 5 in higher level Mathematics

If the qualification for which you are studying isn’t listed, please contact our admissions team for advice on eligibility.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.

English language and maths requirement
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. Typically, GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4, or passes in Level 2 Functional Skills.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree with integrated foundation year
Our degree courses with an integrated foundation year provide an alternative entry route for students who haven’t studied the mandatory subjects or who have grades below those required for Year 1 entry.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants with previous study and qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2 of this degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Graduate mechanical engineers can seek employment in almost every sector of industry, including: automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, marine, medical, rail, power, processing, chemical, oil and gas, and food production industries.

Some examples of mechanical engineering graduates' first destinations are:
• Paul Metcalfe is working with Cummins as a design engineer
• Ashliegh Williams is working with K Home International Ltd (KHI) as a polydimethylsiloxane piping design engineer
• Martin Axon is working with Rolls Royce as a graduate engineer
• Kris Rickman-Gilyeat gained a placement with Ardmore Criag and Hiley Engineering, and later joined Tata Steel.

Working as a mechanical engineer.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: H300 BEng/ME
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

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Part-time

From Sept 2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 4-6 years (4 years by direct entry for candidates qualified to HNC level)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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