Undergraduate study
Mechanical Engineering with Industry

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Industry

UCAS code: H302 BEng/MEI

Our Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) accredited BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree will set you on the path for high earning potential as a professional engineer.

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Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a work placement year)

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  • Not available part-time

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    Reporting on engineering at Teesside University

    A tour of Teesside University engineering facilities and employer partnerships, enabling us to produce graduates ready for the world of work.

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  • Employer quote

    James Guyett, , Cummins UK, Darlington Engine Plant

    Teesside University has been chosen as an establishment with an excellent reputation in the engineering discipline and delivers high quality talent in the engineering field year on year. We welcome any applications from previous students who you believe have strong leadership and technical skills. The graduate role starts at a salary of £25,856.

    Cummins UK, Darlington Engine Plant. This is an external website. The link to Cummins UK, Darlington Engine Plant will open in a new window.

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The North East is a major centre for industries constantly seeking well-qualified mechanical engineering graduates, and this programme takes advantage of the University's location by providing you with significant practical elements and opportunity to engage with industry.

Teesside University is a natural choice if you are seeking a solid base of engineering knowledge and skills for a wide range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine, renewable energy, oil and gas, and process industries. Salaries vary from company to company and some sectors attract higher salaries, according to demand.

Teesside University has exceptional links with local engineering companies, allowing you to enhance your experience and employability.

  • Our mechanical engineering degrees are ranked 7th in the country for student satisfaction with teaching (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 3rd in the country for teaching quality (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
  • Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 4th in the country for student experience (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)


    • You may also be interested in our integrated master’s courses:MEng (Hons) Mechanical EngineeringMEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Industry

      Professional accreditation

      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).

      This accredited degree will provide 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 structure

Year 1 core modules

Calculus

Introducing the skills you need to study engineering at degree level, this module covers differential and integral calculus.

You develop your mathematical skills and learn techniques of fundamental operations such as differentiation and integration to solve differential equations.

You also improve your ability to select and apply appropriate calculus techniques to solve engineering problems.

Electrical Principles

You are introduced to the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. You are also introduced to a range of standard electrical circuits and how these may be applied in engineering problems. You attend a series of weekly lectures to learn the theory, discuss applications and for solving simplified illustrative examples. You also attend practical sessions to reinforce the lecture material and develop practical electrical skills.

Engineering Design and CAD

This module introduces you to the basic principles and practice of engineering design and the use of Computer Aided Design systems. You gain an understanding of the methods of graphical communication, competing requirements, and how to organise design data. CAD is used to produce simple, orthographic, and schematic representations of engineered components.

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.

Group Design Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through the engineering programmes. You are introduced to the practice of creating an engineered design and the organisational issues of controlling a group project. You work in a team to solve a well-defined problem. You gain an understanding of your knowledge and limitations and the importance of working with other team members. There is a week-long assignment allocated to this module that allows the real-time application of skills and knowledge developed in the preceding weeks to be applied to enable you to manufacture the designed product.

Professional Skills for Mechanical Engineers

Knowledge of your degree subject is not the only thing you learn at university and it’s not the only thing that potential employers are looking for after you graduate. This module is the first in a series in which key skills are explicitly developed and assessed, by means of a series of learning activities while also teaching you key aspects of your chosen subject. You also develop a range of skills which are applicable in all walks of life – clear and effective communication to different audiences, both orally and written; making an effective contribution as a member of a team, and working independently or on your own initiative when required; tackling problems when you don't have all the necessary knowledge; locating information and assessing its usefulness; and making efficient and effective use of the latest information technology. You also learn to assess your own performance – recognising and building on your strengths, and identifying and improving your weaknesses. This module also facilitates personal development planning.

Properties of Materials

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.

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

Aero Engines 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.

Dynamic Analysis

Engineers are responsible for the design, construction, and testing of the devices we use. In doing so, they need a deep understanding of the physics that underpins these devices, and must be familiar with mathematical models that predict system behaviour. You learn how to analyze and predict the behaviour of physical systems by studying mechanics.

Dynamics is a branch of elementary mechanics that studies the object in motion. The results obtained from dynamics directly apply to many fields of engineering. This module develops the essential theories and fundamental principles of dynamic and vibration analysis, and enhances your knowledge, skills, and ability to apply them to the analysis of dynamic and vibration problems.

Employment Skills for Engineers

You develop your self-marketing, confidence and professional skills that are typically demanded by potential graduate employers.

You are introduced to a number of role-play selection exercises often used by graduate employers; these can include preparing covering letters and CVs, online application forms, attending mock interviews, completing psychometric tests, delivering presentations and contributing to assessment centre tasks.

You develop the necessary skills to succeed at the above exercises using a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) format to emphasise the importance of skills development and career management. This module is also supported by the University’s Careers Service at key stages throughout the lecture plan.

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.

Numerical Methods for Engineers

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

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.

 

Year 3 work placement

Final-year core modules

Applied Dynamics

This module explores the advanced theories and principles of dynamics and vibration, and develops your knowledge, skills, and ability to apply them in realistic engineering problems.

Specific areas of study include computational application of Newton’s Laws in vehicle dynamics, vibration of multiple degrees of freedom systems, vibration of distributed systems, and machine balancing.

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.

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.

Internal Combustion Engines

You study the fundamentals of the design and operation of internal combustion engines, and how this affects their performance, operation and environmental impact. You develop the techniques and tools necessary to analyse and design internal combustion engines.

Management Skills for Engineers

You develop advanced interpersonal skills that enable you to integrate into the workplace. You develop key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. Issues such as ethics, conflict in a team, equality and diversity, presenting to challenging non-technical audiences such as members of the public or the media and corporate responsibility are considered from a senior management perspective.

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 are expected to 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 10 hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). So, 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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Work placement year

Teesside University's School of Science, Engineering & Design produces graduates with the problem-solving and leadership skills necessary to forge successful careers.

This programme allows you to spend one year learning and developing your skills through work experience. You will have a dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service to assist you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Throughout this programme, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.



We encourage and support you in your search and application for a work placement. If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

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.

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 include

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A-Levels including grade C in mathematics and physics

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

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

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade D in higher level mathematics and physics

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

International Baccalaureate
Award of International Baccalaureate including 5 in higher level mathematics and physics

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
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our degree courses with an integrated foundation year. The recommended extended route for this course is BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Extended).

Guaranteed Place Scheme (for UK/EU students only)
If you have completed Level 3 qualifications (for example AS Levels, BTEC Nationals) and have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and mathematics, you may be eligible for a guaranteed place on an Extended degree course in your chosen subject whilst still working towards meeting the conditions required for a course with higher entry requirements.
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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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Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a work placement year)

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Part-time

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