Undergraduate study
Mechanical Engineering (Top-up)

Mechanical Engineering (Top-up)
BEng Tech (Hons)

 
 

Course overview

This top-up mechanical engineering degree is ideal if you are currently qualified to QCF Level 5 Higher in the general area of mechanical engineering, and want to further your educational development to degree level and possibly beyond to master’s degree level. Eligible qualifications include Higher National Diplomas and foundation degrees.

The programme deepens your knowledge of subject areas previously studied as part of your HND, foundation degree or equivalent to help improve your career prospects. You gain a rounded knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering, and the skills to analyse complex mechanical engineering problems. The programme embraces a broad spectrum of engineering topics and in addition includes transferable and team-working skill sets that employers view as important.

 

Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Applied Mechanics of Materials

You examine specific areas including: stress concentrations, stress and strain transformation, axial loading, inelastic deformation, torsion, bending, transverse shear, buckling, introduction of failure theory, design of beams and shafts; deflection of beams and shafts, design of columns and pressurized cylinders.

You are introduced to each major topic in your lecture, looking at conceptual and theoretical development and their applications to realistic engineering problems, through worked examples. In your tutorials you practice application of methods and provide feedback. In laboratory sessions you investigate the behaviour of components and develop a deeper understanding of the theory and principles.

You are assessed by a laboratory report (30%) and an examination (70%).

Computer Aided Analysis (BEng Tech)

In this module, your knowledge of advanced techniques is developed for the computer-based analysis of designs and for using commercial software to solve more complex engineering problems.

You will 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 will learn how to solve FEA problems and analyse the results. Advanced techniques utilising adaptive and optimisation methods for solving complex engineering problems will also be covered.

The majority of the learning will take place in computer-based tutorials. Lecture time will be used to provide background information, theoretical concepts and to discuss the application of the concepts being used in the software.

Group Design

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in a team to solve a complex engineering design and implementation problem related to your chosen BEng Tech pathway. It gives you 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 a team enables problems to be successfully resolved which would not have been possible within a single individual. This module develops a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support complex problem solving in a technical context and enhance the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

A problem-based learning approach is adopted and, where appropriate, supporting lectures and seminars are delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development.

Product Quality and Reliability

This module equips you with appropriate industrial concepts of quality systems and reliability methods relevant to industrial applications. You consider statistical methods relating to quality control and reliability problems, together with product quality and the use of quality tools.

Project (BEng Tech)

This module advances the development of your independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. You are given training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. You also 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. You are supported through regular tutorial sessions and project supervision meetings.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

The programme comprises 120 credits accumulated from classroom-based modules, laboratory-based modules, a Group Design Project and an Individual Engineering Project.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratories, projects, examinations). You are also expected to spend time on your own - this self-study time is to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. In most cases, around 60 hours will be spent in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The remaining learning time is for you to use to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits, so, during one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

Some of the modules involve compulsory one-week block delivery periods (Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm). These are intensive problem-solving sessions designed to enhance team-working and provide you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems.

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including examination and in-course assessment with some utilising other approaches such as group-work or verbal/poster presentations.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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.

On successful completion of this degree with at least 2.2 honours, you are eligible to apply for a place on a postgraduate master's programme at Teesside University, further enhancing your job and career prospects.

 
 

Full-time

Entry to 2018/19 academic year

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

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: H303 Tech/ME
  • Call us on 0800 952 0226 about our entry requirements

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Part-time

From Sept 2018 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2 years
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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Accommodation

Live in affordable accommodation right on-campus

 

Campus

Study in our town-centre campus with over £270m of recent investment

 

Industry ready

Benefit from work placements, live projects, accredited courses

 

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Facilities

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.

     
  • On video

    Mechanical engineering students – join the winning team

    Watch mechanical engineering students from Teesside University get a taste of life in the fast lane as they put a race car they have built through its paces.

     
 
 

Open days

 
 

17 November 2018
Undergraduate open day

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