Undergraduate study
Mechanical Engineering (Top-up)

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

UCAS code: H303 Tech/ME

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 BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) and foundation degrees (Fd).

Course information


  • Length: 1 year

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  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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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.

  • 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)

  • 100% of our BEng Tech (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Top-up) degree graduates are in work or further study (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015-16)

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 Engineering Analysis

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.

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

This module will introduce you to the practice of creating an engineered design and the organisational issues of controlling a group project. It will provide you with the opportunity to work in a team to solve a well-defined problem. It will give you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations and the importance of working with other members of a team.

There is one week-long assignment period allocated to this module and this allows the real-time application of skills and knowledge developed in the preceding weeks to be applied to enable manufacture of the designed product.

Each group of students will be expected to produce a tangible output from the design and manufacturing work which will account for 60% of the module. For the remaining 40% of marks students will be assessed on the group work process.

Individual Project

You will develop your independent learning skills by investigating an area of science or engineering for an extended period. You will produce a report or dissertation of your work, along with a verbal or poster presentation, or both. Your topic can be in the form of a research project, a design project or dissertation. You will develop key skills in research, applying and creating knowledge.

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.


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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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.

Entry requirements

Edexcel/BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) or equivalent equivalent in a closely related discipline.

International students must also provide evidence of English language skills equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component. International students should also read the information on our international pages.

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

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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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Course information


  • Length: 1 year

More full-time details


  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information