Undergraduate study

Course overview

This programme provides the knowledge and skills required to enter industries such as aerospace, robotics, automotive, manufacturing, medical, marine, rail, renewable energy, oil and gas, power and process.

The University has exceptional links with local engineering companies, allowing you to enhance your experience and employability through placements and professional mentoring schemes.

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).

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

This MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for 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

Years 1, 2 and 3 of the course incorporate some modules from BEng Mechanical Engineering but overall you study a wider range of modules through the MEng programme. You cover technical subject areas as well as developing management, leadership and entrepreneurship skills. You also complete practical activities including group-work and individual projects.

Year 1 provides a broad foundation in the core subjects of mechanical engineering. This is developed and strengthened in Year 2. In Year 3 you can choose to spend a year working in industry, gaining relevant experience which can enhance your education and employment prospects. Years 4 and 5 consolidate the key concepts of the first two years and promote a deepening of understanding through advanced study and project work.

Two key themes run each year: professional skills and career development; and a group design project to foster problem-based learning and to encourage teamwork and interpersonal skills. The group design projects provide an opportunity for you to become involved in the Teesside Formula Student initiative.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules


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.


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.

Dynamic Analysis and Aerolasticity

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 core modules


Aerodynamics is an applied science, which finds practical application in many areas of engineering. Irrespective of the complexity of a particular problem, the use of aerodynamics provides insight into either the loadings on a body moving through air, or determination of airflows moving through, or around, physical systems.

This module introduces aerodynamics, developing the fundamentals of the discipline and applying these to a number of examples and case studies, involving both streamlined and bluff bodies. A key aspect of the module is to provide practical experience of the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to analyse a variety of flows.

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.

Integrated Masters Engineering Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Interdisciplinary Group Project (MEng)

This module provides you with the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team to solve a complex, employer-relevant problem. 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 an interdisciplinary team enables problems to be successfully resolved 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 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.

A problem-based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures and seminars are delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You are assessed through one in-course assignment.

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.


and one optional module

Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Design

You gain a sound understanding of design and engineering principles related to automotive and vehicle design, including the design cycle from concept to production, and the processes required to realise this. You develop an appreciation and understanding of the major components of vehicle design - chassis, drivetrain, engine, braking systems, gearbox and suspension and steering. You also explore the implications of regulations and rules governing vehicle design and their impact upon safety and environmental factors.

Product Design Management

Product innovation is a key driver of industry. Intensifying competition and growing product complexity, together with increasing market volatility and ever shorter lead times mean that a systematic approach to product development is essential. In particular, integrated approaches to the management of energy, material and information flows during the product design stage are indispensable to the timely introduction of quality products with desirable features at attractive prices.

This module equips you with a deep understanding of product development cycles, with a particular emphasis on the integrated management of energy, material and information flows during (product) design involving collaboration (design teams), multiple variants and a synthesis of industrial and technical design aspects


Final-year core modules

Continuum Mechanics

You develop a unifying, mathematically rigorous approach to mechanics. Through (Cartesian) tensors, you understand a universal framework of mechanical principles, which applies to all materials and integrates classical treatment of fluids and solids with more recent developments in rheology. This theoretical development is put into context through extensive use of examples drawn from “real world” applications.

Industrial Related Group Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through the engineering programmes. This module provides you with the opportunity to work in a team to solve a complex industrial related problem. Where possible, the team is linked directly to a company which has an identified problem suitable for a project to be undertaken. You undertake visits to the company and may be based there for two intensive weeks during the year.

This gives you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations and the importance of working with other members of a team as well as those outside of the team from other industrial departments. It develops a highly tuned set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support complex problem solving in a technical context and enable students to make judgements on professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

Integrated Masters Engineering Research Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Enterprise is about spotting opportunities, creating new ideas and having the confidence and capabilities to turn these ideas into working realities. Entrepreneurship is about using enterprise to create new business and new businesses.

This module covers a range of topics related to enterprise, entrepreneurship and the development of an inspirational leader. The skills and knowledge needed to set up and operate an engineering business will be covered. You will review their current approach to leadership, developed in earlier modules and explore your own unique leadership style. You will obtain feedback on your leadership profile from your peers and discover new capabilities. They will clarify your own sense of purpose and learn practises for sustaining yourself, your teams and your organisations.

Lectures and seminars will provide core material and explore case studies. You will work in small facilitated groups during the seminar sessions where you will examine case studies in detail and develop business plans.


and two optional modules

CAD/CAM and Product Development

This module allows you to gain knowledge of time compression technologies to design and deliver innovative products that reduce time to market. It includes a study of rapid prototyping and product development techniques, alongside a review of collaborative product development and concurrent design engineering strategies, using 3D modeling to reduce manufacturing lead-time to the minimum.

You examine various software packages, and the application of CAD/CAM to a number of engineering subjects, and you are encouraged to take a critical view of such packages, evaluating their integration with other systems.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

The ultimate goal of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is to gain insight into the physical phenomena in fluid flows around and within particular objects. These include dissipation, diffusion, convection, shock waves, slip, boundary layer and turbulence. Many important aspects of these phenomena and their interrelations are nonlinear and typically have no analytical solution. While this motivates the use of computational approaches, even advanced CFD codes may give rise to incorrect predictions of fluid flows, if used without sufficient grasp of the underlying algorithms and appreciation of the physics involved. This module aims to elucidate the principles underpinning CFD, combining theoretical development with practical experience of appropriate software. The module develops a foundation for understanding, analysing and developing successful simulations of fluid flows applicable to a broad range of applications. Lectures will develop a sound foundation of fundamental topics and problem-solving tutorial sessions will be used to deepen understanding and to develop competence. IT Laboratory Sessions will be used to provide you with skills and knowledge of how to implement numerical methods. Assessment will comprise one in-course assignment and an end examination.

Finite Element Methods

You gain practical experience of commercially available finite element packages. The application of the method is demonstrated using a number of case studies, and you are encouraged to use the technique as an extension of your standard text books in solving design and manufacturing problems.

Manufacturing Systems

Manufacturing technology is of paramount importance, as no manufacturing industry can exist without it. Modern manufacturing technology entails a diverse range of disciplines and their interaction including Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, Materials, Processes, and Manufacturing Automation.

This module considers typical hardware and software involved with automated machinery and production processes: showing how machines can be integrated into flexible cells and flexible manufacturing systems and, when linked with appropriate production management software, into computer integrated manufacturing systems.

You extend your knowledge and skills within the context of the manufacturing industries, and gain practical experience in the specification, design, and build of an automated manufacturing system You are also introduced to the fundamental concepts for production, utilising lean manufacturing principles and practices and a detailed investigation of a topic of current engineering such as: computer-aided manufacturing, special topics in robotics, and lean/agile manufacturing.

Quality and Supply Chain Management (MEng)

This module investigates a range of applied quality management techniques and enables you to develop the skills necessary to apply these techniques to your own work environment.

You also examine the appropriate statistical techniques in quality control, auditing, supply chain management and a range of accreditation schemes including BRC, EFSIS, ISO, UKAS and industry standards.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You must attend a range of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory and practical sessions. You also do group project work and undertake an individual, research-based project during Years 3 and 4.

The programme provides contact teaching and assessment hours including lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects and examinations. You are expected to supplement this with self-study. This includes reviewing lecture notes and slides, reading around module content using recommended texts, completing coursework, assignments and projects, and revising for assessment.

Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits. Each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment made up of contact hours and self-study hours. This means that during one year of full-time study you will complete 1,200 hours of learning and assessment.

One module in each of your first three years of 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 includes a range of assessments including assignments, project reports and 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: 112-128 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including mathematics. The preferred second subject is physics, but alternative science, technology and engineering subjects are also acceptable.

Typical mandatory subject grades include:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A Levels including grade B in mathematics

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an appropriate discipline including distinction in further mathematics

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

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade C in higher level mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate
At least five subjects studied at higher level, including grade A (H1 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.

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 routes
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our BEng (Hons) degree courses.

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

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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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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:
• 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 Craig and Hiley Engineering, and later joined Tata Steel.


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Entry to 2018/19 academic year

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

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The final year is discounted from £9,250 to £4,500

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  • Length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: H301 MEng/ME
  • Typical offer: 112-128 tariff points

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