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Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

If you are interested in solving problems and the technicalities of how things work, then this mechanical engineering degree is for you.

Mechanical engineers design and manufacture anything that has moving parts, from automotive transmissions to prosthetic devices, gas turbines, wind turbines, robots and machine tools.

You gain knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering subjects including mechanics, dynamics, fluids, thermodynamics, materials, digital engineering, computer-aided-design, electrical principles, finite element analysis, manufacturing, product development and assembly line modelling. An optional work placement year is included, at no extra cost.

Top reasons to mechanical engineering at Teesside

  • Extra curricula activities: take part in projects including the Design Challenge, Formula Student and Formula Student AI.
  • Prepare for your studies: develop your understanding in maths with our free online Mathematics for University course.
  • Earn while you learn: join our AdEDA scheme and you can switch to an apprenticeship course, undertaking a degree while you look for employment.

Alongside the optional work placement year, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities.
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Professional accreditation

Engineering Council accredited degree This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from the Engineering Council, for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Further masters-level accredited learning is required to complete the educational base for full CEng status.

An accredited degree is more likely to be favoured by UK and overseas employers.

 
 

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, properties of fluids, hydrostatics, continuity equation, Bernoulli's equation, flow measurements, real flow in pipes, friction losses and momentum equation, pumps and turbines, and external flow.

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

You develop and enhance the practical, professional and mechanical engineering skills necessary for success in both the academic and work environment. This practically-focused module enables you to develop your knowledge, confidence and practical skills. You also look at creating an engineered design and the organisational issues of controlling a project.

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

You develop mathematical knowledge in differential equations and numerical methods and extend your base of techniques to solve a variety of problems which arise in engineering domains. The emphasis is on developing competence in the identification of the most appropriate method to solve a given problem and its subsequent application.

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.

 

Optional work placement year

Work placement

You have the option to spend one year in industry learning and developing your skills. We encourage and support you with applying for a placement, job hunting and networking.

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

Many employers view a placement as a year-long interview, therefore placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process. Benefits 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.

If you are unable to secure a work placement with an employer, then you simply continue on a course without the work placement.

 

Final-year core modules

Collaborative Group Project

You work in a team to solve a complex employer-relevant problem, gaining an understanding of your knowledge and limitations, and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skillset.

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 the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace.

Computer Aided Engineering

In this module you will develop knowledge of performing Geometric Design and Finite Element Analysis using industrial based software. Emphasis is given on understanding underlying hypothesis and limitations of practical solution methods. You will de-velop skills on geometric design techniques, covering 2D sketches and 3D models. Techniques to manipulate geometric design, including element types and meshing will be covered. You will also examine the types of boundary conditions such as loads and constraints and learn how to apply them.

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

Dynamics and Vibration

Engineers design, develop, construct and test devices and systems which operate on basic principles of dynamics and vibration. The development of reliable systems depends on the engineer’s understanding of the response of the system to externally applied loads. The system’s response can be predicted using models that may be analytical, numerical or mathematical in nature. The analysis of physical systems to predict their responses to loads is fundamental to the study of engineering mechanics. Dynamics is a branch of mechanics that studies the properties and behaviours of objects in motion.

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 learn through lectures, seminars and hands-on lab sessions. You are also expected to undertake self-guided study to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through coursework assignments, project reports and formal exams.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Typically 96-112 UCAS points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including maths.

We accept A-levels, BTECs, Access or equivalent UK and international qualifications.

English language
At least Level 2 literacy skills. For example GCSE English language grade 4 or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills.

International students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the entry requirements by studying one or more Summer University short courses.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants qualified to at least BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines, giving you a variety of career options. You 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.

Our graduates are employed by companies such as Cummins Engines Ltd, Caterpillar Ltd, Gestamp Talent, Hitachi Rail, Nissan, Rolls Royce plc, PD Ports Ltd
Sabre Rail Services Ltd, Sellafield Ltd, Subsea Innovation Ltd.

You are prepared for the world of work through company visits and industry inspired project work, and placements and industry events with North East Regional Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Cleveland Institution of Engineers.

Our Student Futures careers and employability team can help you map out your future career.

Working as a mechanical engineer.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: H300 BEng/ME
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

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Part-time

2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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