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Mechanical Engineering (BEng)

  • H300

3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Mechanical Engineering is the creative application of science and expertise to the design, construction and operation of products and processes. From the design of jet engines and racing cars to the production of consumer goods, mechanical engineers are essential, and combine imagination with modern technology to offer innovative solutions to meet the complex requirements of society and industry. In all industrial sectors, Chartered Mechanical Engineers develop well-designed products, manufacture them by efficient processes and sell them skilfully on world markets. Choosing this degree means that you will receive a sound training in the fundamentals and applications of engineering principles, and can look forward to a challenging and rewarding career.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering course is also available with the following options, click on the links below to find out more:

Key Facts

UCAS Code H300
Duration 3 years
How to apply www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply
Accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Energy.

The BEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and partially satisfies the educational base for a Chartered Engineer. (A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.)

Typical places available The school admits c350 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes
Typical applications received c1,900
Scholarships & Bursaries www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships
Fees www.cardiff.ac.uk/fees
Typical A-level offer AAA
Admissions Tutors Dr Rhys Pullin
Tel Number 029 2087 4656
Email address engineering-ug@cardiff.ac.uk
School website www.cardiff.ac.uk/engin

Mechanical Engineering is the creative application of science and expertise to the design, construction and operation of products and processes. From the design of jet engines and racing cars to the production of consumer goods, mechanical engineers are essential, and combine imagination with modern technology to offer innovative solutions to meet the complex requirements of society and industry. In all industrial sectors, Chartered Mechanical Engineers develop well-designed products, manufacture them by efficient processes and sell them skilfully on world markets. Choosing this degree means that you will receive a sound training in the fundamentals and applications of engineering principles, and can look forward to a challenging and rewarding career.

There is a great deal of choice available to you at the Cardiff School of Engineering as it is one of a few Schools to offer both sandwich and full time MEng and BEng degree schemes in Mechanical Engineering.

The BEng Programme

The BEng is the more traditional way of studying engineering and involves three years of study, or four if you choose the Year in Industry option. Not all Engineers wish to seek chartered status – you may be interested in other aspects of research for example, or a career in the Forces, the financial sector, or may prefer consultancy work – in these cases the BEng degree may prove to be a more appropriate choice for you than the MEng. You can still obtain Chartered Engineer status with a BEng degree, but bear in mind that the Engineering Institutions may require further studies to be undertaken. The BEng is highly regarded by employers.

Both the BEng and the MEng degrees are fully accredited by the Institutions of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Energy.

At Cardiff, we place a great emphasis on flexibility, and appreciate that you may be unsure of your future and which path to choose. If you are unable to decide which degree programme is the right one for you, you can change your course at a later date.

Course Structure

In Years One and Two, you will develop a thorough understanding of the basic mechanical disciplines of dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, design, materials, solid mechanics, statics and control. These modules are supported by studies in mathematics, computing, electrical engineering, manufacturing and professional engineering studies. Design projects and laboratory exercises provide students with the opportunity to practise and integrate all the skills learned.

In the third year of the BEng programme, in addition to the basic elements, a wide range of specialist subjects such as tribology, energy studies, machines or further language studies are offered as options. You will have the opportunity to choose modules according to your particular requirements. At this stage, design remains an important aspect of the degree programme structure, along with the individual project, which can be design, research or industrially based.

You will undertake an individual project in which you will research, manage and present a report for assessment. Whilst we encourage students to take ownership of their projects, an academic supervisor is nominated to you to provide guidance and encouragement.

Teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Please click here for further details of module or course structure.

The Cardiff School of Engineering is an integrated School with a reputation for providing education of the highest quality. The School is renowned for its up-to-date teaching and research facilities and its strong links with industry. The School’s graduate students are in great demand from industry and the public sector across the UK, and internationally.

No matter which degree programme you choose, you will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by the practical aspects of engineering which are taught through laboratory and project-based work. On average, you will have 20 hours of timetabled lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials each week and will be expected to supplement this with your own private study. Our teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Each semester consists of eleven teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period. Staff are always happy to clarify any material or answer any of your questions and help with specific aspects of a module can be directly obtained from your lecturers.

Your progress in each module is usually assessed mid-way through each semester (through a one hour test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using a variety of different methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Your first year of academic life will expose you to a broad range of new and exciting experiences. To help you through this transitional period in your life, upon starting your studies at Cardiff, you will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree programme. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner as and when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Typical A-level Offer

AAA

A-level Mathematics is required (or equivalent)

Typical WBQ Offer Pass the Advanced Diploma and grades AA at A-level, one of which must be Maths
Typical Int Bacc Offer 32 - 36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

Mechanical Engineering

Employment prospects for Mechanical Engineers from Cardiff are excellent, with recent statistics indicating that the vast majority are following chosen career paths within six months of graduating. A substantial number of graduates work in product design for the automotive, aeronautical, communications and energy industries. Some are employed in medical engineering, others are travelling the world for the petrochemical industry, whilst some are involved in development, production and general management. A few choose to use their degrees as a qualification to enable them to work in other disciplines. Those who have followed this route typically work in the Forces, the financial sector, the legal profession, chartered accountancy or computing. With such high calibre and broad opportunities, a career in Mechanical Engineering is varied, challenging and rewarding.

Engineering in general

In 2010, 89% of the School’s graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation.. Our graduates occupy key positions in leading firms where engineering skills are required, such as Halcrow, Atkins, BP, BAe Sytems, RWE npower, Mott McDonald, Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Ford, Tata Steel, Nokia, Bosch, and beyond. Our graduates have also moved on to work within local governments, UK and international utility companies and organisations such as Climate Energy and GlaxoSmithKline.

If you are seeking to formally enhance your degree, choosing the Year in Industry programme at Cardiff is a good option as we have an official partnership with the City and Guilds of London Institute which will enable you to achieve the Senior Award of Licentiateship after successfully completing your placement. This is a professional qualification which rewards work related competence and expertise and is widely recognised by employers. If you hold the award you are entitled to use the letters LCGI after your name.

Being at the forefront of engineering research means that Cardiff has excellent links with industry and the policy of the school is scrutinised by a panel of top industrialists on a regular basis. In addition, numerous links have been developed with companies, both in the UK and overseas, through our Year in Industry programmes and through consultancy work by staff. This involves advising on matters such as energy policy, bridge design, magnetic materials and semiconductor devices. You can be confident therefore that Cardiff’s School of Engineering has an ethos which is entirely focused on providing you with the knowledge, experience and connections to succeed in your chosen career.

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Rhys Pullin  

Telephone: 029 2087 4656 

Fax:  

Email: engineering-ug@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: www.cardiff.ac.uk/engin

More information

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