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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Sandwich including Professional Placement)

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Institution C58

UCAS H310

Bognor Regis campus

3 - 4 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A levels: BBC - CCC (including Mathematics)

BTEC: DMM - MMM (including Engineering, Maths or Science)

GCSEs: Mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points (including Higher Mathematics and a science)

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Not sure you can reach these entry requirements? Take a look at our integrated foundation year.

Course content

TOP 5 UNIVERSITY FOR COURSES AND LECTURERS

(WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020)

Course Overview

Each academic year of the BEng. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree centres on a two-semester long design-build challenge.

The knowledge and techniques that you will apply in your design-build challenges are gained in workshops/seminars and practical/lab based modules that are specific to Mechanical Engineering. Design-build-test challenges start with a design brief, to which you must apply the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) engineering cycle.

In your first year of study, you will take part in a team CDIO challenge with other students from the Mechanical Engineering cohort. The second year CDIO challenge is an interdisciplinary team challenge, where you will tackle your design brief with students from other engineering cohorts. In the final year, you will work on an individual project and present your work technically to other engineers and to a non-technical audience.

Why this degree?

The course contains many specialist modules required to provide you with the breadth knowledge and skills needed for a career in engineering and science:  In your first year, you will study engineering mathematics along with modules on mechanics, materials and thermodynamics, which form the foundation of mechanical engineering. You will also study circuit theory, electromagnetism and computer programming.

The second year of study introduces topics that are more advanced, which include manufacturing techniques & materials, control and electromechanical systems as well as the mathematical tools needed.

Industry placement typically begins after the second year. Following the placement you will return to complete you degree (effectively extending your study by one year)

The final year teaches the engineering management, finance, law and ethics expected of a professional engineer and has module options, allowing you to specialise your field of study.

Read our Engineering Department brochure.

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Engineering department, ask them questions and explore the campus. 

Alternatively, we are open all year round for campus tours, so why not book on and come and visit Chichester. 

Our facilities

Mechanical Engineering is taught in our state of the art Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

The Tech Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.

With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy world class facilities for engineering education including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences

  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities

  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories

  • Machine tool workshop

  • Specialist 3D printers

  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design

The Tech Park is situated on our Bognor Regis campus, with our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) at the heart of the campus, which hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study.

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans. 

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park is based on our Bognor Regis Campus, located just 600 metres from the beach and next door to the leafy and tranquil Hotham Park.

Where this can take you

Engineering graduates are prized by a wide range of companies and employers.

As a numerate and scientifically trained thinker, you’ll have skills that are immediately transferable to a diverse range of sectors.

Our inclusion of specific business and enterprise units will provide you with a rounder set of skills than your engineering science knowledge alone, providing you with the know-how to set up your own business, if you so wish, and enabling you to stand-out in the competitive jobs market.  

With an engineering degree you’ll have a huge choice of routes for employment, whether or not you choose to following a career in engineering after you graduate. 

Work placements

You can apply for a year long industrial placement in your second year of study. 

The placement typically begins after the second year and following the placement, you will return to complete your degree (effectively extending your study by one year). 

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage. 

This is a competitive process and, although staff will assist you in finding a suitable placement, a placement is not guaranteed.

Our Engineering degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses. This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Tech Park will offer students the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.

It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.

Indicative modules

LEVEL 4 (1ST YEAR)

Mathematical Principles I

This is an introductory module to provide the foundation mathematics for Engineering. The module assumes some experience in applied mathematics at level 3 (A level, BTech). The module is essential for studying other modules in both electrical and mechanical engineering and is followed at level 5 by Mathematical Principles II.

Mechanical Principles

The module provides you with an introduction to statics, dynamics thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to provide you with a wide understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering.

Electrical Principles

The module provides you with the fundamentals, tools and techniques required for DC and AC circuit analysis. In addition, it Introduces the fundamental properties of electromagnetic fields and their application in engineering context.

Computer Aided Engineering

This module provides a basic introduction to several software packages that are used in the BEng. degrees and is aimed at providing a basic competency in using the software package. The module also stresses the importance that CAE plays in modern engineering practice.   

1st Year Engineering Projects

This year-long module provides to the opportunities to work in groups on a defined project, offered by the departmental staff. It allows the you to develop your research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion. You will develop skills in appraising your results in order to identify solutions supported by relevant theory and literature. In this module you will also get the opportunity to develop your skills in time management, constructing and documenting a detailed project plan and presenting your work practically, visually and through presentation.

1st Year Engineering Labs

The module aims to develop basic laboratory and analytical techniques and develop their mathematical, statistical and IT skills.

You will practice recording laboratory data and maintaining a lab-book. You are encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively in order to interpret laboratory data and understand them in light of available literature. You will be communicating your findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.

LEVEL 5 (2nd YEAR)

Control & Instrumentation

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the important fields of instrumentation, sensing and control design for electromechanical systems. This provides a framework for you to develop the ability to select a suitable transducer and associated system for a given measurement application and to consider possible alternative solutions and demonstrate a thorough understanding of feedback control system principles.

Mathematical Principles II

This is a follow on module to Mathematical Principles I and builds on knowledge and techniques provided by the level 4 module. The module assumes students have studied and passed Mathematical Principles I or has an equivalent knowledge in applied mathematics gained at level 4 study. The module is essential for studying other modules in both electrical and mechanical engineering.

2nd Year Engineering Projects

This year-long module provides the opportunities to work in a small group on a defined project, offered by the departmental staff. It allows you to develop their research, planning and practical skills, from inception to completion. You will develop skills in interpreting and appraising your results in order to identify key conclusions supported by relevant theory and literature. In this module you will also get the opportunity to develop your skills in time management, constructing and documenting a detailed project plan and presenting your work visually and through presentation.

2nd Year Mechanical Labs

This unit builds upon the Engineering Laboratory module studied at Level 4 and aims to further develop laboratory and analytical skills along with their mathematical, statistical and presentation abilities. You will record laboratory data and maintain a lab-book. You are encouraged to think independently, analytically and creatively in order to interpret laboratory data and understand how can be used by comparison with theory and other analytical methods. You will be communicating their findings effectively in developing electronic laboratory reports.

Dynamic Systems

The Dynamic Systems module provides an introduction to using Newtonian Mechanics to model mechanical systems that evolve with time. Engineering applications of such modelling are used throughout the module; for example, vehicle dynamics; vibrations and oscillations in mechanical systems; effects of material properties on dynamic behaviour.

Statics & Materials

The aim of this module is to introduce you to static loading of structures and the importance of materials to the mechanical characteristics of structures under load.

 LEVEL 6 (3rd YEAR)

Thermo-fluids

This module intends to provide a summary of common thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer topics, covering essentials areas that engineering students are most likely required in their professional lives upon graduation.

Manufacturing Processes

The module is an in-depth exploration of state-of-the-art manufacturing processes such as castings, mouldings, machining and additive manufacturing. The theoretical and practical skills to design and select suitable manufacturing processes for engineering structures and components are taught using a combination of seminars and workshop/laboratory activities. The module builds on the intermediate to advanced workshop, CAD and theoretical skills developed during levels 4 and 5 of the BEng mechanical engineering degree.

Mechanical Failure Analysis

The aim of this module is to provide the you with an understanding of mechanisms of mechanical failure, methods for monitoring signs of incipient failure and of detecting failures. The module looks at individual component failure and how individual failures may affect the systems of which they are a component.

Individual Engineering Projects

This year-long module provides the opportunities to work independently on a substantial project, chosen from a range of research subjects offered by the departmental staff. It allows you to develop their research, planning and practical skills, along with the ability to identify key objectives and combine these in an investigation that you, with guidance from your supervisor, take from inception to completion. You will develop skills in interpreting and critically appraising your results in order to identify key conclusions supported by relevant theory and literature. In this module you will also get the opportunity to develop your skills in time management, constructing and documenting a detailed project plan and presenting and defending your work visually and orally. These activities culminate in the production of a final report and further develop the valuable skills that will enhance your future career prospects.

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

This module will introduce the fundamental operating principles of the commonly adopted renewable energy sources, as well as the economic and ecological impact of these different generation types. Electrified transportation will also be covered in this module as part of the energy sustainability. This module will also deliver the technologies for future ‘smart grid’ power networks with emphasis on the integration of electric vehicles and renewable energy resources and enabling technologies.

Business for Engineers

This module aims to provide a basic grounding in business to a level that would enable a student completing the module to appreciate the importance of business in engineering and to set-up and run a Ltd. business

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including: Coursework; Written Examinations; Lab and Practical work; Project work; Presentations and Online Tests.

About 25% of assessment is by examination, the remaining 75% is assessment is through coursework, practical and project work and presentations. 

Additional Costs

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Working with industry

Our Engineering degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses. This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Tech Park will offer students the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.

It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us, we will be happy to help.