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Course details

Study options

Full-time: Four years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

H319

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

MEng (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Take your ambitions as a mechanical engineer to the next level with this far-reaching MEng programme. It puts you on the fast track to challenging andrewarding roles at the forefront of engineering development.

Developed with guidance from relevant professional bodies, our MEng Mechanical Engineering is a flexible course taking you from undergraduate to masters level learning and giving you the underpinning knowledge for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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Designed to meet demand

Specialist and distinctive, this programme has been developed to provide you with wide-ranging skills, knowledge and confidence for a career within the mechanical engineering sector. It is also geared to meet the specific demands of industry and leading professional bodies.

By choosing Derby, you will study in a city which is regarded as the home of the mechanical engineer, with renowned companies such as Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier on the doorstep.

A balanced approach

The MEng strikes an equitable balance between underpinning academic concepts, practical work and the techniques necessary for a successful career in mechanical engineering.

You will build a knowledge base in the fundamental principles and constraints associated with mechanical engineering and how technology can be applied within an industrial engineering context. This enables you to make well-informed decisions concerning design and the selection of functional elements, materials and processes as well as the appropriate and most cost-effective use of time and resources.

Well prepared for future success

Roles within the mechanical industries are extremely technologically challenging today, with ever-increasing paces of change and development.  The larger industries predominantly now operate on a global scale.

As a MEng graduate, you will be ideally equipped to meet the challenges presented by the constant search for improvement and the relentless pace of development that characterise these industries.

We place great emphasis on the development of management skills throughout the programme, and we encourage you to secure work placements within relevant industries to strengthen your knowledge and enhance your experience.

Why you should study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Derby

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3Year 4Year 4

Code: 4ME501

Computer Aided Design

This module provides you with an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to use appropriate computer software as an aid to design for the engineering industry. The difference in approach between manual and computer aided design (CAD) is explained. The production of two/three dimensional drawings to introduce basic system commands is investigated.

This module concentrates on CAD using software for the production of two dimensional models of engineering components and assemblies. Industry standard layer convention and libraries of standard symbols along with system procedures and functions are used to speed up the drawing process. The three dimensional model is utilised to produce elevations, perspective various views and 3D models. Text insertion and automatic dimensioning to a drawing are investigated.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME503

Materials and Manufacturing Process

An awareness of the wide range of materials and manufacturing methods is essential if the designer is to optimise the product for a competitive market with due regard to environmental considerations in terms of energy and resources. The module will emphasise the requirement for interactive consideration of materials, manufacturing method and design in an examination of established and innovative methods of producing to meeting market demands.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME506

Engineering Design and Workshop Technology

The aim of this module is to give students an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design and build project. It will enable them to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

The module will introduce them to the workshop and a number of manufacturing process including turning, milling and sheet metal forming.

These elements will allow the student to carry out a design and build project fully with the aim being to produce a working prototype/ model of the finished product.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME508

Management of the Business Environment

This module challenges the student to produce professional communications based on research into a range of engineering processes and procedures that are necessary to operate in a competitive global market. Students’ skills are developed using a range of current computer based software packages and tools in order to produce outstanding output for professional development planning and continuing professional development.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME513

Regulatory Systems

This module develops an awareness of the principles of regulatory systems including health and safety planning and implementation at the work place. It covers the UK and EU health and safety legislation including risk assessment and evaluation processes when applied to any potential hazard at work. The module also provides a flavour of continuing professional development, building on associated modules within the programme, such as the development of PDP work and the identification of a suitable professional institution to join.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME524

Applied Scientific Methods

The primary aim of this module is to provide the analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully undertake the technical elements of the first year of Engineering Degree.

It deals with basic concepts, together with analytical and practical applications in engineering science, providing a broad foundation of knowledge required by students in engineering and therefore preparing them for further studies in specific fields including analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced optional units. The module has been designed to enable you to apply algebra, trigonometry, vectors, and calculus to the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems found at degree level and in the professional workplace.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5ME502

Corporate Responsibility and Professional Development

Appropriate corporate responsibility / environmental awareness and application of environmental principles is an ever-growing requirement for industry on a global basis. Initially an understanding of the significant environmental issues and constraints affecting industry is developed, and then appropriate strategies for minimisation of environmental impact (including environmental management systems) for industry are considered and evaluated.

The module investigates the role of the engineer in industry and society and to plan out their own career progression as part of a Personal Development Plan (PDP). This could be linked with professional bodies (e.g. IMechE or their equivalent) and the learner should develop an understanding of the varying routes to professional accreditation with a recognised body. It is also a vehicle to develop the technical skills and good practice used by engineers and technologists in the specific area in which they are, or intend to be, working within industry/society.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ME505

Engineering Design Modelling

The growing use of Parametric modelling has transformed the Solid Modelling domain into an extremely powerful, near essential tool for the modern day engineer and designer. This inclusion allows you to retain full control over the models definition and scope and further allows the reduction of lead times in the case of variant production of the model.

This module, after ensuring that you are comfortable with the utilisation of modern engineering workstations, aims to cover the essential elements of parametric modelling and further concentrates on the parametric aspects from 2-dimensional parametric profiling to 3-dimensional parametric modelling including profile sweeping and primitive manipulation.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ME517

Structural Analysis And Materials

An understanding of the effects of different loading types (bending, shear) on engineering components is vital to ensure that a component can perform satisfactorily during its service life.

This module develops basic stress concepts following those covered in the stress section of the Applied Scientific Methods based modules into more complex real-life loading situations. Many actual engineering situations are complex and basic structural calculations can only give approximate answers.

Engineers also need to optimise materials selection for different designs and sections. This can be assisted through the use of Performance Materials Design Indices. The skills to address these needs will be developed in this module for different loading situations. They will then be applied to real problems by using a materials selection package to select the most appropriate material for a component with regards to mass, cost and environmental impact.

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20 Credits
core
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Coursework

Code: 5ME518

Vibration and Dynamics

Mechanical systems in motion present a range of engineering problems associated with movement. Individual components may have undesirable dynamic characteristics - i.e. vibration. Mechanisms - systems of components can have complex motion and the control of these systems by means of feedback can lead to instability.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ME519

Thermofluids

The aim of this module is to extend your knowledge of the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer and the techniques used in engineering applications.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5ME526

Advanced Applied Analytical Methods 2

The aim of this module is to provide the advanced analytical knowledge and techniques needed to support the technical elements of the 2nd year of Engineering Degrees within the engineering subject area. This will cover aspects of engineering mathematics used in the design and analysis of typical engineering problems.

The module is designed to develop your understanding of, and the ability to apply, a broad spectrum of advanced mathematical techniques in a range of typical engineering problems found at degree level and in the professional workplace.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6ME500

Advanced Engineering Design Modelling

Rapidly advancing technology in the area of 3-Dimensional Parametric Solid Modelling and Profiling has caused a significant shift in the working practices of traditional design engineers.

This module aims to impart a significant understanding of parametric principles and will update the student's skills to the application of such techniques in a 3-Dimensional Parametric Solid Modelling/Conceptual Design environment using enhanced modelling techniques. It is essential that such a designer be able to parametrically specify and functionally examine models constructed from initial concept.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6ME503

Advanced Mechanical Design and Materials

An integrated design, material and analysis approach provides one of the key enabling capabilities needed in effectively evaluating specific areas of initial concept development and in performing detailed engineering design and analysis throughout a product's development cycle.

This integrated engineering approach incorporates the infrastructure and design and analysis formats and tools that can be exercised in a concurrent nature and provides benefits from a standpoint of producing a better design, faster results, lower cost uncertainties and reduced risk.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6ME505

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational Fluid Dynamics is critical to modern mechanical design analysis. This module will enable you to understand the principles governing computational fluid dynamics in relation to modern mechanical problem solving.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6ME993

Independent Study and Professional Development

The individual project is regarded as an important element of the specialist degree. It provides students in their final year with a challenge to identify and undertake an original and detailed study and present a major piece of relevant work to a critical and informed audience.

It aims to develop the student's power to work independently, researching in depth a topic of their choice, using relevant concepts and techniques.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6ME511

Applied Thermodynamics

This modules aims to enable students to develop further skills and knowledge for the analysing, designing and evaluating engineering thermodynamics applications.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6MV500

Advanced Powertrain Engineering

The aim of this module is to give students an in-depth technical information concerning the design, operating principles of the modern high-performance power unit and its associated systems and to the modern types of transmission system used in Automotive Engineering and Motorsport, and for them to critically evaluate the systems, apply techniques and analyse the processes concerned. Students will also be given an awareness of the environmental aspects and impacts of engine design and emissions outputs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 7ME502

CPD and Strategic Management

This module is designed to develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and be able to transfer them into your own industry/specialism through a structured approach.

Emphasis is placed on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct. You will become adept at forecasting, financial analysis but still operate with regard to business ethics.

The CPD (Continuing Professional Development) element allows you to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline adding to your employability in the work place.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7ME504

Forensic Engineering, Failure Analysis and Prevention

Forensic engineering is the study of product, process or design failures and how these link to international legislation and standards or, in some cases, to legal investigations.

The module reviews the identification and advanced analysis of a range of failure modes for engineered products. Design, manufacturing and materials facets of failed components, which can infer the sources of failure, are critically appraised and combined with the examination of failed components to identify likely causes of failure and strategies for testing out failure mode hypothesises. Mechanical analysis for the assessment and deduction of factors which contribute to the onset of failure such as loading types, materials, and manufacturing techniques, environmental and structural properties are reviewed, together with the consideration of misuse or original design flaws, to predict failure scenarios which include brittle, ductile, fatigue, wear and buckling failure modes.

Design for the prevention of failure for mechanical products is developed to include both metallic and non-metallic materials in mechanical design applications.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 7ME998

Interdisciplinary Group Project

The Interdisciplinary Group Project (IGP) is a key feature in the MEng Mechanical Engineering programme. In this module, you will work in teams on complex projects, which will be broad in scope and closely associated with an industry problem or a current research area of the College or industry. Each project will be supervised by a member of academic staff, but there will also be regular interaction with industrialists or researchers involved in the area.

Your team will be initially presented with a problem brief, supported, as necessary, by industrial documentation. Your team develops this brief into a professional and realistic set of detailed project aims, objectives and a viable project implementation plan. A team leader and secretary are elected from the team and take responsibility for day-to-day project coordination to achieve this goal and the implementation of the plan throughout the MEng year. All members of the team will be assigned a subarea of responsibility to enable them to develop leadership skills.

Regular meetings amongst team members and between the team and supervisor(s) will take place throughout the project and interaction with industrial or research contacts also forms a key element of your ongoing support. In order to assess progress, the team will give two presentations and submit an interim report and final report at the end of the first semester and second semester respectively. Both the presentations and report form part of the final assessment.

This module has been designed to be taught simultaneously, over one semester, with the module Research Methods, Application and Evaluation (MEng).

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7TE507

Environmental Risk and Responsibility

The module enables designers, technologists and engineers to critically evaluate how their individual professional actions, decisions and leadership of others interacts with the society in which they are working and affects environmental risk and the sustainable future of the planet.

Starting with a global view of how environmental stresses are generated by developing technologies, the module takes a systemic approach to how responsibility for sustainability challenges does not always lie with the decision maker. The obligation of doing more than just complying with legal obligations and thus benefiting the environment is balanced against the economic imperatives of private industry and the public accountability of NGOs and governments.

This is an interdisciplinary module so that students will be asked to work outside their areas of expertise and interact with other students and members of the community from different cultural, social and disciplinary areas to evaluate and offer design and technological decisions to reduce environmental risks. The module can be accessed through blended/face-to-face delivery or online learning depending on your programme of study.

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10 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7ME500

Advanced Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering

An integrated design, material and manufacturing approach provides one of the key enabling capabilities needed in effectively evaluating specific areas of initial concept development and in performing detail engineering design and analysis throughout a project's development cycle.

This integrated engineering approach incorporates the infrastructure and design and analysis formats and tools that can be exercised in a concurrent nature and provides benefits from a standpoint of producing a better design, faster results, lower cost uncertainties and reduced risk.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 7ME515

Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

To provide students with an understanding of in-depth numerical theories on which commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics packages are based and to enable them to carry out CFD simulation of real life sophisticated fluid flow related problems using computational fluid dynamics.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

The programme features a number of additional opportunities to broaden your experience and enhance your industry insights. We run a guest lecture programme in conjunction with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, with lectures held at either our Markeaton Street site or at Loughborough University.

The University also has a strong track record in the Shell Eco-Marathon competition, one of the world’s leading energy efficiency competition programmes. Our Mechanical Engineering Shell Eco Team was awarded sponsorship of £9,000 to build the prototype ethanol vehicle for the 2016 event. We also became involved in a partnership with Bombardier to build a scale locomotive for the IMechE Railway Challenge competition.

You will be assessed through a combination of in-course assessments, case studies, presentations, reality-based assessments, examinations and professional presentations.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Martin Sole
Programme leader

Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering and Programme leader for the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Maths at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and at least one other Science or Technology A-level

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a grade B in Maths or Physics at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

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UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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Clearing

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Careers

This is an exciting new programme offering excellent career prospects. Graduates from our current BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering have found employment in a wide variety of industries and areas, including positions at Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and numerous other major industrial players in the UK and internationally.

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Four years with the opportunity of an optional placement year

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

 

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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