Mechanical and Electrical Engineering BEng(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

There's a huge range of demands placed on engineers today.Whether it's developing more sophisticated consumer goods or meeting the need for cleaner forms of power and transport, engineers are the forefront of meeting the world's most pressing challenges.

Meeting these challenges involves coordinating and developing complex engineering projects that combine different branches of engineering, therefore industry needs engineers with a broad range of skills. This new course has been designed to provide you with a grounding in the disciplines of both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Through practical work, project work and problem solving activities we aim to prepare you for your future career; you'll also be taught by professional engineers with many years of experience in industry, teaching and/or research.

Throughout your studies you'll be supported in gaining a thorough understanding of the mathematical, scientific and engineering principles that underpin mechanical and electrical engineering. You'll also explore mechanical and electrical design and engineering materials and components.

This course also covers relevant commercial legal issues around engineering activities including personnel, health, safety and risk and the need to promote sustainable development. To help further your commercial knowledge, you have the option of undertaking a placement year. You'll be supported in this by our Placement Unit who have specialist knowledge of this industry.

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Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement

Course type:

Full Time

Course content

The course content has been designed to equip you with the skills necessary to work within a broad range of mechanical and electrical engineering industries.

This course covers the principles and fundamentals of mechanical and electrical engineering.

Year 1

Core modules:

Mathematics 1

The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques aimed at providing you with the fundamental mathematical principles you will need to apply the technical theory introduced in the engineering modules.

Mechanical Engineering and Science

This module can be considered as physics related to engineering. The topics covered in this module are intended to provide you with a foundation for your future studies and are considered a basic requirement for the degree programme which follows in later years. You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratories which are not only designed to provide you with theory but also help you to practice the theory in the laboratory. You'll be introduced to the basic concepts and be supported in progressing to more advanced topics, such as static analysis and dynamic analysis. The module covers displacement, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s laws, energy and power (which are taught in the field of dynamics). You’ll also be offered the opportunity to study such topics as forces, vectors, beams, stress analysis and structures.

Electrical Engineering Science

Through this module you’ll be introduced to a range of DC circuit theorems and apply these through work on the module. You’ll explore the j-operator to support you in gaining an understanding of complex impedance and phase shifts in AC circuits. The module also covers the step response of simple RC and RL circuits, the frequency response of simple filters and electromagnetic field theory.

Robotics and Mechatronics

Mechatronic systems combine mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. An ever increasing number of these mechatronic systems are finding their way into our daily lives. This module explores how robotics systems can be viewed as a subset of mechatronics that focuses on sophisticated control of moving devices.

Engineering Design and Manufacture

This module introduces you to the design, fabrication and testing of engineering components. The module aims to integrate the basic elements of engineering communication through the complete range of manual and computer aided design (CAD) drawings.

Professional Development Skills

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the broad role of the engineer and technologist in society and the personal skills required to succeed as a student and a professional engineer. The module also covers general transferable skills such as study techniques, communication skills (including report writing and oral presentations), problem solving, research, and career planning (including CV preparation).

Year 2

Core modules:


This module introduces essential principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and their application for analysis, performance prediction and design of thermo-fluids engineering systems. You’ll study design principles for various thermo-fluids engineering systems such as heat engines, refrigerators, turbo-machines, heat exchangers, fluid conveyance and flow control systems.

Signal Analysis and Control

In this module you will be introduced to MATLAB and SIMULINK software to enable modelling of the dynamic response of instruments, devices and systems to different types of input - for example thermometers, dc motors, electronic filters and suspension systems. You’ll be supported in gaining an understanding of how laplace transforms are used to simulate processes and how they are used in the design of controllers for controlling the output from complex systems - such as positions control systems. You’ll be given the opportunity to design simple controllers for various processes using proportional and integral control and explore how to determine whether such systems are likely to become unstable. You’ll explore how to analyse the frequency content of instrumentation signals using discrete fourier transforms and you’ll study how to design appropriate filters to eliminate unwanted frequencies. The module also covers how cross correlation methods are used in velocity measurement systems.

Analysis of Materials

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of why solid materials behave as they do and to develop your ability to analyse solid objects subjected to static loads. You’ll be supported in developing your skills in the classical techniques of stress and strain analysis as well as being introduced to finite element analysis. You’ll explore how to select appropriate materials and components based on their characteristics to suit particular operating conditions during the design process as well as how to determine why components may have failed.

Electrical Power and Machines 1

This module introduces you to the main aspects of power distribution and utilisation. You'll also be supported in developing an understanding of the principles of operation and technical specifications of electrical machines and their control using power electronic equipment. Associated regulatory, economic and environmental issues are addressed in context. You will be taught through a combination of lectures with integrated tutorial/seminar activities and you'll participate in laboratory based investigations.

Engineering and Design

The majority of products such as automotive vehicles, home appliances and hand tools represent design challenges that require both mechanical and electrical elements. This module focusses on these creative challenges and the tools and methodologies required to integrate mechanical and electrical elements of the design process. The module covers issues including computational design tools that support the design process and the need to cultivate a strong sense of responsibility and professional work ethics. You’ll be expected to apply the knowledge gained on this module to develop a realistic engineering product.

Year 3 – optional placement year

Final year

Core modules:

Dynamic Analysis and Control

This module aims to provide you with an enhanced understanding of system dynamics. The modelling of multi-degree of freedom mechanical systems is considered together with control theory applied to higher order systems. You will have the opportunity to gain experience at the modelling of mechanical system dynamics using ADAMS multi-body dynamics software package.

Finite Element Analysis and computational fluid dynamics

Finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics are widely used techniques in modern mechanical engineering. However, their correct use requires a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles involved. This module has been designed to provide this grounding and introduce you to the commercial finite element and computational fluid dynamics packages.

Electrical Power and Drive Systems

This module will introduce you to the advanced techniques required for the analysis, design, operation and control of electrical power networks and power electronic drive systems. It covers load flow analysis, fault analysis (symmetrical components), transient analysis, drive systems and power converter design/operation. You will be taught through a combination of lectures with integrated tutorial/seminar activities and you'll participate in laboratory based investigations.

DSP Applications

The module combines the theory of signal processing and analysis of discrete time systems, with practical aspects of digital signal processing (DSP) applied to the design of digital filters. Term one focuses on signal processing operations and analysis in time and frequency domain and digital filter (FIR and IIR) design and simulation using MATLAB. In term two you’ll be supported in implementing your digital filter design using DSP software and hardware development system. A range of DSP design case studies (for example audio filters and two dimensional filters for image processing), will be used to illustrate typical DSP applications through practical laboratory work.

Final Year Project

This module is driven by you. It gives you the opportunity to undertake a project on a topic appropriate to your course, which may be focused on an industry based problem (previously some students have brought a project back from their placement company). Your project should consist of in-depth study of an engineering problem requiring a degree of initiative and result in a written report. This aims to help you extend your intellectual abilities by, enabling you to apply and increase your knowledge in a chosen field and demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the lecture theatre and the laboratory. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will depend on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company's policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in applying for and finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement fully supporting you while you gain the experience that employers value so highly. The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previous students have spent their placement year at companies including Sellafield, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Red Bull, DSTL, Philips Healthcare, Echostar, GE Oil and Gas, Vauxhall, Unilever, Bentley Motors and Bosch.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. You'll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here...

Career opportunities

Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics are available for this specific course, 88% of graduates from courses in the subject area of mechanical and automotive engineering, and 92% of graduates from the subject area of electronic engineering go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

It is anticipated that graduates from this course will have the skills to work in fields such as air-, marine- and land-transport, energy-production, -transmission and -utilisation, and industrial automation including robotic and mechatronic systems. You could also forge a career as either a mechanical or electrical engineer.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions. 27% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, practicals, tutorials etc.

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual projects, with a strong focus on engineering practice.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our comprehensive engineering and technology teaching and research facilities. You'll have access to an excellent range of industry standard equipment and facilities including:

•  An open plan design studio equipped with design and analysis software.

•  An advanced automotive laboratory with engine test facilities and dynamic monitoring equipment.

•  Wind tunnel facilities.

•  Mechanical laboratories.

•  Well-equipped computing laboratories, running industry standard software for a wide variety of specialisms such as: measurement and control, computer aided engineering and power system analysis - all with high speed internet access.

•  Many additional computing laboratories equipped with PCs/workstations.

•  Embedded Systems: hardware and software facilities for advanced DSP and PIC microcontroller development.

•  Electronics and Communications: modern digital oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies and spectrum analysers.

•  Electrical Energy and Control: modern industrial ac and dc motors and drives, electric vehicle technology, renewable energy generation technology (small wind turbines, solar photo voltaic panels and fuel cell etc), process control rigs.

•  High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

You'll need to cover the cost of your safety boots, which are a compulsory requirement. The cost will be dependent on where you purchase your boots, but typically you can purchase them online from between £8.99 and £19.99.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

Progression to the MEng route may be possible if you attain an overall classification of 2.1 or above. Also we currently offer a number of taught Master's course in the subject areas of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and details of these, including the entry requirements you will need, can be found on Course finder.

For Home status students - if you transfer to the MEng route the University will inform Student Finance that you'll be studying for an extra year so that you can secure your funding. Visit Student Finance England for further details around this and around eligibility.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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