Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
Mechanical engineers play a vital role in our everyday lives. They design, manufacture and operate a diverse range of products and processes, from high performance race cars, lifesaving medical equipment, railway vehicles and infrastructure to green and sustainable technologies. Engineering is the cornerstone of technological development which has a real impact on the world around us.
Before embarking on this part-time course, you should already have completed previous studies in mechanical engineering (usually a HNC or a HND). This course aims to provide you with an exceptional grounding in the principles and fundamentals of mechanical engineering through practical work, project work and problem solving activities. Your studies will cover areas including mathematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials. You'll be supported in gaining the skills to design, make and analyse products and processes from a range of different engineering applications.
You'll also study the business and financial management aspects of mechanical engineering to help you gain a full understanding of how industry operates.
25 / 09 / 2017
Minimum of 2 years part-time
Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:
• A minimum of a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Mechanical Engineering.
• A Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mechanical Engineering.Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.
Dependent on your level of entry, you will complete a combination of the following modules over a two to four year period:
Intermediate level modules
Manufacturing and Enterprise
The module aims to provide you with an introduction to the major classes of manufacturing system, from small batch production to mass production, together with consideration of relevant production technology issues and the requirements for system organisation and management. It considers the essential aspects that are required to be addressed in successfully managing a manufacturing enterprise with an emphasis on operations and systems management - emphasis is given to aspects such as, machines, tooling, facilities layout and labour requirements. A group "enterprise" project, supported by an appropriate lecture programme, provides an opportunity for you to relate your knowledge to a realistic business scenario and gain experience of team working, report writing and presentation.
Application and Management of CAD/CAM
This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in the use of 3D computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) using software packages used by commercial organisations. You'll be introduced to the many ways in which the manufacturing industry uses CAD/CAM and move onto the various development strands of 3D modelling, data exchange issues. The module expands on to the wider management issues associated with the introduction of CAD/CAM in a commercial environment, including cost justification, concurrent engineering and benchmarking. CAM areas explored include computer aided part programming, robotics and rapid prototyping. There will be particular focus on practical applications.
Higher level modules
Finite element analysis (FEA) uses computer software to predict how a product will react to forces (such as vibration, heat and other physical effects), helping to test if the product will break, wear out or do the job it was designed for. FEA is now an integral part of the design process and is often incorporated within solid modelling design packages. It’s important that you gain an understanding of the theoretical basis and limitations of FEA so that you can use it effectively. This module introduces you to this knowledge and gives you the opportunity to experience using a commercial code of this type. You’ll explore how to justify your analysis and how to gather the evidence to demonstrate that your analysis is reliable. You’ll also be supported in expanding your skills in classical stress and strain analysis.
Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics
This module has been designed to help you develop a thorough understanding of aerodynamic features associated with moving vehicles through the use of use of theoretical, experimental and computational tools. You'll also be introduced to a commercial computational fluid dynamics package.
Project Quality and Production Management
Engineers have a responsibility to ensure that they deliver projects on time and within budget. With this in mind this module covers the scheduling of project activity, with appropriate consideration of resource constraints and the costs required for undertaking successful projects. You’ll study financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. To support this you’ll be introduced to project management software used by industry. The module also includes total quality management, introducing tools and techniques such as statistical process control, improvement programmes and maintenance management.You’ll explore how to effectively manage the manufacture of products and the decision making processes required with regard to people, machines, materials and finance.
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.
Final Year Project (Mechanical)
This module provides you with the opportunity to plan, manage and execute a substantial engineering project, from a suitable objective to a satisfactory conclusion. The project, which may be industrially based, will be an in-depth study of an engineering problem, requiring a degree of initiative, planning and management of the project. This is aimed at helping you to extend your intellectual abilities in the chosen project area, to apply and to increase your knowledge in a chosen field and provides the opportunity to demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities. Each individual student will undertake a substantial project, on a topic appropriate to their pathway.
You'll typically study a minimum of three modules per year, in order to work towards gaining the BEng qualification.
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.
Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as senior product engineer, component engineer, product development engineer, structural test engineer, engineering design manager, design engineer and senior mechanical engineer in organisations including Cummins Turbo Technologies, Jaguar Landrover, BAE Systems, Weir Power & Industrial and BP*.
Additionally, you may gain skills that are transferable to other industries and may be able to pursue any career that requires a good honours degree. You could also go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate study which may interest you.
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions.
Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual projects, with a focus on practical work.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback 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 UK's only university where 100% of the permanent 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.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £950 per 20 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).
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're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
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.
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.
We currently offer a number of taught Master's courses in the subject area of Mechanical Engineering and details of these, including the entry requirements you will need, can be found on Course finder.
How to apply
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