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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

A degree in Mechanical Engineering at De Montfort University (DMU) will give you the skills and abilities to become a professional engineer. You will understand why components fail; how to design aerodynamic bodies that influence drag and lift; the principles of heat flow for refrigeration, heating and combustion; how to describe the motion of vibrating or moving bodies such as aircraft wings or vehicles.

Overview

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Reasons to study Mechanical Engineering at De Montfort University:imeche-logo

  • Second in the UK for Teaching Quality and fifth for Student Experience
    in the influential The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016
  • Third in the UK for learning resources and organisation and management of the course
    in the widely-recognised National Student Survey 2015
  • The course can be studied as a three-year BEng (Hons) programme, or as four-year integrated master’s MEng (Hons)
    At the end of year three, you have the option of graduating with a BEng (Hons) or continuing for a further year for a MEng (Hons), subject to meeting the progression requirements.
  • Industry accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
    on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. This recognised qualification endorses the quality of our teaching
  • 89% graduate employability
    in work or further study within six months* working at globally recognised companies such as Toyota, Cummins and the Royal Air Force
  • Further enhance your professional skills
    by joining DMU Racing, where our students are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car, which is then tested at the famous Silverstone Circuit
  • Teaching influenced by our world-leading research 
    in aerodynamics, fluid systems, transportation, manufacturing and sustainable development
  • You will benefit from our industry-standard facilities
    including our Control and Dynamics laboratory, our engine test cell laboratory and our Rohde and Schwarz/DMU Embedded Systems laboratory, while infrared cameras and thermal imaging equipment is on hand for you to use throughout your years of study
  • Dedicated work Placements
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at  Cummings, Network Rail and Caterpillar.
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

The management skills necessary to operate successfully in modern industry are promoted and developed at all stages of the course.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Students who successfully graduate with this degree may, with the appropriate further learning, meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2013/14

  

“Thanks to DMU I am living my dream and working on real-life engineering projects.

Rhiannon Williams, Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

 

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H301

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement, three to six years part-time (depending on level of entry)

Fees and funding: £9,000

EU Students: Find out about student loan information, the LoveEU bundle and scholarships for 2016.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H301

Duration: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement, three to six years part-time (depending on level of entry)

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2016 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 260 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course:
    • Access to HE Engineering
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering Science and Mathematics
    • Physics and Engineering
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Maths or Physics please contact us for more details.
  • English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points with Maths or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course:
    • Access to HE Engineering
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering Science and Mathematics
    • Physics and Engineering
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Maths or Physics please contact us for more details.
  • English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points with Maths or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Work experience and placements 

 

 

First year

Core modules:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Principles of Design and Manufacture
  • CAE and programming

Second year

Core modules:

  • Theory of Machines and Thermodynamics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Product Design and Development
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • Project Management

 

Third year

Core modules:

  • Individual Project
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Plant Analysis and Sustainability
  • Dynamics and Control

The course is taught by knowledgeable, experienced staff who are willing to help you gain a sound understanding of the engineering principles along with the personal skills that will enable you to study successfully and embark on a rewarding career.

A variety of techniques are used throughout the course with an emphasis on lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory classes. Student-centred learning takes place through the research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises for the development of skills and understanding. 

You will be exposed to industry-standard 3D design and FEA Analysis software and have access to computer and experimental laboratory facilities throughout the course.

You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake around 20 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

 

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.

In the past, our students have undertaken work experience placements at companies such as Cummins Generators, Network Rail and Caterpillar.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

 

 

There is also the opportunity to join the DMU Racing team, where students are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car, which is then tested in a competitive environment at the famous Silverstone Circuit.

While studying you also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge of engineering and project management to propose a design solution for a real problem in a developing country based on the Engineering without Borders (EwB) Challenge. This can help you to become more socially and environmentally aware, teach you to manage stakeholders’ expectations throughout the project and to integrate Sustainable Development in the design process. This will be of benefit because employers are increasingly looking for “well rounded” engineers who understand sustainability and are keen to take on complex global challenges, with practical experience helping you stand out from the crowd.

Facilities and features

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

The main mechanical laboratory is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

There is a purpose built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.

Electronics Engineering Laboratory

Electrical and Electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each facility is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including Microsoft Office, OrCAD and PSpice.

A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for R.F. engineering.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Students who successfully graduate with this degree may, with the appropriate further learning, meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers on offer. Careers exist in industries including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy; as well as the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products, and food industry. You will have the ability to work in broader areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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DMU Racing

DMU Racing is a student team that speaks to the passion and creativity of the student body. Each year DMU Racing takes part in the Formula Student competition.

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Formula Student challenges universities from across the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills. 

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.

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A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

 
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