mechanical-engineering

Mechanical Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons)

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a professional engineer by studying the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about all movable parts, and prepare for a career in one of the most diverse and versatile engineering fields.

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Overview

This course information is for 2023/24 entry. If you're looking to enrol through Clearing, see 2022/23 entry information.

Watch: Anna Strzelecka, VC2020 Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, talks about the benefits of studying engineering at DMU.

Mechanical engineering touches virtually every aspect of modern life. It’s at the forefront of developing new technologies for a multitude of industries including transport, healthcare, construction, and robotics.

You will learn fundamental skills and knowledge by studying modules such as General Engineering Tools and Principles and  Mechanical Design and Manufacturing. Modules such as Design and Project Management, Advanced Mechanical Materials and Professional Practice and Engineering Business Environment equip you with the professional and transferable skills you need to work in industry.

Our teaching and course content are informed by our research in diverse areas, including aerodynamics, fluid systems, transportation, manufacturing and sustainable development.

You can study Mechanical Engineering either as a three-year BEng (Hons) programme, or as a four-year integrated master’s. At the end of year three, you have the option of graduating with a BEng or continuing your studies for a further year for a MEng, subject to meeting the progression requirements.

Key features

  • Benefit from dual accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)*. This will help you start your journey towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.
  • Study a range of topics including computer-aided design, thermodynamics and heat transfer, solid mechanics, dynamics and control, materials engineering and processing and fracture mechanics.
  • Access specialist facilities, such as our control and dynamics laboratories, mechanics and materials laboratories, engine test cell and Rohde and Schwarz embedded systems laboratories.
  • Join student societies such as DMU Racing and take part in Formula Student, an annual initiative set up by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers which challenges universities to design, build and race a single-seat racing car.
  • Explore professional opportunities by taking a placement year in industry. Mechanical Engineering students have undertaken placements at large organisations including Cummins, Caterpillar and the National Grid.
  • Open your career prospects across a range of fields, including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy, product manufacturing and the food and beverage industries.
  • Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.

*Due to delays relating to the pandemic, we are currently undergoing the process of renewing our accreditation and expect to have this in place for the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.

De Montfort University has empowered me and many of my friends to pursue our passion for engineering. During my second year of study, I was able to complete an internship at the University, which allowed me to improve my abilities in project management as well as my interpersonal and technical skills. Furthermore, the staff and academics, have enriched our experiences with their guidance and support.

Bavique Puspaceno – BEng Mechanical Engineering

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Engineering Year Zero

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

BEng UCAS course code: H301

MEng UCAS course code: H747

Duration: 

BEng: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement

MEng: Four years full-time, five years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H301

MEng UCAS course code: H747

Duration: 

BEng: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement

MEng: Four years full-time, five years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points (120 for MEng) from at least two A-levels including Mathematics or Physics at grade C or above, or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM (DDM for MEng), or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points with Maths or Physics at higher level, or
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.


Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

Mature students

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 an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential. 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 information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

 

Structure and assessment

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Find out more information about Education 2030.

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditation

 

Year One


Block 1: General Engineering Tools and Principles 1

Block 2: General Engineering Tools and Principles 2

Block 3: Mechanical Design and Manufacturing 1

Block 4: Mechanical Design and Manufacturing 2 

 

Year Two

Block 1: Mechanical, Energy and Aeronautical Tools and Principles

Block 2: Dynamics, Instrumentation and Control

Block 3: Mechanical Materials and Structures

Block 4: Design and Project Management

 

Placement Year (Optional)

Year Three

Block 1: Advanced Mechanical Materials and Professional Practice

Block 2: Mechanical Energy Analysis

Block 3 Choose one of:

  • Modelling and Simulation for Mechanical Projects 1
  • Analysis, Programming and Simulation for Mechanical Projects 1
  • Materials and Design for Mechanical Projects 1
  • 3D Printing and FEM for Mechanical Projects 1

Block 4 Students must take the most relevant module to the option chosen in Block 3:

  • Modelling and Simulation for Mechanical Projects 2
  • Analysis, Programming and Simulation for Mechanical Projects 2
  • Materials and Design for Mechanical Projects 2
  • 3D Printing and FEM for Mechanical Projects 2

 

Year Four (MEng)

Block 1: Engineering Business Environment and Research Methods

Block 2: Advanced Materials, Structures and Design

Block 3: Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Block 4: Group Project


See detailed module information


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

 

See pre-Education 2030 version of this course.

Mechanical Engineering is taught by knowledgeable and experienced staff giving you the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of engineering principles along with the professional skills that will enable you to study successfully and embark on a rewarding career.

A variety of techniques are used throughout the Mechanical Engineering 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 to develop your skills and understanding. 

 

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

 

 

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 BEng (Hons) programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)* and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

 

*Due to delays relating to the pandemic, we are currently undergoing the process of renewing our accreditation and expect to have this in place for the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.

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Facilities and features

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Our mechanical engineering laboratory is designed for the study of thermofluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for the manufacture of student designs.

There is a purpose-built engine testing facility to measure engine performance and emissions, and our energy laboratory is available to conduct thermofluid experiments relevant to mechanical engineering. 

The materials laboratory has facilities for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment incudes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile, fatigue, wear, corrosion, hardness, and impact testing.

The dynamics and control laboratory allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, non-linear control and inertia bending.

Listen to Professor Rick Greenough, Energy Systems explain the importance of heat pumps and how they work in our Energy Lab.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Opportunities and careers

Find the people who will open doors for you

DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Works
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Graduate Careers

Mechanical Engineering students can go on to work in industries including aerospace, automotive, defence, and energy, as well as in product manufacturing and the food and beverage industries.

The course also provides opportunities to pursue careers in broader areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control.

Our graduates are working for companies such as Toyota, Cummins Generator Technologies, Ricardo (McLaren Performance Engines), Vodafone and JCB. 

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme 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 DMU Global, 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 international exchanges.

As part of the programme, Engineering students have explored the BMW Motorrad factory in Berlin, and investigated feats of engineering behind some of the tallest skyscrapers in New York.

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course through DMU Works, and can boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job.

We have links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

 

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