Undergraduate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering
An undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering generally takes 4 years full time to complete and includes an industrial placement year, which can be compulsory on some courses. You will usually be awarded a bachelor of engineering (BEng) upon completion, however some universities will provide the option of continuing for another year, covering more advanced topics, leading to an MEng qualification.
A mechanical engineering degree will equip you with a good grounding in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and engineering design. It will include science subjects such as thermodynamics, mechanics, dynamics and electronics. In addition to science aspects of the degree there is also a design requirement which will usually involve project work with the opportunity to design, manufacture and test a product. As modern mechanical engineering utilises computer software you can expect to also cover computer aided design (CAD) as part of the degree.
Postgraduate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering
A postgraduate mechanical engineering degree will usually take 1 to 2 years full time and up to 3 years part time. You will be awarded a MSc qualification on completion of the course.
At postgraduate level you will be able to study advanced mechanical engineering topics with the aim to specialise in one area of mechanical engineering which could include aerospace, automotive, bio-engineering or manufacturing.