At Kent, you study all aspects of mechanical engineering, from 3D design to advanced manufacturing, control and mechatronic to advanced robotics and fluid dynamics to thermodynamic and heat transfer, preparing you for a career in any branch of mechanical engineering.
Why study a Mechanical Engineering degree at Kent
£3 million redevelopment and modernisation of the Jennison Engineering and Design Hub
Excellent facilities including mechanical workshop, 120 seat laboratory, material testing, 3D printing and CNC, robotic kits, and a dedicated makerspace
Strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Student led societies: TinkerSoc / Kent Engineering SocietyGuest speakers from the aerospace, automotive, transport and energy sectorsWe have excellent industrial links, providing you with many placement opportunities.
What you’ll study
The first year of our course lays the foundation for the rest of your studies and includes modules on mechanics, CAD, materials, engineering analysis and mathematics. You complete a project to engineer a system to solve a problem using mechanics, sensors and actuators.
As you further develop your understanding of the field you gain advanced practical experience, specifically in dynamics of cars, control and mechatronics, instrumentation, fluid dynamics, advanced manufacturing and robotics and AI.
As your knowledge of mechanical engineering grows, you discover which areas particularly interest you, so that in your final year you can begin to specialise in preparation for your final-year project.
Gain invaluable paid industry experience as part of your degree course by choosing to take this course with a year in Industry.
If your grades do not qualify you for direct to this course, you may be able to take our four-year degree including a foundation year.
Teaching includes practical work in conventional laboratory experiments or projects, lecture modules and examples classes, which develop your problem-solving skills, and staff hold regular ‘surgeries’ where you can discuss any questions you have. Practical work is carried out in air-conditioned laboratories, with state-of-the-art equipment and outstanding IT infrastructure.
Stage 1 modules are assessed by coursework and examination at the end of the year. Stage 2 and 3 modules, with the exception of the Stage 3 project, are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. All years include project work to replicate industrial practice and develop skills to maximise employability.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain a knowledge and understanding of:
- Mathematical principles relevant to mechanics, material properties, fluid dynamics, and mechatronics.
- Scientific principles and methodology relevant to mechanical engineering with an emphasis on practical applications in mechanical engineering and mechatronics.
- Advanced concepts of mechanics, material properties, fluid dynamics, design and mechatronics, influenced by ongoing and current industrial needs and informed by internationally recognised relevant research expertise.
- The value of intellectual property and contractual issues for professional and entrepreneurial engineers.
- Business, management and project management techniques, seen mainly in a case study context, which may be used to achieve engineering objectives.
- The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in mechanical engineering, directly applied in a case study context.
- Current manufacturing practice with particular, example led emphasis on product safety, environmental standards and directives.
- Characteristics of the materials, equipment, processes and products required for mechanical and mechatronic systems.
- Appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues, directly applied in a case study context.
- Contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied, particularly explored in student-led project work, to solve new problems.
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- Analysis and solution of problems in mechanical engineering using appropriate mathematical methods with a strong emphasis on engineering example based learning and assessment.
- Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of mechanical engineering particularly through student based led practical project design.
- Use of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key mechanical engineering processes with an emphasis on simulation and practical learning.
- Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques with an emphasis on simulation and practical learning.
- Ability to apply and understand a systems approach to mechanical engineering problems by top level analysis to consolidate learning of underpinning principles.
- Ability to investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues largely by undertaking individual and group projects work.
- Ability to use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions whilst understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal expressed through student led group project work and consolidated by individual project work.
- Ability to demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution with an emphasis on sustainable, and professional and enterprise case studies.
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- Use of mathematical techniques to analyse problems relevant to mechanical engineering, material properties, fluid dynamics, design and mechatronics.
- Ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of mechanical and mechatronic equipment, workshop equipment and CAD tools for the practical realisation of mechanical and mechatronic systems throughout the programme.
- Ability to work with technical uncertainty or incomplete knowledge particularly through experimental learning in practical project design.
- Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to mechanical engineering in order to solve engineering problems in analytical, simulation based, and practical engineering activities.
- Ability to design mechanical and mechatronic systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance, consolidated by student-led individual and group project design.
- Awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards, explored through case studies.
- Ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design, largely through student-led practical project work.
- Ability to apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes, consolidated through student led projects.
- Ability to prepare technical reports and give effective and appropriate presentations to a technical and non-technical audience’s.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Ability to generate, analyse, present, interpret data and solve problems.
- Use of Information and Communications Technology.
- Personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team
- Communicate effectively to peers and professional engineers (in writing, verbally and through drawings).
- Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development.
- Ability for critical thinking, reasoning, reflection and self-learning.
- Ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project.
The programme aims to:
- Educate students to become mechanical engineers who are well equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, and who are well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing discipline.
- Produce professional mechanical engineers with a well-balanced knowledge of mechanics, material properties, fluid dynamics, design and mechatronics.
- Enable students to satisfy the partial educational requirements of the IMechE for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.