Mechanical Engineering (BEng (Hons))

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BEng (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Mechanical Engineering at University of Portsmouth

Overview

Recent years have seen huge advances in technology for transport, healthcare and robotics. If you enjoy getting stuck into technology projects and love finding practical solutions to problems, this BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree course is the perfect choice for you.

To meet the challenges of the engineering world, you'll study the design, development, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of engineered products. You'll get to specialise in advanced subjects such as sustainable development and computer-aided engineering and have the option to get involved in UP Racing - the University's Formula Student team.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and engineering design
  • Use our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, stress analysis lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities
  • Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students
  • Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our manufacturing workshops
  • Have to option to expand your learning and meet potential employers by working on an industrial project

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Electrical and Electronic Principles – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll be introduced to electronic and electrical principles, and concepts to mechanical engineering.

Introduction to Design – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll get a detailed understanding of engineering design and drawing practice. 

Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll be introduced to the fundamental concepts and principles of fluid mechanics, as well as the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and their applications in mechanical engineering.

Materials and Manufacturing Technology – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll get an understanding of the principles and fundamentals involved in materials and manufacturing technology.

Mathematical Principles – 20 credits

This module gives you a foundation in algebra, trigonometry and calculus of a real variable required for engineering analysis. 

Year 2

Core modules

Computer Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll develop your skills in computer-based sessions on solid modelling, finite element analysis (FEA) and manufacturing.

Engineering Design – 20 credits

This module develops your understanding of engineering design rationale, multiple criteria design and the design of machine elements.

Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll build on methods of engineering mathematics introduced in your first year.

Solid Mechanics And Dynamics - 20 credits

In this module, you’ll focus on significant amount of stress and dynamic analyses of engineering structures and components in a science and engineering context.

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics - 20 credits

In this module, you’ll examine the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Optional modules

Control Engineering – 20 credits

In this module you'll develop the knowledge and skill to analyse the stability and performance of feedback control systems, using classical methods.

Engineering Programming – 20 credits

In this module you'll be introduced to the theory and practice of writing computer programs.

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits

In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Year 3

Core modules

Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics – 20 credits

On this module you'll further develop your study of applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll examine the theory of the finite element method for solid mechanics. You’ll also explore the applications to relevant engineering problems involving solid mechanics.

Individual Project – 40 credits

On this module you'll complete an independent piece of work based on knowledge gained in all other course modules.

Sustainable Development And Environmental Management - 20 credits

On this module you'll look at the duty to optimise the use of energy, materials and products in the context of sustainable development and global environmental management.

Optional modules

Advanced Engineering Materials – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll examine advanced engineering materials in an engineering science context.

Design for Quality – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of design issues related to quality so that you can effectively contribute in a production environment by making better decisions.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials (personal and academic)
  • laboratory and project work
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
  • open access study

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
  • Year two students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year three students: 60% by written exams and 40% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many opportunities open to you when you graduate.

What can you do with a Mechanical Engineering degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including:

  • design
  • research and development
  • product manufacture
  • project management

What jobs can you do with a Mechanical Engineering degree?

Graduates from this course have gone on to work as:

  • mechanical engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Study options for this course

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Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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