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Mechanical Engineering MEng/BEng(Hons)

Course Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
Mechanical Engineering MEng 4 years full time H303 2017
Mechanical Engineering MEng 5 years full time including sandwich year H304 2017
Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons) 3 years full time H300 2017
Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H301 2017

Important: if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need an ATAS certificate if you wish to apply for the Mechanical Engineering MEng course. Read further information.

Once you have completed the Mechanical Engineering Foundation Year (UCAS code H308), you can transfer to Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)/BSc(Hons), dependent on satisfactory grades.

Why choose this course?

Mechanical engineering degrees explore the processes by which mechanical products and systems are designed and manufactured. Kingston's programmes provide a strong base in technical, management and personal skills.

What you will study

MEng and BEng students take the same modules until Year 3 when the routes diverge. The MEng contains an extra year of advanced-level study.

Year 1 will provide you with a solid knowledge of the general technical and non-technical subjects that underpin mechanical engineering practices.

Year 2 will introduce you to more focused studies, covering specialist subjects such as applied mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electronics, control and computing. You will also have the opportunity to extend your mathematics and project-management abilities.

Year 3 comprises core engineering topics and advanced mechanical engineering modules, plus a strong focus on independent and group project work. All students will gain an understanding of the business world, and MEng students will continue to deepen their knowledge in areas such as computer-aided design and mathematics.

Year 4 of the MEng course will continue to deepen and broaden your expertise. A strong emphasis is again on independent learning, as well as an industrially focused group project.

Accreditation for this course

Institute of Mechanical Engineers The MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The BEng(Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

The BEng(Hons) will also automatically meet the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Engineering Council logo Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Please check the Engineering Council course search for more information.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module deals with taking a concept through to reality which will involve project planning, health and safety, professional practice and fundamental workshop skills. Workshop practice consists of fabrication and basic machining skills; laboratory practices consisting of materials and metrology. The theoretical content focuses on managing a project from start to finish and an introduction to what is expected of a professional engineer.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the ability to plan a project from start to finish, being aware of the interaction between elements and resources.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic measuring, machining and fabrication processes and perform fundamental materials testing.
    • Carry out introductory laboratory activities relevant to your chosen engineering discipline.
    • Comprehend and apply the basic principles of safety within the workshop and laboratory environment.
    • Develop skills to support good academic and professional development, building evidence of the progression and reflective practice needed to eventually attain the status of Professional Engineer.
    • Outline issues relating to sustainability and one-world living.
  • This module introduces the fundamentals of thermofluids (thermodynamics and fluid mechanics) and solid mechanics (statics and dynamics). The thermofluids section covers the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main thermodynamics laws with special reference to their engineering applications. An introduction to main equations of fluid mechanics and dynamics, dimensional analysis, properties of fluids and their measurement methodology and units.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the fundamental properties of a fluid, use correct unit, property tables and charts. State and apply the zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics to engineering problems.
    • State the basic equations of fluid mechanics, explain the concepts of pressure, temperature and measurements methods.
    • Describe laminar and turbulent flows and apply continuity, momentum and energy equations to fluid flow.
    • Determine the external and internal forces and moments in simple structures under equilibrium and carry out one-dimensional stress analysis of engineering components in tension, compression and bending modes.
    • Carry out kinematics and kinetics analysis of dynamic systems with constant and variable accelerations.
    • Apply Newton's laws and energy method to engineering components in motion modelled as particles and rigid bodies.
  • This module introduces the basic concepts from electrical and electronic engineering, using analytical methods. The module embeds a solid foundation in engineering mathematics which is then conceptualised to find solutions to engineering problems. An introduction to basic programming skills applied to engineering problems is also included.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
    • Describe characteristics of electrical systems, electronic devices and electronic instruments including key concepts such as amplification.
    • Apply basic programming skills to simple engineering problems and demonstrate appreciation of importance of programming in engineering.
    • Perform calculations using matrix algebra, trigonometry and complex numbers.
    • Use calculus to solve engineering problems.
    • Use statistical methods, including probability to an engineering problem.
  • This module aims to develop competence in the application of the fundamentals of engineering design to a given specification including the manufacture and testing of that design. The module provides an understanding of the structure and synthesis of a broad range of engineering materials, their test methods, structure, implications for manufacture and the control of these structures to produce optimum performance in service. The design part of the module will develop skills in engineering drawings and computer aided design (CAD) and solid modelling together with an introduction to the fundamentals of material science.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Produce and interpret engineering drawings in accordance with international standards.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of solid modelling technologies in the design and development of products.
    • Describe and apply the engineering design process from specification through to design optimisation.
    • Apply a knowledge of molecular structure, crystalline structure and phase transformation to identify different types of materials and to describe their range of properties and applications.
    • Describe the characteristics of a range of common engineering materials including the various failure modes and provide simple analysis using appropriate analytical tools such as the concept of fracture mechanics.
    • Identify and describe common engineering manufacturing processes.

Year 2

  • This module goes into greater depth to the first year's module, to extend the knowledge of thermolfluids and mechanical principles as well as identify and develop the skills required in analysis and problem solving relating to the design of thermofluid systems and mechanical components.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Analyse and use power, refrigeration and heat pump cycles, including vapour, air standard and gas cycles.
    • Describe laminar and turbulent boundary layer flows, and calculate associated loss factors and friction losses.
    • Explain heat transfer mechanisms (conduction, convection and radiation) and combustion processes in the context of their engineering applications.
    • Analyse complex stress problems involving combined bending, shear, torsional and axial loading and apply theories of strength, buckling, asymmetric sections, determinate and indeterminate frameworks to engineering design problems.
    • Derive and solve mathematical models for vibratory systems with one and two degree of freedom.
    • Apply appropriate analytical techniques and methods to the solution of typical thermofluid and mechanical system problems.
  • This module deals with advanced electronic systems and concepts from classical control, including feedback control systems and analysis of their response and the effects of the feedback loop. A range of engineering programming tools are used to model and analyse the performance of engineering systems, enabling learning of the functionality of control analysis and design software.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Analyse a range of electronic systems including operational amplifiers based circuits and digital signal processing systems.
    • Design a modern digital system.
    • Construct models of engineering systems and design appropriate controllers and use formal methods to determine system performance (including step and frequency response analysis).
    • Employ computational methods in modelling and simulation of engineering control systems.
    • Design computing algorithms, implement and verify for accuracy and efficiency, using a high level computing language and use structural techniques that aid the understanding of given programming implementations.
    • Apply appropriate analytical techniques and methods to solve classical electronic and control problems.
  • This module includes principles and commercial practices for the management of engineering projects and related wider business operations. The nature of project engineering and business management is considered in the context of quality, time, risk and sustainability aspects.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply project and business management techniques to simple projects, including the use of appropriate software, in the context of wider business operations, sustainability and ethics.
    • Use quality management techniques, including the application of statistical techniques.
    • Describe basic legal and risk principles applicable to mechanical and automotive related situations, including health and safety.
    • Describe theory and practice underpinning the management of human resources and business.
  • This module deepens the knowledge of the mechanical engineers in design communication to British Standard BS8888, from reading engineering drawing to product design specification and optimisation and validation; supported by the CAD/CAE software in analysing and solving engineering design problems. 3D digital modelling techniques are used.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Produce alternative design concepts to solve a given problem, with analysis validation and carry out detail design to comply with current British Standards.
    • Specify and select appropriate engineering materials for a particular design application.
    • Use appropriate CAD/CAE tools for the design to create an effective mechanical model and system and simulation and analysis
    • Apply DFMA, Bale Engineering and value analysis techniques to optimise design cost.
    • Use appropriate CAM tools to simulate the parts machining time optimisation.
    • Appraise design solutions from the perspectives of cost function, quality and manufacturability.

Optional sandwich year: MEng and BEng(Hons)

Year 3/4

  • This module is designed to develop, refine and apply the ideas and skills introduced in the second year that involve mechanics, electronics, control and computing. Identifying and developing skills in resolving solutions to problems relating to electromechanical design in mechatronic products. In addition, the module facilitates the ability to interpret dynamics behaviour of structures and systems with the introduction to embedded microprocessors.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply detailed knowledge of sensors and actuators, and their signal conditioning and driving circuits for appropriate selection for a mechatronic product.
    • Develop an appropriate computer interface and the necessary software to control a mechatronic system.
    • Derive and solve the mathematical models of multi-degree of freedom systems such as vibratory systems.
    • Apply tools for performance analysis and design of control systems.
    • Use analytical and software tools to solve multi degree of freedom systems and apply control strategies.
  • This module is a core module in the MEng and BEng Mechanical Engineering programmes and forms a capstone experience for the course. This major project is undertaken throughout the final year of the BEng programme and Stage three of the MEng programme, allowing you to research and study in depth a topic in mechanical engineering which is of personal interest. The module will involve analysis and evaluation and for the student to demonstrate organisational capability and communication.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Propose and plan an individual research, design or experimental project setting realistic project goals and milestones thus illustrating an understanding of a range of issues pertinent to the task.
    • Critically review current literature.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and defend the planning, methodology and outcome of an individual project through graphical and oral methods including a poster presentation and a short oral presentation of the work demonstrating command of grammar, vocabulary and style appropriate for a professional audience.
    • Structure a report to convey complex information in clear English providing a description of work undertaken, a synthesis of the data collected and present a logical discussion of the processes, results and conclusions, demonstrating throughout a command of grammar and style. Referencing different sources accurately and in line with standard conventions illustrating the links between information, data and the outlined task.
    • Work independently in a professional manner adhering to the University's codes and regulations. You will be able to identify, justify and use methods of analysis, enquiry and production which are appropriate to the project.
  • This module provides an in-depth understanding of business and management concepts required by professional engineers and gain a set of skills large which national and international companies demand. Additionally it develops your enterprising skills and attributes as well as their appreciation of an engineering profession in a global context. A major aspect of the module is introduction of quality systems with an emphasis on statistical approach to quality enhancement in engineering, including reliability, design of experiments and benchmarking.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Analyse the business environment and identify the driving forces that affect growth of businesses within an ethical framework.
    • Discuss the concept of strategic marketing, and demonstrate how success is measured and performance compared.
    • Calculate profit and loss, cash flows and balance sheets; and explain the need for and use of budgets.
    • Describe how the enterprise process can be managed from idea generation through to the presentation of a justified market opportunity and define the responsibility of engineers in a global context.
    • Outline the historical development of 'quality' and assess application of quality tools and techniques in engineering.
    • Discuss product liability, product liability prevention programmes, quality management systems, and plan for their implementation in industry.
  • This module is aimed at providing a short practical introduction to two of the standard analysis techniques available in the industry for the solution of complex engineering problems. These are finite element analysis (FEA), and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).  he module will give the opportunity to develop skills and competence in using the FEA and CFD software codes SolidWorks Simulation and SolidWorks Flow Simulation both of which are integrated within SolidWorks. Such skills are readily transferable to more advanced stand-alone packages which may be used at a later stage in studies or in careers as professional engineers.

    This module also provides advanced mathematical knowledge in real analysis, complex analysis, numerical analysis, vector analysis, special functions and statistics

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Formulate FEA/CFD solutions to simple structural and fluid dynamic problems.
    • Simplify FEA/CFD models to facilitate their solution and understand the effects of such techniques on the validity and accuracy of the results.
    • Appraise and validate the results produced by FEA/CFD software.
    • Calculate side limits of a given function and understand the continuity and differentiability of a function at a point and in interval. Test sequence and series for convergent, divergent by various tests, and calculate the Fourier series for a given periodic function with its application.
    • Solve non-linear system of equations numerically using various methods, and understand the geometrical application of vector analysis in engineering.
  • This module develops the knowledge gained within the previous two years of analytical techniques and thermofluids. Simulation will be used to give a practical introduction to the finite element analysis (FEA) method for structural analysis. Thermofluids mechanics aspects involving conversion and transfer of energy such as turbo machines (pumps, turbines...) and heat exchangers will be discussed. The module also provides a further understanding of numerical methods employed in heat transfer analysis

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply liner elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) in structures design.
    • Apply the concepts of fracture mechanics theory to fatigue crack propagation.
    • Solve finite element based problems using one- and two-dimensional linear elements both theoretically and with the use of a commercial package.
    • Describe the pressure and velocity distribution in compressible flow systems, and describe the causes and methods of evasion of fluid transients in pipe systems.
    • Identify a range of rotodynamic machines, sketch their performance characteristics and derive the laws of various machines.
    • Describe and analyse heat transfer systems. Apply this knowledge to the design and specification of thermal equipment, eg heat exchangers.

Optional sandwich year: MEng

Year 4/5

  • This core module undertaken throughout the final year of the course provides an opportunity to work as a team on a major engineering design problem which closely parallels a real-world project. The project incorporates engineering disciplines, providing simulated experience of the difficulties and needs for team work within an engineering environment. Organisational and interpersonal skills will be developed working in a project management environment; defining goals and milestones.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Generate an industrially relevant design from initial specification through the detailed design stage, to the optimised solution.
    • Manage and participate in the design process, devising an effective plan of approach with appropriate time scheduling.
    • Participate in meetings as a team member, secretary or chairperson, produce minutes and keep a properly maintained log book.
    • Effectively defend a technical design via a presentation to an academic audience and produce a final technical report to a professional standard.
  • The module is designed to provide you with the research skills and techniques necessary to select and justify a research topic, plan project execution, use various resources to carry out a literature search and successfully complete the project and other module assignments on the course. It further develops your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. It supports you in producing proposals for enterprise ideas such as new products or services, or innovations in existing processes or organisations. Concepts of total quality management to enhance quality of products and processes in an industrial setting are presented and application of supporting quality tools and techniques are discussed.

  • This module is designed as an advanced option to extend your knowledge of the analytical techniques of stress analysis, plasticity theory and some of the more advanced theories behind finite element analysis.

    The module also investigates properties of a range of modern materials and associated advanced manufacturing processes with a view to broaden your knowledge and skills when selecting a material for a complex engineering application. Use of case studies from extensive research activities of the academic staff is a main feature of this module, introducing you to career opportunities in industrial research and development.

  • This option module is designed for students in mechanical engineering and allied subject areas to be able to extend existing knowledge and skills of relevant computational techniques and advanced mathematics developed at undergraduate level. Emphasis is placed on the solution to fluids problems in a realistic mechanical engineering context.

    On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

    • Define and analyse simple engineering fluid flow problems using the Navier Stokes equations. Simplify flow problems and solve them.
    • Construct appropriate solid models for CFD analysis, set up the solution domain and generate suitable surface and volume grids via meshing tools.
    • Understand both flow physics and mathematical properties of governing of Navier Stokes equations and define appropriate boundary conditions.
    • Use CFD software to model flow problems of relevance to mechanical engineers. Analyse the results and compare with available data.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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