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Mechanical Engineering BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time H302 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year H305 2017
4 years full time including foundation year H308 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

This course combines theory with practical applications to give you the opportunity to gain a thorough technical understanding and high-quality engineering skills together with sound management and personal skills.


The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council, and satisfies the academic requirements for incorporated engineer (IEng) status.

What you will study

Year 1 is partially common across our engineering BSc degrees and provides the underpinning skills and knowledge you will need to study specialist mechanical engineering topics later in the course. It consists of analytical subjects such as mathematics, engineering science, structural mechanics and dynamics, providing the necessary theoretical background; engineering design and applications, providing the necessary technical skills; and an introduction to the profession of engineering.

Year 2 will introduce you to more specialist studies. An important feature is the emphasis on design, which enables you to start consolidating the topics being studied into more realistic engineering scenarios. You will also have the opportunity to extend your mathematics and project management abilities.

Year 3 comprises core disciplines and specialist advanced modules, plus a strong emphasis on independent learning through project work, both individually and in a group. This year also further enhances your employability skills, helping you begin your engineering career.

Throughout the course you will benefit from using our excellent industry-standard facilities, including high-end equipment, machines and testers.

Accreditation for this course

IET logoThe course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and satisfies the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

Engineering Council logoThis degree has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

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).

The BSc(Hons) fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Download the engineering degree accreditation leaflet (PDF) to find out more about the benefits of studying a degree accredited by the Engineering Council.

Please check the Engineering Council website 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 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.
  • This core introduces the fundamentals of thermodynamics to include fluid and solid mechanics which involves statics and dynamics. The module deals with the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main laws of thermodynamics (Zeroth, first and second laws) with special reference to their engineering applications.

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

    • State the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and describe the effects of their associated equations.
    • Describe the fundamental properties and characteristics of a fluid and state the basic equations of fluid statics and fluid dynamics.
    • Apply the basic principles of thermodynamics and the mechanics of fluids to simple engineering situations.
    • Determine the external and internal forces and moments in simple structures under equilibrium and carry out simple stress analysis of engineering components in tension, compression and bending modes.
    • Describe and apply the basic concepts of kinematics and kinetics to simple bodies in motion with constant acceleration.
    • Describe the behaviour of simple systems subjected to free vibrations and apply energy methods to bodies in motion.
  • This module covers the fundamental mathematical skills essential to support the application of core engineering principles in solving typical engineering problems. The module deals with arithmetic, algebraic and simple statistical skills and techniques, trigonometry, vector algebra and calculus. Application of simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits and the use of propriety software such as MATLAB.

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

    • Apply arithmetic, algebraic and simple statistical skills and techniques in solving typical problems in an engineering context.
    • Solve engineering problems analytically and numerically using trigonometry, vector algebra and calculus.
    • Apply simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
    • Describe characteristics of electrical systems, electronic devices and electronic instruments and appreciate key concepts such as feedback and amplication.
    • Use propriety software, such as MATLAb, to solve simple engineering problems.
    • Use typical applications such as spreadsheets to carry out a variety of typical engineering calcuations, 'what if' decisions and data representations.

Year 2

  • 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 builds upon the first year's modules, extending mathematics and electronics concepts to more complex devices and methods of analysis. The module also introduces concepts from classical control, using the engineering programming tools to model and analyse 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 performance of a range of analogue and digital electronic systems.
    • Analyse performance of classical control systems.
    • Employ computational methods in modelling and simulation of engineering control systems.
    • Apply further methods in differential and integral calculus in an engineering context.
    • Use further vector analysis techniques to engineering problems.
    • Apply ordinary differential equations and numerical methods to problems in an engineering context.
  • This module is designed to further develop knowledge and skills in materials, manufacturing processing and engineering design. To provide further knowledge  on the relationship between microstructure, mechanical properties and manufacturing processes for a range of engineering materials, thus enabling optimal utilisation of materials for specific engineering applications and select best manufacturing process.

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

    • Explain the hardening mechanism of alloys and how to control their mechanical properties.
    • Predict fatigue life and creep deformation of materials and for engineering design.
    • Select and design manufacturing process using plastics, alloy and ceramics.
    • Use traditional design methods and CAD software to undertake engineering design tasks.
    • Apply a logical and creative approach to solve commercial design problems.
  • This module builds on the principles of mechanical engineering and further knowledge of the behaviour of solids under static load; subjected to constant and non-constant acceleration. In addition, the thermodynamic behaviour of systems and the dynamic behaviour of fluids will be investigated.

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

    • Predict and apply the static behaviour of mechanical systems under load, including statically indeterminate structural components and componets subjected to two- and three-dimensional stresses and strains.
    • Predict and demonstrate the dynamic behaviour of mechanical systems subjected to non-constant acceleration and systems subjected to free and forced vibrations with damping.
    • Explain and apply the concepts of 3D kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies, particularly related to gyroscopic motion.
    • Recognise and analyse power, refrigeration and heat pump cycles.
    • Comprehend and analyse laminar and turbulent boundary layer flows, and calculate associated loss factors and friction losses.
    • Compare and evaluate heat transfer mechanisms (conduction, convection and radiation) and combustion processes within an engineering context.

Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • 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 a core module in all the BSc programmes offered by the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering and forms the 'capstone' experience for the course. The module involves a major project undertaken throughout the final year of the programme and allows students to research and study in depth a topic in their particular engineering discipline which is of personal interest. The module will involve analysis, evaluation and the ability to demonstrate organisational capability and communication.

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

    • Evaluate the viability of a project and set realistic goals and milestones.
    • Arrange and conduct regular meetings with the project supervisor to review progress and to discuss and appraise ideas and data.
    • Set out and defend augments and conclusions both orally in a presentation and visually in the form of a poster-style display.
    • Write a well-structured report 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.
    • Produce project work commensurate to a BSc standard, being aware of personal and professional responsibilities.
  • This major-based project is undertaken throughout the final year of the programme and allows you to experience working in an industrial team, researching and studying in-depth an industrially relevant design task. The module provides a simulated experience of complexities found working within an engineering team environment. The module allows you to develop project management skills as well as organisational and interpersonal skills.

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

    • Generate an industrially relevant design and 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 industrial audience and produce a final technical report to a professional standard.
  • This module aims to provide a short practical introduction to standard analysis techniques available in the industry for the solution of complex engineering problems, referred to a finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The module will develop skills in using FEA and CFD software codes SolidWorks Simulation and SolidWorks Flow Simulation.

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

    • Produce 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.
    • Use a contemporary FEA/CFD software package at basic level.
    • Identify appropriate sensors and actuators and develop/select signal conditioning and driving circuits for a mechatronics product.
    • Select and adapt the necessary computer interfaces and develop software to integrate functional requirements of a mechatronics product and write assembly level programs and use cross assembler and emulator to run programs.
    • Encapsulate knowledge as an expert system and train a neural network for classification tasks.

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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