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Mechanical Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons)

Why choose this course?

Mechanical engineering degrees explore the processes by which mechanical products and systems are designed and manufactured. Our degrees provide a strong base in technical, management and personal skills. The Automotive pathway focuses more on the design, test and development of vehicles and/or components from concept through to production. It also involves improving vehicles in response to customer feedback.

This course is ideal if you would like a career within the automotive industry and to develop a comprehensive range of related skills.  

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

Course Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
Mechanical Engineering MEng 4 years full time H303 2020
Mechanical Engineering MEng 5 years full time including sandwich year H304 2020
Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons) 3 years full time H300 2020
Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H301 2020
Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including foundation year H308 2020
Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) MEng 4 years full time H323 2020
Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) MEng 5 years full time including sandwich year H324 2020
Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) BEng(Hons) 3 years full time H320 2020
Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H321 2020

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.

Location Roehampton Vale

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • The MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The BEng (Hons) meets these requirements in part. Approved further learning can lead to full registration. 
  • The BEng (Hons) also meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • This course received more than 90 per cent overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018).  

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering at Kingston University

What you will study

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.

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

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4 - MEng only

Year 1 provides a solid knowledge of the general technical and non-technical subjects that underpin mechanical engineering practices.

Core modules

Engineering Design and Professional Practice

30 credits

The principal aim of this module is to provide you with a flavour of what is involved in engineering design and to develop the good academic and professional practice needed to attain professional status. The module introduces the key aspects involved in: planning a project from start to finish, design processes incorporating a sustainability agenda, building an awareness of the interactions across various disciplines, regulatory frameworks and Health and Safety procedures.  The module develops good academic and professional practice by developing skills in self-reflection and recording professional development.  The basic principles of measurement and manufacturing processes in a workshop and testing environment are also addressed in the module.

Some elements of the module are delivered as part of the personal tutor scheme (PTS).  This assists your transition into Higher Education encouraging a sense of belonging within the Faculty and within your discipline.  The PTS helps you to develop good academic habits and initiates effective team working within a project management and engineering design framework, as well as developing interpersonal skills in order to enhance your employability.

Engineering Mechanics, Structures & Materials

30 credits

The module introduces you to the fundamentals of structural analysis (statics and dynamics) and the mechanical behaviour of a broad range of engineering materials. The mechanics part provides an understanding of the behaviour of particles and rigid bodies whilst stationary and in motion. Bodies such as trusses in equilibrium are studied and the external and internal parameters such as force, moment, stress, strain, etc. are defined and calculated. The analysis of structural components will be developed with theoretical and numerical skills that are necessary in the design of real world structures. This section also introduces the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies with their engineering applications. Material test methods will be used to determine the deformations and failures of the various engineering materials.  A selection of materials for engineering applications, such as metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, will be studied including their carbon footprint and their impact on the environment. The module is primarily delivered through lectures supported by tutorial sessions and laboratories.

Engineering Mathematics and Computing Applications

30 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a thorough background in engineering mathematics and equip you with the mathematical skills essential for solving engineering problems. The module also introduces the use of computing methods in engineering. The mathematics part comprises algebra, functions, logarithms, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations and vectors. The computing part covers the use of software for problem solving, visualisation and data representation. The emphasis is on using mathematical and computational tools to solve engineering problems.

Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Science

30 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and engineering science. Taught to mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering students, it will use this broad audience to enhance a collaborative learning environment. The fluid mechanics section will cover the fundamental properties of fluids and the main basic conservation equations used and their engineering applications. It also introduces the concept of dimensions and the SI units of measurement. The engineering science section will consider subject areas relevant to each discipline.  For mechanical and aerospace engineering students it will introduce thermodynamics and electrical engineering and for civil engineering students it will consider soil mechanics. The thermodynamics topic covers the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main thermodynamics laws with special reference to their engineering applications.  The electrical engineering section covers the basic concepts and electrical quantities such as charge, current, resistance, voltage, power and energy before looking at fundamental electrical components and how they can be incorporated into both AC and DC circuits.  The soil mechanics topic will introduce the fundamental properties of soils and their essential aspects.

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

Core modules

Thermofluid and Mechanical Systems 2

30 credits

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.
Electronic Systems, Control and Computing

30 credits

This module builds 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. The content of this module is informed by the research performed by the teaching team. In order to improve your employability, 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.

Engineering Design, Materials and Manufacture 2

30 credits

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.
Project Engineering and Management

30 credits

This is a core module for all level 5 students on mechanical and automotive related degree programmes offered by the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering.  The 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.  The module is contextualised for mechanical and automotive professionals to promote and broaden knowledge of how companies and organisations work in the project and business environment.  This module continues effective team working as well as developing interpersonal skills.

Automotive Systems Engineering 1 and 2

30 credits

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

Core modules

Business Management and Group Project

30 credits

This module gives you an opportunity to work as a member of a design team on an Aerospace/Mechanical/Civil design project. It also further develops your broader understanding of the business context of engineering activities. It will develop a set of skills and techniques which will prepare you for employment.

Thermofluid and Mechanical Systems 3

30 credits

This core module is designed to extend your knowledge of the analytical techniques of fracture mechanics, stress analysis and thermofluid to analyse and design engineering structures and systems.

This module builds on the knowledge gained in the second year Thermofluids & Mechanical Systems 2 module to extend your knowledge and skills in structural analysis based on fracture mechanics and fatigue. 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 turbomachines (pumps, turbines...) and heat exchangers will be discussed. The module also provides a further understanding of numerical methods employed in fluid flow and heat transfer analysis using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

The module is primarily delivered through lectures supported by tutorials. Course materials are available via Canvas where appropriate.

Mechatronics, Dynamics and Control

30 credits

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.
Individual Project

30 credits

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.
Automotive Systems Engineering 1 and 2

30 credits

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

Core modules

Mechanical Group Project (MEng)

30 credits

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.
Advanced Stress Analysis and Materials

30 credits

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.

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Engineering Applications

30 credits

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.
Control Systems with Embedded Implementation

30 credits

This module encompasses a range of related fields, such as control and embedded implementation. It introduces classical design and tools for analysis of control systems. Time domain design methods are followed by frequency domain design methods. Although the module mainly deals with continuous-time systems, the discrete-time systems are also discussed. This is followed on by implementation, where sensors and actuators are introduced. A strong feature of this module is the delivery by the academic staff from the Industrial Control Research Group, using industrial state-of-the-art equipment. The learning is supported by practical exercises where students design and implement embedded control systems using computer-aided design tools and embedded microcontroller-based systems including real-time industrial computers. In additional to the theoretical concepts, the focus of this module is on implementation, providing you with a set of skills that will enhance their employability. A range of transferable skills gained in this module is aimed to help with the work on the final project and extra-curricular activities available within the school.

Automotive Aerodynamics and Structural Analysis

30 credits

This module gives students an in-depth understanding of vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the use of industry-standard software tools to help with the analysis of whole vehicle dynamic behaviour and aerodynamics. The research and professional practice undertaken by the academic staff involved in the delivery is a strong feature of this module. In additional to the theoretical concepts, the focus of this module is on empirical, hands-on learning, providing you with a set of skills that will enhance your employability. The learning is supported by practical exercises in the wind tunnel where your empirical methods used for quantifying air flows, both internally and externally and the software simulation approach. A range of transferable skills gained in this module is aimed to help with the work on the final project and extra-curricular activities available within the school.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Foundation year

An Engineering Foundation course with pathways in Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical Engineering is available. 

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • BENG: 112 UCAS points from three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. A Levels to include Maths and a Science subject (Physics or Chemistry). Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering or related subject such as Aerospace/Aeronautical/Electrical/Electronic/Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering will be considered (grades DMM).
  • MENG: 128 UCAS points from three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. A Levels to include Maths and two Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Further Maths). Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering or related subject such as Aerospace/Aeronautical/Electrical/Electronic/Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering will be considered (grades DDM).

Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as an Access Course in a relevant Engineering subject which has been passed with 112 UCAS points (BEng) or 128 UCAS points (MEng).

Applications from those that have undertaken an Engineering foundation year will also be considered.

International

We welcome applications from International Applicants. View our standard entry requirements from your country.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions, backed up by design classes, workshops and site visits.

Assessment methods are usually split between exam and continuous assessment coursework (eg reports, computer exercises, laboratories and essays). Some modules are assessed by coursework only.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 5%
  • Exams
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Exams
Year 3
  • Coursework
  • Exams

 

Year 4

Coursework: 68%
Practical exam: 2%
Written exam 30%

 

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 90 students and lecture sizes are normally 80­-100­.  However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course

The course is taught at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Faculty staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible.

Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

Facilities

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Roehampton Vale campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest technology and industry-standard equipment, including:

  • 3D design studio and workshop;
  • mechanical engineering workshop
  • rolling roads;
  • automotive testing facilities;
  • a Lotus Exige; and
  • cars and motorcycles built by engineering students.

The recently enlarged library at Roehampton Vale provides collections of specialist engineering books and journals.

The £4 million Hawker Wing, which opened in December 2007, provides three floors of extra space for students and staff at Roehampton Vale, including improved learning and teaching facilities.

Facilities

Course fees and funding

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International

Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,450
Year 4 (2022/23): £15,900

* If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2020/21. The fees shown above apply for Year 1 of the degree from 2020/21 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2019/20): £14,200
Year 2 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 3 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 4 (2022/23): £15,450
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

 * If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2019/20. The fees shown above apply for Year 1 of the degree from 2019/20 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free Wi-Fi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

International students

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. 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. 

What our students say

The best part of the course is the design modules where you learn a lot about what actually goes into the designing of everything we use regularly. It also gives you the experience of the industry since all the programs are used in the industry, so this helps you familiarise with the standards and gives a head start for job hunting in the future.

The University itself has some amazing and one-of-a-kind machines and they keep pace with while they emphasise strongly on preparing you for the industry.

Soteris Eliades, Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)

I especially enjoyed working on my group project work; involving the design, fabrication and testing of a concentrating parabolic solar collector; the entire experience was a big step in my transition from student to engineer.

I was impressed with the availability of comprehensive libraries, online resources and knowledgeable and accommodating lecturers and staff. I often spent entire days and many late nights in the silent study areas of the libraries which was the ideal environment for me.

The advice I would give to new students would be to make learning and skills development your top priority, be positive about the entire experience and you'll get more value from it than you thought possible.

Kanishka Goonesekera, Mechanical Engineering Design BEng

After you graduate

Mechanical engineers work across a spectrum of roles - see the IMechE website for information on careers in mechanical engineering.

Our graduates have gained employment in a variety of areas, such as design engineer for a Formula 1 racing company, project manager for a food processing company, and sales engineer for a company selling packaging machinery.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Applications technical engineer (engineering estimator)
  • Reliability engineer
  • Senior interior project engineer
  • Automotive technician
  • Design engineer
  • Project manager

Employers

  • Mitsubishi
  • Thales
  • Eurostar
  • BAE Systems
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Thermo Plastiki
  • Denso Manufactury

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting.

Employability preparation at Kingston University

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discounton our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.

Accreditation

Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) BEng and Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) MEng are not included in this accreditation.

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. 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).

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.

Formula Student and motorsport

Join this course at Kingston and you too could join the KU e-Racing team and help them drive for success in Formula Student year after year. It's a great chance to apply theory to a real workplace project, enjoy the thrills of appearing at a major racing circuit - and have something amazing to add to your CV.

About Formula Student

IMechE's Formula Student is the largest annual student motorsport event in the world and is delivered in partnership with key industry players including Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Shell, National Instruments and Mercedes AMG Petronas. Ross Brawn OBE (Team Principal, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team) is the patron and the event is entered by 141 university teams from 34 countries across the globe.

With its real-world bias, Formula Student is viewed by the motor industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet. In fact, many high-profile motorsports engineers have participated in Formula Student whilst at university including Andrew Shovlin, chief race engineer of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and James Painter, engineering lead of vehicle integration working on the BLOODHOUND land speed record.

KU e-Racing shines at Silverstone

The week after the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel raced at the British Grand Prix, students from around the world competed in their own motorsport event at Silverstone in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Formula Student competition. Kingston University's KU e-Racing proved to be the only UK team with a viable electric vehicle,read how they got on.

You can also see the KU e-Racing car being assembled, the chassis being constructed and the car being transported to Silverstone, as well as glimpses of the business presentation made as part of the University's entry. Produced by students Karam Rajaby and Joseph Bannister (Television and Video Technology BSc(Hons)), Amy Nicole Tinker (Media Technology BSc (Hons)); and Luka Stokic (Automotive Engineering BSc(Hons)).

Watch out for their full-length documentary on Formula Student.

Kingston motorsport

Students on this course can also get involved with the successful Kingston University motorsport team.

Work placement year

How you can work in industry during your course

Why take a placement? Work placements: 

  • provide work experience that is relevant to your course and future career; 
  • improve your chances of graduating with a higher grade degree; 
  • enhance your CV; 
  • lead to a graduate job;  
  • enable you to earn a year's salary whilst studying (the vast majority of placements are paid); and 
  • help you to select your final-year project. 

"To be successful, tomorrow's leaders will need to be far more rounded individuals than ever before. They will collaborate in pursuit of shared goals. They will guide, challenge and support...They will have an appetite for change and a hunger for continuous improvement, and they will have an ethos of learning and development..." 
Jeremy Darroch, Former Chief Executive, Sky  

"Doing a placement year effectively gives you one foot in the door of a future job and to stand out from the crowd... as well as enhancing my CV... and future interviews. It's a great motivator to be successful in my studies as it only serves to open even more doors and gain more skills." 
Placement student at Jagex Games Studios Ltd

  • 81% placement students and 34% non-placement students got a first or 2.1 (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008). 
  • 100% of placement students during 2008 recommend doing a placement (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008). 
  • Many employers offer a graduate job to their successful placement students. 

There is a lot of support available for students looking to secure a placement (eg a jobs board with placement vacancies, help with writing CVs and mock interviews). Getting a placement and passing the placement year are ultimately the student's responsibility. 

For further information please contact the Placements Team by telephone 020 8417 2969 or email secplace@kingston.ac.uk

Examples of placements  

Placements can be with large multinational companies, international companies, local companies and small start ups; offering a diverse range of posts. Here are some examples of employers and roles: 

Construction-based placement employers 

Construction-based placement roles 

RG Group 
Multiplex 
Costain 
Willmott Dixon  
Fluor 

Assistant site manager 
Assistant trades package manager 
Assistant logistics manager 
Health and safety officer 
Construction engineer

Science-based placement employers 

Science-based placement roles 

Reckitt and Benckiser 
GSK 
Drug Control Centre 
Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd  
Various local and international hospitals 

Bioanalytical sciences 
Lab assistant 
Pharmacy assistant 
Sports coach 

Engineering-based placement employers 

Engineering-based placement roles 

Airbus 
BAM Nuttall 
Nissan 
Bosch 
Wozair

Analysis of aircraft structure 
Construction resources specialist 
Site engineer assistant

Computing and IS based placement employers 

Computing and IS based placement roles 

Disney 
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe 
IBM 
McKinsey 
Intel

Database co-ordinator 
Software developer 
Website developer 
App developer

Mathematics-based placement employers 

Mathematics-based placement roles 

Lloyds Banking Group 
AXA 
Allianz 
PAU Education, Spain

Analyst 
Investment solutions 
Research analyst 
Accounts assistant

Key information set

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