University of Kent

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry

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Course summary

If you want to work at the cutting-edge of mechanical engineering, so that you are able to turn ideas into real systems, then this course is for you. This course is designed for students with a strong interest in developing smart mechanical systems. Drawing on our established expertise in Mechatronics, Robotics, Materials and Instrumentation, the course will produce engineers with a solid knowledge of mechanical systems, control, design and the interplay of these disciplines. Engineering has become a hi-tech discipline requiring integrated expertise across subject areas. For instance, a robot or an autonomous vehicle requires a mechanical platform with sophisticated drive mechanics and control. Employers increasingly require engineers to solve problems using innovative design approaches while improving efficiency and productivity. Therefore, this course teaches mechanical engineering with a strong emphasis on design and smart technologies. To achieve this, you will carry out hands-on projects combining your mechanical designs with control systems under the supervision of specialist academics. Why study Mechanical Engineering at Kent:

  • We have undertaken a£3 million redevelopment and modernisation of the Jennison Engineering and Design Hub
  • Our excellent facilities include a mechanical workshop, 120 seat laboratory, material testing, 3D printing and CNC, robotic kits, and a dedicated makerspace
  • We have strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • You can join our student led societies: TinkerSoc / Kent Engineering Society
  • Course modules provide a solid grounding in mechanics, materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechatronics, robotics, control, instrumentation, mathematics, electronics, and programming
  • You will also benefit from the employability and career development activities offered across our degrees; these activities are informed by industrial interaction and include placement opportunities.
Course details The aims of our Year in Industry degree are to give students an opportunity to gain experience as engineers working in a professional environment and to develop employment-related skills. The placement year develops students’ technical skills, employability and soft skills as well as increasing their awareness of the future context for employment. Your Year in Industry takes place between your second and final year. As well as gaining invaluable workplace experience, you also have the chance to evaluate a particular career path. If your Year in Industry goes well, you may be offered a job by that employer after graduation. For more information, please visit our website.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Direct entry into Year 2 of this programme is considered on a case by case basis.

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English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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