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Mechanical Engineering University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Build a solid foundation in the principles of mechanical engineering. Begin with an exciting interdisciplinary module set up with funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering and progressing on to tackling a technically challenging group design project. You’ll develop your skills and broaden your opportunities to become a professional engineer. This course extends our BEng (Hons) with provision for advanced study of industrially relevant topics.

You will engage in experimental work in excellent laboratories and workshops. You’ll immerse yourself in additional modules in marketing and entrepreneurship, industrial computational fluid dynamics, robotics and control and structural design. You’ll open the door to a successful future. With starting salaries from £23,000, our graduates have gone on to work for Hoare Lea, Babcock Marine, Becton Dickinson, e2v, Edwards, the Shaw Group and the Ministry of Defence.

  • Open the door to a successful future. With starting salaries from £23,000, our graduates have gone on to work for Hoare Lea, Babcock Marine, Becton Dickinson, e2v, Edwards, the Shaw Group and the Ministry of Defence.

*Join a course accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

  • Study specialist modules in control systems engineering or thermo-fluid mechanics, and learn from engineering failures.

  • Benefit from an optional 48 week paid work placement. Placements may lead to sponsorship and future employment opportunities.

  • Engage in experimental work in excellent laboratories and workshops.

  • Take the opportunity to make appropriate use of computer-aided engineering.

  • Take advantage of a flexible course. The first two years are common with MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Composites and the first year is common with MEng (Hons) Marine Technology, allowing you to swap courses.

  • Immerse yourself in additional modules in marketing and entrepreneurship, industrial computational fluid dynamics, robotics and control and structural design.

Course details

Modules

In year 1, you'll acquire a sound foundation in design, mechanics, materials, electrical principles, thermo-fluids, mathematics and business, learning by active involvement in real engineering problems. You’ll also undertake a hands-on module in manufacturing methods. Modules are shared with the BEng (Hons) in Marine Technology and in the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Composites.

Year 2 consists of modules covering materials and structures, which are integrated through the central design theme, providing a holistic approach to mechanical engineering. Core subjects like thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and quality management, are supported by further studies in business, mathematics and control.

In your final year, you’ll specialise in either thermal and fluid engineering, or control and intelligent systems. You'll study manufacturing, failure mechanisms and mechanics, quality management and statistics and practise design and computer-aided engineering. You'll also research a topic of interest for your individual project.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

43% of assessment is by exam, 56% by coursework and 1% practical assessment


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4
  • Year 5

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 - 136 points Including A Level Grade C in Mathematics and Grade C in a second relevant subject: Applied ICT / Applied Science / Applied Business / Biology / Business Studies / Chemistry / Computing / Computer Science / DT (Product Design Resistant Materials) / DT (Systems & Control Technology) / Product Design / Economics / Economics & Business / Electronics / Engineering / Environmental Science / Further Maths / Use of Maths / Pure Maths / ICT / Physics / Statistics. Excluding General Studies
A level 120 to 136 UCAS points, including A Level Grade C in Mathematics and Grade C in a second relevant subject: Applied ICT / Applied Science / Applied Business / Biology / Business Studies / Chemistry / Computing / Computer Science / DT (Product Design Resistant Materials) / DT (Systems & Control Technology) / Product Design / Economics / Economics & Business / Electronics / Engineering / Environmental Science / Further Maths / Use of Maths / Pure Maths / ICT / Physics / Statistics. Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Considered in combination with Advanced Highers. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.
AS Considered in combination.
City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.
Extended Project Considered in combination.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 - 34 points To include Grade 5 at Higher Level Mathematics and Grade 5 at Higher Level in a second relevant subject. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 to include Mathematics and a second relevant subject. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.
Scottish Advanced Higher 128 to 136 UCAS points, including Grade C in Mathematics and Grade C in a second relevant subject. Maths and English accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination.
WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (Core Maths) Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics and second relevant subject.

Must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With 5.5 in all elements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Please note fees are subject to change - for all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. ** International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. *** ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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