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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Prepare yourself for a career as a professional mechanical engineer.

Enquire: 023 8201 5066

Are you fascinated by how things work? Do you find yourself thinking about how products could be improved? A degree in mechanical engineering can help you to develop these interests into valuable practical skills.

Southampton Solent University’s mechanical engineering programme focuses on applied engineering principles and places a strong emphasis on employability. Our experienced course team will help you to develop the range of theory based, professional and hands-on skills that employers in the industry are looking for.

  • This course has a strong focus on practical, hands-on experience, enabling students to put the theory they have learnt into practice.
  • Students benefit from a range of up-to-date and specialist laboratories, facilities and workshops.
  • The course’s academic team has a wide range of experience across a number of different industries.
  • The course team also have access to an established network of industry contacts. This helps to bring real-world examples, expertise and projects into the learning and teaching environment.

The industry

It is estimated that there is an annual shortfall of 81,000 professional engineers in the UK alone. This critical skills gap is thought to be affecting the UK’s ability to stay competitive, meaning that demand for engineering professionals is likely to rise.

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge employers will require, from essential engineering concepts to mechanics, drawing, CAD and manufacturing skills. Critically, past students have been able to gain an insight into real-life engineering problems, tackling projects defined for them by our network of industry contacts. 

The programme

Students benefit from a range of multifunctional workshops and labs, including a dedicated computer/CAD suite.

Specialist facilities include a production and electronics laboratory for designing, building and testing electronic circuitry; and a heat treatment laboratory containing furnaces that heat specimens and components up to 1100oC. The materials testing laboratory has large tensile testing machines, and the manufacturing laboratory features a range of advanced equipment such as a 3D printer, a rapid prototyping machine and a laser cutter.

The engineering academic group’s extensive network of industry contacts has provided past students with the opportunity to work on live briefs, helping them to develop analytical, problem solving, team working and business and management skills. These elements can help students develop a range of transferable skills and help to ensure they are well prepared for a professional working environment.

Past students have had the opportunity to work closely with employers such as Rolls-Royce, SAAB, Sea Eye, TUV and Coopervision on course projects, and participate in practical work-based initiatives.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Wessex Round Table of Inventors (WRTI) have also held regular local professional development events on campus. 

Next steps

Think a career as a mechanical engineer might be right for you? Whether it’s aerospace, automotive design, component manufacture or nano-technology, Southampton Solent’s mechanical engineering programme will help you to build the skills you’ll need to apply for a range of relevant graduate roles.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H304
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H305
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H306
  • 3 Years Standard entry H303

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Part-time entry
Relevant HNC/D

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Applied Mathematics
  • CAD and the Design Process
  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Electrical Principles
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Professional and Study Skills.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Applied Maths for Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering Materials
  • Modelling and Mechanics of Products
  • Quality and Product Development
  • Automation and Control.

Options

  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Analysis and Design Optimisation
  • Analysis of Materials and Structures
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Major project.

Options

  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is primarily taught through workshop- or laboratory-based work, individually and in groups. Activity-based learning and problem-solving are key, with an emphasis on applying knowledge to live industry briefs, case studies and projects.

Guest speaker and professional body visits are also used to enhance the taught elements of the courses.

Work experience
As a full-time student you’ll be partnered with an industrial company, with the opportunity to visit the company at least once in your first year.

There are also industry mentoring opportunities throughout the course, with the potential to lead to work placements. All final-year students will carry out an assessed consultancy project with a company.

Assessment
The course is assessed through formal examinations, written assignments, group work, laboratory reports and presentations.

Our facilities

Well-equipped laboratories in applied mechanics, material testing and manufacturing; rapid prototyping equipment; software, including Solid Works, CES and CAD suite. You’ll also have access to auto-vibration equipment, as well as new tensile and non-destructive testing equipment.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The engineering team has a diverse range of research interests, which are incorporated into teaching activities and involve key aspects of the design process. The main areas of interest include manufacturing, materials and ‘Design for X’.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H304
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H305
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H306
  • 3 Years Standard entry H303

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

This course could lead to careers in a wide variety of mechanical engineering disciplines, such as aerospace, automotive engineering, design engineering, component manufacture, nano-technology, management of engineering departments or production planning. Particularly if you further your professional development and become a fully chartered engineer, you could work on anything from prosthetics and medical technology to large-scale engineering projects. Whether your preference is for research and development of new products, turning ideas into practical designs or producing final products and projects, you’ll have a huge range of career options and opportunities.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Research engineer
  • Design engineer 
  • CAD draughting
  • Junior engineering manager.
  • Mechanical sales/applications support engineer
  • Electro-mechanical packaging design engineer 
  • Mechanical design engineer.

Links with industry

The engineering group has extensive industrial links, providing you with the opportunity to look at industry-related problems and work on live briefs, such as CAD or design projects.

You’ll work closely with employers and local companies such as Rolls-Royce, SAAB, Sea Eye, TUV and Coopervision on course projects, and participate in practical work-based initiatives.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology also holds regular local professional development events.

Transferable skills

You’ll develop your analytical and practical skills through mini-projects, live briefs, case studies, demonstrations and experiments, while business and management skills are embedded in the learning, teaching and assessment activities.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Course graduates have gone on to roles including mechanical design engineer, graduate research engineer and production engineer.

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A-levels in a relevant subject (Maths to have been studied at AS Level or higher), a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Entry to year two full-time or year three part-time can be considered for applicants with a relevant HNC or equivalent qualification
  • Entry to year one of this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year and International Foundation Year
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

 

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H304
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H305
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H306
  • 3 Years Standard entry H303



 

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