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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (with Foundation year)

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Engineering

Attendance

Full-time, 4 years

Full-time, 5 years

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Mechanical engineering involves the design and production of almost any machinery or operation of systems such as medical implant devices, aeroplanes, space vehicle systems, cars, robots, sports equipment and power stations. This includes the use of thermal, fluid, solid, finite methods, computer-aided design, simulation, energy, mechatronics, materials and manufacturing methods. It will enable you to use your skills in almost any engineering sector.

Our course has been carefully designed by experts in the field to prepare students for professional practice in the world of interdisciplinary technology.

The course provides you with analytical and scientific knowledge and management skills to design and manufacture complex mechanical systems. You’ll develop problem-solving expertise by creating practical solutions to problems that are directly relevant to industrial needs.

The course emphasises industry-standard modelling and simulation techniques such as CFD and FEA, as you establish the specification, design and analysis of mechanical engineering systems.

You'll have access to the very latest equipment and resources to carry out this work. All of which will equip you for a wide range of future careers.

During your course, you’ll have regular contact with blue chip companies and industry leaders in the sector, who will host visits and work placements and provide regular guest speakers to the University of East London.

We are currently seeking accreditation for our courses from professional institutions, IET and IMechE. This degree will provide you with the BEng level underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)


UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

H802

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Placement

Optional placement year available

Real-world experience

Our course is carefully tailored to provide you with up-to-date knowledge and skills for the engineering industry. You’ll gain real-world experience by working on industrially relevant projects. 

Industry links

Our mechanical engineering academic staff have doctorates or significant industrial experience. You’ll benefit from our long-established links with major engineering firms in the local area – including Ford Motor Company and Crossrail. These employers host visits and offer work placements.

Employment opportunities

The course offers graduates a huge range of potential employment, in fields such as manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and marine engineering. High achievers have the option of switching to the four-year MEng course after their second year.

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Dr Lee

Mechanical Engineering, BEng (Hons)Course Leader

UEL is committed to help you to reach your full potential. A degree in Mechanical Engineering at UEL will give you the skills and abilities as a professional engineer to face the challenge of tomorrow

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

64

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

Mechanical engineers design, create and build mechanical devices that use mechanical motion. You’ll learn to apply the fundamentals of science and maths to create practical, useful solutions to relevant problems.

This course is built on a strong foundation of theory reinforced by practical experience and innovation. It also features modules in new and emerging technologies.

Throughout your studies, you acquire not only an understanding of general engineering principles but also a range of transferable skills including the ability to contribute to team projects.

You’ll gain a knowledge and understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering principles, dynamics, solid mechanics, fluids, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermodynamics, heat transfer, control systems, computing techniques, mechatronics, manufacturing processes, material, energy technologies and sustainability.

You’ll also have the chance to undertake an advanced treatment of core mechanical engineering disciplines such as design analysis, dynamic systems, computational fluid dynamics, advanced materials, control systems and sustainable energy technologies.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Mental wealth; professional life (Core)
  • Analytical Mathematics (Core)
  • Engineering Sciences (Core)
  • Mathematical Applications (Core)
  • Physical Sciences (Core)
  • Introduction to Computing (Core)
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life (Core)
  • Engineering Materials (Core)
  • Engineering Principles (Core)
  • Applied Mathematics and Computing (Core)
  • Thermofluids (Core)
  • Engineering Mechanics (Core)
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life (Core)
  • Advanced Mathematics and Modelling (Core)
  • Engineering Design and Analysis (Core)
  • Dynamics and Control (Core)
  • Applied Mechanics (Core)
  • Thermofluid Dynamics (Core)
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life (Core)
  • Capstone Project (Core)
  • Advanced Mechanics (Core)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Core)
  • Turbomachinery and Energy Systems (Core)

How you'll learn

You’ll be guided by teaching staff with many years’ experience of working in or being closely connected to directly relevant industry. 

These links are vital in organising student visits and guest speakers at the University of East London. They're also hugely helpful when it comes to organising industry placement years – an option you can take up between your second and third years.

Placement students, who will be aided by an employment liaison officer, gain a greater understanding of the industry and this may count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification. But some prefer to complete the three-year course and move on.

Regular contact with our industrial liaison advisory board maintains the currency of our course and thereby the employment and career paths of our graduates.

You’ll have access to excellent laboratory facilities and computer suites which will allow you, among many other things, to use simulation and modelling application software for virtual design and manufacturing.

Teamwork is actively encouraged throughout the course. In your first year, for instance, you will do a Skills for Mechanical Engineers module which will involve group activity.

Your studies are based on a three-year full-time (or five-year part-time) course. If you go for the placement option, your degree will take four years. We teach you primarily through formal lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions.

Who will teach on this course

Ka Lok Lee

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

Some of your work will be done individually, some within groups. All of it will boost your prospects of securing a rewarding career.

One of the many advantages of the University of East London's strong links with local industry is that a number of visits from professionals in the field can also turn into informal interviews for full and part-time employment opportunities, as well as work placements.

The list of prime industry links includes Atkins, Vinci, Crossrail, Thames Water, WSP and Canary Wharf Contractors.

Key local engineering employers judge an annual showcase event involving student projects – offering what could be a crucial opportunity to impress.

As a BEng graduate, you’ll be a competent engineer equipped with current knowledge and skills in the field of mechanics, dynamics, fluids, computer-aided design, controls, manufacturing, materials and energy systems.

Mechanical engineering is widely held to be one of the most diverse engineering disciplines as it deals with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of any machinery. More disciplines – more jobs.

As well as having a huge choice of employment within manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and marine engineering, graduates also have opportunities in areas such as the aircraft industry and the energy sector.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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