Mechanical Engineering
MEng (Hons)

Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Mechanical Engineering at Salford


Opportunity to learn a broad range of subjects, giving you the knowledge and skills needed for a variety of engineering careers


Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers


Apply the practical knowledge acquired with an optional industrial placement position

Course Summary

Mechanical engineers are an important part of our society. They are concerned with the design and development, commissioning and maintenance of engineering systems. These engineering systems cover a wide range of processes, including the field of manufacturing. From the production of silicone chips to jet aircrafts, mechanical engineers are a key component in the process.

This highly practical and challenging course will develop your professional knowledge and design and analytical skills. You will also learn about the social, legal and environmental issues that are associated with senior engineering roles. The broad range of subjects will give you the knowledge and skills needed for a variety of engineering careers.

There is a strong management theme throughout this course which prepares you for a career as a mechanical engineer. It will also enable you to interact with a broad range of clients and employers from small businesses to large multinationals. The course also benefits from strong links with industry.

Our mechanical engineering courses are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

This course also provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to become Chartered Engineers.

Due to our excellent industrial links, we encourage students to take an industrial placement year, many of which are paid positions. You arrange your placement with our support. This can improve your employment prospects and allows you to see the engineering theory you have learned in action. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title. 

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Course Details

This course will develop your professional knowledge as well as design and analytical skills. You will gain awareness of social, legal and environmental issues that are all associated with the role of a senior engineer. You will study a broad range of engineering subjects that will give you the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a wide variety of engineering careers.

You can opt to take an industrial placement year in between your second and third year of your course. This has a number of benefits: you will improve your employment prospects after graduation, you get to see the engineering theory you have learned in action, they are often paid positions, and many of our industrial placement students ultimately improve their degree classification over their second year results to receive top class degrees. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title. 

Year 1

An understanding and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in engineering. This module will review and expand on the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with emphasis on their applications to engineering.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the basic properties and applications of materials and of the principles of electronic and electrical engineering. This will include learning about the relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties of materials, mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection, the principles of electronic and electrical engineering, and the response of electrical elements in circuits to d.c. or a.c. supplies.
You will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of engineering thermodynamics and be given a introduction to the subject of fluid mechanics. Skills in handing thermodynamic concepts enabling the definition and analysis of thermodynamic systems are vitally important to the mechanical engineer.
In this module you will gain an insight into the complete process for the design or engineering of products and services. You will learn to interpret and produce drawings to British Standards and develop skills in the manufacture process including machining, forming, joining, fitting, assembly and inspection and testing.
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of structural behaviour and the nature of stress and strain. It will provide you with a foundation in engineering dynamics, allowing you to tackle simple engineering problems and preparing the you for subsequent modules.
This module will introduce you to a range of basic manufacturing processes and their application, enabling you to specify appropriate manufacturing techniques, taking into account quality, quantity and cost. You will work in groups throughout this module, building on your communication and team working skills.

Year 2

This module will build on the year 1 module and develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis, to enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.
This module will provide you with an introduction to the design and analysis of both analogue and digital feedback control systems and the application of fundamentals in spatial kinetics and multi-degree of freedom vibrations. You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of the analysis and solution of engineering problems in dynamics and robotics and the application of fundamentals in discrete event systems and their application to robotics and automation.
This module will further your knowledge of thermodynamic and fluid mechanic systems. You will learn thermodynamic analysis of systems employing phase changing fluids, appreciation of turbomachinery and reciprocating air compressors, the principles of heat transfer, the treatment of fluid mechanics to two dimensional low speed flow and one dimensional compressible flow, and the concepts of boundary layer theory.
Your understanding of manufacturing methods and current processes will be enhanced through this module, and you will be able to specify the most appropriate manufacturing method/process for a particular application taking into account quality, quantity and cost. You will also be introduced to computer simulation modelling and programmable logic controllers and their programming language.
Through this module you will become proficient in the application of theory of beam deflections, instability, three dimensional stress analysis and criteria for strength, and develop an appreciation of the direct stiffness method, the nature of elastic stability, the need for failure criterion and the nature of plastic strain.
In this module you will be provided with a broad understanding of qualitative methods used for decision making in the manufacturing industry and an understanding of the role and function of quality, reliability and maintenance within an organisation. Through group work you will develop key skills in communication both written and oral, group dynamics, interview skills and the running and reporting of formal meetings.

Year 3

This module has two main components. Industrial management in which you will be introduced to the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses, and the principles of quality management systems; and project preparation which will develop your ability to work independently, become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information, and develop effective communication skills both written and orally.
You will be provided with an introduction to the design and analysis of both analogue and digital feedback control systems and the application of fundamentals in spatial kinetics and multi-degree of freedom vibrations. Subjects include encirclement theorem, Nyquist stability theorem, compensator design and spatial kinetics applied to machinery and robots.
Finite element analysis is an important and advanced tool of the engineer. In this module you will be taught the principles of finite element analysis. how to construct an appropriate finite element model of a physical system, and how to interpret results of the analysis. You will also be given practical instruction the use of an industry-standard finite element analysis program.
In this module you will be given an understanding of the internal combustion engine and the gas turbine and an introduction to refrigeration cycles. You will also expand your knowledge of heat transfer processes, fluid mechanics to viscous flows by examination of the Navier-Stokes equations, and compressible flow analysis to one and two dimensional flows.
You will extend your knowledge and experience in design: the writing of clear and concise specifications; the generation and presentation of concepts; performing appropriate calculations, selecting suitable materials, treatments and manufacturing processes; the development of the concepts into workable schemes and their communication in a form suitable for manufacture including dimensional toleranced scale drawings or sketches.
One of the most important parts of your preparation for your future career, whether in industry or research, is the undertaking of an individual project. Projects are based on particular engineering theme of industrial relevance.

Year 4

You will be provided with a comprehensive understanding of current industrial control technology and practices, including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Distributed Control System (DCS) systems. Subjects include discrete event system control, programming PLCs, manipulator theory and manipulator practice.
This module covers the more advanced aspects of finite element analysis, building on your skills and knowledge, and teaches you how to use sophisticated element types as used to model real structures in industry. Subjects include an overview of parametric element formulation, practical modelling technique, use of multiple point constraints, and modal and transient analysis..
Optional Modules:
This module will expose you to real engineering problems in an industrial or aerospace environment. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes associated with the assembly of very large aircraft structures, including the techniques of forming, joining and fixturing, and an awareness of the regulatory and design standards that have to be met, and the processes that must be used to ensure conformity with those standards.
In this module you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the utilisation of natural gas in terms of combustion flames, combustion technology, gas burner designs, sprays and atomisation, commercial markets and safety including temperature processes relating to natural gas engineering.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above.
UCAS tariff points 300-320 points
GCE A level 300-320 points Mathematics at grade B and Physics at grade B or Design & Technology at grade B.
BTEC National Diploma DDM with Distinction in maths modules
Scottish Highers 300- 320 points Mathematics at grade B and Physics at grade B
Irish Leaving Certificate 300-320 points including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level.
International Baccalaureate 35 Grade 6 or higher in Mathematics and Physics at higher level.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which  will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

We are looking for students who have a keen desire to follow a career in mechanical engineering.  Due to the close industrial links of this course good interpersonal skills a strong work ethic are desirable.  You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real life applications and an attention to detail.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Farhad Zahedi for further information.


  • Lectures
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  • Laboratory Exercises
  • Projects


Please note these are average values. Assessment methods used and associated weightings vary from module to module.

  • Exam
  • Laboratory
  • Reports


This course provides a fast-track entry to careers in a wide range of engineering industries. You may choose a career in product design, manufacturing or the operation and maintenance of complex plants, such as power stations. Many opportunities exist in automotive, aerospace, petrochemical, transport and communications companies, as well as other areas such as the armed forces and information technology companies. Graduates may expect to reach senior management posts in engineering industries as their careers progress.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£13,300

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Financial support for this course