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Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons)

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H304, H302 with Foundation Year

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years full-time with industrial placement


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • 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
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

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.

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, which you arrange with our support, between the 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.      
This module will introduce project management techniques, particularly in the areas of project planning, organisation and control. You will develop an understanding of project timings and resource allocation and a broad understanding of quantitative methods used for decision making in industry. You will gain experience and learning in the interactive nature of engineering, including business and commercial influences, and report the outcome effectively including additional computer skills and applications of IT in support of communication and the analysis/presentation of data.
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 extend your knowledge and experience in robotic design via the writing of clear and concise specifications, the generation and presentation of concepts, performing appropriate calculations and selecting suitable materials, actuators, sensors and computer hardware and software.   It will allow you to develop concepts into workable schemes in a form suitable for manufacture and assembly, including dimensional toleranced scale drawings or sketches. You will develop key skills in communication both written and oral, group dynamics, interview skills and the running and reporting of formal meetings. The module provides additional computer systems skills and applications of CAD and IT in support of communication and the analysis and presentation of data.      

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.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at grade C or above.
UCAS tariff points 104-112 points
GCE A level 104-112 points including Mathematics at grade C; and grade C in one other Numerate Science-based subject such as Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Design Technology and Computer Science. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma DMM relevent subjects include Engineering or Applied Science – must include Distinctions in Maths modules.
Scottish Highers 104-112 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 104-112 points including Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate 30 grade 5 or above in Higher Level Physics and Maths
Access to HE A minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 60 credits overall. Pass with 104 to 112 UCAS points achieved. Distinctions in numerate modules required.

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.

Although this course does not require an ATAS if you decide to progress to the MEng or the MSc element of this programme you will be required to obtain an ATAS in order to register for that course.

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. Good interpersonal skills and 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 Henry Leonard for further information.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Foundation year

The tuition fee for the foundation year is £5,000.

Additional costs

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


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Projects


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

  • Exams
  • 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.

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