Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2022

Introduction

In a nutshell

Mechanical engineers shape our daily life, from heating systems to refrigerators to cars. As automation and robotics expands into to new industries, seize the career opportunities this offers by developing relevant skills and knowledge with a Mechanical Engineering degree.

Designed around real-world problem solving, the BEng pathway builds your knowledge base to an advanced level. Initially providing strong foundations in engineering materials, structures and systems, you will advance to study topics such as finite element analysis, engineering thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. 

With a focus on your future, you will also build transferable skills and learn about the decision-making methods used by industry. There is also the option to include an industry placement year, where you can gain additional workplace skills and boost your employability once you graduate.

The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Engineering Councils Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP). 

Unsure about this level of study? Take a look at our Foundation Year entry route.

Looking to take your studies further?  Browse our integrated masters MEng pathway.

You can learn more about engineering, explore course modules and speak to the course team, by joining our next Open Day.

You will:
  • Develop an appreciation for project timings, resource allocation and the range of decision-making methods used by industry
  • Study the relationships between microstructure and mechanical properties of materials, mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection
  • Gain an understanding of the concepts of engineering thermodynamics and finite element analysis
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You're excited about the emergence of automation and want to build a future career in engineering

2.

You're a keen problem-solver who enjoyed mathematics or physics at school/college

3.

You're interested in how engineering systems work and how they are designed

Course details

All about the course

Mechanical Engineering at Salford

The Mechanical Engineering degree is designed to equip you with technical and transferable skills, and a commitment to the highest professional standards expected by society and by industry.

Delivered over three years - or four with a placement year, you will study a suite of modules designed to embed theoretical knowledge, build career-focused skills and help you become a world-class engineer:

  • During your first and second years of study, you will develop a strong foundation of engineering knowledge and an approach to problem-solving. Core modules explore topics such as electrical systems, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering structures and dynamics
  • In your final year, you will progress to study specialist modules in industrial management, control engineering and finite element analysis. You will also complete experiments and project work, culminating in your individual project 

Collaboration is core to our values, so we strive to embed this as a learning objective throughout your studies. You will experience group projects that will build your confidence and capabilities in team working, problem-solving and communication - all desirable skills for real-world engineering careers.

INDUSTRY PLACEMENT

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

Year one

Engineering Mathematics

You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis

Engineering Materials and Electrical Systems

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 the micro-structure 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 AC or DC supplies.

Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

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.

Project and Risk Management

You'll be introduced to project management techniques, particularly in 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 in the interactive nature of engineering, including business and commercial influences, and effectively communicate the outcome using computer software and presentations.

Engineering Structures and Engineering Dynamics

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of structural behaviour and the nature of stress and strain and provide you with a foundation in engineering dynamics, allowing you to tackle simple engineering problems, and preparing you for subsequent modules.

Manufacturing and Mechanical Group Design

You will be introduced 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 two

Engineering Mathematics

You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis

Engineering Dynamics and Control Engineering

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.

Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

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.

Manufacturing

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.

Structural Mechanics

Become proficient in the application of theory of beam deflections, instability, three dimensional stress analysis and criteria for strength. You will develop an understanding of the Direct Stiffness method, the nature of elastic stability, the need for failure criterion and the nature of plastic strain.

Mechanical Group Design

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. The module provides additional computer systems skills and applications of CAD and IT in support of communication and the analysis and presentation of data.

You will develop key skills in both written and oral communication, 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 the communication, analysis and presentation of data.

Year three

Industrial Management and Project Preparation

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.

Control Engineering and Engineering Dynamics

You will be introduced 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 and Structural Mechanics

Explore finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will become aware of the principles of finite element analysis, learn how to construct an appropriate finite element model of a physical system, and know how to interpret the results of the analysis.

Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

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.

Manufacturing and Group Design

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.

Project

A vital part of your career preparation, whether in industry or research, is to complete an individual project. Your final project will be based on an engineering theme of industrial relevance.

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.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

As an engineering student, you will spend time in our professional laboratories, developing your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Lab activities

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders.

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

facilities

You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. As a mechanical engineering student, you will learn in a range of specialist teaching and research facilities. 

The Mechanical Laboratory is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.

The Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

The Control and Dynamics Laboratory is home to flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

A mechanical engineering degree with Salford can open up employment opportunities in a wide-range of engineering roles. Mechanical engineers are integral to the processes of design, manufacture, testing or maintenance, which means that there are lots of industries that need these skills. Graduates can find exciting roles in automotives, aerospace, military and defence, transport and information technology sectors worldwide.

Today, you will find our engineering alumni in roles ranging from Mechanical Engineer or Aerospace Engineer to a Systems Controller, Mechanical System Designer or Researcher. You may choose to focus your future career in systems design, advanced manufacturing, or even the operational management of complex power stations and infrastructure networks.

FURTHER STUDY

You might find you want to learn more about automation, engineering and robotics. Building on our engineering expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni who apply for our postgraduate courses also qualify to receive a generous fees discount. 

MSc Advanced Control Systems

MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design

MSc Aerospace Engineering

MSc Robotics and Automation

A taste of what you could become

A mechanical engineer

An aerospace engineer

A mechanics designer

A researcher

A systems controller

And more...

Career Links

This course is informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from aeronautics, engineering and technology fields.

The course team has long-standing connections with industry, both in the North West and beyond. These relationships ensure a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, project and placement opportunities, and engagement with professional networks.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate an enthusiasm to build a mechanical engineering career. Good interpersonal skills, attention to detail and a strong work ethic are highly desirable characteristics. Ideally, you will have an academic background in mathematics and/or numerate science, with a good understanding of connecting theory to real-world application.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS) 

International students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin their studies. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK 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 with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter. If you cannot find it please contact application@salford.ac.uk.

If you have a query relating to ATAS, please contact: Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below:

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above.

UCAS tariff points

104-112 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics and a numerate science-based subject (Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Design Technology, or Computer Science).

A level

112 UCAS points to include grade C in Mathematics and grade C in a numerate science-based subject (Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Design Technology, or Computer Science). Grade C in A/S Level Physics is also acceptable.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM in Engineering, must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules

Access to HE

112 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering course; including 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and Distinctions in numerate modules

Scottish Highers

112 UCAS points, to include Mathematics and Physics or Design Technology, grade C for Advanced Higher level or grade A at Higher level

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 UCAS points, to include A2 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering

International Baccalaureate

30 points to include grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively 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 receive your application, we'll 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.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home 2022/23 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15900per year
Part-time 2022/23 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID H304

Institution S03