MEng Mechanical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

This course gives you an excellent grounding in the knowledge and experience of the most fundamental of all engineering disciplines, preparing you for a variety of careers in engineering, technology, business and management. We use a variety of teaching styles that reflect the diversity of topics covered in modern mechanical engineering, and the range of skills and expertise that a professional engineer must develop.

In addition to core (compulsory units), the third year provides the opportunity of choosing specialist units.  As in BEng, the third year features an individual project - you will undertake a major investigative project by yourself. This may require scientific experiments and investigations.  The successful completion of this project is a necessary condition for eventual professional registration.  The fourth year of the MEng features a major design group project, as well as further opportunities of choosing specialist subjects, in addition to core units.


This course aims to provide the mechanical engineers of the future with an education that covers the breadth of this diverse subject, imparting the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills so that they can operate effectively in their initial appointment and develop their career:

  • Develop strong intellectual and practical skills to critically analyse, investigate and solve mechanical engineering problems
  • Develop a  high degree of competence in the use and adaptation of existing methods, tools and techniques and the application of engineering principles
  • Instil creativity in addressing problems relating to engineering components and systems
  • Develop a high degree of competence in engineering design, experimentation, technologies of manufacturing and effective management of companies
  • Develop skills in the use of computers, software packages, team working, communication, time management and independent learning
  • Provide an increased depth and breadth relative to BEng

Teaching and learning

The course is taught via a combination of lectures, tutorial classes, practical laboratory sessions and computer-based sessions. There is a design project each year, which involves teamwork in small groups, and allows students to apply and develop their problem-solving and project management skills.  In the third year each student undertakes an individual project, allowing them to pursue a particular subject or application area in greater depth.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed through an examination (at the end of the semester) and coursework which is undertaken throughout the year.  Parts of the coursework are, in many instances, associated with practical laboratory sessions, whilst others may be based on problem sheets, reports etc. A few subjects, for example Design, are assessed purely on coursework. For detailed information about how different subjects are assessed, please see the course unit specifications below.

Course unit details

Key engineering knowledge and skills are taught in a core syllabus throughout all years of the course.

We view design as an especially important activity, as it integrates the engineering topics across the degree course.  Years 1 and 2 also include compulsory workshop practice sessions.

Years 3 and 4 also offer a range of options, so that you can select subjects to suit your individual needs, interests and career aspirations. Optional units cover many theoretical and practical aspects of industrially relevant topics and include some of the latest developments in mechanical engineering.

An individual research project is completed in Year 3 and a group design project in Year 4.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Structures 1 (Mech) MACE10004 10 Mandatory
Workshop Practice (Mechanical) MACE10030 0 Mandatory
Design 1 (Mechanical) MACE10332 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineers MACE10421 10 Mandatory
Electrical Energy Supply & Circuits MACE10492 10 Mandatory
Aerospace and Mechanical Thermodynamics MACE11005 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 1 (Mechanical) MACE11012 10 Mandatory
Mechanical Engineering Systems MACE11019 10 Mandatory
Mechanics (Mechanical) MACE11602 10 Mandatory
Materials 1 (Mechanical) MACE12011 10 Mandatory
Tools for Engineers (Mechanical) MACE12301 10 Mandatory
Peer Assisted Study Scheme (Mechanical Engineering) MACE19020 0 Mandatory
Workshop Practice MACE20020 0 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M1 MATH19661 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M2 MATH19662 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Workshop Practice (Mechanical) MACE20030 0 Mandatory
Applied Thermodynamics (Mechanical) MACE20035 10 Mandatory
Materials 2 MACE20037 10 Mandatory
Numerical Methods & Computing (Mechanical MACE20042 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 2 MACE20051 10 Mandatory
Design 2 (Mechanical) MACE20071 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics 2 MACE20121 10 Mandatory
Dynamics MACE20442 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation (Mech) MACE21015 10 Mandatory
Structures 2 (Mechanical) MACE21021 10 Mandatory
Data Acquisition & Experimental Methods (Mech) MACE21342 10 Mandatory
Project Management (Aero/Mech) MACE22491 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 2M1 MATH29661 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Control Engineering (Mechanical) MACE30021 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation 3 MACE30052 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 3 MACE30121 10 Mandatory
Heat Transfer MACE30432 10 Mandatory
Vibrations & Aeroelasticity (Mechanical) MACE30441 10 Mandatory
Operations Management MACE30461 10 Mandatory
Individual Project MACE31030 30 Mandatory
Design 3 (Mechanical) MACE31041 10 Mandatory
Structures 3 (Mechanical) MACE32002 10 Mandatory
Engineering Thermodynamics MACE32102 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation 3 MACE30052 10 Optional
Nuclear Systems MACE30632 10 Optional
Fluid Mechanics MACE31422 10 Optional
Renewable Energy Systems MACE31532 10 Optional
Engineering Thermodynamics MACE32102 10 Optional
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Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Modelling & Simulation MACE40041 15 Mandatory
Mechanical Group Design Project MACE42003 30 Mandatory
Advanced Heat Transfer MACE40051 15 Optional
Composites and Polymers MACE40102 15 Optional
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics MACE40122 15 Optional
Advanced Manufacturing Processes MACE40132 15 Optional
Additive Manufacturing & 3D Product Modelling MACE40362 15 Optional
Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations MACE40442 15 Optional
Legal Issues MACE40461 15 Optional
Advanced Power MACE40562 15 Optional
Engineering Foresight MACE41011 15 Optional
Robotics, Metrology and Bioengineering MACE41032 15 Optional
Manufacturing Systems MACE42071 15 Optional
Structural Integrity MACE43002 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages  or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries  on the Department website.

What our students say

Chris Darwood, third-year student

I am currently undertaking a MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering, with intentions to graduate straight into a job in industry.

When looking for a university I was instantly drawn to Manchester. The city offered me everything I wanted; not only did the University have an impressive engineering course, one of the best in the country, but also an active social life, which catered for all tastes and budgets.

There is a vibrant nightlife, which ranges from having a curry in Rusholme, to having a few drinks in Fallowfield, or heading to the clubs in town. There are also plenty of cinemas, shops and galleries giving the city a unique cultural dimension. It was Manchester's exclusive ability to provide social, cultural and academic experiences that made it my city and university of choice.

In the engineering school (MACE), I have found the learning experience to be both varied and inspiring. Due to the size and diversity of the University, in terms of both staff and students, I've been exposed to a huge range of knowledge, cultures and facilities.

The blend of practical and theoretical learning promoted by the University represents my ideal learning environment. Combined with the number of opportunities that the University prides itself on offering, both academic and personal, I would recommend it to any prospective student.

Throughout the whole University, there is a great amount of emphasis on student support and welfare. Part of this is a mentoring scheme that operates within the engineering school. I joined the scheme in my second year and have now taken a leading role as the school co-ordinator for MentorEng, the name given to the student-run, but school-funded and integrated organisation, which instigates the mentoring and some of the personal development opportunities.


Our students have access to excellent facilities throughout the course, including:

  • Extensive workshop facilities (for workshop practice and manufacture of parts for individual and group projects);
  • Excellent laboratory facilities, including wind tunnels, laser processing laboratories, robotics;
  • Extensive computer clusters equipped with state-of-the-art technical, engineering and design software.

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