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MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

This course is identical to the Mechanical Engineering MEng, but includes an additional year spent working in industry. 

Many students find it highly beneficial, both to their university education and to their subsequent employability, to integrate a substantial period in industry within your degree. We offer you the chance to do this with a structured placement year in industry, which would normally be completed after the third year of the Mechanical Engineering degree course (with students returning after their placement to complete the 4 th year of study). However, you may opt to organise your placement after the second year.  

During the placement year students are supervised by the host company and progress is monitored by the university.

Teaching and learning

At Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in Mechanical Engineering, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Tailor-made videos
  • Tutorial classes
  • Practical work sessions
  • Computer-based sessions
  • PASS sessions and peer mentoring

A typical week in your first year of study will comprise of approximately 50 hours of activity, of which approximately 17 hours will be timetabled study and 33 hours will be independent or self-directed study. Given the strong practical elements in this course, a typical week will include 2 hours of hands-on practical work.

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.

As you progress through the course an increasing emphasis will be placed on independent study, and this reflects you applying your knowledge and skills in substantial individual and group projects. In your third year of study, between 35 and 40 hours each week will typically be independent study. You will be supported by staff through all of your independent study, and this transition to being able to explore your own ideas through project work is an important attribute of a graduate engineer.

The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework exercises, written reports, written examinations, online examinations, presentations and practical demonstrations. You will also have many opportunities to self-assess your progress using online quizzes and tutorial exercises.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring

We're proud of our innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support around the current week's tutorial. It's entirely voluntary and consists of second, third and fourth-year current students helping first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

More about blended learning 

Some of your activity will be synchronous, where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate - helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be asynchronous, where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).

We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

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.

Options cover many theoretical and practical aspects of industrially relevant topics and include some of the latest developments in mechanical engineering.

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

Please note: the year out in industry is typically completed after Year 3, with students returning to complete Year 4 of study.

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
Workshop Practice (Mechanical) MACE10030 0 Mandatory
Structures 1 (Mech) MACE10031 10 Mandatory
Design 1 (Mechanical) MACE10332 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineers MACE10421 10 Mandatory
Electrical Energy Supply & Circuits MACE10492 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 1 (Mechanical) MACE11012 10 Mandatory
Mechanical Engineering Systems MACE11311 10 Mandatory
Mechanics (Mechanical) MACE11602 10 Mandatory
Materials 1 (Mechanical) MACE12011 10 Mandatory
Aerospace and Mechanical Thermodynamics MACE12012 10 Mandatory
Tools for Engineers (Mechanical) MACE12301 10 Mandatory
Peer Assisted Study Scheme (Mechanical Engineering) MACE19020 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
Numerical Methods & Computing (Mechanical MACE20042 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 2 MACE20051 10 Mandatory
Design 2 (Mechanical) MACE20071 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation (Mech) MACE20092 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics 2 MACE20121 10 Mandatory
Applied Thermodynamics (Mechanical) MACE20422 10 Mandatory
Dynamics MACE20442 10 Mandatory
Structures 2 (Mechanical) MACE21021 10 Mandatory
Data Acquisition & Experimental Methods (Mech) MACE21342 10 Mandatory
Materials 2 MACE22202 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
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
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
Mechanical Group Design Project MACE40530 30 Mandatory
Advanced Modelling & Simulation MACE40041 15 Optional
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.

Facilities

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.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk