MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

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

The MEng Mechanical Engineering will give 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. 

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 4th year of study). However, you may opt to organise your placement after the second year.

During the placement year you will be supervised by the host company and your progress is monitored by the university.

We use a variety of teaching styles that reflect the diversity of topics covered in modern mechanical engineering, and you will develop the range of skills and expertise that a professional engineer must possess.

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 final year of the MEng features a major design group project, as well as further opportunities of choosing specialist subjects, in addition to core units. 


computer cluster
Our computer clusters are equipped with specialist engineering and design software

The course aims to provide you with an education that covers the breadth of this diverse subject, imparting the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills so that you can operate effectively in your initial appointment and develop your 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
  • In your year in industry, provide knowledge and experience of the practice of mechanical engineering in industry and the operation of engineering companies.

Special features

Foundation Year available

You can prepare for the full degree course if you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our  foundation course first

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.

We use 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 you to apply and develop your problem-solving and project management skills. 

In the third year you will undertake an individual project, allowing you 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.

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) MACE10331 10 Mandatory
Design 1 (Mechanical) MACE10332 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineers MACE10421 10 Mandatory
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals MACE10492 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 1 (Mechanical) MACE11012 10 Mandatory
Mechanical Engineering Systems MACE11311 10 Mandatory
Mechanics (Mechanical) MACE11602 10 Mandatory
Materials 1 (Mechanical) MACE12002 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

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers has a range of scholarships available to students who are about to commence their Institution-accredited degree.

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please see our  undergraduate fees pages  and check the  Department's funding pages


The University of Manchester also offers extensive  library and online services  to help you get the most out of your studies.

You will 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 cluster equipped with state-of-the-art technical, engineering and design software.

Manchester's Engineering Campus Development, MECD.

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