If you don´t want to go all the way to a full MEng (Hons), you can opt to graduate a year early with a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering instead. The course itself is designed to give you a solid grounding in all aspects of engineering, and will show you how to understand emerging technologies within the sector and how to apply them to real-world situations.
You´ll gain knowledge of the behaviour, performance and limitations of new technologies, in addition to modelling and simulating the performance of technologies. What´s more this course meets the academic standards of Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) as set by the IED, which means you can apply for IEng (with a BEng) or CEng (with an MEng) status after gaining suitable experience in an engineering role. The course is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
According to the latest Complete University Guide, BU have improved their ranking in 20 tables since 2017 and are now ranked in the top half of their respective tables in 22 subjects, 1 more than in 2017. Mechanical Engineering has improved its ranking by 23 places (37th/70), the most from any subject area at BU this year.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
The overall philosophy of this course is to produce graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop well considered and potentially commercial products. Therefore, the ability of the applicant to think both laterally and logically, in both artistic and scientific domains is crucial in order to satisfy aesthetic, ergonomic, technological, manufacturing, standards and economic criteria.
Electrical & Electronic Principles: You´ll gain practical experience through designing and using printed circuit boards (PCBs) for an engineering system.
Engineering Mathematics: Gain an understanding of mathematics and how it´s used in engineering.
Materials & Processing: Learn about important properties of metals, plastics, ceramics and composites and why and how they´re picked for product design. Energy and other environmental issues of materials and their processing was also covered.
Engineering Principles: The theory and application of a range of mechanical engineering principles relevant to the design of components, structures and machines. You will be expected to apply mathematical analysis to the solution of statics design and dynamic problems and develop realisable solutions of design and engineering problems involving fluids and thermodynamics.
Engineering Design: The key engineering tools, methodologies and strategies necessary to design, analyse, validate and communicate an engineering solution. You will identify design constraints of components and simple mechanical systems and utilise analytical methods to develop solutions both as individual and group work.
Engineering Practice: The identification, planning and application of key methods of manufacturing and production in the realisation of practical physical outcomes.
Management & Commercialisation for Technical Projects: An introduction to business and management. You´ll learn to identify and use a company´s strengths and evaluate opportunities for competitive products. There will be a focus on consumer marketing, decision making, intellectual property rights, product liability and financial and management accounting.
Manufacturing & Production: You´ll learn about modern manufacturing processes for competitive product development.
Engineering Simulation: Take part in engineering design practices and learn about new technologies for mechanical and electronic concepts. You´ll become familiar with industry standard simulation technologies.
Mechanical Systems Design: You will extend your engineering tools skills to mechanical systems, assemblies and their interfaces, using mathematical and statistical methods. By simulation, control and experimental work, you will gain the ability to generate engineering solutions that meet all aspects of the problem including production, operation and maintenance. This is primarily by teamwork, so you will learn about the different roles within an engineering team, and appreciate the skills in planning, managing and communicating the design process.
Stress & Dynamics: develop a further working knowledge, understanding and application of an increased range of mechanical engineering principles relevant to the design of components, structures and machines.
Fluids & Thermodynamics: You will need to know about the principal laws and processes of engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and dynamics, and also of fluids and thermodynamics equipment and processes, in order to solve real world problems.
Year 3 (Placement)
You will complete a minimum 30-week industrial work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. You´ll get an opportunity to include a period of academic study during this time. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.
Year 3/4 (Final year BEng)
BEng Project: An individual project which assesses your creative problem-solving skills in engineering design, combined with your mathematical modelling and analytical engineering skills.
Business Development: The importance of strategic management in the business development process. You´ll raise your entrepreneurial spirit and business decision-making. This will enhance your capacity to recognise and capitalise on competitive and innovative opportunities in a changing business environment.
Thermofluids & Energy Conversion: Thermodynamics and energy, forms of energy, energy transfer by heat and energy & environment. You will examine the relationship of heat transfer, types and the characteristics of thermofluids and refrigeration cycles, and develop solutions to a range of complex engineering processes and problems, involving heat, fluids and energy conversion.
Computational Engineering: The opportunity to further develop advanced computer based and simulation tool skills. You will also independently select and apply appropriate advanced computational engineering tools for the creation and simulation of complex mechanical assemblies and learn to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions using computational engineering tools to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Advanced Stress & Vibration: The importance of analytical methods used in the design of structural components and structures. You will develop the ability to apply analytical methods efficiently and effectively in the analysis and design of complex components and structures, and predict their performance in service using both analytical and computer tools.
Year 5 (Final year MEng)
Structural Integrity: Structural integrity theories for solving a range of engineering problems and diagnosing the causes of structural failure and proposing methods of avoiding them in the future.
Group Project: Work in a team in to produce a solution to an engineering problem. You´ll learn to determine characteristics in yourself and others by completing a rationale analysis of how these affect group dynamics, and understand strategies for managing yourself and others when working in a team.
Materials Failure & Prevention: This unit will teach you about material failures to help you design against and diagnose them.
MEng Project: Combine what you´ve learnt on this course, research findings and industrial experiences. You´ll learn about the characteristics and implications inherent in the solution of a complex, real-world problem.
Project Management: The methods and techniques for designing and using de
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