HH32 MEng Mechanical Engineering / Sustainable Energy Systems
Sustainable energy supply is one of the greatest engineering challenges we face today. Sustainable energy technologies are fully explored in this four-year integrated MEng Mechanical Engineering course.
Introducing your degree
Sustainable energy technologies, a growing area and generation-defining challenge, are the focal point of this four-year Mechanical Engineering integrated masters course. Building on core Mechanical Engineering strengths at the University, this course provides in-depth training in emerging energy technologies such as wind turbines, solar cells, batteries, and fuel cells combined with a holistic view at societal aspect of energy, its distribution and use.
You will study the latest in energy technologies and processes, including fuel cells, photovoltaics and biomass systems. You will also learn to examine the economics behind energy technology investments and develop your management skills.
The first two years will be spent mastering mechanical engineering topics, following the same content as the MEng Mechanical Engineering. In your third and fourth year, you will specialise in topics of your choice. You will also participate in individual, group, and multidisciplinary projects. A wide variety of optional modules are available, including Bioenergy, Renewable Energy from Environmental Flows and Advanced Electrical Systems.
During your studies you have the opportunity to spend time on industrial placement. You can spend one semester or one year on placement. There are also opportunities for work placements in the summer holidays of your second and third years.
All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
4th in Guardian University Guide 2016
95% of our students were satisfied with the quality of learning resources available to them (NSS, 2015)
96% enter graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation (Guardian University Guide, 2016)
We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
Typical entry requirements
A*AA (Including A* in Mathematics or Physics. General Studies not accepted)
38 points, 18 at higher level to include 6 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics; standard level 5 English
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.
38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAA including Mathematics and Physics
15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.
A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
Average applications per place:
While the average level entry onto our degree courses is among the highest in the UK, we always look carefully at each individual application. In addition to your examination grades, we also take into account your personal statement and references. These give us an indication of your personal attributes and your enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.
All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The course may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.
Years 1 and 2 are compulsory for all Mechanical Engineering themes and provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree.
In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise taking modules designed for your theme. You will also undertake an individual project that usually takes the form of a design or research exercise, and involves the production of a formal report.
In Year 4, MEng students participate in a Group Design Project (GDP). These projects are often linked to current research activities or topics that have practical relevance to industry and represent a significant part of your Mechanical Engineering masters studies.
Special Requirements - All Courses
Visits to industry and research establishments are organised for Part I, Part II and Part IV candidates. Candidates are required to attend the Part I Workshop Training Course unless exemption is given.
The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising mechanical engineering aspects. We have an award winning induction programme during which teams of new students work together to design and build projects. This exciting introduction provides the opportunity to get to know fellow students and gain hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to take apart and put back together a 4 stroke engine and also test your skills in bioengineering through stabilising fractures in bones.
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1
The second year covers the main mechanical engineering subjects with modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline. A total of 120 credits across two semesters. At the end of year two you have the opportunity to select from the wide list of options available for this theme.
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2
In the third year the course includes a Individual Project, which is compulsory for this theme. In addition to the modules below, students can choose further optional modules to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from the wide list of options available for the sustainable energy systems theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules that are available for year three of Mechanical Engineering degrees.
In the fourth year the course includes a Group Design Project, which is compulsory for this theme. In addition to the modules below, students can choose further optional modules to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from the wide list of options available for the sustainable energy systems theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules that are available for year four of Mechanical Engineering degrees.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Our Mechanical Engineering graduates are highly sought after with 96% entering graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation (Guardian University Guide, 2016). Our students work as product development engineers, graduate mechanical engineers and renewables engineers. Some of their employers include Jaguar Land Rover, Ministry of Defence, Rolls-Royce and Siemens.
We also provide you with a dedicated Employment Officer to help you build your skills profile and realise your career ambitions. You will benefit from our connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers Advisory Service.
Learning & Assessment
Teaching and learning
At Southampton, our students gain knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group projects. You will broaden your formal learning by becoming an active student member of a professional institution and our student Engineering Society (SUES). We will also enhance your transferable skills such as written and oral communication, in order to become an effective professional engineer.
A practical approach
Practical experience is a strong theme on our course. You will attend site visits, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in research laboratories and get involved in real-life project work. Analysis and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets and small group exercises by your lecturers. Individual feedback is provided on all work submitted. Practical learning is also enhanced by site visits and visiting lectures, to give you the wider competencies for today’s professional engineer.
Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning and development.
Assessment and examinations
Assessment is conducted through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.
Every student on our MEng Mechanical Engineering degree course is assigned a personal academic tutor from the start of their degree, in addition to a senior tutor.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Design equipment and materials: Standard construction / modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile.
For customisation of designs / models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
Field equipment and materials: Where appropriate a number of essential items will be provided to you e.g.: field notebook(s); compass-clinometer; geological hammer; steel tape measure; map case; pocket lens (x 10); safety helmet; safety goggles; bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid. However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler; a pair of compasses; set squares; protractor; pencils (including coloured); eraser; calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.
Printing and copying
In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile. Students are responsible for the printing of their poster for the Poster Presentation Day. This may range from £5-£20.
Field course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Optional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.