Engineering and the Environment

HH37 MEng Mechanical Engineering / Mechatronics (4 yrs)

A four-year course providing a solid foundation in Mechanical Engineering along with specialist expertise in the integration of electrical and mechanical systems.

Programme Overview

Mechatronics is central to an enormous number of technological possibilities. This course will demonstrate how mechanical, electrical and control engineering can improve design and manufacturing processes. You will gain an in-depth understanding of sensors, instrumentation and signal processing for structural design. You will also get to explore the growing area of automation and robotics.

The first two years will focus on developing your core mechanical engineering knowledge, mirroring the MEng in Mechanical Engineering.

In your third and fourth year you will have the opportunity to specialise in a range of areas, such as automobile systems and orthopaedic biomechanics. You will carry out an individual project in your third year, and a group design project in your final year.

Students also have the opportunity to go on industrial work placements, either for one semester or one year. There are also opportunities during the summer holiday of your second and third years.

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu on this page for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Accreditation

  • EUR-ACE

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.

Key facts

    • 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2016
    • 94% student satisfaction, NSS 2014
Flood gate design project

Our students designed and built an automatic flood gate for their group design project

Flood gate design project

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:

A*AA (Including A* in Mathematics or Physics. General Studies not accepted)

 

IB:

38 points, 18 at higher level to include 6 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics; standard level 5 English

 

GCSE requirements

English Language, at Grade C or above

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.

Equivalent Qualifications

Qualification
Entry criteria
Scottish Highers
Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA including Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels
Pass in Core, A*A in Mathematics and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U
D2D3D3 including Mathematics and Physics
BTEC
HND
D*DD overall and distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma
Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
International Baccalaureate Diploma
38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
European Baccalaureate
85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAA including Mathematics and Physics
French Baccalaureate
15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics

Selection process:

Intake: 120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
Average applicants per place: 9

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.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Modules

Typical course content

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.

Year 1

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.

Semester One

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1

Core:

Semester Two

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1

Core:

Year 2

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.

Semester One

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2

Compulsory:

Semester Two

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2

Compulsory:

Year 3

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 Mechatronics theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year three of the Mechanical Engineering degree.

Semester Two

Core:
Compulsory:
Optional:

Year 4

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 Mechatronics theme.  Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year four of the Mechanical Engineering degree.

Semester Two

Core:
Compulsory:
SESM6037
Automotive Propulsion
SESM6034
Advanced Electrical Systems
MANG6318
Advanced Management
Optional:

Learning and 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.

Ground-breaking research

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.

Student support

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.

Course Director

Dr Julian Wharton

Career Opportunities

6 months after graduation

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013

6 months after graduation

Graduates of this integrated MEng Mechanical Engineering course are highly sought after. We have students in a number positions - graduate electrical automotive engineer, thermal systems engineer, and design consultant. Graduate employers include Cambridge Design Partnership, Estee-Lauder, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Rolls-Royce and Sellafield.

You will have a dedicated Employment Officer on hand to help you build your skills profile and realise your ambitions. You will also benefit from our connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers Advisory Service.