Engineering and the Environment

HJ35 MEng Mechanical Engineering / Advanced Materials (4 yrs)

The four-year MEng Mechanical Engineering course will give you a uniquely integrated understanding of materials for the purpose of engineering and design.

Programme Overview

Materials play a leading role in every physical aspect of our daily lives – transport, housing, recreation, food processing and medicine. Your first two years will be spent mastering the core engineering module, following the same content as the MEng Mechanical Engineering.

This course draws on the expertise of staff in the Engineering Materials Research Group, which is actively involved in a broad range of activities in the advanced materials field. You will have the opportunity to explore the selection of materials in design and manufacture, and develop an understanding of how these materials behave in service

In years three and four, you will learn the invaluable principles of management to prepare you for the workplace. You will deepen your understanding of materials by selecting from a range of optional modules, including biomaterials, surface engineering and aircraft structures. You will investigate the modelling of material behaviour and get to put these skills into practice for your individual project and final year group design project.

During your studies you also have the opportunity to go on an industrial work placement.  You can go on placement for one semester, one year or during the summer holidays of your second and third years. It can help boost your academic performance and prepare you for your career.

View the specification document for this course

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
    • We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).
Specialist materials testing

We have a full range of specialist equipment to help us test the endurance of materials

Specialist materials testing

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 two years 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.

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 advanced materials theme. Follow the link for a generic list of optional modules available for year 3 of Mechanical Engineering courses

 

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 advanced materials theme. Follow the link for a list of the optional modules available for year 4 of the Mechanical Engineering courses.

 

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

An Employment Officer will be on hand for each discipline to help you build your skills profile and realise your ambition. We also have connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers Advisory Service.

Graduates of our MEng Mechanical Engineering degree courses are highly regarded. Our students now hold a variety of positions including: project manager, Army Cadet Officer, CAD designer and research engineer. Graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the National Composites Centre, British Army and Rolls-Royce.