HJ35 MEng Mechanical Engineering / Advanced Materials (4 yrs)
A four-year programme providing a solid foundation in Mechanical Engineering along with a very strong understanding of materials and their importance to the industry.
Virtually every part of our everyday lives is influenced by materials – transportation, housing, clothing, recreation and food processing. This programme draws on the expertise of staff in the Engineering Materials Research Group, which is actively involved in a broad range of activities in the 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.
The selection of appropriate materials in design and manufacture, along with an understanding of how those materials behave in service, is fundamental to mechanical engineering. Advanced materials options will help you develop an in-depth knowledge of the properties of different materials, including composites. You will learn how to identify solutions through the application of sophisticated surface coatings or materials that can adapt to their environment. You will also have the opportunity to investigate the modelling of material behaviour – an essential ingredient of engineering design at an advanced level.
The first two years of this degree are common with the MEng Mechanical Engineering (H301), followed by specialisation in years three and four through a range of subject themes.
Modules include Manufacturing, Materials for transport, Failure of materials & components, Biomaterials, Microstructure & surface characterisation, Composites engineering & structures, Surface engineering, Tribology, Engineering design, Finite element analysis, Aircraft structures and Advanced management.
In the third year you will do an individual project, and in the fourth year you will participate in a group design project in which you will work with engineering students from different specialisms. For further details, including a range of options for industrial placements, see MEng Mechanical Engineering (H301) and Mechanical Engineering Placements.
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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.
The teaching is structured on a semester pattern. You study modules comprising 120 credits in each of Parts I (level C), II (level I) and III (level H), and 150 credits in Part IV (level M).
There are two degree possibilities in the programme of study:
- Three years full-time, leading to a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).
- Four years full-time, leading to a Master of Engineering (MEng) in one of several specialist themes.
In addition there are the following exit points:
- Certificate of Higher education, following successful completion of Part I.
- Diploma of Higher education, following successful completion of Part II.
- Ordinary Degree of Bachelor of Engineering BEng (Ordinary), following successful completion of at least 300 credit points, including 60 points at level H.
A University credit is the equivalent of 10 notional study hours. Each module is a self-contained part of the programme of study and carries a credit rating. The duration of all the programmes may be extended by one year through enrolment on the Engineering Foundation Year.
Our Mechanical Engineering programmes are ranked number 2 in the Guardian University Guide 2014. They were also ranked number 1 in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Engineering and Design teaching is transformed by our new £300k state-of-the-art 3D printing facility. 3D printing works by converting 3D CAD engineering drawings into solid objects from nylon powder using laser melting.
We are one of only six universities providing undergraduate training for the Armed Forces through the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).
Amongst the 10 MEng Mechanical Engineering courses in England with the highest entry tariff for existing students, our MEng courses have the highest rating for student satisfaction for quality of the course and the lowest unemployment rate in the southern half of England (data from unistats.direct.gov.uk).
2013 Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr Suleiman Sharkh has been awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Exxon Mobile award 2013 for Excellence in Teaching. Dr Sharkh teaches several modules in electro-mechanical engineering.
Derek Mallinson, MEng Mechanical Engineering
“One of the main reasons that I chose to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southampton, is that Engineering Sciences has strong links with the Williams F1 team, Renault F1 and McLaren.”
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||English Language, at Grade C or above|
|A-level||A*AA (Including A* in Mathematics or Physics. General Studies not accepted)|
|Scottish Advanced Highers||AAA, including Mathematics and Physics (General Studies not accepted)|
|International Baccalaureate||38 points, 18 at higher level to include 6 in mathematics and 6 in physics; standard level 5 English|
|European Baccalaureate||85% overall; 85% in Mathematics (Level5) and Physics; 70% English|
|French Baccalaureate||15/20 overall; 15/20 Mathematics; 15/20 Physics; 14/20 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 programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.
We are always happy to receive applications from candidates with equivalent qualifications. If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your application.
Intake: 120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
Average applicants per place: 9
While the average level entry onto our degree programmes 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 programme 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.
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.
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
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
- Systems Design and Computing
- Electronic, Drives and Control
- Engineering Management and Law
- Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
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 P3 optional modules available for the whole Mechanical Engineering programme.
- Individual project
- Manufacturing and Materials
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 generic list of P4 optional modules available for the whole Mechanical Engineering programme.
- Group Design Project
Learning and assessment
Educational aims of the programme
As defined by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Mechanical Engineering is concerned with “the innovative application of engineering and management sciences that underpin existing and emerging technologies to the complete life cycle of all mechanical devices, machines and systems.” A Mechanical Engineer needs to be skilled in the application of a knowledge based on mathematics, science, design, materials and manufacturing, integrated with business and management to develop sustainable and environmentally compatible technological solutions that provide the infrastructure, goods and services needed by society.
The aims of the programme are to:
- provide you, in Parts I and II, with a sound understanding of the fundamental principles, methods, analysis and synthesis in engineering design and applications appropriate to the discipline of Mechanical Engineering
- provide you, in Parts III and IV with a range of specialist modules integrated within the structured learning environment, reflecting the internationally renowned research expertise within Engineering Sciences, in order to broaden and deepen your educational experience
- train you so that you are able to become a professional engineer meeting the requirements of the Engineering Council (ie UK-SPEC), and to have a broad range of knowledge and skills (including IT and communication skills) capable of meeting the present and future demands of the mechanical engineering profession
- offer you a degree structure that is relevant to industry, and responsive to changes in technology and the needs of the community
- provide you with a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment that encourages an attitude of independent learning and enquiry, and fosters an ethos of lifetime learning and professional development
- offer you a range of individual and group projects and assignments that are supported by the research activities within Engineering Sciences and stimulate individual innovation, self-assessment and teamwork skills required in engineering design
Teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge and understanding is gained through a combination of formal and special lectures, tutorials (small group teaching), example classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group projects at all levels. Throughout the programme you are encouraged to use additional recommended reading material for private study to consolidate the formal learning process, and to broaden and deepen your understanding. You are encouraged to become student members of the professional institution, to use their libraries and resources, and attend meetings.
These are developed through the teaching and learning activities. Analysis and problem solving skills are further developed through regular problem sheets issued by module lecturers and through small group teaching. Experimental, research and design skills are further developed through coursework exercises, laboratory, and design and research projects. Individual feedback is provided on all work submitted. Appreciation of the practical applications of these skills is provided by interaction with industry through visiting lectures and industrial visits.
Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects.
Analysis and problem solving skills are assessed through unseen written examinations and problem based exercises. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and oral presentations.
The tutorial system
Every student is assigned a personal tutor when they start their university degree. Your course tutor changes every semester, but your personal tutor will stay the same throughout your time here. Your personal tutor will meet you when you enrol, and you will see him/her three or four times a term in the first year, for academic as well as pastoral support. She or he is accessible throughout your time in Southampton.
Our research is relevant to your undergraduate course because you will be taught by people who are experts in their area of research. This is especially important for science subjects, where knowledge is advancing rapidly. This is particularly true for your final year. In your third year, you have the opportunity to do an individual research project.
We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for undergraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.
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Graduates of our Mechanical Engineering programme are in high demand among employers from the private and public sector, and have entered careers including: graduate mechanical engineer, Royal Naval officer, associate (chartered accountant), helicopter engineer, applications engineer, consultant, graduate design engineer, research consultant, associate (management consultant), and development engineer.
If you are considering a career in the armed forces, Southampton is one of the universities designated for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme, which provides sponsored places to students on specific courses, and has active Army, Navy and Air Force units.
Among the organisations employing our Mechanical Engineering graduates are: Jaguar, WS Atkins, AWE, IAC Aviation, GE Aviation, Johnson Matthey, Lloyds TSB, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QinetiQ, Royal Navy, Dysons, BAE Systems, BP, Dstl, Fluor Daniel, Schlumberger.