MEng Mechanical Engineering (4 yrs)
A Mechanical Engineering course brings together a broad range of disciplines and is vital to every aspect of our daily lives. Mechanical Engineers research, develop, design, manufacture and test tools, engines, machines and other mechanical devices for a wide range of applications, from the automotive and aerospace fields to biomedical and microsystems.
The MEng Mechanical Engineering course is identical to that in the UK and offers the same style and opportunities to study. The course will be taught in Malaysia for the first two years of the programme with a smooth transition to Southampton’s UK campus for the final two years. You will therefore have the opportunity to graduate with a degree from an internationally recognised university and experience higher education in the UK, but to also spend part of the time nearer to home. The teaching is structured on a semester pattern.
Wherever you are in the world, you can apply to study at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) or directly via our 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.
The University uses the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) to indicate the approximate amount of time a typical student can expect to spend in order to complete successfully a given module or programme. 1 ECTS indicates around 20 nominal hours of study. Previously, Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points were used for this purpose where 1 CATS credit was 10 nominal hours of study. You will study modules comprising 120 credits (60 ECTS) in your first three years and 150 credits (75 ECTS) in your fourth year. Each module is a self-contained part of the programme of study and carries a credit rating.
You will work on design activities that relate theory to practice and combine analytical skills and creativity in the solution of real engineering problems
In part three you will undertake an individual project, which may be sponsored by industry.
In part four you will work on a major group design project, applying your knowledge to a practical engineering problem.
Our Mechanical Engineering programmes are ranked number 2 in the Guardian University Guide 2015. They were also ranked number 1 in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Typical entry requirements
Entry Qualifications for Undergraduate Courses
|Qualification||Our standard offers are listed below but where we have places available, students may be admitted with slightly lower grades
|A Levels||A*AA in Maths and Physics (A* in either) and one other (except General Studies and Critical Thinking)
|Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
|AA in Maths and Physics plus A in one other subject.|
|Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)||First year entry with minimum GPA of 3.4
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||38 points overall: 18 at higher level, including Maths and Physics, Standard Level 5 English. Applicants who have not completed both Maths and Physics at HL are not considered suitable for first year entry - foundation year route more appropriate.|
|UEC Unified Examination Certificate- Senior Middle Level||Students studying science track in English with 5As including maths I maths II and physics and not including maths, art, Chinese, Malay.|
|Australia - Year 12||ATAR minimum score of 98% (no rounding up) - excellent Maths & Physics grades|
|Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY)||Minimum of 310 overall with 80% average in maths and physics and subject to attending an extended technical induction programme.|
|UTAR Foundation Year||Overall GPA of 3.67 with A in Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Mechanics and Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism|
|HELP Foundation Year in Science||Distinction overall (75-84) and high distinction (85-100) in either engineering maths or calculus, with distinction (75-84) in the other and distinction (75-84) in both physics modules.|
|South Australian Matriculation (SAM)||ATAR minimum score of 98% (no rounding up) - excellent Maths & Physics grades.|
|AUSMAT Australian Matriculation||ATAR minimum score of 98% (no rounding up) - excellent Maths & Physics grades.|
|Canadian Pre-University (CPU/CIMP)||Where this is structured equivalently to the equivalent Ontario High School Diploma students would need 6 U or U/C courses with an overall average of at least 98% including excellent maths and physics.
|US High School Diploma plus Advanced Placement (AP)||5/5 in Calculus (either AB or BC) and Physics (both B & C) plus 1 group A subject (see list). This should be combined with a good High School Graduation Diploma (GPA of 3.3 or more).|
|US High School Diploma plus SATS II||Calculus 700+, Physics 700+ and one other at 700+. This should be combined with a good High School Graduation Diploma (GPA of 3.3 or more). Must be SATS level II and also not SATR.
All applicants must meet the English Language requirement
Many other qualifications are accepted, please contact us for information.
As well as 'A' levels (as awarded in the UK secondary education system) we will accept a wide variety of international qualifications for entry to our courses.
Typical course content
You will study modules comprising 120 credits (60 ECTS) in your first three years and 150 credits (75 ECTS) in your fourth year. 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.
* ECTS - European Credit Transfer Scheme
CATS - Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme
Years 1 and 2 in Malaysia
During your first two years at our Malaysia Campus you will concentrate on the fundamentals of engineering and gain the skills and understanding required to use information technology in an engineering context.
Years 3 and 4 in the UK
In year three you will study a number of core modules but also have the opportunity to tailor your studies to fulfil your individual aspirations.
You will also undertake an individual project that usually takes the form of a design or research exercise - often sponsored by industry. It involves literature reviews, experimentation, mathematical modelling or computation and the production of a formal report.
In year four we will provide the opportunity for you to undertake group project activities in addition to optional subjects. These projects are often associated with current faculty research activities or based on topics that have real practical relevance to industry.
In parts one and two, you will study core mechanical engineering topics to give you a strong foundation in the subject. In parts three and four you can follow an interdisciplinary programme or choose to specialise in one of the following pathways (themes):
The noise and vibration performance of many engineering designs is critical to their success. For example, reducing noise is a key requirement for aircraft, trains and domestic products. Acoustic principles can also be exploited to give an enhanced acoustic experience, for example by designing the sound of a car or the acoustics of a concert hall. This programme enables you to extend a firm grounding in mechanical engineering into the area of acoustical engineering in the 3rd and 4th years by taking acoustics courses taught by world-leading experts.
The Advanced materials pathway will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the in-service properties of a range of 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 Aerospace Engineering pathway will enable you to develop expertise in aerospace systems while maintaining the broad based engineering background associated with mechanical engineering. In particular, it focuses on aircraft aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics and structural design.
The Automotive Engineering pathway exploits the University of Southampton's excellence in research across a wide range of automotive disciplines. Specialist modules are designed to prepare you for a future career in the automotive sector.
This programme provides an insight into the mechanics of the human body and introduces you to the challenges faced in the design, development and testing of medical implants and other devices. In particular, it focuses on orthopaedic biomechanics and issues related to the selection of materials and design issues as well as methods used to assess their performance.You will specialise in years three and four through a range of subject themes, and will participate in individual group and multidisciplinary projects.
Computational Engineering and Design
Design is a crucial factor in engineering-based industries, and most of modern design methods in engineering are computer-based. This MEng degree programme combines the sound fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering with specialist study of Computational Engineering and Engineering Design, focussing on the relation between computation and design.
The Engineering Management pathway emphasises the importance of linkages between engineering and management. You will acquire the technical skills to understand, design and manufacture new products and the expertise to manage the process, people and finances.
The Mechatronics pathway will provide you with a deep insight into sensors and instrumentation, control and signal processing, and automation and robotics, while maintaining plenty of options with which to build on more traditional mechanical engineering expertise.
The Naval Engineering pathway has been developed in conjunction with the Royal Navy to provide you with detailed understanding of marine systems engineering balanced with a broad-based training in the key principles of mechanical engineering.
Sustainable Energy Systems
The Sustainable Energy Systems pathway provides an overview of modern energy technologies and covers renewable energy sources, fuel cells, nuclear engineering and energy economics.
Learning and teaching
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 MEng in Mechanical Engineering 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 throughout the MEng in Mechanical Engineering. 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.
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.
University of Southampton degrees are highly valued by employers and studying at both our Malaysia and Southampton Campuses will equip you with the skills to operate globally.
Graduates of our integrated masters in Mechanical Engineering degree course 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.
Among the organisations employing our Mechanical Engineering graduates are: WS Atkins, AWE, IAC Aviation, GE Aviation, Johnson Matthey, Lloyds TSB, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QinetiQ, Royal Navy, Dysons, BAE Systems, BP, Dstl, Fluor Daniel, Jaguar, Schlumberger.