Develop the skills to respond to changing technologies.
3 years full-time
The BEng Mechanical Engineering degree is a high-quality three-year degree designed to offer you the knowledge and skills necessary to join engineering teams on graduation. It is complementary to the four-year Durham MEng, and transfer is possible between the courses up to the end of the second year.
It is important to highlight that you also can transfer between the different Engineering programmes that we offer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, etc.) up until the end of the second year, provided that you meet the relevant progression requirements. We believe that students should make an informed decision about their futures and allowing our students to transfer between programmes, once they understand the different disciplines, demonstrates our commitment to this and the Department’s General Engineering philosophy.
In the first two years, the BEng covers the same broad base of engineering education as the MEng degree. The BEng prepares you for an exciting career in modern engineering, with the flexibility to respond to changing technologies.
You will study four modules in engineering, one in mathematics and one optional module. In your engineering modules, you will receive instruction in the use of 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software (e.g. SolidWorks), be taught how to implement engineering algorithms into computer code (specifically in C and MATLAB) and take part in a number of practical labs. You will also take part in a group design activity where you have to design, build and test a device to solve a specific engineering challenge. Recent examples include miniature hydroelectric generators and chain-climbing robots. On the course, you also attend lectures, problem classes and supervisions with academic staff.
And one free elective.
The optional (free elective) module may be selected from anything that will fit the timetable and for which you meet the necessary prerequisites. Popular choices have previously included ‘Introduction to Programming’, ‘Computational Thinking’ and a range of different language modules but some students have taken modules in History or Poetry.
Engineering and mathematics now occupy the full six modules in the timetable.
You will undertake a major design project as part of a small team with guidance from an academic supervisor and an ‘Industrial Tutor’ (an engineer from industry). This lets you put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have developed in your lectures. The end result is a detailed design report and a series of CAD drawings good enough to manufacture a device from.
At this point in the degree you will specialise into Mechanical Engineering.
You will take four Mechanical Engineering taught modules plus an individual technical project (which is equivalent to two modules). For your project, which is the highlight of most of our students’ degree, you will work closely with a project supervisor and will be responsible for planning, design and manufacture of equipment, experimentation, analysis and reporting of your results. Practical skills, in addition to the weekly laboratory sessions, cover topics such as industrial problem solving with interaction with local industry.
Engineering is an increasingly international discipline and living and working in another country is a valuable addition to your CV. For this reason, you are encouraged to apply during your degree for a year-long placement with one of the Engineering Department's or the University's international partners, as an additional year of study.
You may study in English at some of the partner universities, whereas at others foreign language skills are essential. You are fully supported by the Department both during the application process and during the year abroad. Language tuition is available in the first year in a range of languages as free elective modules and in other years through the University’s 'Languages For All' scheme.
Practical engineering experience is invaluable and to recognise this you can choose to take a year-long placement in industry between your second and third year. The Department will assist you in finding placement opportunities through the Industrial Partnership Committee (IPC) which consists of local, national and multi-national companies, including: British Airways, BP, IBM and Caterpillar, amongst many others.
The course is mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, problem classes, practical and design activities. Typically lectures provide key information on a particular field of study and identify the main underpinning engineering concepts in that area. Problem classes then provide opportunities for smaller groups to work through practical examples, based on the knowledge that they have gained through their lectures and through independent study outside the degree's formal contact hours. Finally, practical classes allow you to gain direct experience of practical and interpretative skills through laboratory classes, design activities and a Professional Engineering Applications Course (PEAC).
The balance of these types of activities changes over the course of the degree, as you develop your knowledge and your ability as an independent learner. This is one of the key attributes that the course develops in you (thereby preparing you for work or further study once you have completed the course).
In the first two years, you will typically attend 12 hours a week of lectures (two hours per module) and have three hours of practical classes or design activities each week plus problem classes and small group supervision. In the first year there is a one-week full-time compulsory PEAC course and at the end of the second year there is a two-week full-time practical course. Outside timetabled contact hours, you are also expected to undertake your own independent study to prepare for your classes and broaden your subject knowledge.
The shifts in the third year, as you develop your abilities as an independent learner. In the third year, fewer modules comprise lectures, with an average of eight hours a week. This emphasis on using the independent study and research skills developed in earlier years is continued through the technical project that you will undertake. Under the supervision of a member of academic staff with whom you will have weekly one-to-one supervisory meetings, you will undertake a detailed study of a particular area resulting in a significant piece of independent research.
Throughout the course, you also have access to an academic adviser who will provide you with academic support and guidance. You will meet regularly with your academic supervisor throughout your degree and they act as your first point-of-contact for any academic queries. In addition to this, all members of teaching staff have weekly tutorial hours when they are available to meet on a ‘sign-up’ basis. The Department also has an exciting programme of research seminars and talks from industrial companies which undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend.
A level offer – A*AA including Mathematics and one subject that carries a practical endorsement (Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics).
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – D*DD and Mathematics at grade A at A level (or equivalent) are required.
IB Diploma score – 38 with 666 in higher level subjects, including Mathematics and one STEM subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for this degree might have the option to complete an International Foundation Year.
|Home students||£9,250 per year|
|EU students||£30,000 per year|
|Island students||£9,250 per year|
|International students||£30,000 per year|
The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.
The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
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Our Engineering degrees are accredited by the relevant engineering institutions, for example, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Joint Board of Moderators (including the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, among others) and the Royal Aeronautical Society. You will be taught by expert staff, who are all actively engaged in research at the frontiers of sustainable engineering analysis, design and practice.
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Undergraduate students gain access to our extensive and diverse research facilities and expertise during their final-year projects. For example, airflow sensors, made using cutting-edge microfabricationtechniques in the 200m2 class 1000 cleanroom, have been tested and characterised in our wind tunnel facilities.
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