Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (4 years)

Chelmsford

September

Overview

So much of our everyday life is influenced by engineered products. Learn to design, develop, operate and manufacture products and parts in our specialist labs in Chelmsford. Mechanical engineering opens up a wide range of career opportunities and as a Master of Engineering you’ll graduate in a prime position to take advantage of being a Chartered Engineer

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Careers

Mechanical engineering is possibly the most enabling discipline in engineering, dealing with materials, static and dynamic analysis, structural design, renewable energies, thermal engineering, product quality assurance, and manufacturing.

You'll have the opportunity to work in industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, renewable energies, 3D printing, and almost any product development and product-related application.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

In addition to our links with industry, our Employability Service and Placements Team provide numerous opportunities to gain experience and employment through internships and career fairs. You can also take advantage of mentoring schemes, CV and interview preparation sessions.

Modules & assessment

Year 1 (level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
    Start your journey to becoming a mechanical engineer and discover the wide range of applications and disciplines related to this industry. By gaining insight into career opportunities at this early stage in the course you can follow your interests throughout your study. You will learn about role of engineering in society, environmental issues, and sustainability, looking at ethical issues in engineering and the importance of marketing, commercial understanding, engineering standards, and legal aspects of pursuing a career in engineering. You will cover the history of mechanical engineering, motivating you with inspiring successes that have changed the human life forever, as well as learning lessons from failures. Through this module students will get the opportunity to visit manufacturing and engineering companies and to start to think and critically analyse as an engineer, discovering how to breakdown complex systems into parts and subparts in mechanical engineering terms so that you can simplify complex systems. Visits from guest lecturers from industry will also be encouraged, as will visits by representatives from the professional bodies such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. You’ll be encouraged to join professional bodies such as IMechE and IET and use the advantages from this throughout your course.
  • Engineering Skills
    Develop the underpinning engineering skills needed to solve technical problems and communicate technical ideas and concepts. These skills are essential for the successful completion of your project and knowledge based modules. The module will be divided into two main areas; Mathematics and technical report writing. Mathematics will focus on the basic mathematical skills needed to understand the language of mathematics and to interpret engineering mathematical expressions. Algebraic skills will also be extensively developed to carry out mathematical analysis and solve engineering problems. The module will also introduce the mathematics of trigonometry and geometry and their application to solve practical engineering problems. Technical report writing is a fundamental communication skill for engineers and will be developed throughout the course. This part of the module aims to provide the tools to enable you to structure and present technical reports and also reference correctly. You will make use of appropriate IT skills to communicate technical ideas through the written word and by graphical means.
  • Design and Manufacturing Project
    Apply your learning through project based learning, where you will have both individual work and group work where you will be in a multidisciplinary range of students from the mechanical engineering group. This module is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of manufacturing processes and mechatronics, from the in class theoretical briefings to hands on practical activities. You will gain insight on the need of selecting the most appropriate manufacturing processes, designing and building of basic electronic circuits, integrating mechanical products with electronic circuits, to form a mechatronics product. You will be introduced to modern equipment such as CNC machines and electronic building and testing devices. You will learn how to conform to the regulations relating to safe workshop and laboratory practice applying your materials and structural knowledge to analyse the structural integrity of their design and prototypes.
  • Materials and Mechanical Structures
    Here you will focus on two key aspects of engineering. To start with you will look at vectors and use this knowledge to understand the Newton's law in basic mechanical problems. You will relate this to the static analysis of a system and equilibrium leading to calculation of various stresses in a mechanical structure. The second part is designed to introduce the structure and properties of a range of engineering materials, with an insight in the atomic structure of metals and non-metals to understand factors that influence the physical properties of materials. It provides a review of mechanical behaviour of metals such as load extension curves and their interpretations. You will carry out hands-on tensile tests on engineering materials, allowing you to apply your knowledge from the classroom. You will also explore the alloying of metals through equilibrium diagrams, using this information to determine structure. You will develop your skills in gathering and interpreting scientific information through a series of laboratory experiments. This will help you to become familiar with definition and applications of mechanical structures and, with further studies in nature of stress distribution and transformation in mechanical parts and structures, you will be able to evaluate basic failure criteria and apply safety factors in engineering design.

Year 2 (level 5) modules

  • Product Development and Quality Engineering Project
    This project-based module follows the theme of improving the design of an existing mechanical appliance/product using the design concepts for enhanced performance metrics (eg, reduced cost, ease of manufacture, reduced lead time). Designed to give you the opportunity to work in groups in the multi-disciplined area of mechanical engineering you will work to achieve a common goal. You’ll use specialised engineering software packages eg, Autodesk Inventor and ANSYS to design parts for a product and apply appropriate constraints in assembly environment of a 3D CAD package, utilising design concepts (eg, design for manufacture/assembly) for enhanced product performance. You’ll be introduced to the concepts of structural design, materials, mechanical integrity and their importance while designing a product. This module will help you to understand and apply theoretical concepts related to statistics, process quality assurance and the implications of legal as well as ethical issues. You’ll also focus on the application of finite element analysis (FEA) and its use in the numerical analysis of integrity in mechanical products to assess applicability in engineering related uses. You will learn to plan the manufacturing method of your chosen product (using suitable modern manufacturing and prototyping methods e.g., CNC machining, 3D printing), use mechanical testing methods (e.g., tensile test, bend test) and validate your work through numerical analysis.
  • Thermofluids
    Gain the foundations in the theoretical and applied aspects of combined thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, allowing you to be able to identify and analyse engineering problems related to systematic and local thermal and fluid mechanics engineering. Here you will develop your learning, using applied and real-world problems and applying a combined system-analysis approach of thermodynamics as well as a detailed analysis of heat transfer and fluid mechanics on various problems. The systematics approach to the real-world problems will cover thermofluid topics such as the concept of work and heat, first and second law of thermodynamics, thermodynamics cycles, properties of gas and vapour, and an introduction to combustion. Fluid mechanics will cover fluid static, conservation of mass and momentum leading to Bernoulli’s equation, fluid flow classification and regimes, dimensional analysis, and fluid forces. The heat transfer will include overview of complex heat transfer problems and discussing possibility of simplifications to one-dimension conduction, convection, and radiation.
  • Advanced Engineering Skills
    Building on previous modules here you will continue applying mathematics to express and solve engineering problems, moving on to include more complex mathematical concepts. You’ll be introduced to calculus, complex numbers, and Laplace transforms, helping you to develop an appreciation of the overwhelming influence that these concepts have had on engineering analysis and design, particularly with their application to specialist software. You’ll learn to apply differentiation and integration technics to solve engineering problems in dynamics, control, structural analysis, engineering optimisations, and computational engineering. You’ll also learn to analyse engineering concepts through solving complex equations and differential equations using analytical and numerical techniques. Coding is also used to develop your problem-solving skills and create solutions to complex mathematical problems, you’ll apply this to engineering problems to create a logical sequence of steps or solutions after which you’ll develop tests to check the solution is correct.

Year 3 (level 6) modules

  • Engineering Simulation and Optimisation Project
    This project based module will help you to prepare for real scale industrial projects involving practical activities with wide versatility. In groups of 3-4 people, you will be expected to perform a team work study looking at feasibility, create/source the required CAD files, and perform FE and CFD analysis to design a scaled-down product that works under specified and realistic specifications. The product will need to be optimised by consistent iterations within FEA and CFD and the finalised proposal will be prototyped. Once the product is manufactured you’ll need to perform experiments and use the test data compare to the ones from the numerical analysis, giving a report to demonstrate your achievements.
  • Vibration and Control
    Mechanical engineering systems, structural or machinery, often experience problems associated with vibration which may lead to failure of design and product. Part of this module will provide you with a fundamental understanding of problem of vibration and analytical tools necessary to model the problem in an engineering system. This will include classifications of vibration and analytical analysis of free and forced vibration in single degree of freedom systems. You will discuss the methods of vibration control as well as vibration measurements with emphasise on applied engineering. The second part of the module will provide you with fundamentals and classifications of control systems, including feedforward vs feedback and open vs closed loop controls as well as use of Laplace transform methods to analyse linear control systems.
  • Numerical Methods in Engineering
    Develop a deeper understanding, and learn the application of, numerical methods in engineering, as well as its extent in industry, its limitations and its scope of solving problems. The main aim in this module is to provide you with an overview of computational problem-solving manners in today’s industry and the expectations in real-world designs. To begin with, you will learn the C++ programming language that can be used in various engineering disciplines which you will explore by learning the discipline related applications in areas such as robotics, structural engineering, fluid mechanics, manufacturing, and automotive engineering. With an initial theoretical induction on Finite Element and Finite Difference methods, you will be predominantly 'hands on' and will apply FEA and CFD on realistically designed academic projects. At the theoretical level, you’ll learn to implement hand calculations for basic FEA and CFD questions, showing you the detailed process of the problem solutions using numerical methods. The skills learnt hear will enable you to do the necessary research, obtain test data, build FEA and CFD models and validate your results from case studies.
  • Mechatronics
    Here you’ll explore the different aspects of a mechatronics system, covering sensing, programming, data acquisition, signal conditioning, control and actuation (electrical/mechanical/hydraulic/pneumatic) through a mixture of lectures and lab sessions. This will give you the change to apply your knowledge to real systems, giving you hands-on experience. In sensing, you’ll cover the basic types of sensors, their working mechanisms and applications. Programming deals with the different modes currently available eg, manual and automatic programming, allowing you to explore Arduino Uno. You’ll be introduced to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to help you understand their applicability in industrial applications. In data acquisition you’ll look at analogue-to digital and digital-to-analogue conversion, digital data representation and circuit analysis of useful conversion stages. You’ll also be introduced to the fundamentals of control theory: block diagrams and feedback, proportional control, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control, detailed analysis of DC motors, and finally speed and position control. Mechanical actuation systems will also be introduced, giving you a complete understanding of how different components of a mechatronic system work together, including concepts related to gear trains, hydraulic pumps, valves, pneumatic systems, kinematic chains, etc.

Year 4 (level 7) modules

  • Individual Major Project
    This module will give you an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods in research design, and allow you to undertake an independent research project. The first part of module will lead you to develop a research proposal as well as a successful research ethics application. The second part of the module includes the supervisory support for you to carry out an independent research related to your individual discipline, leading to a practical, conceptual, or technological advancement in a complex, multi-factor problem.
  • Automation and Robotics
    In this module you will focus on the area of smart automation technology and robots in conjunction with intelligent systems and adaptive machine communication. You will gain a comprehensive overview of the technical aspects and state-of-the art methods in design and operation, acquiring knowledge and concepts for automation, programming and interaction of these intelligent systems in Flexible Manufacturing cell. You will also explore their adaptability to change of settings, looking at the capabilities, limitations and future trends in robot systems in order to specify and plan robot installations with major phase in design and operation of automated industrial applications for manufacturing functions.
  • Innovative Product Design and Manufacture
    You will gain an in-depth knowledge of innovative design methods together with time compression technologies that will reduce the time of delivering new products to market. Using a range of design tools, you will apply innovative design methods to improve the design of an existing product so that it can be manufactured and assembled at a minimum cost, maintaining the level of quality and reliability demanded by customers. You will use tools such as 3-D solid modelling and engineering software extensively used throughout the module. This module will enable you to plan the method of manufacture of a product using suitable modern manufacturing and prototyping methods giving you an introduction to modern equipment, such as CNC machines, rapid prototyping machines and automated inspection.
  • Advanced Materials and Structural Integrity
    Learn the advanced concepts of material processes and their importance in mechanical behaviour, integrity and the performance of structures. You will cover durability concepts involving fatigue, crack generation and stress flow in the parts initially, and later extend the concepts to include structural analysis and stability evaluation of mechanical systems. You will also explore the concept of non-linear behaviour in engineering materials, which is a common phenomenon in the structural behaviour of load-bearing members. This module has been developed to meet industrial needs and standards, highlighting the necessity of feasible and applied part design.

Assessment

We will use a range of assessment methods to check your academic and practical progress throughout your study. These includes exams, essays and reports, work related to practical classes and demonstrations, log books, presentations, computer models, and posters.

Our focus in assessment is your learning, therefore we thrive to have a clear brief of assessment in all modules. We’ll support you through each semester with formative feedback on your progress and provide a fair assessment procedure.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2019/20 or 2020/21 (per year)

£9,250

International students starting 2020/21 (per year)

£14,100

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