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We live in an unnatural world. In fact, almost everything that surrounds us is removed from nature. Take a look around the room you are in. Most of what you see has been made, developed or modified by people. These things have been engineered and the chances are that a mechanical engineer will have been involved in their design or manufacture. As long as there is a demand for things to be designed and made, there will be a demand for mechanical engineers.
Mechanical engineers believe that their profession is the most diverse and exciting of all the engineering disciplines. It is specifically concerned with design, development, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance. For society, this means that mechanical engineers are using their wide range of skills to think of ways to improve the way we live, meeting the challenges of the changing world. Mechanical engineers can work in all kinds of industries finding jobs, for instance, in:
* design turning plans into new products or revising existing ones
* research and development continually trying to find solutions to engineering problems using new technologies when they become available
* manufacture planning, designing and implementing new production processes
* management project management
We also offer:
* BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Registration as a Chartered Engineer establishes an engineers knowledge, understanding and competence.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
It also meets the Engineering Councils academic requirements and has been accredited for full academic exemption leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
All our MEng courses have been also awarded the EUR-ACE, certificates. This indicates that our MEng courses meet the European Framework Standards for fully fledged second cycle European engineering programmes.
You will be taught a wide range of topics related to engineering science and engineering design, including some computer-aided engineering (CAE). As you progress through one of these courses and gain greater knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles, you will become involved in individual and group project work. You will also have the opportunity to study a foreign language.
In the first year of all three courses you will learn the foundations of engineering science and engineering design, including some computer-aided design. You will probably have around 20 hours of timetabled activity per week, which has to be supplemented by other work in your own time. You will study the necessary mathematics and engineering science, a hands-on engineering technology appreciation unit, engineering materials and manufacturing, and communication and business. The year also includes an introduction to design where you will manufacture a product to your own design.
During your second year you will build on and broaden your knowledge gained in the first year. As your timetabled work reduces, you will be expected to work more on your own. You will study further mathematics and engineering science, further engineering materials, manufacturing and business, instrumentation and control, and computer-aided engineering. In this year you will also have to make a decision about your sandwich year.
Sandwich year (optional year in industry)
The sandwich year involves at least 36 weeks of paid work for a company. We arrange for you to apply to suitable companies, attend interviews and monitor your progress throughout the year.
Placements can also be arranged abroad if you would like the opportunity to travel.
The University has partners in Europe which assist in the organisation and monitoring of placements. The partner institutions are Ecole Nationale dIngenieurs de St Etienne (ENISE) in France and the University of Siegen and the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (University of Applied Science), Hamburg in Germany. This can lead to a subsequent academic exchange with the partner institution.
Whilst placements are not a requirement of these courses, we strongly recommend them as they often make a substantial difference to what you get out of the course and what you can offer when you first embark on your career. Almost 60 per cent of our students who complete a sandwich year with an employer either receive sponsorship for their final year of study, a job offer on graduation or both. If you are aiming for chartered status, this year also counts towards your industrial experience.
Major components of the third year are the individual engineering project and the group engineering business project. These give you real opportunities to develop and demonstrate your professional skills. In addition, you will undertake advanced studies in engineering science, technology and computer-aided engineering, with some choice of specialisation. A large proportion of this year is self-managed study.
Study in the final year is Masters level. You will have a wide choice of subjects including advanced materials, manufacturing and design, energy and environmental management, structural integrity and industrial control systems. You will participate in a major group engineering project, normally linked to one of the schools research or commercial activities such as materials and structural integrity, product design and manufacture, and dynamic systems engineering.
Teaching and assessment
We have a reputation for providing a supportive and friendly atmosphere in which our students can quickly settle and enjoy their studies. All three courses offer many individual subject choices that allow you to tailor your programme to your individual strengths and interests. Staff are very experienced in providing support to students, and help and guidance are readily available through a strong system of personal and subject tutors.
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory and project work, CAE system activity and open access study. Practical experience is emphasised throughout the courses and you will be encouraged to put your ideas into practice, experience application software relating to the area of study, apply software packages and solve problems.
Assessment is carried out through a mix of formal examination, coursework, tests and presentations. It is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. The first year does not count towards your final award, allowing you to get used to the system, experiment a little and recognise your own individual strengths and weaknesses.
You will have easy access to a wide range of powerful and modern multimedia computers and associated hardware equipped with the latest software, as well as day-to-day contact with knowledgeable, enthusiastic and highly motivated staff. In addition, academic staff maintain close links with the world of work, both in Portsmouth and further afield. This ensures that our courses reflect the current and future needs of commerce and industry.
300-360 points to include 200 points from 3 A levels or equivalent, including Mathematics plus Science or Technology subjects.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5, or equivalent.
|CAE score:||75(Grade B)|
Accreditation of European Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)/Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - Fulfils educational requirements for CEng under United Kingdom Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)/Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
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