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Mechanical Engineering Design

BEng (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

5Y12

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accreditation(s)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

UCAS Tariff Points

112

  • Engineering Council
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Overview


Our Mechanical Engineering Design degree covers a wide range of engineering practice. You’ll learn key skills and focus on computer-based engineering design.

You’ll discover how to turn basic engineering principles into design possibilities. As well as find solutions for industry problems. You’ll take design ideas and turn them into computer models and create your own design solutions for your work portfolio. 

You’ll learn in state-of-the-art facilities with industry standard software including;

  • CAD packages
  • stress and dynamics analysis packages
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • engine simulation software
  • specialised vehicle-performance simulation software.

We offer excellent work placements with our industry partners. And many graduates take jobs with their placement company. Our graduates work at top engineering companies, including;

  • Jaguar
  • Reaction Engines
  • Blatchford Products.

Our course leads to professional recognition as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Student with lecturer

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Preferred subjects include: Science and/or Design/Technology, or Mathematics.

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Maths grade 5/B minimum and English Language grade 4/C minimum

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,800

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,800

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

As part of the course, first-year engineering students spend time in laboratories, for which protective equipment is mandatory. This typically costs £20-25, although you are able to use you own protective equipment, if suitable. You will be encouraged to work in industry for one year, between the second and final years of the course. You will need to cover transport and living costs during this time.

Learning and assessment


On this course you will;

  • study basic engineering principles and turn design possibilities into solutions
  • learn how to use computer-based packages to build a portfolio of work.

By your final year you’ll be able to tackle a typical industry-based problem and create;

  • a complete design solution
  • computer modules of how the solution will look, function and be manufactured. 

You’ll develop the skills to;

  • use and apply design packages creatively
  • produce designs customers want
  • use processes that make profits.
Workshop

Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

IEng Engineering Mathematics & Modelling

Design & Practice I

Introduction to Materials

Basic Dynamics

Basic Stress Analysis

Basic Thermodynamics

Year 2

Optional modules

Stress and Dynamic Systems

Design & Practice II

Control Technology

Automotive Electronics

Simulation of Thermal Systems

Materials Engineering

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year

You will be encouraged to work in industry for one year, between the second and final years of the course. You will need to cover transport and living costs during this time. We have placement opportunities with local, national and international engineering companies and product manufacturing companies. These are advertised through our placement office where support and guidance in applying for placements is provided. We have an excellent record of graduates gaining full-time employment with the company hosting their industrial placement. Sponsored students spend the year with their sponsoring company. Students who are not sponsored will be assisted by our full-time placements officer in finding a suitable placement.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Optional modules

Engineering Project

Management Ethics, Energy & Sustainability

Vehicle Dynamics

CAD/CAM

Sensors & Data Logging

Sustainable Engineering

Design of Machines

Motorsport Engineering Technology

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching methods include seminars and lectures. You’ll have practical work in;

  • laboratories
  • computer labs
  • workshops.

We emphasise the importance of information technology in modern engineering practice. Almost all our teaching involves computers and engineering software. 

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 29%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 71%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 23%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 77%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 19%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 81%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

All your Year 1 modules involve continuous assessment.

In Years 2 and 3 we assess you through written examinations. However some modules are assessed through coursework only. 

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 51%
  • Coursework - 49%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 40%
  • Coursework - 52%
  • Practical exams - 8%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 9%
  • Coursework - 91%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Our graduates have an excellent preparation for the world of work. The Mechanical Engineering BEng is tailored to the current needs of industry, and our graduates work in all areas of engineering; design, manufacturing, service industries, consulting, and in the automotive and aerospace industries.

Our Staff


Miguel Fernandes Ferreira

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