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Mechanical Engineering MEng

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Type: MEng Hons
Duration: 4 years
Location: Nottingham
Start Date: Ongoing
Course Description

Years one and two 

The first two years provide a good grounding in the broad fundamentals of mechanical engineering science and engineering design. The science subjects studied include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics and electro-mechanical systems. In design, the emphasis is on project work and in both the first and second years, you will undertake a design, make and test project, which you will manufacture in the Department's student workshop.

At the end of year two you can opt to continue on the four-year MEng degree provided that you have obtained at least 55 per cent in the end of year assessment. Alternatively, you can choose at that point to switch to the three-year BEng degree.

MEng students can choose the broad mechanical engineering programme, or you can pick one of the specialist streams, which are available in aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, management, manufacture, materials, a modern language or sustainability. These offer a combination of selected sets of optional modules that enhance and extend your knowledge in your chosen specialism, along with major linked projects in years three and four.

Year three 

A third of your study will be spent on a group design-and-make project. This major design project takes an idea for an engineering product from concept through to a working prototype and also includes the development of a business plan to take the product to market. Depending on the stream you have selected, you will study a number of core and optional modules. The core modules for each stream are as follows:

Aerospace: Aerospace Technology, Transport Materials, Aerodynamics

Automotive: Automotive Technology, Transport Materials, Advanced Dynamics of Machines

Bioengineering: Engineering Biomaterial Structures, Cell Structure and Function, Human Structure and Function, Biomechanics

Management: Entrepreneurship, Business Accounting, Capability Management

Manufacture: Concurrent Engineering, Flexible Automated Manufacture, Manufacturing Process Capability, Design Audit

Materials: Integrated Aerospace Design, Design Audit, Processing and Properties of Materials, Transport Materials

Modern Language: Two modules in the chosen language; from French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin

Sustainability: Energy Efficiency for Sustainability, Renewable Generation Technologies and Control, Sustainable Manufacturing


Year four

A major individual project makes up a quarter of your studies. This may involve computational and or experimental investigations linked to your chosen specialist stream. You will also study compulsory modules in advanced engineering topics along with a range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor the course to your interests. The core modules for each stream in year four are as follows:

Aerospace: Aircraft Propulsion Systems, Aerospace Manufacturing Technology, Aerospace Materials

Automotive: Internal Combustion Engines, Automotive Vehicle Dynamics, Automotive Materials

Bioengineering:  Biomedical Applications of Biomaterials

Management: Managing Operations, Technology and Knowledge Management, Operations Strategy

Manufacture: Work Organisation and Job Design, Lean Manufacturing, Rapid Product Development, Technology and Knowledge Management

Materials: Advanced Materials, Conservation and Recycling of Materials, Materials under Stress, Joining Technology

Modern Language: Two modules in the chosen language; from French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin

Sustainability: Advanced Thermal Power Systems, Conservation and Recycling of Materials, Technologies for a Hydrogen Economy                               

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