MEng Mechanical Engineering

This four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) course in Mechanical Engineering is the highest award for undergraduate study in engineering and is designed for more able students. Combining our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree with Masters-level material, it allows you to further distinguish yourself with an advanced set of professional and technical skills. The Mechanical Engineering course also removes the need to source further funding to study a Masters-level qualification.

On completion, you will be better placed to compete in the graduate jobs market and enter more demanding and rewarding roles. The MEng course is also ideal if you want to become a registered Chartered Engineer as it meets the Engineering Council’s educational requirements to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status – the highest standard within the industry. This is a modern mechanical engineering degree that is relevant to a range of industries. You could design, analyse, research and test anything from wind turbines to turbojet engines.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
L21H Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
L21H Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

For the first three years, you will study alongside those on the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. This will give you the opportunity to learn fundamental engineering principles, further develop your knowledge and skills and gain an appreciation for concepts relevant to mechanical engineering. In your fourth year, your additional year of study, you will apply what you’ve already learned on a substantial project.

Year One 

  • Design and Manufacture
  • Electrical Science
  • Engineering Computing Applications
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Thermofluids 1

Year Two

  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Mechanics 2
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management
  • Further Mathematics for Engineers
  • Sustainable Engineering Design
  • Thermofluids 2

Year Three 

  • Applied Engineering Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Control
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Individual Project
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

Year Four

  • Integrative MEng Group Project
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacture
  • Industrial Heating Processes
  • Strategic Leadership and Management for Engineers

Optional Modules:

  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • Further Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Further Finite Element Analysis
  • Non-destructive Testing
  • Research Methods for Engineers
  • Safety Health and Environmental
  • Engineering Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

 

Teaching

You will learn via lectures, tutorials and seminars. As well as this, you will spend time keeping up-to-date on current issues within the engineering industry. You will also learn through practical work, group projects and a final year project, plus industry visits to companies such as GE Aircraft Engine Services, The Royal Mint and local businesses.


We have excellent links with employers in Wales, the UK and beyond. Through regular consultation with practising professionals, we keep our courses up-to-date with industry standards. Our strong links also mean you’ll have opportunities for site visits, industrial placements and, for students on sandwich courses, practitioner mentoring. Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest insights. Not only will you be taught by academics who are specialists in their fields, but you will also benefit from guest speakers from the engineering world

Assessment

The MEng Mechanical Engineering degree is assessed through assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.

Accreditations

This Mechanical Engineering degree has been developed in collaboration with industry, ensuring quality and relevance to the modern working environment. The course meets the educational requirements to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the Engineering Council and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Placements

We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their MEng mechanical engineering course. On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate.

Facilities

Our Mechanical Engineering facilities are excellent. They include:

  • Well-equipped computer rooms using state of the art (industry standard) design and analysis software. (SolidWorks, Ansys, LS-Dyna, SolidCAM, Phoenix, etc.)
  • Workshop with CNC lathe and milling machine, lathes and milling machines, drills, laser cutter, welding bay (MIG, TIG and electric arc) as well as a selection of hand tools.
  • Project room with a laser cutter (plastics and wood), a 4 axis CNC router and an augmented reality welding training simulator.
  • Composite making facilities, additive manufacturing facilities, coordinate measuring machine (CMM), laser scanner, aluminium casting facility, two wind tunnels, material testing facilities, non-destructive facilities as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in mechanics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.
  • A well-equipped Formula Student build area.

Lecturers

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBC to include Mathematics and one other Science subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BB at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject.

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules.

Typical IB Offer

30 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include grade 5 in Mathematics and one other Science/numerate subject eg (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Mechanical engineers are sought after in all types of industries, from food manufacturing to medical supplies, as well as in high-profile industries such as automobile and aerospace. Our graduates have gained a good reputation in industry, in areas including research and development, design, manufacturing management, technical sales, and plant engineering.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.