BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

This BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree will give you a strong foundation in a range of traditional mechanical engineering topics. It is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Engineering Council, so the successful completion will give you the academic qualification required to gain Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

It's a wide-ranging mechanical engineering degree that will develop your understanding of the field and your ability to solve engineering problems independently. You'll study basic principles used by engineering professionals and how they work in practice and understand how what you learn in the classroom can be applied in real-life to find solutions to everyday problems.

Our accreditation from professional bodies ensures that what you learn relates directly to industry standards. The diverse nature of this Mechanical Engineering course means you could establish a career in many areas of industry, such as production, process and manufacturing engineering. It is the ideal course for engineers who want to broaden their career prospects beyond individual specialist or technical areas.

 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H304 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H304 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

Your studies will be underpinned by key engineering topics - maths, design and manufacture, mechanical science, thermofluids, professional engineering techniques and management systems. As you progress, you'll be exposed to more specialist topics such as instrumentation and control, production processes, and sustainable engineering design.

In your final year, you'll also undertake a dissertation project under the close supervision of a member of staff. Your chosen dissertation will give you the opportunity to manage a major project in an area of engineering that best suits your interests or career ambitions. 

Year One: BSc Mechanical Engineering degree, full time

  • Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
  • Design and Manufacture - 20 credits
  • Mechanical Science 1 - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 1 - 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering Techniques - 20 credits
  • Measurement Systems - 20 credits

Year Two: BSc Mechanical Engineering degree, full time

  • Instrumentation and Control Systems - 20 credits
  • Sustainable Engineering Design - 20 credits
  • Mechanical Science 2 - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 2 - 20 credits
  • Production Processes - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management - 20 credits

Year Three: BSc Mechanical Engineering degree, full time

  • Materials and Manufacture - 20 credits
  • Operations Management - 20 credits
  • Computational Analysis - 20 credits
  • Engineering Dynamics - 20 credits
  • Individual Project (BSc) - 40 credits
  • Supervised Work Experience (SWE) - 120 credits (optional)


Year One: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree, part time
 

  • Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
  • Design and Manufacture - 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering Techniques - 20 credits

Year Two: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree, part time

  • Mechanical Science 1 - 20 credits
  • Measurement Systems - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 1 - 20 credits

Year Three: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree, part time

  • Mechanical Science 2 - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 2 - 20 credits
  • Production Processes - 20 credits

Year Four: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree, part time

  • Instrumentation and Control Systems - 20 credits
  • Sustainable Engineering Design - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management - 20 credits

Year Five: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree, part time

  • Materials and Manufacture - 20 credits
  • Operations Management - 20 credits
  • Design and Analysis - 20 credits

Year Six: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree, part time

  • Engineering Dynamics - 20 credits
  • Individual Project (BSc) - 40 credits
  • Supervised Work Experience (SWE) - 120 credits (optional)

Teaching

The mechanical engineering degree is taught by a team of tutors who promote an open door policy to students, so you will be able to get the best out of your studies in a supportive learning environment.

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.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and seminars. This will be further consolidated by a series of practical exercises, design projects and where possible site visits. You’ll undertake open-ended tasks, applying concepts and key skills as you progress. You will also need to work independently doing research, keeping up-to-date with current issues and preparing for lectures.

We have excellent links with employers in Wales, the UK and beyond. Through regular consultation with practising professionals, we keep our mechanical engineering 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. 

Assessment

The diverse nature of module content is reflected through a range of delivery and assessment methods including assignments, practical and project work, coursework, in-class tests, and end of year examinations.

Accreditations

This Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK and will enable you to gain Incorporated Engineering status.

Placements

We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their mechanical engineering degree. 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.

Find out more about Engineering Placements at USW

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, FEA and CFD, LS-Dyna, SolidCAM, Simul8, etc.), with a cluster (Super Computer) for use on high end computational activities.
  • Dedicated project rooms for all cohorts, access to laser cutter and a four-axis CNC router.
  • Composite manufacturing facilities, including autoclaves.
  • Additive manufacturing facilities (3D printing), laser scanner, wind tunnel, extensive material testing facilities, as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in all core subjects, mechanics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) facilities.
  • Access to technical staff in our workshops which include CNC machining centre, lathes and milling machine, drills, etc, for use on all project work undertaken.
  • Large open access multi discipline built area for projects.
  • Well-equipped Formula Student build area.

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. The University has a Contextual Admissions Policy, therefore, whilst most offers we make are at the top of the range, under the Policy we take certain aspects of an application into consideration and eligible UCAS applicants can receive a personalised offer or have results considered individually when you receive them.  Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement.

Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. 

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject  (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including a score of 5 in Mathematics at Higher Level. You will also need to obtain a score of 5 or above in English at standard level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Maths, Science or Engineering and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

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

Additional Requirements

Advanced Entry: Internal applicants (USW and Partner Colleges) taking the HND Mechanical Engineering who achieve a distinction profile with above 70% in mechanical science and thermo fluids are considered for 3rd year entry onto the Full time BEng Mechanical Engineering. Applicants obtaining an HND from other universities or colleges with lower grade profiles are able to join the 3rd year of the Full time BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering or year 5 of the Part time BSc.

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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course

 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14000 

  • Part-time UK:  £720 per 20 credits

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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 and EU students

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

Admissions statement

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering you could establish an engineering career in many possible areas, such as transport, health, defence, manufacturing, entertainment, design or finance. In addition to engineering skills and principles, you will gain extra key skills in management, computers, teamwork, design, project management and communication, which will make you attractive to employers in any sector.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Mechanical Engineering 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.

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