MEng Mechanical Engineering

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.

The four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) course 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 degree 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. 

 

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
L21H Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
L21H Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

For the first two years, you will study alongside those on the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree. 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 third year you will start to specialise and in the fourth year, your additional year of study, you will apply what you’ve already learned on a substantial project.

Year One: MEng Mechanical Engineering degree 

  • Mathematics for Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers - 20 credits
  • Design and Manufacture - 20 credits
  • Engineering Computing Applications - 20 credits
  • Engineering Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
  • Electrical Science - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 1 - 20 credits

Year Two: MEng Mechanical Engineering degree

  • Further Mathematics for Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers - 20 credits
  • Sustainable Engineering Design - 20 credits
  • Engineering Mechanics 2 - 20 credits
  • Control and Instrumentation - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 2 - 20 credits
  • Engineering Materials - 20 credits

Optional

Supervised Work Experience (year out in industry) - 120 credits

Year Three: MEng Mechanical Engineering degree 

  • Individual Project (BEng) - 40 credits
  • Thermofluids 3 - 20 credits
  • Engineering Computational Analysis - 20 credits
  • Industrial Management – 20 credits
  • Mechanics and Control - 20 credits

Year Four: MEng Mechanical Engineering degree

  • Integrative MEng Group Project - 40 credits
  • Advanced Materials & Manufacture - 10 credits
  • Further Finite Element Analysis - 10 credits
  • Further Computational Fluid Dynamics - 10 credits
  • Non-destructive Testing - 10 credits
  • Professional Engineering Management - 20 credits
  • Industrial Heating Systems - 20 credits

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, 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.

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

BBB to include Mathematics and one other Science subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

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

Typical BTEC Offer

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

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 30 overall including a score of 5 in Geography or 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

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.

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.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13800 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK: 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.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.

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.

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