A degree in Mechanical Engineering will give you the skills and abilities to become a professional Engineer. You will understand why components fail; how to design aerodynamic bodies that influence drag and lift; the principles of heat flow for refrigeration, heating and combustion; how to describe the motion of vibrating or moving bodies such as aircraft wings or vehicles.
Mechanical engineering is vital to all aspects of our everyday lives. It covers the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about anything that has movable parts. This could be from massive structures such as oil platforms, to large jet engines and single valves.
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UCAS course code: H301
Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement or six years part-time studying one day per week.
Institution code: D26
Entry requirements for 2014
If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart|.
We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
The course is taught by knowledgeable, experienced staff who are willing to help you gain a sound understanding of the engineering principles along with the personal skills that will enable you to study successfully and embark on a rewarding career.
A variety of techniques are used throughout the course with an emphasis on lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory classes. Student-centred learning takes place through the research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises for the development of skills and understanding.
You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 14–16 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.
The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)| as working towards Chartered Engineer status.
As a member of IMechE you will be part of an internationally recognised organisation that represents engineers in more than 135 countries, be able to get advice and support, training and development, as well as access networking groups.
Full time undergraduates studying this course can also apply for free student Affliate| IMechE membership.
This degree has been accredited by IMechE under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.
Technology's dedicated Placement Unit| provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft Ltd, IBM, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and PepsiCo International.
Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.
Engineering students have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local, national and international companies including BMW AG, Airbus UK and Siemens.
The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers that can be entered by graduates. You could go into industries including aerospace, defence and energy as well as the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products, pharmaceuticals, furniture and foods. You will have the ability to work in areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality.
For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.
Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding| section of the website.
2013 High Flyers Scholarships
We are committed to ensuring talented students have the opportunity to study at De Montfort University (DMU), demonstrated by our package of more than £20 million|| in financial and student support over three years, and an investment of £8.75 million in the student experience.
The £1,000 award will be made to students who have applied to DMU and enter with 320 UCAS points or more from three A Levels or an A2 equivalent*.
*Terms and conditions| apply
The main mechanical lab is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.
There is a purpose built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.
Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website| or via the contact details below.
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International students can apply directly to the university through our online applications portal|.
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