BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

  • The BEng Mechanical Engineering degree programme at the University of Hertfordshire is structured to provide students with a comprehensive background in key disciplines within the mechanical engineering sector, including mechanics, thermodynamics, design, manufacturing, and materials science.
  • The BEng Mechanical Engineering degree programme at the University of Hertfordshire offers a balanced blend of theoretical studies and practical activities designed to provide a thorough background in mechanical engineering and an enjoyable learning experience.
  • The BEng Mechanical Engineering degree programme at the University of Hertfordshire uses problem-based learning strategies to promote the connection between academic studies and contemporary engineering projects and challenges.

About the course

Learn the fundamental skills and knowledge of a modern engineer. This course offers a comprehensive introduction to engineering, giving you the flexibility to work in a broad range of industries. Among the general topics, you’ll study engineering mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, manufacturing technology, computer-aided engineering and thermodynamics. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to collaborate with other engineering students on some incredible projects, such as designing a hovercraft, a Formula Student racing car and an unmanned aircraft. This course is the first step towards chartered engineer status.

Why choose this course?

• The BEng Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire has been highly successful and over the years produced thousands of successful graduates working in all fields of engineering;

• You will learn mechanical engineering subjects in core modules that balance laboratory activities with the relevant, supportive theoretical knowledge;

• You will operate state-of-the-art laboratory equipment during every year of your academic career as part of your learning experience in the core modules;

• You will learn how to apply computer-aided engineering and industrial-standard software;

• You may take part in the IMechE challenge in your first year of study, and be able to compete with engineering students from other British universities on exciting mechanical engineering-related projects;

• You may decide to spend the third year of your mechanical engineering degree on a year-long work placement;

• Students from the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire have previously completed work placement years at companies including Amazon, Bosch, Network Rail, Transport for London, Tesla Motors (UK), Aston Martin, BMW (UK), Mercedes-Benz (UK), Virgin Atlantic, MBDA;

• You may join the automotive students and help design, build and race single-seater race car in the UK Formula Student Competition;

• You may join aerospace students on projects involving Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs);

• Recent Mechanical Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including London Energy Ltd, Progressive Technology, Halfords, Fords, Barclays.

What will I study?

The school has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's Canvas web-based facility. Canvas allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world!  With a heavy emphasis on Computer-Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The school also operate an open-access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

You will study the fundamental skills and knowledge required by a modern engineer including principles of flight and an introduction to aircraft systems. In particular, you will be introduced to computer packages commonly used in the aerospace industry. You will learn about the design process and will have the opportunity to work on the Class 200 Formula Student car.

First Year: You will study engineering mathematics, engineering applications of mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, introduction to manufacturing technology, introduction to design, and fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Second Year: You will study thermofluid mechanics, further engineering mathematics, computer-aided engineering (CAE), structural mechanics, dynamics, data acquisition and control systems, integrated engineering system design and project management and product development.

Third Year: You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement.

Final Year (3rd or 4th): You will study mechanical engineering design, micro-engineering and micro-technology or manufacturing strategy, mechanics and properties of materials, control systems, thermofluid mechanics and heat transfer, vibration, noise and vehicle dynamics, and an individual major project.

Professional Accreditations

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course is accredited by RAes and IMechE and satisfies, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2020.

Careers

Professional chartered mechanical engineers and mechanical engineering graduates are highly sought after around the world. Our graduates have an excellent employment record illustrating that this degree gives you the flexibility to work in virtually any manufacturing setting, both in the UK and abroad.

More about the Course

Our students can take the work placement option, spending their Third Year in industry.  Some students take the opportunity to study part of their degree abroad through student exchange programmes with other universities in the EU, USA or Canada.

A mechanical engineering degree will provide you with the flexibility to be employed in any engineering company irrespective of their product range.  Mechanical engineers are involved in producing innovative designs, using the latest materials and Computer Aided Engineering systems to meet ever-increasing expectations in 21st century living.  With our excellent teaching standards and facilities, the University has a strong track record of providing industry with these highly skilled professionals.

In your first year you will study the fundamental skills and knowledge required by a modern engineer including principles of design and manufacture. In particular you will be introduced to computer packages commonly used in engineering.

In your second year the core themes from year 1 are further developed so that they can be applied to solve engineering problems encountered in industrial and commercial environments. You will learn about the design process, through both group design and detail design work, and will have the opportunity to work on extra-curricular projects, such as our Formula Student car, Unmanned Air Vehicle and rocket systems.

In the third year you have the chance to work for an engineering company on placement or study at one of overseas partners.

In the final year, whilst adding to your knowledge of materials and structures, vibration and noise, and control systems, you have the option of covering either manufacturing or the rapidly growing field of micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS). Project work, both in teams on design and individually on a topic of special interest, encourages you to develop valuable practical, interpersonal and communication skills.

What job can I get?

Mechanical engineering graduates are highly sought after around the world. Our graduates have an excellent employment record; 80.8% of the students taking part in a survey who had completed their BEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire in 2017 were in graduate employment six months after graduation.