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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Study with one of the largest engineering schools in the UK
Study with one of the largest engineering schools in the UK
Build real engineering prototypes in exciting projects
Build real engineering prototypes in exciting projects
Benefit from strong links to industry
Benefit from strong links to industry

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

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's the course about?

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.

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.

Alumni Stories

Adrian Moore

Meet Adrian Moore who combined his passion for motorsport and mechanics for his career. He is currently the CEO of Xtrac who design and manufacture transmission systems for motorsport and high performance vehicles.

Current job roleCEO
Year of graduation1998
Course of studyBEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Adrian Moore

University life and experience

Adrian decided to study at the University of Hertfordshire as, from an early age, had always been interested in automotive and aerospace technology. The University (known then as Hatfield Polytechnic College) had a strong reputation and extremely close links to those industries. Adrian even made use of those connections and was sponsored by Rolls-Royce for his entire degree!

He enjoyed his time studying at the University as it gave him a broad understanding of mechanical engineering, with a particular emphasis on mechanical design ad materials technology. This knowledge has proved invaluable throughout his career and has enabled him to specialise in these areas. However, he believes the key to his success is the enthusiastic and supportive teaching staff.

Future aspirations

Adrian has enjoyed a successful and varied career having previously working on two F1 teams. He is currently the CEO of Xtrac who design and man design and manufacture innovative transmission systems for motorsport and high-performance automotive applications. In the future, he hopes to lead Xtrac into major growth with considerable investment in new facilities, machinery and staff.

From his experience as an undergraduate, he is determined to invest in the future of the industry by hiring a large number of appetencies and undergraduates. He states that, 'The high performance automotive industry is going through a huge period of rapid change with the introduction of new technologies for the electrification of road vehicles. With that uncertainty comes opportunity. It is a fast changing industry for hard working, dedicated and innovative thinkers and it is shaping the future of our world.'

The high performance automotive industry is going through a huge period of rapid change with the introduction of new technologies for the electrification of road vehicles. With that uncertainty comes opportunity.

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