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  • Objectives
    Over recent years, mechanical engineering has been transformed by the use of powerful computer-aided tools for design, performance prediction and manufacturing and the use of modern materials such as composites. The MEng and BEng degree courses at Leicester emphasise such significant developments. The four year MEng course places further emphasis on industrially-related project work and other activities related to the engineering profession.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS Levels: Mathematics and a science at GCE A Level plus a third A Level. Two AS Levels considered in place of one A Level. General Studies accepted. * Key Skills are welcomed in addition and may be included in any offer. * GCSE: No specific requirements. * European Baccalaureate: MEng: Pass with 75% overall. BEng: Pass with 65% overall. * Foundation: Pass. * International Baccalaureate: MEng: Pass Diploma with 32 points. BEng: Pass Diploma with 30 points. Foundation: Pass * Leicestershire Progression Accord: MEng only: 270 points as above plus full Accord credits. * BTEC Nationals: MEng: DDM. BEng: DMM. * Other Qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Mature students welcomed: Alternative qualifications considered e.g. kite-marked Access course. * Second Year Entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications compatible with our degree structure. * Interviews not normally required. * All applicants receiving an offer will be invited to visit the department. * These degrees are not available on a part-time basis.
  • Academic title
    BEng Mechanical
  • Course description
    BEng Mechanical


    First Year

    Courses provide a broad engineering foundation and include mechanical and electrical engineering subjects including Circuits and Systems; Structural Mechanics; Properties of Materials; Electronics; Fluid Mechanics; Programming and Numerical Methods; Signals and Systems; Electromagnetism; Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer; Design and CAD and Mathematics. Practical and workshop activities complement the lectures.

    Second Year

    The broad foundation of the first year continues with studies in Control; Process Oriented Programming; Maths; Electrical Engineering. Then, following on from the broad foundation of engineering studies of the early semesters, students develop specific expertise and skills in the Mechanical Engineering disciplines: Dynamics of Mechanical Systems; Structures; Engineering Materials; Fluid Dynamics; Thermodynamics and Computational Methods. All students carry out a multidisciplinary team project highlighting the need for engineers from different fields to work closely with each other towards a common goal. Students studying the USA option spend the second semester at Clarkson University in New York State or The University of Miami, Florida.

    Third Year

    The final year gives you the flexibility to structure your study programme towards more specialised areas or to keep a broader approach. You will take Digital Control and Instrumentation; Management; Elastic Analysis; Failure of Materials and Heat and Fluid Flow. Four option modules are taken from a wide range which currently includes: Risk, Reliability and Quality; Composite Materials; Tribology; Energy Systems and Turbomachinery Aerodynamics. These options together with the individual project make up 60% of the final year. Typical projects include: Analysis of valve spring surges in a racing car engine; Design construction and commissioning of aerodynamic corner vanes for a wind tunnel; Design of a test facility to evaluate the use of novel materials for motor-cycle protective clothing; Development of a fluid damping system to reduce vibrations from a high-speed rotating speed shaft; Mathematical modelling of a metal matrix composite and Modelling of the lubrication system of a diesel engine to aid fault diagnosis.

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