Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (4 years)


September 2017


So much of our everyday life is influenced by engineered products. As a mechanical engineer you’ll design, develop, operate and manufacture products and parts across a range of sectors. Mechanical Engineering opens up a wide range of local, national and international career opportunities and as a Master of Engineering you’ll graduate in a prime position to take advantage of being a Chartered Engineer.

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Untitled PageMechanical Engineering is possibly the most enabling discipline in engineering dealing with materials, static and dynamic analysis, structural design, renewable energies, thermal engineering, product quality assurance, and manufacturing. Your ‘ll have the opportunity to work in industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Renewable Energies, 3D Printing, and almost any product development and product-related application.The average salary for a Mechanical Engineer is £29,987* per year which significantly increases as you progress in to senior design and project management roles. *

In addition to our staff links with industry, our Employability Service and Placements Team provide numerous opportunities to gain experience and employment through internships and career fairs. You can also take advantage of mentoring schemes, CV and interview preparation sessions.

Modules & assessment

Year 1: Level 4

  • IT and Research
    This module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes. You will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for your university coursework and the commercial environment. You will also develop skills in carrying out desk top research and self-directed study.
  • Manufacturing
    This module provides you with a basic understanding of manufacturing and joining processes. It gives the insight to the need of selecting the most appropriate manufacturing process in terms of technological feasibility and cost for a component. It explores the necessity to ensure, where possible, that the component design can be manufactured most efficiently and economically by a chosen technology. You'll be introduced to modern equipment such as CNC machine and will have the opportunity to plan and make a component or product. Typical machine processes such as milling and turning will be introduced. You'll conform to the regulations relating to safe workshop practice. About fifty per cent of the module will be based on practical design, plan and manufacture of a component or product. On the practical side, you can work either as a group or individually depending on the complexity of the product you make. But the final report is to be an individual work and includes critical evaluation of the product design, generation of alternative manufacturing processes and final recommendations.
  • Introduction to Engineering Materials
    We'll introduce you to the structure and properties of a range of engineering materials. This includes a review of typical load extension curves and their interpretation and you'll carry out tensile tests on engineering materials to support and extend the classroom teaching. You'll be introduced to the atomic structure of metals and non metals as a lead into an understanding of the factors that influence the physical properties of materials. Alloying of metals will be explored via equilibrium diagrams and structure will be determined from given information. You'll develop your skills in gathering and interpreting scientific information via a series of laboratory experiments. This will involve the use of metallurgical inspection equipment as well as common testing equipment. Our module is supported by a well equipped metallurgical laboratory serviced by technical staff.
  • Introduction to Engineering Mechanics
    Supported by hands-on laboratory work you will explore the core mechanical engineering concepts and its wider applications in day to day life as well as in engineering. This will include the notion of vector and definition of main concepts and international system of units in mechanical engineering including concepts of particle, rigid body, and dimensions. You will also learn the fundamental concepts of Newton’s laws and its relation between statics and dynamics and cover concepts in statics such as equilibrium, force decomposition, and free body diagrams in two dimensions.
  • Mechatronics
    You'll be introduced to the analysis and design fundamentals of basic electronic systems in mechanical and electrical engineering. You'll review circuit fundamentals that are related to basic building blocks for analogue/digital circuit design and mechanical science. Analogue devices comprising various forms of diode, transistor and integrated circuits is introduced and their equivalent circuit models is explained for circuit design. Number systems and Digital Devices such as logic and memory elements is established and various techniques explained for design simplification. Mechanical and electrical actuation systems are introduced which discuss various forms of mechanisms. Peripheral Interface Controllers are also established. The principles of operation of all circuit elements are covered by lecture, tutorial and computer simulation.
  • Mathematics for Engineering 1
    You'll gain a solid background in mathematical techniques and analysis in order to pursue a degree course in technology or engineering studies. The module will help you to assess your existing mathematical skills and develop the core mathematical skills, knowledge and techniques needed in order that elementary scientific and engineering problems may be solved. Matrices and determinants, and their use in solving simultaneous equations are introduced. Problems involving elementary probability theory are solved. In the complex plane, de Moivre's theorem is introduced and used to find powers and roots. The techniques of calculus - differentiation and integration - and their applications are introduced. Numerical integration is explored.
  • Computational Engineering
    Most real engineering problems such as fluid flow, solid structural analysis, and thermal engineering are governed by complex mathematical equations leading to a growing use of computerised algorithms and programming used in engineering design and analysis. This module aims to provide you with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of numerical methods in engineering and provide you with the skills for solving basic tasks in numerical analysis. You will learn how to develop algorithms and computer programmes and apply their skills in solving differential equations, integration, system of linear equations, and finite difference methods. You will also learn the concepts of interpolation and data fitting methods, post-processing and presentation of data as well as various types and sources of errors related to computational methods in engineering.

Year 2: Level 5

  • Engineering Principles
    You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of engineering principles, applied mechanics and electrical technology. You’ll be provided with a sound theoretical basis for the analysis and synthesis of mechanical and electrical systems. Our module will review mechanical and electrical circuit fundamentals, comprising static/dynamic systems and electrical engineering laws/theorems. You’ll be introduced to basic static systems such as moments of force, simple structural analysis and friction problems. Dynamics relating to Newton's laws of motion are also discussed and applied. Kirchoff's current and voltage laws will be developed intuitively and verified experimentally. You’ll be introduced to Thevenin's and Norton's theorems together with the concepts of maximum power transfer. Computer based packages are integrated into our course. AC circuit theory will be developed initially in terms of phasor diagrams and then extended using complex number notation. You’ll carry out your assignments from a defined specification and are required to submit an individual report based on your findings. Assessment is by coursework and exam.
  • Statistics and Process Quality Assurance
    Gain the knowledge and confidence to use statistical techniques in industrial applications for process control and problem solving. You’ll focus on quality management systems and standards as well as quality improvement techniques, including Pareto, cause effect diagrams, Shewhart cycles. You’ll consider constructs and interprets statistical process control (SPC) charts and learn how to selects the appropriate chart for a given application. Finally, you’ll build confidence in probability and statistics and improve your skills in sampling, graphical representation of data, binomial and Poison and normal distributions, measures of location and spread and expected values. Overall, you’ll get an appreciation of the wider aspects of quality management that are vital to the survival of all organisations.
  • Mathematics for Engineers 2
    You'll be introduced to the techniques that lie behind the solution of engineering problems. The methods tend to be hidden within software, you'll gain an insight into the techniques, their application and their limitations so that you can make informed judgements on reliability of software solutions. Calculus is extended to partial differentiation and its applications and Laplace transforms and matrices are considered in depth. A statistics section is also included applied to the numerous areas of civil engineering which use these techniques. You'll be prepared to undertake appropriate analysis in areas such as hydraulics, geotechnics, structural analysis and design.
  • Computer-Aided Solid Modelling
    You'll build on your previous CAD experience to create more complex solid part models and consider advanced aspects of CAD in this module. We'll look at assemblies made up of a number of parts and sub-assemblies, and use the feature-based parametric modelling technique which automates the design and revision procedures by the use of parameters. You'll be introduced to the methods for modelling sculptured surfaces that are seen in plastic mouldings and transition elements, checking moving parts in an assembly, and analysing animation and their mechanisms.
  • Applied Mechanics
    This module will give you a fundamental understanding of applied mechanics, focusing on its application. We’ll study the static and dynamic of particles and rigid bodies under the influence of forces. Worked examples will enable you to become familiar with, and to grasp important concepts and principles, including pin-jointed frames and beams with various support systems, frictional motion on dry plain and inclined surfaces, and concept of shear force and bending moment diagram.
  • Materials and Processes
    You'll develop on the learning outcomes covered in our Introduction to Engineering Materials module and review the use of equilibrium diagrams as an aid in predicting the structures of binary alloys under equilibrium cooling conditions. The module includes the atomic structure of engineering materials in predicting their behaviour in terms of physical and mechanical properties. Equilibrium and non equilibrium structure of metals will be investigated in the laboratory in order to predict long term behaviour. The use of metals and non metals under repeated loading cycles, the fracture toughness and creep resistance is explored in order to design components able to withstand a variety of service requirements. The economics of manufacture will cover the most optimum method of manufacturing with engineering materials and the effect of the processing on its structure. You'll conduct laboratory experiments where you'll be using a variety of test equipment and will be expected to complete full technical reports as part of your assessment. A technical visit will also form part of the module in order to witness industrial design processes and testing procedures.
  • Group Design Project
    This module is designed to develop your ability to evaluate and resolve practical problems and work as part of a design team. The module will help you apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible, experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists. It’s designed to bring small groups together into teams so you co-ordinate your individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the brief.

Year 3: Level 6

  • Project Management for Technologists
    Immerse yourself in the planning, operations research techniques, scheduling, quality, people and management skills involved in projects. You’ll think about the variety of techniques available that could be used for the control of projects and gain insight to the theoretical underpinning concepts of these techniques. You’ll reflect on just what these issues are and what future developments might be envisaged, both in specific work place context and in a general professional development context.
  • Control and Vibration
    Mechanical engineering systems, structural or machinery, often experience problems associated with vibration which may lead to failure of design and product. Part of this module will provide you with a fundamental understanding of problem of vibration and analytical tools necessary to model the problem in an engineering system. This will include classifications of vibration and analytical analysis of free and forced vibration in single degree of freedom systems. You will discuss the methods of vibration control as well as vibration measurements with emphasise on applied engineering. The second part of the module will provide you with fundamentals and classifications of control systems, including feedforward vs feedback and open vs closed loop controls as well as use of Laplace transform methods to analyse linear control systems.
  • Computer-Aided Engineering
    Get 'hands on' experience with the latest industry-standard software. This module will introduce you to computer aided engineering as applied in industry, with emphasis on the analysis, manufacture and testing of a simple component.
  • Modelling and Simulation for Operations Management
    You'll gain the tools and techniques to analyse the supply chain, using a computer simulation system. You'll cover the need for advanced analysis tools in the manufacturing industry as the pace of change is accelerating and the competition is getting tougher. You'll compare common supply chain decision support systems that include back of the envelope calculation, use of spreadsheets, queuing theory and simulation. The ability of simulation to represent systems with stochastic nature and its ability to see the system as a whole, considering the relationships and interactions between elements and the embedded logic is discussed. Simulation software is used to build valid shop floor models which may be subjected to varying influencing parameters. The output from the simulation models is used to assess performance. The performance of a supply chain can then be predicted and optimum operating conditions determined.
  • Research Methods and Individual Project (Civil and Mechanical Engineering)
    Carry out an individual piece of research in civil or mechanical engineering. You’ll write a literature review of current knowledge in your chosen topic area, formulate a research question and collect data. You’ll get the support of our specialist academics via supervision, tutorials and classroom sessions. You’ll also spend time identifying your achievements and skills and create a plan for progression with the production of a cv and exit plan.
  • Thermofluids
    In this module methods will be proposed for predicting how much energy in the form of work and heat is available in the components that make up common thermal systems. In this module worked examples enable the students to become familiar with, and to grasp important concepts and principles in fluid mechanics such as mass, energy and momentum. The mathematical approach is simple for anyone with prior knowledge of basic maths and physics. Initially incompressible Newtonian fluids and single phase is considered followed by compressible and non-Newtonian fluids with introduction to mass transfer and computational Fluid Dynamics method (CFD). Analysis of mass and mass transfer, work transfer in non-flow process, heat transfer in non-flow process, special characteristics of work and heat transfer in flow and non-flow process are some of the thermofluid studies that will be covered.

Year 4: Level 7

  • Computer Aided Engineering Analysis
    Gain experience of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as applied in industry with emphasis on the analysis, manufacture and test of components, assemblies and processes. Our module is predominantly 'hands on' and employs industry-standard linear static and non-linear software. We'll also cover the validation of the FEA models and the estimating of product life.
  • Automation and Robotics
    In this module we'll focus on the area of smart automation technology and robots in conjunction with intelligent systems and adaptive machine communication. You'll benefit from a comprehensive overview of technical aspects and the state-of-the art methods in design and operation, acquiring knowledge and concepts for automation, programming and interaction of these intelligent systems in Flexible Manufacturing cell. We'll also give further consideration of their adaptability to change of settings. You'll explore the capabilities, limitations and future trends in robot systems in order to specify and plan robot installations with major phase in design and operation of automated industrial applications for manufacturing functions.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    Gain a systematic, in-depth understanding and critical awareness of advanced fluid mechanics and numerical methods. We'll develop your knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry can be used to create and translate knowledge to solve challenging problems in the discipline. You'll also gain a conceptual understanding of the subject, enabling you to critically evaluate research and state of the art technology to create a critical awareness of current problems and to develop new vision, at the forefront of academic knowledge.
  • Advanced Materials and Structural Integrity
    Learn to understand the advanced concepts of material processes and their importance in the mechanical behaviour, integrity and performance of structures. We'll cover durability concepts involving fatigue, crack generation and stress flow in the parts initially, and later extend the concepts to include structural analysis and stability evaluation of mechanical systems. We'll explain the concept of non-linear behaviour of engineering materials as a common phenomenon in the structural behaviour of load-bearing members. The module is formed within industrial needs and standards to highlight the necessity of feasible and applied part design.
  • Innovative Product Design and Manufacture
    You’ll be provided with an in-depth knowledge of innovative design methods together with time compression technologies that will reduce the time of delivering new products to market. You’ll use a range of design tools to apply innovative design methods and to improve the design of an existing product, such that it can be manufactured and assembled at a minimum cost and yet maintain the level of quality and reliability demanded by customers. Tools such as 3-D solid modelling and engineering software tools will be extensively used throughout the module. Our module will also enable you to plan the method of manufacture of a product using suitable modern manufacturing and prototyping methods. You’ll be introduced to modern equipment, such as CNC machines, rapid prototyping machines and automated inspection.
  • Major Group Project
    This module supports you in the preparation and submission of a level 7 project, equivalent to master’s level in mechanical engineering. You will carry out the project in a group of a minimum of 2 students preferably linked to research of academics within the mechanical engineering discipline. You will select and explore in-depth, a specific topic of interest that is relevant to mechanical engineering in which you can develop a significant depth and level of expertise. Throughout your project you will develop a critical understanding of your chosen topic and will work as part of a team to achieve a single comprehensive objective in harmony.


We will use a range of assessment methods to check your academic and practical progress throughout your study. These includes exams, essays and reports, work related to practical classes and demonstrations, log books, presentations, computer models, and posters.

Our focus in assessment is your learning, therefore we thrive to have a clear brief of assessment in all modules. We’ll support you through each semester with formative feedback on your progress and provide a fair assessment procedure.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Additional costs 

Safety footwear (steel toe and midsole) - £40
General stationary and calculator - £100

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

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We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

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