Everything that moves
Mechanical engineers work in almost every sector you can think of – energy, transport, aviation, robotics, pharmaceuticals and the motor or marine industries. Wherever you want to go, a degree in mechanical engineering can help to get you there. Our course is practical, with substantial laboratory and workshop activities. And your individual final-year project will be a 'design-make-test' project that simulates the tasks and challenges mechanical engineers face.
Why study Mechanical Engineering at LSBU?
- No. 1 London modern university overall for Mechanical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2018).
- Professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
- Make use of our stand-out facilities, like our virtual engineering lab and 3D printing.
- European study: spend your third year studying with our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, in Germany.
- Work experience: complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
Key course information - ordered by mode
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As a BEng degree programme, this course develops a deep understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories, and principles of mechanical engineering and its underpinning science and mathematics.
We’re hands-on, practical and applied. That’s why you can expect ‘design-make-test’ projects to feature throughout your degree, not just at the end!
Prepared for modern engineering practice
In reality, most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules help you understand the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice – and guest lecturers from world-renowned companies, such as Rolls-Royce, have lectured on them.
Methods of assessment for course overall: 42% coursework.
- Engineering mathematics and modeling
- Introduction to mechanical engineering
- Thermofluids and Dynamics
- Introduction to Electrical Engineering
- Design and Practice
- Engineering Computing
- Advanced engineering mathematics and modeling
- Engineering design
- Solid mechanics and FEA
- Dynamics and control
- Thermofluids and sustainable energy
- Machine drives and mechatronics
- Optional placement year
- Manufacturing systems and materials technologies
- Dynamics and systems modeling
- Innovation and enterprise
- Thermofluids and turbomachinery
- Individual project
As an engineer, you can be a problem-solver, a technical specialist, a manager, the types of projects you’ll work on are interesting and varied and there’ll always be something new to motivate and inspire you.
With such a varied list of career prospects, you can be sure that life as a mechanical engineer will never be dull. The kinds of projects involved will depend on the sector you choose to work in. You could find yourself designing a mechanical heart to prolong human life or be asked to improve the production process on an oil refinery. It really is that diverse.
This course is the first step to becoming a Chartered Engineer.
Our graduates work with world-class companies including Rolls-Royce, KBR, and EDF, in roles within research and development, design, manufacture, testing and installation.
We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
Your lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award.
We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem-solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.
Applied knowledge is what counts
The amount of project-based learning that you'll do on an engineering degree varies from university to university. At LSBU we offer 'design-make-test' projects throughout the degree course rather than concentrating them all on your final year. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solving real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career.
This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis. Engineers look for practical ways of making things better, more efficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient, quicker, more integrated and more effective. Our engineering courses will teach you first-hand how to develop these crucial skills and traits.
As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.
- A Level BBB or
- BTEC National Diploma DDM or
- Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 9 Merits in Physics or
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
- Level 3 qualifications must include Maths or Physical Science
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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Last updated September 8, 2018