MEng Honours Mechanical Engineering (4 years) (H303)
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Option to Transfer
Transfers between BEng and MEng may be possible at the end of Stage 1.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including:
International Foundation in Engineering and Science
Mechanical Engineering is often associated with machines that move; from motorcycles and Formula 1 cars to aircraft and ships, however, virtually all man-made products have mechanical features that are designed and developed by mechanical engineers. Hence companies that make such diverse products as mobile phones, shoes, musical instruments and tennis rackets employ mechanical engineers. In all cases, they are employed to apply the scientific knowledge, design expertise and problem-solving skills they have acquired at university.
Queen's School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has an international reputation for its contributions to the development of engineering education. For example, it is currently playing a leading role in the Conception and Design to Implementation and Operation (CDIO) initiative to enhance engineering education, involving universities from around the world.Back to top
All students undertake a team-based project-based module in Stage 1, which is designed to introduce the class to the concept of professional engineering practice. This activity is supported by a range of basic mathematics and engineering science subjects, while engineering practice is developed through modules in engineering design and electrical engineering.
Stage 2 builds on the knowledge already gained with a series of more advanced engineering science subjects including Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Strength of Materials. Mathematics and Computing focuses more on their application to engineering than the basic theory, while further modules cover areas such as electronics, manufacturing and engineering design. Students also encounter the professional aspects of engineering for the first time in a Professional Studies module, which covers areas such as management, accounting, economics and law.
Having covered all the fundamental subject matter in previous years, students begin to focus on their chosen degree subject in Stage 3. BEng students will undertake a range of core modules in engineering science and professional studies. They will also select from a range of optional modules that cover advanced engineering science, business, and engineering design. The MEng students undertake a selection of compulsory modules in engineering science, manufacture and design. All students undertake a major individual project in Stage 3.
The main focus of Stage 4 is the team project and associated professional studies module. Students, working within teams, will conceive, design, build and test a product, while also developing a business plan for the establishment of a hypothetical company to market and sell the product. In addition to the project, students will select from a range of optional modules in advanced engineering topics.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable a student to achieve their full academic potential. As a student studying for a MEng in Mechanical Engineering, you are provided with a broad range of learning experiences to enable you to develop as an individual, to engage with subject experts from both academia and industry, and to develop an enquiring mind to enhance your development as an independent, lifelong learner. Access to industry standard engineering tools, a world class library facility and courses taught by subject experts provides a breadth of opportunity to develop your interests in mechanical engineering, which is supported by formal lectures, tutorials and practical experience. There are a wide range of learning opportunities, including:
Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
A degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions alike. Our graduates are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and the versatility of Mechanical Engineering graduates makes them well suited for a wide range of future careers, both within engineering and in the wider graduate sector.
Although the vast majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Mechanical Engineering where the average graduate starting salary is £23,993, a significant number develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Queen’s University Belfast has strong links with both local and international engineering employers, and has longstanding relationships with companies such as ExxonMobil, McLaren F1, Lotus, Jaguar Land Rover, Bombardier, Rolls Royce, Caterpillar FG Wilson, Michelin and Ford.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
The Prospects websiteprovides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract Engineering Graduates
Further study is also an option open to Mechanical Engineering graduates. Students can choose from a range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, as show within the School of Mechanical & AerospaceEngineering website.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Accreditation: both the BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The BEng degree fulfils the educational requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially fulfils the educational requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The MEng degree fulfils the educational requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Progression: BEng students who perform well during Stage 1 may be invited to transfer to the MEng degree in Stage 2. The BEng in Mechanical Engineering and the BEng in Manufacturing Engineering are common in Stages 1 and 2 and it is possible to transfer from one to the other at any time up to the end of Stage 2.
Placement/Study Abroad: students opting for a sandwich degree spend one year on an industrial placement, normally between Stages 2 and 3. Students may spend a summer vacation working abroad through the School's participation in the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Programme. They may also take their final year at another European university.Back to top