Mechanical Engineering

BEng/MEng (Hons) Single

Mechanical Engineers are the 21st century’s creators and innovators, who turn ideas into real-world solutions. As the broadest of all engineering disciplines, the skills of a mechanical engineer are in demand across the widest range of industry, including automotive, aerospace, construction, biotechnology, medicine, manufacturing and renewable energy. Modules are taught in the Department of Mechanical Engineering within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Our courses will enable you to translate science in to real-world solutions, with an applied focus on computer-aided engineering, design and sustainability.

Our three-year BEng and four-year MEng degrees will give you a balance of theoretical and practical skills that will allow you to solve real industrial problems. Our courses will give you the creative thinking to design a new product or system, the analytical tools to achieve your design goals, the ability to solve problems, and the teamwork needed to launch an exciting and rewarding career.

Course Structure

Course design

Why study Mechanical Engineering at Thornton Science Park?

  • Our brand-new purpose-built laboratories have been constructed to give you the best student experience. 
  • Industry relevant teaching and learning, based around laboratory and research projects, will give you the best preparation to become a professional engineer.
  • We have a friendly and informal atmosphere and we keep our class sizes small. This means you will really get to know your tutors and you can call in at any time for help and advice. 
  • Our staff are leaders in their field, giving you the best possible value for your course.
  • Our local links with industry and commerce – some of which are on site – will provide you with the opportunities you need to gain practical work experience.

What do our current students say?

Research and Employability

Dean Rooney - "There is close connection with industry which will help with work experience and employability"

Cieran Atkinson - "The Thornton Science Park library is specialised for STEM which enables access to excellent resources for out of lecture study"

Practical and Experimental Teaching Facilities

Benjamin Mcilhagga - "The facilities and laboratory equipment at the Thornton Science Park are brand new and are excellent for supporting our teaching and learning"

Support and Pastoral Care

Matthew Lockwood - "There is a friendly and inclusive atmosphere within the Faculty of Science and Engineering which helps support the transition from A-Level"

Teaching and Learning Environment

Daniel Clarkson - "Studying at the Thornton Science Park helps to separate your learning and social environments"

Key Features of this programme include:

  • Our engineering courses are flexible, which means that you will follow a core timetable during your first and second year before choosing your specialisation in your third year. You can also change between the three-year BEng and the four-year MEng right up until end of your second year. 
  • As you progress, you will have the freedom to follow your interests though choosing investigative project work and specialist modules.
  • You can improve your employability skills through optional work placements. You can also choose to spend between three and 12 months working in industry to gain valuable work experience.

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

course design

Programme Structure:

Our Engineering courses share common modules during Years 1 and 2, and the modules that you will choose in Years 3 and 4 will define which degrees you will specialise in. 

Year 1 (Level 4)

In Year 1, you will study the following modules:

  • Professional Skills for Scientists and Engineers  
  • Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
  • Principles of Electronic and Electrical Engineering   
  • Materials Science and Engineering   
  • Manufacturing Technology   
  • Mechanics of Solids   
  • Dynamics of Mechanical Systems   
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics   
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 2 will build on the knowledge you gained in Year 1 and focus on topics at a greater depth including:

  • Mathematics and Modelling  
  • Mechanical Engineering Integrative Design Project*
  • Mechanical Engineering Industry Based Project*
  • Power Systems 
  • Electrical Machines  
  • Engineering Control 
  • Advanced Statics and Mechanics   
  • Advanced Dynamics   
  • Advanced Thermodynamics   
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes

Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to undertake a year’s work placement or else carry straight on with your course, where emphasis will be placed on areas that include:

  • Business Skills and Professional Ethics
  • Project Management  
  • Finite Element Analysis 
  • Energy Systems* 
  • Control Systems Engineering* 
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Systems
  • Materials Science and Engineering* 
  • Mechanical Engineering Individual Project 
  • Experiments and Modelling for Mechanical Engineers

Students following the four-year MEng programme will complete a major, industry-based team project alongside specialist modules such as:

  • Agile and Lean Manufacturing for Comtemporary Enterprises  
  • Applied Finite Element Analysis  
  • Energy & Environment* 
  • Intelligent Systems, Sensors and Control* 
  • Laser Materials Processing   
  • Composite Science and Technology* 
  • Mechanical Engineering Individual Project  
  • Mechanical Engineering Group Project 

* Optional modules.

Assessment will be by examination and through coursework. This will include lab work assignments, presentations, reports, essays and projects.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and specialist laboratory work at our Thornton Science Park, which is a specifically designed venue for University of Chester undergraduate and postgraduate engineers and industrial and commercial business partners.

For such a broad discipline, the range of careers open to a mechanical engineer is equally wide. Our courses in Mechanical Engineering are career-oriented, and will give you the technical skills that you need for a broad choice of engineering careers, plus the transferable skills for professional jobs in associated areas of IT, finance, management and teaching.

Our courses will provide you with the opportunity to supplement your academic learning with practical hands-on work experience so that your CV can really stand out from the crowd. 

There is also an opportunity to study at postgraduate level at Chester.

UCAS points: BEng/MEng: 280/300 UCAS points from GCE A Level or equivalent (such as BTEC/OCR Diploma). Typical offer: BCC/BBB
GCE A Level: The Department requires the following subjects: Maths and Physics or Chemistry
BTEC: BTEC Mechanical Engineering. Typical offer: DMM (BEng) / DDM (MEng)
Irish/Scottish: Grades BBBB in 4 subjects, including Maths and one other physical science subject
International Baccalaureate: 28 points, including 5 in HL Maths and either HL Physics or HL Chemistry; 30 points for the MEng route
QAA:  Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry), to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and General Studies A Level will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Although not part of the entry requirements, we would recommend that students take mechanics modules as part of their course.

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Thornton Science Park

Engineers have the minds and imaginations to design and develop the technology systems that underpin our everyday lives."

University of ChesterThornton Science Park

Michaela Donnelly

The campus style of the university appealed to me and everybody was so friendly I decided to make it my first choice.”

Undergraduate StudentMichaela Donnelly