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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Students undertaking Part C in 2018)

Academic Year: 2018/19

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Final award MEng / MEng+DIS / MEng+DPS / MEng+DInts
Programme title Mechanical Engineering
Programme code WSUM03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 8 semesters, or 10 semesters if the students undertake the additional period of study normally between Parts B and C for the award of the Diploma of Industrial Studies, the Diploma of International Studies or the Diploma of Professional Studies.
UCAS code H302, H303
Admissions criteria

MEng - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/h303

MEng+DIS /DInts - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/h302

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:02:18 BST

1. Programme Aims


  • To prepare highly skilled graduates to pursue careers in Mechanical Engineering across a range of industries and activities including design, development, and analysis of complex systems
  • To provide as high-quality learning experience across a complete range of core subjects in order to give students the necessary technical skills to understand mechanical systems and solve engineering problems
  • To promote high-quality engineering practice by applying appropriate knowledge, skills, tools and techniques in the analysis, diagnosis and solution of industry-related problems.
  • To develop engineers capable of designing systems and managing the development process in order to deliver solutions that meet the requirements of customers
  • To impart an appreciation of the essential practical and commercial, ethical, business, sustainability and legal constraints of professional engineering
  • To support personal and professional development and foster creativity, develop design capability and teach the communication skills necessary to put ideas into practice

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering’, (Feb.2015) 
  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘UK-SPEC, UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence’, 3rd Edition, Jan 2014 

  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’, 3rd Edition, May 2014

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The underpinning scientific, mathematical and engineering principles associated with mechanical engineering;
  • The characteristics of engineering materials, equipment and processes and an awareness of basis mechanical workshop practices;
  • Engineering principles, quantitative methods, mathematical and computer models;
  • Relevant codes of practice and regulatory framework and operational practices for safe operation of engineering processes;
  • Recognise the professional and ethic responsibilities of engineers;
  • Principles of industrial design, engineering design and manufacturing design;
  • Management techniques and an understanding of the commercial and economical context of the engineering business.
  • Developing technologies  in areas of specialization and understanding of concepts from areas peripheral to mechanical engineering, including a thorough appreciation of microprocessors and machine control software.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply the principles of engineering science in developing solutions to practical mechanical engineering problems;
  • Create new engineering components and processes through the synthesis of ideas from a range of sources using appropriate design principles, techniques and codes of practice;
  • Integrate, evaluate and make use of information and data from a wide variety of sources including other engineering disciplines;
  • Generate innovative designs by evaluating and responding to customer needs, including fitness for purpose and cost;
  • Analyse complex mechanical systems, processes and components;
  • Investigate and define engineering problems within the framework of economic, social, ethical and environmental issues and show the ability to assess risk;
  • Investigate new and emerging technologies using fundamental knowledge and learn new theories, concepts and methods in an familiar situations.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply computer-based and mathematical methods to the modelling and analysis of engineering system, components and products;
  • Define and solve practical engineering problems;
  • Use laboratory and basis workshop equipment in an appropriate and safe manner;
  • Generate ideas for new products and develop and evaluate a range of new solutions;
  • Gather and interpret information and evaluate designs;
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage the design process and apply appropriate techniques and codes of practice to the design of components and systems;
  • Prepare mechanical engineering drawings, computer-graphics and technical reports and give technically competent oral presentations;
  • Apply relevant codes of practice and industry standards;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with technical uncertainty;
  • Demonstrate high levels of organizational and project management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of numeracy;
  • Search and retrieve information, ideas and data from a variety of sources;
  • Adopt systematic approach to the solution of unfamiliar problems;
  • Select and analyse appropriate evidence and data to solve problems;
  • Solve problems applying engineering techniques and tools;
  • Communicate effectively by means of technical reports, papers, graphical aids, interpersonal and presentational skills;
  • Design and implement basic computer based information systems;
  • Organise and manage time and resources effectively: develop work plans, take responsibility for their execution;
  • Undertake most of the technical roles within a team and exercise leadership;
  • Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning.

4. Programme structure

4.1    Part A - Introductory Modules

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
MAA310 Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering 20 1+2 C
MMA101 Statics and Dynamics 20 1+2 C
MMA508 Engineering Principles & Professional Skills 20 1+2 C
MMA604 Materials & Manufacturing Processes 20 1+2 C
MMA800 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 20 1+2 C
MMA901 Electronic Systems for Mechanical Processes 10 1 C
MMA100 Mechanics of Materials 10 2 C

4.2 Part B  - Degree Modules


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
MMB300 Engineering Computation 10 1+2 C
MMB500 Application of Engineering Design: Industry Based Project  10 1+2 C
MAB110 Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering 10 1 C
MMB100 Mechanics of Materials 2 10 1 C
MMB101 Engineering Dynamics 2 10 1 C
MMB104 Control Engineering 10 1 C
MMB800 Thermodynamics 2 10 1 C
ELB045 Electrical Power & Machines 10 2 C
MMB403 Design of Machine Elements 10 2 C
MMB404 Computer Aided Design, Manufacture and Test (CADMAT) 10 2 C
MMB801 Heat Transfer 10 2 C
MMB802 Fluid Mechanics 10 2 C


4.3    Part I – Optional Placement Year


Code Title
WSI010 DIS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)
WSI020 DPS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)
WSI035 DIntS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)

For candidates who are registered for the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) or Diploma in International Studies (DintS), Part I will be followed between Parts B or C and Parts C and D and will be in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XI and Regulation XX.



4.4 Part C - Degree Modules  

Students MUST choose 20 credits of options (O) in Semester One and 30 credits in Semester Two.

TWO modules (20 credits) must be selected from Group A or Group B (both from the same group), OR ONE module from Group A or B and ONE module from Group C.

ONE module (10 credits) must be selected from each of Group D, E and F.  Modules in Group D and E are paired with modules in Part D.


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSD550 Individual Project 50 1+2 C
WSC200 Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 10 1 C
WSC900 Computer Control & Instrumentation 10 1 C
WSC801 Advanced Heat Transfer 10 1 OA
WSC804 Energy Systems Analysis 10 1 OA
WSC910 Laser Materials Processing 10 1 OA
WSC104 Robotics and Control 10 1 OB
WSC107 Contacts Mechanics: Tribology 10 1 OB
WSC911 Industrial Machine Vision 10 1 OB
LAN*** University Wide Language 10 1 OC
WSC101 Vibration and Noise 10 2 OD (1a)
WSC105 Kinematics of Machinery 10 2 OD (1b)
WSC106 Finite Element Analysis 10 2 OE (1c)
WSC802 Computation Fluid Dynamics 10 2 OE (1d)
MPC012 Polymer Engineering - Processing & Manufacture 10 2 OE (1e)
WSC301 Computer Aided Engineering 10 2 OF
WSC803 Ballistics and Rocket Propulsion 10 2 OF
MPC014 Materials in Service 10 2 OF
MPC102 Fracture and Failure 10 2 OF
LAN*** University Wide Language 10 2 OF


All optional module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.



4.5 Part D - Degree Modules

Students must choose 40 credits of optional modules (O) in Semester One and 40 credits in Semester Two.

ONE module (10 credits) must be from Group A. TWO modules (20 credits) must be from Group B.  Modules in Group B are linked to modules in Part C.

ONE module (10 credits) must be from Group C.

Students cannot register for modules already studied in Part C.

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSD403 Engineering Design Management 10 1 C
WSD503 Project Engineering 30 1+2 C
BSD523 Enterprise Technology 10 1 OA
WSD500 Project Leadership 10 1 OA
WSD217 Teamwork and Leadership 10 2 OA
WSD100 Structural Integrity 10 1 OB (2c)
WSD102 Non-Linear Dynamics 10 1 OB (2a)
WSD105 Dynamics of Engineering 10 1 OB (2b)
WSD802 Computational Fluid Dynamics 2 10 1 OB (2d)
MPD014 Polymer Engineering 2: Properties 10 1 OB (2e)
WSC602 Sustainable Manufacturing 10 1 OC
WSC606 Additive Manufacturing for Product Development 10 1 OC
WSD552 Advanced Engineering Research 20 1+2 OC
WSD900 Mechatronics 20 1+2 OC
LAN*** University Wide Language (Level 3 and above) 10 1 OC
WSC301 Computer Aided Engineering 10 2 OD
WSC800 Internal Combustion Engines 20 2 OD
WSC803 Ballistics and Rocket Propulsion 10 2 OD
WSC610 Healthcare Engineering 10 2 OE
WSC700 Sports Engineering 10 2 OE
WSD101 Drive Train Dynamics 10 2 OE
WSD902 Laser & Optical Measurements 20 2 OE
WSD407 Sustainable Product Design 10 2 OF
WSD606 Additive Manufacturing and Reverse Engineering 10 2 OF
LAN*** University Wide Language (Level 3 and above) 10 2 OG


All optional module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.




4.7  Studies Overseas

Students may choose to study Semester 1 (only) during their Part D, at an approved Overseas Higher Education Institution.  The mix of subjects of the learning programme must first be approved by the programme director for their course.  An acceptable learning programme should, where possible, include a group project and studies at an advanced/masters level. 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for Progression and Degree Award 

Progression from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D will be subject to the provisions set out in Regulation XX and in addition candidates must accumulate 120 credits and achieve an overall average of 55% in each part. 

5.2 Criteria for candidates who do not meet the requirements for Progression or the award of a Degree.

Any candidate who fails to achieve the criteria for progression from Part A to Part B, Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D shall have the opportunity to repeat Module Assessments in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XX.  Alternatively, the candidate may elect to enter the BEng degree programme in Mechanical Engineering, before commencing Part C, provided that the candidate has satisfied the criteria for progression for that programme at the appropriate point.

In exceptional circumstances, any candidate who, having successfully completed Part C, is unable to commence or complete Part D or fails to achieve the criteria necessary for the award of the degree of MEng may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded the degree of BEng in Mechanical Engineering with a classification corresponding to the candidate’s achievements in the Part B and Part C assessments and determined on the basis of the weightings given for the BEng programme. 


6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level modules assessments in Parts B, C and D in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX. The average percentage marks will be combined in the ratio Part B - 20, Part C - 40, Part D – 40 to determine the overall average percentage mark for the programme (the programme mark).


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