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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Students undertaking Part C in 2020)

Academic Year: 2020/21

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 BEng /BEng DIS/BEng DPS /BEng DInts
Programme title Mechanical Engineering
Programme code WSUB03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 6 semesters, or 8 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 H300, H301
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:45:30 BST

1. Programme Aims

This fully accredited degree programme delivers the technical and business skills that are required for a successful career as a professional mechanical engineer. The curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of industry; providing a strong academic foundation while inspiring students to be creative and communicate their ideas clearly by way of industrially based design projects. On completion of the programme, students will have acquired a broad base of engineering knowledge and experience.  They will be self-reliant and able to contribute productively in team situations. The programme provides the flexibility for students to choose a wide variety of career paths and specialisms in their final year.


  • A1.  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;
  • A2.  To provide a 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;
  • A3.  To promote high quality engineering practice by applying appropriate knowledge, skills, tools and techniques in the analysis, diagnosis and solution of industry-related problems;
  • A4.  To develop engineers capable of designing systems and managing the development process in order to deliver solutions that meet the requirements of customers;
  • A5.  To impart an appreciation of the essential practical and commercial, ethical, business, sustainability and legal constraints of professional engineering;
  • A6.  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’, (Oct.2019) 
  • 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:

  • K1.   The underpinning scientific mathematical and engineering principles associated  with mechanical engineering;
  • K2.   The characteristics of engineering material, equipment and processes and an awareness of basic mechanical workshop practices;
  • K3.   Engineering principles, quantitative methods, mathematical and computer models;
  • K4.   Relevant codes of Practice and regulatory framework and operational practices for sale, operation of engineering processes;
  • K5.   Recognise the professional and ethical responsibilities of engineers;
  • K6.   Principles of industrial design, engineering design and manufacturing design;
  • K7.   Management techniques and an understanding of the commercial and economic context of the engineering business;

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • C1.   Use the principles of engineering science in developing solutions to practical mechanical engineering problems;
  • C2.   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;
  • C3.   Integrate, evaluate and make use of information from a wide variety of sources including other engineering disciplines;
  • C4.   Investigate and define engineering problems within the framework of economic, social, ethical and environmental issues and show the ability to assess risk;
  • C5.   Evaluate and respond to customer needs, including fitness for purpose and cost.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • P1.   Apply computer-based and mathematical methods to the modelling and analysis of engineering systems, components and products;
  • P2.   Define and solve practical engineering problems;
  • P3.   Use laboratory and basic workshop equipment in an appropriate and safe manner;
  • P4.   Demonstrate the ability to manage the design process;
  • P5.   Prepare mechanical engineering drawings, computer graphics and technical reports and give technically competent oral presentations;
  • P6.   Apply relevant codes of practice and industry standards;
  • P7.   Demonstrate the ability to work with technical uncertainty;
  • P8.   Demonstrate basic organisational and project management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • T1.   Demonstrate a high level of numeracy;
  • T2.   Search and retrieve information, ideas and data from a variety of sources;
  • T3.   Select and analyse appropriate engineering techniques and tools;
  • T4.   Communicate effectively by means of technical reports, papers, graphical aids, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • T5.   Design and implement basic computer based information systems;
  • T6.   Develop work plans, take responsibility for its execution, organise and manage time and resources effectively;
  • T7.   Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD.

4. Programme structure

4.1    Part A - Introductory Modules

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (100 credits)

Code Title Weight
MAA310 Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering (Sem 1:10 Credits; Sem 2: 10 Credits) 20
WSA101 Statics and Dynamics (Sem 1:10 Credits; Sem 2: 10 Credits) 20
WSA508 Engineering Principles and Professional Skills (Sem 1:10 Credits; Sem 2: 10 Credits) 20
WSA604 Materials and Manufacturing Processes (Sem 1:10 Credits; Sem 2: 10 Credits) 20
WSA800 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (Sem 1:10 Credits; Sem 2: 10 Credits) 20

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (10 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSA901 Electronic Systems for Mechanical Processes 10

 Semester 2

Compulsory Modules (10 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSA100 Mechanics of Materials 10

4.2 Part B  - Degree

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (20 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB300 Engineering Computation (Sem 1:5 Credits; Sem 2: 5 Credits) 10
WSB500 Application of Engineering Design: Industry Based Project (Sem 1: 5 Credits; Sem 2: 5 Credits) 10

 Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (40 credits)

Code Title Weight
MAB110 Mathematics for Mechanical Engineering 3 10
WSB100 Mechanics of Materials 2 10
WSB104 Control Engineering 10
WSB800 Thermodynamics 2 10

Semester 2 

Compulsory Modules (50 Credits)

Code Title Credits
WSB045 Electrical Power and Machines 10
WSB403 Design of Machine Elements 10
WSB404 Computer Aided Design, Manufacture and Test (CADMAT) 10
WSB801 Heat Transfer 10
WSB802 Fluid Mechanics 2 10


4.3    Part I – Optional Placement Year

Code Title
WSI010 Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) (non-credit bearing)
WSI020 Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) (non-credit bearing)
WSI035 Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) (non-credit bearing)


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


4.4 Part C - Degree Modules  

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (40 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC500 Individual Project (Sem 1: 20 Credits; Sem 2: 20 Credits) 40

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (30 credits)

Code Title Credits
WSC200 Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 10
WSC504 Applied Engineering Design and Analysis 10

Optional Modules
Students MUST choose 20 credits of options in Semester One and 40 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.

THREE or FOUR modules (total 40 credits) must be selected from Group D, E, F or G.  No more than ONE module must be selected from each group. 

Semester 1

Optional modules (20 credits)


Group A 

Code Title Credits
WSC801 Advanced Heat Transfer 10
WSC804 Energy System Analysis 10
WSC910 Laser Materials Processing 10

Group B

Code Title Credits
WSC104 Robotics and Control 10
WSC107 Contacts Mechanics: Tribology 10

Group C

Code Title Credits
WSC602 Sustainable Engineering 10
WSC606 Additive Manufacturing for Product Development 10

Semester 2 

Optional modules (40 credits)

Group D

Code Title Credits
WSC106 Finite Element Analysis 10
WSC802 Computation Fluid Dynamics 1 10

Group E

Code Title Credits
WSC101 Vibration and Noise 10
WSC105 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery 10

Group F

Code Title Credits
WSC031 Computer Aided Engineering 10
WSC800 Internal Combustion Engines 20
WSC803 Ballistics and Rocket Propulsion 10
MPC102 Fracture and Failure 10

Group G

Code Title Credits
MPC012 Polymer Engineering - Processing and Manufacture 10
MPC014 Materials in Service 10
WSC911 Industrial Machine Vision 10

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





5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to Part C and be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

To meet PSRB requirements students must achieve a minimum of 100 credits in each part with the remaining modules achieving a mark no lower than 10 percentage points below the usual pass mark.


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 Module Assessments in Parts B and Part C in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The average percentage marks for each part will be combined in the ratio Part B - 40 : Part C - 60 to determine the degree classification.

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