Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry (BEng Hons) H304

BEng Honours

Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry


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Key Course Information

Entry Year


Course length

4 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *



Engineering and Physical Sciences



Professional Year Out





Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.


Mechanical Engineering is most often associated with large machines such as motorcycles, Formula 1 cars or aircraft, but virtually all man-made products have mechanical features that are designed and developed by mechanical engineers.

It is the broadest of the engineering professions as it is not linked to a specific industry, and its graduates have some of the most challenging, rewarding and diverse career opportunities of any discipline. These range from designing the latest road vehicles and developing new sustainable forms of materials, through to the search for alternative energy sources and the exploitation of nanotechnology.


Why Queen's?

Accreditation: these BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Placement/Study Abroad: past students have gained work placements with organisations such as Airbus UK, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines, Nacco Materials Handling Ltd, and Red Bull Technology Ltd. Students also have the opportunity to work or study outside the UK through programmes such as IAESTE, Erasmus, Study Abroad and Study USA. In recent years, students have undertaken  placements in companies in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Malaysia and the USA.

Industry Links: the School has strong links with both local and international engineering employers, and has longstanding relationships with companies such as Bombardier, Caterpillar, ExxonMobil, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, McLaren F1, Michelin and Rolls Royce.


Course Content (including module information)

Stage 1

Students are introduced to core mechanical engineering principles and mathematics, and they undertake a team-based project, designed to introduce them to the concept of professional engineering practice. This is supported through modules in engineering design, electrical engineering and a dedicated laboratory programme. BEng students who perform well during Stage 1 may be invited to transfer to the MEng degree in Stage 2.

Stage 2

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 focus more on their application to engineering than basic theory, while modules in manufacturing technology and engineering design provide hands-on practical experience of manufacturing processes and computer-aided design. Students are also introduced to the legal aspects of engineering practice in the professional studies module, and are given the skills required for future work placements and careers in the employability module.

Stage 3

Optional themes in energy, materials, manufacturing and computer-aided engineering in Stage 3, give students the opportunity to tailor courses and projects to their particular interests.

BEng students take core modules in engineering science and professional studies along with chosen theme modules, and also complete a major individual project, which puts their engineering skills into practice in solving a technological problem.

MEng students expand their engineering knowledge through a range of core modules in engineering science and professional studies along with chosen theme modules. They also undertake a major group design project, working within teams to conceive, design, build and test an engineering product, enhancing mechanical design and engineering skills and developing professional presentational and team-working skills.

Stage 4

MEng students extend their knowledge of engineering applications through further modules in their chosen themes, and in advanced core skills and professional studies. The other major focus is the individual project, where students also apply their engineering skills to an area of cutting-edge technology. These projects are closely associated with industry and with the School's current research interests.

Assessment & Feedback

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:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Face to face comment.  This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time. 
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work. 

Learning and Teaching

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:

  • Lectures:  Formal lectures are timetabled to introduce basic information and concepts about key topics and themes in Mechanical Engineering, and to provide a starting point to guide further self-directed private study.  This provides an invaluable opportunity to both engage with academic subject experts and also to gain feedback and advice.  Throughout your degree course, a number of special invited lectures will also given by practicing professional engineers from industry, to ensure that you have the opportunity to learn and discuss the industrial context of your studies.
  • Tutorials:  The majority of lectures are supported through matching tutorial sessions, providing opportunities for discussion about problems posed in accompanying lectures.  Again, tutorials provide valuable opportunities to engage with academic staff to obtain help and feedback outside of the formal lecture environment.
  • Practicals:  A key aspect of any engineering degree is the ability to be able to competently transfer engineering scientific principles into practice.  You will be provided with numerous opportunities to develop core technical skills through practical laboratories and design exercises during your degree programme, and you will become proficient in the use of a wide range of industrial standard engineering design and analysis tools. 
  • E-Learning technologies:   The Queen’s Online Virtual Learning Environment provides access to a wealth of information and supporting learning information, including additional module resources, reading lists and message boards to communicate with class members. 
  • Self-directed study:  This is an important part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
  • Work placements:  As part of our MEng sandwich programme, students may elect to take a work-placement after the successful completion of either Stage 2 or Stage 3.   An employability programme provides support on application and CV completion, interviews and what to expect on placement, while our dedicated Placement Officer provides both information on current placement opportunities, and ‘on placement’ support. This significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity is now undertaken by more than 50% of students on the MEng programme.  
  • Field trips:  Within a number of course modules opportunities are provided for students to visit local companies to demonstrate module content in a real-life work environment and to provide understanding of the role of practicing Mechanical Engineers in industry.
  • Group design projects: As part of stage 3 of your degree, you will undertake a group design project where you will work as part of a team in the development of a design and prototype for a new engineering product. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply your engineering skills within a team environment and it will allow you hone your team-working, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Individual research projects:  As part of stage 4 of your degree, you will undertake a research project in your final year in conjunction with an academic supervisor, looking in detail at a specialist topic in Mechanical Engineering.    This will provide you the opportunity to engage with the state-of-the-art in a mechanical engineering field of your own interest, while embedding core skills in project management, reporting and presentation skills.
  • Personal Tutor:  Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor from the academic staff who meets with them regularly during the year to support their academic development. 

Entry Requirements


Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements


A-level: BBB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Technology and Design or Double Award Applied Science. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit. Distinctions will be required in stipulated relevant units.

Note: applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

Higher National Diploma: those with good grades in a relevant Higher National Diploma will be considered on their individual merits for entry to Stage 2. 


A-level: AAB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry or Further Mathematics. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with 160 credits at Distinction and 20 credits at Merit. Distinctions will be required in stipulated relevant units.

Note: applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades BB.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grades H2 and H3 in any order in Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry

Note: applicants for the MEng degree will automatically be considered for admission to the BEng degree if they are not eligible for entry to the MEng degree both at initial offer making stage and when results are received.

Option to Transfer: transfers between BEng and MEng may be possible at the end of Stage 2.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

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 at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Diploma in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering or the International Foundation in Engineering and Science.

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 acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. A Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

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: 


  • Engineering professionals - £19,665-£26,890
  • Information and communication technology professionals - £19,360-£26,625
  • Teaching professionals (secondary and primary school teachers) - £19,195-£23,000 
  • Business and finance associated professionals - £15,030 - £28,175 

Employer Links:


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. 

Placement Employers 

Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:


  • Red Bull Technology Ltd
  • Airbus UK 
  • Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Nacco Materials Handling Ltd
  • Cummins Turbo Technologies 

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.

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

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