FD | Undergraduate

Mechanical Engineering

Entry year
2019
Entry requirements
CC
Duration
2 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
H302
  • Overview

    The majority of man-made products are mechanical or have mechanical parts, and mechanical engineers are to be found working in virtually every type of industry, on products as diverse as racing cars, jet engines, cruise ships, farm machinery, sports equipment and domestic appliances. Mechanical engineers therefore have very wide career opportunities and are employed because of their scientific knowledge, design expertise, problem-solving skills and business awareness.

    The Foundation degree (FdEng) in Mechanical Engineering is a two-year degree offered by Belfast Metropolitan College in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast.

    On completion of the Foundation degree, successful students can then choose to enrol at Stage 2 of a BEng Honours degree in either Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Product Design Engineering, and graduate after a further two years of study. Alternatively, they can progress directly into full-time employment in the design or mechanical/manufacturing industry.

    Mechanical Engineering Degree highlights

    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. The curriculum is heavily informed by industry representatives who sit on an advisory board within the School.

    World Class Facilities

    • The School has a wide range of experimental facilities to support aerodynamics, structures, materials and manufacturing teaching. It also operates a flight simulator and runs an annual flight laboratory course.

    EU Referendum

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    This Foundation degree, which takes two years to complete, starts with a comprehensive introduction to the discipline and a grounding in the mathematical skills needed by graduate engineers.

    Scientific topics on which modern engineering are based are also covered, and there is an emphasis on both engineering practice and its real-world application. Design plays a prominent part in the degree, and students are taught how to interpret technical drawings and how to use professional CAD facilities.

    A significant part of the curriculum is delivered through active learning, where students work on assignments and projects, both individually and in teams, and this is supported by the College's excellent workshops and laboratories.

    In addition, students will undertake a period of relevant industrial work placement which will assist in developing a sound understanding of the practical applications of some of the theoretical content. This forms a significant portion of the assessment and will be completed in the first semester of Year 2.

    People teaching you

    Dr Charles McCartan
    Senior Lecturer (Education)

    Mech and Aero Engineering

    Learning and Teaching

    Through the Foundation Degrees 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 student to achieve their full academic potential. On the Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

    • Lectures
      Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments.
    • Practicals
      Where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts.
    • Self-Directed Study
      This is an important part of life as a higher education student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
    • Tutorials
      Most lectures are supported by tutorial classes, in which students work in groups. These provide significant opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess your own progress and understanding with the support of peers.
    • Work Placements
      Students undertake a work-placement during year 2. This is a significant learning and employability enhancement opportunity.

    Assessment

    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.

    Feedback

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

    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.

    Facilities

    While Belfast Metropolitan College is responsible for delivering the degree, Foundation students are enrolled as students in both the College and the University and have all the main entitlements and access to the University's facilities as other undergraduate students at Queen's.

    The school also offers a range of state-of-the-art facilities to support student activity and project based learning:

    Design Studio
    Computer Based Learning
    Flexible Project Environments
    Teaching Laboratories

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    CC including Mathematics and at least one of Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics or Technology & Design.
    BTEC Extended diploma
    A relevant discipline, with a Merit or above in at least half of the units taken (relevant units will be specified) and Passes in the remaining units, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematis at grade C or above.
    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.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

    Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

    Applicants for the Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement; in addition, all applicants should have GCSE Mathematics grade C or above. Applicants not offering Physics at A-level require GCSE Physics at grade C /Double Award Science at grades CC or above. Selectors will also check that any specific subject and grade requirements in terms of A-level can be fulfilled (see Entry Requirements).

    Offers are normally made on the basis of 2 A-levels. Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 2 A-levels and the same as for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

    A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a two A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 3 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

    Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma (Level 3)/BTEC National Extended Diploma (Level 3) in a relevant subject, will also be considered.

    The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma and must include both GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE Physics grade C/Double Award Science at grade CC or better. A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering (180 credits) is required for entry to this degree and must include Level 3 Mathematics for Technicians and Level 3 Further Mathematics for Technicians. Where offers are made, these are currently conditional on successful completion of the Extended Diploma with a Merit or above in at least half of the units taken (90 credits) and Passes in the remaining units (90 credits), with Merits required in four specified units, including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

    Entry requirements for the new BTEC Nationals at Level 3 are currently under consideration and further information will be published as soon as possible.

    Applicants offering Higher National Certificates/Diplomas in a relevant subject plus GCSE Mathematics grade C or above, a combination of Scottish Advanced Highers and Scottish Highers, the International Baccalaureate or Irish Leaving Certificate, will also be considered.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

    If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held on a Saturday in late February or early- mid March. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice; the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

    If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service here, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

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    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    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: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: 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.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    Students who seek employment after graduating with Foundation Degrees will have acquired practical and theoretical knowledge and a wide range of skills. Students will also have had the benefit of working in various roles within a company, and undertaking a major industrially-relevant project. As a result, graduates will be in an excellent position to pursue careers in many of the areas where Mechanical Engineers are employed.

    Employment after the Course
    Further study by articulation to Year 2 of the BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen's will broaden students' options in terms of employment and create the opportunity to gain postgraduate qualifications.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) TBC
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) TBC
    Other (non-UK) EU TBC
    International TBC

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

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    Mechanical Engineering costs

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen’s library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. 
    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    How do I fund my study?

    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.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

    Scholarships

    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

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    How and when to Apply

    How to Apply
    Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2019 from 1 September 2018.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2019 (18:00).

    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.

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

    The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

    Apply via UCAS

    After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. Applying through UCAS
      Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2019.
    2. Applying direct
      The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
    3. Applying through agents and partners
      The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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