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MEng | Undergraduate

Product Design Engineering - Sandwich

Entry year
2020
Entry requirements
AAA
Duration
5 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
H155
Placement Year
Yes
Applications for 2019 entry are still open. View courses
  • Overview

    The main objective of this engineering degree is to produce graduates with a broad and balanced set of skills and attributes required for the design and manufacture of innovative technical products. It is a variant of the Mechanical Engineering degree, which after first year, focuses on design process methodology, materials, manufacturing and analysis.

    The integrated curriculum connects content from different modules through team-based and individual projects which act as a core activity each year.

    Product Design Engineering - Sandwich Degree highlights

    We put emphasis on hands on, project based learning, and invest heavily in our state-of-the-art facilities and flexible project spaces to support this activity.

    Professional Accreditations

    • Both the BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

    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.

    Career Development

    • Students have the opportunity to gain a place on the Engineering Leadership Programme and a range of Employability Development Workshops.
      http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofMechanicalandAerospaceEngineering/Study/CareerSupport/EngineeringLeadershipProgramme/
    • The School actively encourages one-year work placements, offering preparation through its employability programme and support through its dedicated placement officer. You can spend up to 12 months getting hands on experience of a real engineering environment with a relevant company. Students have gained work placements with organisations such as Glen Dimplex, Dyson, Lotus, Survitec, Rockwell Collins, Terex, Leckey Design, Seven Technologies, Whale, JLR, Randox, Andor, Kingspan Environmental, Nacco, Intel and Accenture. 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.

    World Class Facilities

    • The School has a wide range of experimental facilities to support structures, materials and manufacturing teaching.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • The School has an international reputation for its contributions to the development of engineering education by playing a leading role in the CDIO initiative
      www.cdio.org

    Student Experience

    • Teaching is carried out in the context of conceiving, designing, implementing and operating products or systems; hence better preparing graduates for professional practice.
    • BEng students who demonstrate a high level of performance may be invited to transfer to the equivalent MEng degree at the end of Stage 2.

    Brexit Advice

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Stage 1Students are introduced to core product design engineering principles and mathematics, and they undertake 3 small team-based projects, designed to introduce them to the concept of professional engineering practice and to develop personal and interpersonal skills. This is supported through disciplinary modules in engineering design, mechanics of materials, electrical and dynamic systems, and a dedicated laboratory programme.

    Stage 1 (compulsory) modules are as follows:
    Introduction to Product Design
    Laboratory Programme 1
    Mathematics 1
    Mechanics of Materials 1
    Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
    Dynamic Systems 1
    Engineering Design 1
    Stage 2Stage 2 builds on the knowledge already gained with a series of more advanced engineering science subjects including dynamics, and mechanics of materials. Mathematics and computing focus more on their application to engineering than basic theory, while modules in manufacturing technology and design provide hands-on practical experience of manufacturing processes and computer-aided design (CAD). 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.

    Small group projects form a significant part of Stage 2, and they focus on the production and testing of prototypes, along with an understanding of the influence of manufacturing processes on design. The supporting disciplinary modules enable the application of relevant technical knowledge, professional skills and attributes.

    Stage 2 (compulsory) modules are as follows:
    Professional Studies 2
    Mechanics of Materials 2
    Dynamics 2
    Design and Manufacturing 2
    Design and Prototyping Projects 2
    Maths and Computing 2
    Manufacturing Technology 2
    Stage 2 Optional CourseEmployability 2
    Stage 3Placement Year
    Stage 4In Stage 3 MEng students undertake a major group project. Additional industry-focussed project activities are supported by a number of external collaborators. Engineering science subjects focus on materials and manufacturing.

    Stage 3 (compulsory) modules are as follows:
    Design Project 3M
    Professional Studies 3
    Product Design & Development Studies 3
    Computer-Aided Engineering 3
    Plastics Engineering 3
    Manufacturing 3
    Stage 5In Stage 4, students carry out an individual project. Advanced modules focus on engineering design, analysis and materials

    Stage 4 (compulsory) modules are as follows:

    Professional Studies 4
    Computer-Aided Engineering 4
    Advanced Materials 4
    Manufacturing Automation & Simulation 4
    Project 4

    People teaching you

    J Paul Hermon
    Senior Lecturer (Education), Director of Education

    Mech and Aerospace Engineering
    A graduate Mechanical Engineer (MEng, QUB 1987), Paul worked as a process development engineer in the electronics manufacturing industry for both Lucas Industries (Antrim) and Digital Equipment (Galway). Returning to Queen's in the 90s, initially as a designer of bespoke machines for automated assembly and then as an engineering and product design consultant working across a broad range of industry sectors while based in the Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC). He has been a member of academic staff in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since 2005 and is Programme Director for the Product Design Engineering (PDE) degree. The objective of this degree is to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities that will enable them to act as catalysts of change in companies. Co-Chair of the UK & Ireland region of the CDIO Initiative; an international collaboration of over 100 leading universities spread across 5 continents which aims to reform engineering education by teaching in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating a product, process or system. (http://www.cdio.org ) Co-Author of “Engineering Innovative Products: A Practical Experience” which looks at the teaching of essential skills required to enable engineering students to establish technology based companies. (http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118757734.html)

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching10 (hours maximum)
    hours of lectures
    Medium Group Teaching7 (hours maximum)
    hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
    Personal Study24 (hours maximum)
    22-24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial1 (hours maximum)
    hours of tutorial(s) (or later, project supervision) each week

    Learning and Teaching

    The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering plays a leading role in an international initiative to reform engineering education which involves well over 100 universities worldwide. Initial support for participation in this initiative was secured through funding to set up a Centre of Excellence in Active and Interactive Learning at Queen's. As a result, our degree programmes have many innovative features that enhance student learning.

    Through the programme, there is an emphasis placed on the development of a balanced set of personal, interpersonal and professional skills.

    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 student to achieve their full academic potential. Students studying for the MEng in Product Design Engineering are provided with a broad range of learning experiences to enable them to develop as individuals, to engage with subject experts from both academia and industry, and to develop an enquiring mind to enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners. Access to industry standard engineering tools, a world class library facility and courses taught by industrial experts provides a breadth of opportunity to develop students’ interests in the product design and development sector, supported by formal lectures and tutorials. There are a wide range of learning opportunities, including:

    • 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.
    • Individual research projects
      As part of the degree, students will undertake a research project in their final year in conjunction with an academic supervisor, looking in detail at a relevant engineering topic. This will provide students the opportunity to engage with the engineering design and development process, while embedding core skills in project management, reporting and presentation skills.
    • Lectures
      Formal lectures are timetabled to introduce basic information and concepts about key topics and themes in Product Design 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. Through the degree course, a number of lectures are also given by industrial subject matter experts, to ensure that students have the opportunity to discuss the industrial applications.
    • Personal Tutor
      Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them during the year to support their academic development.
    • Practicals
      A key aspect of any engineering degree is the ability to be able to competently transfer engineering scientific principles into practice. Students will be provided with numerous opportunities to develop core technical skills through practical laboratories, design exercises and projects throughout their degree programme, and will become confident in the use of a wide range of industrial standard engineering design and analysis tools.
    • Self-directed study
      This is an essential 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.
    • Tutorials
      The majority of lectures are supported through 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.
    • Work placements
      As part of our sandwich programme, students may elect to take a work-placement after Stage 2 or 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.

    Assessment

    Details of assessment associated with this course are outlined below:

    • The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Just under 50% of modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Most modules are assessed solely through assignments or project work. 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

    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.

    Facilities

    The school 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

    Workshops

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    AAA including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics or Technology and Design.
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H2H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grades H2 in Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry
    Access/Foundation Course
    Not considered. Applicants should apply for the BEng Product Design Engineering degree.
    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.
    Further information
    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.

    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 MEng Honours in Product Design Engineering must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement; it should be noted that a strong performance at GCSE is essential. For last year's entry, applicants for this MEng programme must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of 6 GCSE passes at grade B or better (to include Mathematics and Physics/Double Award Science). 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 3 A-levels. Applicants repeating A-levels require BBC at the first attempt and offers will be made in terms of A-level grades AA (Mathematics plus a relevant Science) plus grade B. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS are also considered. Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview.

    A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

    Applicants offering a relevant BTEC Extended Diplomas 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 B and GCSE Physics grade B/Double Award Science at grade BB or better. A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering (180 credits at Level 3) 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 160 credits at Distinction and 20 credits at Merit, with Distinctions required in four specified units, including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

    Applicants offering Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas are not normally considered for MEng entry but, if eligible, will be made a change course offer for the corresponding BEng programme. Subject to satisfactory academic performance during the second year of the BEng course, it may be possible for students to transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Stage 2 depending on performance.

    Applicants offering other qualifications, such as a combination of Scottish Advanced Highers and Scottish Highers, the International Baccalaureate or Irish Leaving Certificate (minimum of 6 Highers), 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 will 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: http://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.

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  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    Graduates have been successful in gaining high-quality jobs in the discipline of product design engineering. The majority are working in manufacturing companies or design consultancies in the UK and Ireland. Their broad skill sets and experience have enabled them to fit in equally well in both small, dynamic companies and larger organisations.

    Graduates have secured jobs in a variety of sectors including automotive, domestic appliances, design consultancy, electronics, packaging, materials handling, polymers, renewables, aerospace and medical devices.

    Companies employing recent graduates include Glen Dimplex, Dyson, Lotus, Survitec, Rockwell Collins, Terex, Leckey Design, Seven Technologies, Whale, JLR, Randox, Andor, Kingspan Environmental, Nacco, Intel and Accenture.

    Whilst the vast majority of graduates are employed in product design or design engineering, some others have developed careers in other sectors such as management and education.

    Alumni Success
    Many of the School's graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:

    Michael McKay: Flight Operations Director for ESA Mars and Lunar Missions, European Space Agency

    Michael Ryan: Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast

    Bob Bell: Technical Director of Mercedes GP.

    Air Commodore David Case: Royal Air Force.

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    Prizes and Awards

    The School receives valued support from the business community and private sponsors enabling us to offer a substantial range of scholarships, prizes and awards. Full details can be found on the University Scholarships and Awards Handbook online.

    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) £4,275
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU * £4,275
    International £20,100

    Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.

    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.

    * The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit

    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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    Product Design Engineering - Sandwich costs

    Year 2 students incur travel costs to Belfast Metropolitan College to attend a compulsory module lasting 12 weeks at an approximate cost of £50.

    Students undertake a placement in year 3 or year 4 are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider during their placement year.

    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/students.

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (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 name 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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