The Mechanical Engineering course provides a comprehensive engineering education covering design, engineering mathematics and its application, the core concepts of mechanics, thermodynamics, structural dynamics, materials and the behaviour of fluids. As you progress through the course, you will also cover the principles of control systems, advanced materials and manufacturing processes including Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)/ 3D-printing of plastics and metals. You will use computer aided modelling, design and analysis software to validate product designs. Analysing the performance of materials and structures under in-service conditions through the use of finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics is one highlight of the course. Accordingly, you will have the ability to use industry level FEA packages to analyse the performance of various engineering components.
All of our degrees have a common first year, allowing you to experience a range of subjects before deciding on the course you wish to follow. You will study Mathematics, and the underlying concepts of Electrical, Mechanical, Materials, and Production Engineering. You will undertake laboratory work; and utilise your new production knowledge to build and test a design. In the second year, you will extend your knowledge of engineering technologies and management, create design specifications, and become proficient in the use of a 3D CAD package. You will also learn the role and responsibilities of a professional engineer. Following the second academic year, you are encouraged to undertake a placement year in industry, thereby improving your employment prospects and forming part of your record of professional development as an incorporated or chartered engineer. In your final year, you will complete an individual project, further develop your integrative approach to designing electro-mechanical systems, develop global management skills, and learn how to convert an idea into a commercial venture.
Responding to the regional and national shortage of graduate qualified engineers, the University of Wolverhampton is currently investing over £10m in new Engineering facilities at its Telford Innovation Campus and City Campus in Wolverhampton. New engineering courses on offer from 2015 share a design that incorporates significant elements of problem and activity-based learning and live industrial project-work. The courses have embedded themes of creativity, employability, professional engineering, and sustainability and the environment. All of our courses are designed to meet the latest standards for accreditation as defined by the Engineering Council. As a student on this engineering course, will have access to new specialist equipment and technology that is at the forefront of engineering developments. This includes a design and visualisation facility modeled on best-practice in industry, wind tunnels (including a Formula 1 specification rolling road wind tunnel), engine test facilities, a composites laboratory, 3-d printing facilities, an electronics and telecommunications laboratory, a metrology laboratory and a materials testing laboratory. Our aim is for our graduates to be ready for employment. We provide additional opportunities for students to gain employability skills, with employability workshops and awards as part of the course. In addition and to further develop employability skills, we offer ¿Club Activities¿. These currently include the IMechE Formula Student Activity, the Human Powered Flight Club, the Flight Simulator Club and the Formula Renault 2l Racing Team Club. These are great fun, and the only conditions to entry are that you need to engage and demonstrate commitment.
“I have worked in the Aerospace industry as a Structural Designer for the last 20 years. As an apprentice I attained an HNC in Metals Technology.
When I decided to move back into Higher Education it was not without some trepidation. I found the lecturers to be extremely helpful and their technical knowledge was extremely sound.
My interaction with the lecturers outside of the classroom has been very positive and has helped me to maintain my motivation.
I feel that every single module I have studied has enhanced my level of knowledge as an Engineer and will enhance my employability in the future.
The facilities provided by the University are fantastic and I have never found them lacking.
I feel very proud and privileged to be a student at the University of Wolverhampton and I would encourage anyone who is interested in Engineering to give serious consideration to the University of Wolverhampton.”
Marcus is a current student on the Mechanical Engineering course, and has previously worked for: Airbus; Airbus (North America); BAE Systems; British Aerospace; Boeing Aerospace Corporation; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation; Rolls-Royce Deutschland; and Rolls-Royce PLC.
Mechanical engineers may choose industry-based careers in research and development, design, or product development. The combination of engineering skills, design capability and management provides you with a wide range of employment opportunities in technical environments across the world. Typical examples include the co-ordination of activities related to product and process design of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, and the management of projects in a wide range of technical environments. The course enables you to attain management positions, with significant levels of responsibility within a relatively short time. You may also study for a research degree, MPhil/PhD, with the Department. The transferable skills gained during the course, including project management, group working and analytical thinking, will also enable you to pursue careers in non-technical fields such as: law, accountancy, authoring, and computing.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to: · design and synthesise mechanical engineering products including electro-mechanical systems, systems, and processes, and demonstrate an innovative approach to design realisation. · evaluate a range of solutions to engineering problems, drawn from a broad-based knowledge of engineering and technology specialities. · select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems in the analysis and synthesis of mechanical engineering systems. · contribute to teamwork effectively and ethically, addressing the prominent engineering, social, environmental, and commercial issues. · select and apply appropriate software packages for design, analysis, and synthesis applications and critically evaluate the results. · relate theory and practice, thereby facilitating the efficient realisation of viable mechanical engineering products and processes.
Because of re-validation of Engineering Programmes in 2015 we will be presenting all engineering programmes for accreditation from respective professional body in the 2017/18 academic year. Accreditation will be back dated for post 2015 enrolments.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering guarantees entry on to this course
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.