Engineering and Built Environment  

Mechanical Electronic Systems Engineering

UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:H361

Classification:MEng

Course Duration:5 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Engineering

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

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Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

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Minimum Entry Requirements

HigherABBB
A-LevelAB
ILCABBB
UCAS Tariff

230 points minimum

EssentialMathematics and either Physics or Technological Studies (Higher/A Level/ILC-H).
Recommended SubjectsChemistry (H), English (H).

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:H361

Classification:MEng

Course Duration:5 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Engineering

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
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Further Education Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:H361

Classification:MEng

Course Duration:5 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Engineering

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
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Minimum Entry Requirements

For entry requirementsContact us for a copy of our FE Supplement.

GCUSA Student Led Teaching Awards

Dr David R. Gordon, Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computing was nominated for the award of Effective teaching that: Helps make sense of the subject in the Glasgow Student Led Teaching Awards 2009/10.

He's one of the best teachers out there, not to neglect the rest and their efforts but when his classes come up; it’s a new and different experience. He translates the lecture materials into his own "language" I mean that he explains it in a way that every one understands it! By comparing everything to daily life experiences and machinery and items that we use, he has this magical way to relate everything in anything to his washing machine and his LCD.
Nominated by Mohaned Ali Bouabdallah

Dr. David R. Gordon is a Lecturer in Engineering Design & Analysis involving Mechanical Component/System Design, Stress and Structural Analysis, Dynamics and Vibration Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Creep and Plasticity in component behaviour, and Fracture & Fatigue including Failure Investigation. He teaches this subject matter across a number of modules at level 3, level 4 and Masters level.

Programme Description

Mechanical Engineering is a highly integrated discipline, which harnesses the influence of a
range of other specialisms such as electronics, in the design and development of today’s
products. The engineering industry needs multidisciplined engineers with the ability to respond to the rapid changes taking place within the mechatronics industry.
This BEng programme provides an excellent opportunity to become a multi-skilled engineer, able to understand and utilise appropriate methods from a range of engineering disliplines.

Why Choose This Programme?

This innovative degree is designed to produce highly skilled Manufacturing System Engineers and provides awareness and understanding of the practical issues involved in the design, specification, maintenance, commissioning and manufacture of mechanical-electronic systems and associated systems. It is a broad-based programme comprising of two foundation years which are common to all of the BEng degree programmes, giving a solid ground in mathematics and a grounding in mechanical, manufacture, electronic and electrical engineering.
Consequently, on completion of Year 2, it is possible to transfer to Year 3 of the Electrical Power Engineering or Electronic Engineering programmes. Since Year 3 is common between both Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Mechanical Electronic Systems Engineering, it is possible to transfer between these programmes at the end of Year 3.
The programme provides a combination of theoretical study with ‘hands on’ experience. It is designed to align particularly with the requirements of the Engineering Council in providing breadth in the study of engineering disciplines and also business and financial aspects, key to successful operation in industry. You will also study the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) using industry standard software such as Pro Engineer, ensuring your learning keeps pace with industry.
Throughout your studies, you will enjoy the use of state-ofthe-art IT and specialist engineering laboratories. This degree has been designed to meet the needs of industry and is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), leading to CEng professional status.

What You'll Learn

Year 1: Engineering Computing 1, Electronic and Electrical Principles, Technology Management 1, Mechanical Principles A, Engineering Materials, Mathematics 1, Mechanical Principles B, Engineering Applications.
Year 2: Electronic Engineering 2, Engineering Design and Analysis, Mathematics 2, Engineering Computing 2, Control Engineering 2, Manufacture and Materials 2, Electrical Systems.
Year 3: Control Engineering 3, Integrated Studies 3, Quality Assurance, Technology Management 3, Manufacturing and Materials 3, Engineering Analysis 3, Mechanical Engineering Design.
Year 4: Project, Finite Element Analysis, Engineering Design Process, Engineering Analysis 4, Control Engineering 4.

Work Placement

Optional one-year placement which can be undertaken after completion of Year 3.

Assessment

Assessment methods used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes include examinations, coursework, class tests, presentations, computer-based exercises and written reports.

Professional Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMech.E) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and contribute to the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are both wide and varied within this ever-expanding field, due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the programmes. Employment opportunities exist in the fields of mechanical design, manufacturing and mechatronics engineering. Graduates from this
programme have found success in a variety of local, national and international industries and consultancies, such as mechanical, aerospace, electronic, offshore, local authority, manufacturing and building services. Glasgow Caledonian University has many links with blue chip companies in the UK and Europe including Vauxhall Motors, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and many others.

International Student Week

For new international students we have an orientation week starting 9 September 2013.

This early-start week is specifically designed to assist new international students settling into the UK and GCU prior to general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Full details are available from our award winning International Student Support Service or on our Welcome to GCU facebook page.

Assessment Methods

This programme employs a number of methods of assessment: 
  • Traditional end of trimester examinations 
  • Coursework throughout the trimester
  • Group work/peer assessment
  • Poster presentations.

In the first year of the programme there are no end-of-trimester examinations.

Teaching Methods

A number of integrated approaches are employed to achieve the necessary aims, objectives and learning outcomes required at this advanced level. To this end, a variety of teaching and learning methods and strategies are applied on the programme appropriate to the module material and to the specific aims and objectives involved. For example, some of the modules are more theoretical in nature or heavily practical or software based, whilst others are more discursive and presentation based. These therefore require different teaching and learning approaches. Therefore in addition to the more traditional lectures and tutorial approach, a range of other suitable teaching and learning approaches will be adopted and examples of these will include: 
  •  Student and tutor led seminars
  • Industrial guest seminars
  • Research seminars
  • Formative assessments
  • Computer application activities
  • Self-directed and independent learning
  • Problem solving practical laboratories
  • Simulation laboratories
  • Managed Learning Environments (e.g. Blackboard)
  • Student presentations
  • Group projects
  • Industrial case studies
  • Discursive case studies 
  • Problem-based learning scenarios
  • Research based teaching materials and methods.

The tutorial and laboratory work will in essence be geared to design issues, application developments and problem solving to help solidify concepts and theories learned in lectures.

You may also have the opportunity to undertake some of your studies abroad for a trimester or one year through ERASMUS projects.

Employment Details

There is the opportunity in 3rd year and between 3rd and 4th/5th year of the programme to get some supervised work experience, what we call Placement. During this time you will have the opportunity to work alongside engineers solving real life problems. Recently we have had students working with EDF, Cummings, NATS, GECaledonian amongst others. This will give you a better insight into the working environment as well as enhancing your employability.

Once you graduate you will have the opportunity to join some of the biggest companies in Britain and Europe. You could find yourself designing parts for Formula1 racing cars, working in the North Sea oil industry or designing and analysing new products or services.

We ensure that our programmes are up-to-date by having an Industrial Advisory board, made up of senior members of large companies, whose role it is to advise us on how our programmes are meeting industry’s requirements. This allows us to give you the required graduate skills and attributes allowing you to realise your full potential.

I was a student of Glasgow Caledonian University from 2005 and graduated with a BEng (Hons) 2010. My education was highly relevant and I have been involved in exploration and production for hydrocarbons since graduating. I am currently working for Shell in Aberdeen and form part of a discipline team whom support the entire European Upstream business with technical knowledge on all current and planned assets. 

My overall impressions of the Mechanical Engineering course were extremely positive. I found that from having very little prior knowledge of Mechanical Engineering, the depth and scope achieved from studying vastly improved my knowledge of engineering but also my soft skills which are increasingly important in modern business. The support provided from the staff was invaluable to ensuring I attained the level in my education which was required.  

In my time at Glasgow Caledonian, I found the lectures inspiring. The ability to deliver a detailed course whilst maintaining a pragmatic relevance has greatly benefitted my career. All the material is highly relevant and applicable to current industry problems encountered in aerospace, energy and defense. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who is pursuing a career in the engineering. (Kevin Frew, Graduated 2011)

Fee Information

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.
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