Engineering and Built Environment  

Mechanical Electronic Systems Engineering

Developed in partnership with industry, Mechanical Electronic Systems Engineering at GCU produces well-rounded engineers, able to exercise leadership, initiative, personal responsibility and decision making in complex and unpredictable situations.

ACCREDITED BY:

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:H361

Classification:MEng

Course Duration:5 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

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

Minimum entry requirementsHigher: ABBB
A Level: BBC
ILC: ABBB
Essential subjectsMaths and Physics or Technological Studies (Higher/A Level/ILC-H).

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:H361

Classification:MEng

Course Duration:5 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Engineering

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
Contact us

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirementsHigher: ABBB
A Level: BBC
ILC: ABBB
Essential subjectsMaths and Physics or Technological Studies (Higher/A Level/ILC-H).
English LanguageStudents whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Further Education Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:H361

Classification:MEng

Course Duration:5 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Engineering

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
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Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry requirementsSee our College Student's Guide for details.

Programme description

The degree uses mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, computer aided engineering, control engineering, and systems design engineering to design and manufacture useful products.

Students enjoy the cutting edge equipment GCU has to offer including CAD and CAM, as well as to electrical, control systems and instrumentation, and electronic laboratories.

There is the opportunity for a 48-week industry placement after Year 3 and the programme is accredited by UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

What you'll learn

Year 1: Engineering Computing 1, Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering, Professional Orientation & Practice 1, Mechanical Principles A, Engineering Materials, Mathematics 1, Mechanical Principles B, Engineering Applications (with PDP). 

Year 2: Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Design & Analysis 2, Mathematics 2, Professional Orientation & Practice, Control & Instrumentation Systems, Manufacture & Materials 2, Electrical Systems.

Year 3: Control Engineering 3, Manufacture & Materials 3, Engineering Design & Analysis 3, Either Industrial Placement, Energy Conversion Technologies Or Energy Conversion Technologies, Professional Orientation & Practice.

Year 4: Project, Engineering Design & Analysis 4, Computer Aided Engineering, Renewable Energy Technology, Control Engineering 4.

Year 5: MEng Team Project, Strategy and Innovation, Applied Thermofluid & CFD, Advanced Engineering Mechanics - Structures, Advanced Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, Control Systems.

Work placement

Students have the possibilty to undertake an industrial placement on completion of year 3.

This can be a year long placement or there is also an option of a 12 week long placement in the second semester of Year 3. These placements are not complusory or guaranteed.

Professional accreditation

Designed to meet the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). All MEng pathways within the Engineering suite satisfy the academic requirements required for Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) status. The School has accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) the programme meets/will contribute to the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

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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