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Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines. This course covers topics such as electrical principles, mechanics, manufacturing and materials, microprocessors and thermofluids.
You are encouraged to apply to undertake a year-long placement between the second and final years, although it is not compulsory. Past students have secured paid placement with companies such as Jaguar, Nissan, GlaxoSmithKline, Assystem, Cummins Engines, Delphi Powertrain Systems and Tata Steel.
Staff use their real-world experience to enhance the already excellent teaching and support, which is enriched by the University’s leading-edge research into areas such as manufacturing systems and advanced maintenance.
This year we have moved to a hybrid model of learning, with online learning providing the core delivery, but with some face-to-face class contact each week. Online learning is broken up into self-contained ‘chunks’ containing a variety of activities and resources. These include pre-recorded bite-sized videos covering key concepts, together with live presentations and seminars, all of which are supplemented by self-assessment activities including quizzes and tutorials. Assessment during 2020 will be based on a mixture of assignments and online assessments.
As well as covering key concepts in engineering, you will also take Essential Study Skills and Practical Maths modules to help you succeed in your chosen undergraduate degree. There will be a mix of materials online, including some lectures and directed exercises, with a series of tasks to do each week.
There will be lots of opportunities for both face-to-face and online contact, and you will be assigned a personal tutor, as well as having your pathway leader and module leaders for support and guidance. Regular contact between tutors and students will be encouraged via the use of technologies including Canvas, email, Skype and Microsoft Teams.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work, laboratory projects and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include exams and projects.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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The annual fee for this course is £9,250 but you will receive £3,000 cashback in Year 1 of the full undergraduate course.
In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.
If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
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This information was correct at the time of publication.
Recent graduates have secured graduate jobs that pay around £28,000 a year, with companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors and Nissan.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines, GSK, Northumbrian Water, Hitachi and Parametrics Technology. Other graduates conduct research within major automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan.
To further enhance employability we encourage you to apply for a 48-week placement where available between your second and final year. Placements are subject to availability and interviews are required. They are usually paid, with past students having earned an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on location.
Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers. Examples of companies that have offered placements to Sunderland students include Jaguar, Vauxhall, Nissan, Caterham Cars, Cummins Engines and Tata Steel.
If you’re looking for extra-curricular opportunities, why not join the University of Sunderland’s Formula Student motorsport team? Each year the team work together to design, build and test a single-seater racing car in preparation for the IMechE Formula Student competition held annually at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix.
The competition encourages many different skills and talents. These include: engineering, management, production, administration, accounting, marketing, advertising, public relations, as well as teamwork and co-operation. It’s ideal for helping to prepare for life after university in any career path, and the team welcome not just engineers but anyone who has an interest in motorsport and wants to improve their skills.
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