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MEng (Hons) Micro-mechanical Engineering (with a year in industry)

Manipulate materials to change the way we use them

Year of entry: 2021/22

UCAS code

H318

Institution code

Y50

Length

5 years full-time

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2021 (term dates)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£22,650 per year

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Micro-mechanical technology is the driving force behind hundreds of devices we use everyday. 

Fitness trackers, airbags and smartphones all rely on a combination of electronic and mechanical devices and systems to carry out some of their key functions.

In this innovative course, you'll be at the cutting edge of research into micro-electronic and micro-mechanical technology, manipulating materials to devise new solutions to real-world engineering challenges.

We build employability into every aspect of our courses. Alongside developing an in-depth understanding of your subject, you'll gain a range of transferable skills that will allow you to take on a career in a number of sectors and thrive in management roles. 

Strong links with industry

The skills you'll learn are directly relevant to the latest developments in engineering such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and immersive technology.

Course content

At the beginning of your course, you'll develop a solid foundation in mechanical, electrical and electronic principles and programming.

You'll take part in extensive laboratory sessions and hands-on project work, during which you'll have the chance to build an innovative medical device, an environmental monitoring station and a robotic water collection and analysis device.

In your final two years, you'll develop a specialist knowledge of micro-mechanical engineering, focussing on the intricacies of working with miniaturised technology. You'll also be able to choose a number of option modules, meaning you can learn more about other aspects of the discipline. 

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

You'll study five core modules covering the properties of engineering materials and how these properties are used in useful applications, such as mechanical and electrical design. Semiconductors provide the basis of microcontrollers which you will learn to program, controlling machinery. This new knowledge will be used to build an innovative medical device in groups as part of a hands-on practical project.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll study five further core modules introducing thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, illustrating the processes that occur within mechanical machinery. Power electrotechnology is studied further and sensors are introduced to increase your design and control knowledge. Manufacturing processes are also studied and practised to increase your ingenuity for developing a more sophisticated group project.

  • Stage 2 Project (30 credits)

Core modules

  • Engineering Mathematics, Signals and Systems (20 credits)
  • Manufacturing and Fabrication (20 credits)
    This module introduces many of the processes that are used for creating parts, including machining (turning, milling, boring, grinding); EDM and etching; welding and brazing; adhesives and fasteners; forming (bending, stamping); casting and moulding; and additive manufacturing.
  • Thermo-dynamics and Fluid Dynamics (20 credits)
    This module includes an introduction to the flow of fluids (fluid dynamics) and the flow of energy (thermodynamics), both fundamental concepts to a wide range of engineering systems.
  • Sensors, Noise and Filters (20 credits)
    You’ll learn about the processing and digitisation of electronic signals from sensors. This module includes techniques for analysing AC circuits using phasors and complex impedances, the effects of non-ideal passive components, and the design of filters. You’ll look at examples of several common sensor types; including pressure, light, proximity and temperature sensors.
  • AC Machines and Power Electronics (10 credits)
    You’ll develop your understanding of electrical machines by introducing the operational principles and characteristics of AC motors and generators, three-phase circuits and complex power. You’ll also look at the design and operation of common AC-DC and DC-AC power converters.

Year 3

In Year 3, you'll study six core modules which allow you to explore the world of micro-electromechanical engineering further, including Mechanics and MEMS, and MEMS: Materials Manufacturing and Measurement. To apply your growing knowledge you will design a robotic water collection and analysis system as part of a group project. You will also be able to choose two further option modules from our broad range to complement your specialist learning.

  • Stage 3 Project (40 credits)

Core modules

  • Mechanics and MEMS (10 credits) 
  • Control (10 credits)
  • Management (10 credits)
  • MEMS: Materials, Manufacturing and Measurement (10 credits)
  • Composite Materials (10 credits)
  • Microfluidics (10 credits)

Option modules

Year 4

In Year 4 you'll work in industry. You can choose to work in the UK or in Europe.

This will develop your professional, time management and interpersonal skills in a structured environment, and gives you a good opportunity to network for your future career. You may find that you want to continue work from your year in industry in your MEng Individual Project.

Your year in industry will be assessed through two short written reports and a viva.

Year 5

In Year 5, you'll complete a major individual project drawing on all of the skills and knowledge assimilated so far. You'll continue with three core modules relating to your specialism, including NEMS (Nanoelectromechanical systems) and Smart Materials. You'll also have a free choice of one further option module to allow you to tailor your programme to your skills, interests and career goals.

  • Stage 4 Individual Project (80 credits)

Core modules

  • NEMS (10 credits)
  • Smart Materials (10 credits)
  • Low Carbon Technologies (10 credits)

Option modules

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Conduct theoretical and applied research at the interface between electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering to create advanced components, devices and systems in applied engineering and micro-mechanical technologies.
  • Extract and critically evaluate information about (and data from) biomedical and engineering systems through analytical and computational methods and modelling.
  • Combine electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering to create, design, implement and operate innovative micromechanical systems that address real-world problems aligned with technical, social and economic needs.
  • Apply professional skills of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering , combined with an understanding of systems and components, to solve technically challenging problems.
  • Debate, defend and contextualise information in a succinct and technically accurate manner for audiences of engineers and members of the public, and to write and interpret technical documentation.
  • Proficiently manage themselves, teams and complex projects in preparation for technical careers as leaders in applied engineering.
  • Explain and reflect on the role of the engineer in society and in company structure, and on the nature of their own learning style, based on personal experience in a commercial company or academic research institution.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2021/22 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £22,650

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home): further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international and EU students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at two per cent each year.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.

We have a number of  open to all Year 1 students starting in 2021, including “Academic Excellence”, “Widening Participation”, “Engaging in Engineering” and “International Academic Excellence” scholarships.

You'll be automatically considered for a scholarship if York is your firm choice. £500 is paid during Autumn Term and the other £500 is paid at the end of Summer Term, providing you successfully progress to Year 2.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

We hope to deliver this course as advertised for 2021/22 entry, but it’s unclear when we’ll be able to return to a normal timetable. For an idea of how this course might be affected, see our changes for 2020/21 entry.

Teaching format

Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:

  • Lectures
  • Practical work
  • Group project work
  • Workshops and tutorials
  • Computer laboratories
  • Supervisions

Projects

Throughout your degree, you'll work together with other students to create usable devices. This extensive project work is a key component of your degree and will give you the opportunity to not only develop a solid knowledge of engineering design and construction principles, but also key project management, teamwork and leadership skills that are indispensable to employers.

An academic member of staff will help guide you through your final-year individual project, ensuring that you are able to combine the knowledge and skills you have learned throughout the course to successfully undertake a substantial engineering project tailored to your interests and career goals.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

We're building new labs and workshops for our engineering students. Our existing range of facilities includes laboratory space, recording studios, digital media suite and computing classrooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Electronic Engineering, on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the Department of Electronic Engineering, with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assignments will be designed not just to test your knowledge, but also to challenge you to creatively apply what you've learned. We use a variety of assessment styles, including a practical portfolio. You'll encounter all of them during your course, but the exact balance will depend on the modules you choose:

  • Closed-book exams
  • Short technical reports
  • Electronic portfolios, including programming exercises, video reports or blogs
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Major technical reports

You'll receive written feedback on work you hand in to help you understand your grade and develop your skills. For your individual project you'll produce a written report, have a viva (a presentation and question/answer session) and also show your project on our demo day, which our external advisory board attend.

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAA including Maths. Your other two subjects can be any. We welcome arts and humanities subjects.

BTEC National Extended Diploma BTEC Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma in Electronic, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or a related subject with an overall grade of Pass with Distinction. BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering with an overall grade of DDD and A level Maths grade A. All applicants need Distinction in Further Maths for Technicians. We do consider applications from people offering combinations of A levels and BTEC subsidiary diplomas. Contact us for more advice.
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with grade 6 in Maths at Higher Level
Other qualifications If your qualifications are not suitable for direct entry to one of our degree courses but you think you have the potential to succeed, consider applying to our BEng Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year course. To transfer from the Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year course onto any of our MEng courses you'll need to complete the foundation year and achieve a score of at least 60% in all the Foundation Year Mathematics examinations.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
PTE Academic 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 169, with a minimum of 162 in each component
TOEFL 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Pass in all components
Duolingo 100 overall, with a minimum of 90 in each component

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All suitable applicants will be invited to an interview; for the current application cycle the interviews will be held online.

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Careers and skills

We have the highest proportion of graduates finding employment within one year of finishing their studies in the UK (UK engineering and technology graduates LEO data set, June 2017). Our students enter a wide range of careers.

We design our courses with your future in mind. Throughout your time with us, you'll build a range of transferable skills that are valuable to a wide variety of employers.

Career opportunities

  • Avionic systems engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Digital consultancy
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunications design
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Automotive safety
  • Visual effects

Transferable skills

  • Time management
  • Teamworking
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • System analysis
  • Problem solving through design

Next steps

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Admissions Tutor - Dr Jude Brereton

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