Engineering mechanical and automotive by pyz17071



                                                                                                                                                                     Engineering (mechanical and automotive)
mechanical and automotive

Essentials                                                   How do I find out more?                                                Martin’s
                                                             For more information, contact:                                         perspective
What mechanical and automotive engineering                   E
degrees are there?                                           T +44 (0)1273 678743                                          ‘I’m currently in my second year of the
MEng degrees                                                 F +44 (0)1273 678399                                          MEng in Mechanical Engineering at
Automotive Engineering                                       School of Engineering and Design, University of Sussex,       Sussex. I’m having great fun and really
Mechanical Engineering                                       Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QT, UK                                  looking forward to the next two years!
BEng degrees                                                                         ‘One of the best things about the
Automotive Engineering                                       When can I visit?                                             School of Engineering and Design
Mechanical Engineering                                       Our Open Day dates for 2010 are 12 June and                   is that all the members of staff are
Engineering degrees (with a Foundation Year)                 9 October. We also run regular campus tours.                  approachable and always very willing
                                                             Please book online at               to help. This, alongside the smaller
See also                                                                                                                   and more informal workshops, greatly
Engineering (electrical, electronic and computer) (p66),     or call 01273 876787
                                                                                                                           helps cement the complex information
Product design (p128)                                        All applicants who are made an offer of a place are
                                                                                                                           covered during lectures.
What A levels/IB scores do I need?                           invited to attend one of our admissions days from
                                                                                                                           ‘Learning about electronics is also
(For other qualifications information, refer to pages        December to April
                                                                                                                           very useful, as in real life projects
141-143)                                                     Why mechanical and automotive engineering?                    it’s always used in conjunction with
Typical A level offer range: ABB-BBC                         Because you like to know how things work and you              mechanical engineering. Practical
                                                             want to make them work better – faster, more quietly,         assignments are a great way to learn
A levels (or equivalent) must include Mathematics            more cleanly, more efficiently. You like the challenge of     in a different environment, as well
                                                             real, practical problems and finding new and innovative
Direct entry to Year 2 of a BEng or MEng programme is                                                                      as allowing you to demonstrate your
                                                             solutions to them.
possible for applicants offering good Higher National                                                                      knowledge in a different fashion.
Diploma (HND) results (or equivalent)                        Engineering is a diverse, wide-ranging profession.            ‘One of the best practical assignments
                                                             Graduates from mechanical and automotive engineering          was the dismantling of a single piston
For BEng in Engineering degrees with a Foundation
                                                             have followed challenging careers in aerospace, the           engine, to isolate the different parts
Year, qualifications are flexible, particularly for mature
                                                             automotive industry, power production, robotics, project      and understand how they all work
students. The standard A level offer is CC in science-
                                                             management, consultancy and investment banking.               together. Like the piston engine, all
based A levels and BCC in purely arts subjects               Their projects range from the small scale to the large
                                                                                                                           the components of the Mechanical
Typical IB diploma offer range: 30-34 points including       and complex.
                                                                                                                           Engineering programme come
5 or 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
                                                             Why mechanical and automotive engineering                     together to give you a really great
What qualities should I bring?                               at Sussex?                                                    experience – I’d really recommend
Analytical ability; commercial awareness; management         • Rated 14th in the UK for ‘General Engineering and           engineering at Sussex!’
and communication skills; teamworking skills;                  Mineral and Mining Engineering’ research in the 2008
interpersonal skills; enthusiasm                               Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 95 per cent of
Fees                                                           our research was rated as recognised internationally        Martin Soeding
Refer to pages 154-160 for information on fees                 or higher, and 60 per cent rated as internationally
                                                               excellent or higher.
What scholarships are there?
                                                             • All mechanical and automotive engineering
An unlimited number of scholarships of £1,000 are
                                                               programmes are accredited by the professional
available. These will be awarded on entry to students
                                                               Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).
who firmly accept our offer of a place by the UCAS
deadline and achieve three A grades at A level, excluding    • Two of our final-year undergraduates have recently
General Studies. We also award generous prizes for             won prestigious Kaufmann scholarships for
outstanding performance in each year of study                  entrepreneurship to fund graduate training in the US.

You may be eligible for an Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship.      • Opportunity to participate in design competitions
Recipients will each receive £1,000 in their first year of     including the Formula Student competition – a unique
studies. For more information on eligibility and how to        experience bringing together a joint team of specialists
apply, visit                  in all engineering disciplines.
                                                             • The structure of our degrees is sufficiently common
English language requirements                                  in the first and second years to allow the flexibility to
IELTS 6.0, with 6.0 in each of the four components.            change programmes if desired.
Internet-based TOEFL with 80 overall, including at least
22 in Speaking and 24 in Writing. For alternative English    • Depending on performance, you can select BEng,
language requirements, refer to page 146                       MEng and/or MSc as your target degree.

Foundation year for non-EU students                          • Over £1-million investment in a newly equipped
If your qualifications (including English language) do not     undergraduate laboratory building provides project
yet meet our entry requirements for admission direct to        labs, and test, measurement and manufacture
                                                               facilities, with disabled access and technician support
the first year of these degree programmes, we offer an
                                                               on hand.
international foundation year entry route. Refer to pages
26 and 147 for details                                       • Emphasis on career development, transferable skills
                                                               and professional business management.

Engineering (mechanical and automotive)

                                                                                                                                                                    Core courses
                                                                                                                                                                    Foundation Year
                                                                                                                                                                    Electricity and Magnetism
                                                                                                                                                                    Foundation Mathematics
                                                                                                                                                                    Heat and Energy
                                                                                                                                                                    Principles of Design

                                                                                                                                                                    Year 1
                                                                                                                                                                    Analogue and Digital Circuits
                                                                                                                                                                    Energy and Power
                                                                                                                                                                    Engineering Design
                                                                                                                                                                    Engineering Maths
                                                                                                                                                                    Technical Communication Skills

                                                                                                                                                                    Year 2
                                                                                                                                                                    Feedback Control
                                                                                                                                                                    Fluid Mechanics
                                                                                                                                                                    Group Design and Manufacture
                                          MEng or BEng?                                                 How will I learn?
                                          All mechanical and automotive                                 Engineering at Sussex is based on strength in the           Projects
                                          engineering programmes are accredited                         practical application of engineering principles. The        Power Cycles
                                          by the professional Institution of                            School has been congratulated by external reviewers         Statistics
                                          Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).                              on the quality of its education in design and the use of    Structural Mechanics
                                          Completion of an MEng programme                               team-based project work.
                                          ensures that you have met the full                                                                                        Year 3
                                                                                                        There are many ways to acquire skills, from taught
                                          educational requirements for chartered engineer status.                                                                   Design and Manufacture
                                                                                                        sessions (such as lectures and workshops) and
                                          For more information, visit                                                                                Dynamics of Machines and
                                                                                                        laboratory assignments to independent and computer-
                                          The fourth year of the MEng programmes has specialist         based learning. In addition, the first-year and             Vehicles
                                          technical courses that reach a higher level than the final    foundation-year timetables include one-hour small-          Engine Technology
                                          year of the three-year BEng, and also includes business       group tutorials.                                            Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer
                                          and management courses. The MEng is for those who                                                                         Web 3D Applications
                                                                                                        In the first two years, the programmes provide the broad
                                          wish to become chartered engineers and to aim for
                                                                                                        base of the mechanical and automotive disciplines,          Year 4
                                          leadership positions as early as possible in their careers.
                                                                                                        together with design skills and an introduction to the
                                                                                                                                                                    In the final year of the MEng,
                                          The three-year BEng programmes are for those more             electronic, control, computing and business techniques
                                                                                                                                                                    the range of specialist options
                                          enthusiastic about the technical courses than the             essential for a successful career in modern engineering.
                                                                                                                                                                    is enhanced by the inclusion
                                          business aspects (though they will still cover the
                                                                                                        Individual topics are offered for third-year projects,      of a number from our popular
                                          essential basics) and who either want to get into industry
                                                                                                        arising from the extensive industrial and scientific        MSc programmes in mechanical
                                          quickly or to take a more technical Year 4 in the form of
                                                                                                        research in the School, from industrial contracts, and      and automotive engineering.
                                          a specialist MSc programme – which can also lead to
                                                                                                        from student suggestions. Examples of topics include:       In addition, you join an
                                          chartered engineer status.
                                                                                                        designing a jet engine; medical ventilator design;          interdisciplinary team of students
                                          If you are not yet sure which type of programme you wish      commissioning a 300kW air compressor; and a low-
                                                                                                                                                                    to undertake a project modelled
                                          to follow, do not worry because you will not have to make     cost, autonomous stair climber for the disabled. A
                                                                                                                                                                    on those common in industry. You
                                          a final decision until the end of Year 2.                     number of national businesses sponsor prizes for the
                                                                                                                                                                    will develop commercial skills
                                                                                                        best project work.
                                                                                                                                                                    and an enhanced understanding
                                          What sort of career could I have?                             Final-year MEng students work in a small inter-             of engineering design and
                                          • employment in sectors such as aerospace, transport,         disciplinary team on a group project often linked with an   development.
                                            environment, marketing, the supply chain, industrial        industrial organisation. Recent projects have included a
                                            products, power industry, health and medicine               small jet engine (60kW) for combined heat and power,
                                          • automotive systems development engineer                     and a short take-off and landing vehicle for personal
                                          • design, technical support or installation engineer
                                                                                                        What will I achieve?
                                          • graduate engineer with an international corporation
                                                                                                        If you work hard, you will earn a well-respected degree
                                          • government agency project officer                           opening the door to the career you want and equipping
                                          • business development manager                                you to succeed in it. In particular, you will acquire:

                                          • postgraduate study or research.                             • An understanding of the commercial and social factors
                                                                                                          that affect the realisation of engineering systems.
                                          Employers of our graduates include:
                                                                                                        • The ability to analyse and design conceptual and
                                          • Ricardo                                                       practical solutions to engineering problems.
                                          • Rolls-Royce
                                                                                                        • Practical skills in measurement, instrumentation and
                                          • Ford                                                          information technology.
                                          • British Nuclear Group                                       • Skills in communicating knowledge and ideas
                                          • ABS Technology                                                through the written and spoken word and through
                                                                                                          computer media.
                                          • Cummins
                                                                                                        • Interpersonal and teamworking skills and the business
                                          • engineering consultancies.                                    and management techniques you will need as you
                                                                                                          progress along your chosen career path.
                                                                                                        • The ability to manage your career development in
                                                                                                          preparation for further study, the world of work, and


                                                                                                                                                                     Engineering (mechanical and automotive)
‘Studying Mechanical Engineering at
Sussex has been very positive. I’ve
enjoyed the interaction with fellow
students and my lecturers, and the
fact that every lecturer has a different
method of teaching keeps things
‘My favourite core course has been
Design, Modelling and Manufacture 1,
as it’s very hands on. I enjoyed taking
apart small engines, learning about
each component and understanding
what each does, and then putting it
all back together again. I found it was
a great way to learn about engines –
much better than only reading about
them. I also enjoyed using big tool
machines for the first time.’              First-year students take part in a bridge-building competition with fellow students

                                                                                                        Many mechanical systems are now controlled by,
Mohammed Haque                                                                                          or interfaced with, electronic systems. There is an
                                           Automotive Engineering                                       increasing demand for engineers who understand
                                           MEng, 4 years UCAS Code: H330                                enough of both disciplines to design hybrid systems, for
                                           BEng, 3 years UCAS Code: H331                                instance a car with an electronic engine management
                                           In the automotive industry, intense competition together     system. The mechanical engineering programmes
                                           with sophisticated customer demands and challenging          provide both the specialist mechanical courses and the
                                           environmental requirements mean that technical               fundamental electronic and computing knowledge that
                                           innovation, leadership and performance are critical          will enable you to lead multidisciplinary teams in the
                                           to success. Engineering designs must operate in the          future.
                                           harshest of environments and provide unparalleled            Engineering degrees (with a Foundation Year)
                                           levels of reliability and function.                          BEng, 4 years UCAS Code: H100
                                           The interdisciplinary needs of automotive engineering        Our foundation year enables a wide range of people
                                           are reflected in our curriculum. You will study the          to undertake a degree in engineering. This initial year
                                           essential principles of mechanical engineering and           provides an introduction to engineering as well as
                                           design in Years 1 and 2, alongside introductory courses      the necessary background knowledge in science and
                                           in electronics and control. Year 3 includes a course         mathematics needed to succeed in Year 1 and further. It
         Josh’s                                                                                         is sufficiently broad and wide-ranging for you to progress
                                           in Dynamics of Machines and Vehicles, as well as an
         career perspective                interdisciplinary group project, such as the design and      on to any of the MEng or BEng degree programmes
‘Just three months after graduating        construction of a vehicle to be entered for competition.     offered in the School of Engineering and Design.
from Sussex, I became the director of      For the MEng degree, Year 4 includes advanced studies        You will be well supported throughout and your progress
my own limited company, developing         in the design, modelling and manufacture of automotive       will be closely monitored to help you achieve your full
an award-winning product I had             systems, as well as an interdisciplinary group project       potential. The assessment for the foundation year
designed, intended to reduce CO2           such as Formula Student.                                     consists of worksheets and laboratory assignment
emissions from appliances left on                                                                       contributions combined with examination marks.
                                           Mechanical Engineering                                       Provided you satisfy the requirements, you can proceed
standby. I was also fortunate to gain a
                                           MEng, 4 years UCAS Code: H301                                into Year 1 of the MEng or BEng engineering degree
place as an NCGE-Kauffman Fellow on
                                           BEng, 3 years UCAS Code: H300                                programme of your choice.
a five-month training and mentoring
                                           Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest of
scheme in the USA.                         all engineering disciplines. It is concerned with the        This foundation year is different from the International
‘None of this would have happened          design and manufacture of products and with the              Foundation Year that is offered by the International
without the diverse range of courses       conversion, control, transmission and storage of energy      Study Centre at Sussex (refer to pages 26 and 147).
and people, extracurricular activities,    in machinery and power plants. There is a huge demand        This degree is entirely equivalent to a standard degree
and social events that Sussex offered      for mechanical engineers from the automotive and             and assumes fluency in English. If you would like to
during my degree.                          aerospace industries, as well as a vast number of other      enhance your English language skills as well as your
‘My passion for the environment            enterprises. A mechanical engineer’s work will often be      scientific abilities, you could choose to follow the
was enlivened through debates and          supported by computer techniques for design, drawing,        engineering and physics stream of the International
discussions with fellow students;          modelling and simulation. Our curriculum therefore           Foundation Year.
I acquired technical knowledge from        draws on industry-standard software so you can develop
studying; and gained commercial            your skills in this area. Typical examples of coursework
insight from extracurricular seminars      exercises include the use of a computer simulation to
and workshops based around
                                           analyse the stresses and strains in a given structure, or
                                           the production of a 3D-rendered image of a design for
                                           the purposes of modelling and manufacture.
‘These, to me, highlight the rounded
experience you can expect to gain          The structure of each course reflects the need for broad-
from the University of Sussex.’            based knowledge as well as in-depth skills. Design is
                                           an essential component of all of these courses and
                                           spans specification, conceptual development, design
Josh Seal                                  embodiment, final design, manufacture, marketing and
Engineering                                sales. All these factors are brought into play through
graduate                                   group projects, in which students are expected to
                                           function as design teams, capable of interacting with
                                           ‘clients’ and presenting their work to a professional

                                           Team Sussex’s prototype car at the Formula Student
                                           competition. Design, construction and testing of cars
                                           form an important part of our Automotive Engineering
                                           degree programme


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