Accredited by: IMechE
Computer-aided mechanical engineering is a blend of mechanical engineering, computer-aided engineering and systems design engineering. A form of 'virtual engineering', it allows engineers to test new products or systems without having to build expensive prototypes.
This programme has been designed with industry input and uses standard industry software (such as PTC Creo for 3D modelling and manufacturing simulation and ANSYS for Finite Element Analysis) to give you an understanding of the fundamental principles of engineering - design, control, materials and manufacturing methods - as well as learning how to provide solutions to complex engineering problems. All of GCU's Engineering Programmes are accredited by UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and we have excellent links with industry, providing access to case studies, projects and work experience. All MEng pathways within the Engineering Suite satisfy the academic requirements required for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the programme meets/will contribute to the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Graduates have found success in a variety of local, national and international industries and consultancies, such as mechanical, aerospace, electronics, offshore, local authority, manufacturing and building services.
What you will study
Broad-based and solid coverage of the Fundamentals of Engineering.
Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Design & Analysis, Mathematics, Integrated Engineering Studies, Control & Instrumentation Systems, Manufacture & Materials, Electrical Systems.
Computer-Aided Engineering, Energy Conversion Technologies, Manufacture & Materials, Engineering Design & Analysis, Integrated Engineering Studies and Engineering Operations Management.
Honours Project, Finite Element Analysis, Engineering Design & Analysis, Simulation for Manufacturing, Renewable Energy Equipment Design, Computer Aided Design.
Year 5 (MEng)
MEng Team Project, Strategy & Innovation, Applied Thermofluids & CFD, Manufacturing Management, Advanced Computer-Aided Engineering.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
BBBC including Maths and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science plus Nat 5 English at C
CCD including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4.
H2 H2 H3 H5 including Maths and Physics, plus English at Ordinary Level O2.
24 points including Maths and Physics
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMM
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at DDM
HND in Mechanical Engineering with B in the Graded Units and Engineering Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Attendance and pass at Maths Summer School are essential for those without Mathematics for Engineering Mathematics 5. For more info: www.gcu.ac.uk/mathssummerschool.
Students 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.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £1820
- RUK: £9250*
- EU: £1820
- International: £11,500
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling in the UK and GCU prior to the start of 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.
Designed to meet the UK-SPEC, by the Engineering Council UK. This programme partially satisfies the academic requirements of Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) status. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the programme contributes to the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
The School’s industrial partnerships provide access to design-oriented case studies/projects, work experience and real-world problems including the option of a year-long placement.
This programme belongs to GCU's Department of Engineering which is a member of the National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards (NAFEMS).
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.
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.
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 to 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 GCU Learn) 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.