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Mechanical Engineering and Design Top-up to BEng


If you have a HND in Mechanical Engineering and are looking to extend your technical and application skills then this one-year Top-up to BEng course is for you. Design and develop engineering systems for a variety of fields in today's fast-changing marketplace, focusing on manufacturing, power and plant engineering.

7 reasons to study here

No. 1: London modern university overall for Mechanical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2018).
Future proof: The role of the Mechanical Engineer is one of the most diverse of all engineering disciplines, with employment opportunities available across many sector.
Stand-out facilities: Make use of our virtual engineering lab and 3D printing.
Industry relevant: We have a panel of advisers from the industry, to help ensure our course coverage is up-to-date and relevant to employment needs.
Research active academics: 4th out of 23 in Research Impact for post-92 Universities in UK for General Engineering.
Innovation and enterprise: Live innovation and enterprise project work will enhance your prospects of employment and consultancy in a wide range of industries, or of running your own business.
Research, design, develop and test: Obtain the expertise to solve complex and challenging problems that enable you to make a positive difference in electrical engineering.

This degree course covers...

This course will develop your appreciation of the wider multidisciplinary engineering context and its underlying principles, including the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting the exercise of your engineering judgement.

This course covers:

  • Awareness of best current practice within industry, and future trends
  • Thermofluids
  • Design analysis
  • Manufacturing systems underpinned by understanding of relevant science and engineering topics such as
  • Underpinned by sound applied understanding of: mathematics, statics, materials science, computing and control systems.
  • Appropriate communication theory
  • Practical skills including: basic manufacturing and measurement skills, awareness of advanced manufacturing and instrumentation techniques to inform design choices.
  • Professional engineering studies including: setting up projects and manage them, approach design problems with creativity and see all tasks to successful completion underpinned by an understanding of innovation and enterprise.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus


  • Innovations and enterprise
    In the rapidly changing world around us, it is imperative that you're to think dynamically to create advantage for themselves (entrepreneurial) and for the businesses you may work for (intrapreneurial). This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your  prospective engineering fields with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and improved ways of doing things. This module will equip you with methods and processes to recognise opportunities and to plan on harnessing commercially viable benefits that may exist from exploiting those opportunities in a sustainable fashion. This might be a product or a service (such as consultancy or contract management). The application of project management principles will help to define the critical path of a proposed business and how the many processes involved (planning, market research, market placement, finance, operations, human resources etc.) are interlinked throughout the initial planning exercise and how they can change over time. Assessment: 100% coursework made up of two team assignments. Team Assignment 1: To develop an idea for a service or a product with an aim to make it into a viable commercial proposition. Team Assignment 2: Investigation of an existing company presented as a Business Model Canvas and a supporting report.
  • Design analysis
    This module teaches you to understand the principles of finite element analysis (FEA) and to use commercial FEA packages to design new engineered systems, and to analyse engineered systems. The module treats FEA as an integral part of the design process. You'll learn mechanical analysis, computational fluid dynamics and thermal analysis. This builds on and supports your existing knowledge in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Assessment: 100% coursework through two submissions. Coursework 1: (50%) This Is based on FEA analysis. A case study is given and you are asked to solve that numerically and simulate it through ANSYS structural analysis. Coursework 2: (50%) This is based on CFD analysis. A case study is given and you are asked to solve that numerically and simulate it through ANSYS CFX.
  • Manufacturing systems
    This module introduces the core concepts of manufacturing systems and computer integrated manufacturing in the contemporary product realisation process. This module will develop your understanding of (and ability to use) commercial CAD/CAM/CAE tools and processes in engineering design projects. And your awareness of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement, including inspection technologies and methods. Covering: manufacturing and operations strategies, manufacturing automation,manufacturing process planning, quality control and inspection, material handling control and retrieval, robotics applications in manufacturing and operations management. Assessment: 100% coursework, made up of two elements: Element 1: 30% This is based the lecture series and will take the form of a set problem relating to that content. Element 2: 70%  Practical application and use of the skills developed in mould tool design and CAD/CAM through a design project.
  • Thermofluids and turbomachinery
    This module provides an opportunity to study heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics exploring in-depth internal combustion engines, fluid-mechanics governing equations, performance of various types of pumps and turbines, and application of heat transfer to extended surfaces and heat exchangers. Covering: Internal combustion engine – comparison between air-standard cycle and real indicated cycle, performance characteristics, gas exchange process, combustion systems; Navier Stokes equations, and their application to fundamentalfluid mechanics problems; Rotodynamic machines – comparison to positive displacement machines, output characteristics matching to demand characteristics, practical examples of pumps/fans/turbines; Rotodynamic machines – Eulers equation, inlet and outlet velocity diagrams, application to Pelton wheel; Heat transfer – Extended surfaces (fins), Ficks Law, Heat Ex, condensers and evaporators. Assessment: a two-hour examination (70%) and a Workshop log book and a formal report assignment  (30%).
  • Individual BEng project
    The individual major project requires students to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to your degree discipline. It provides you with the opportunity to develop a high degree of subject specific expertise. This module differentiates from others on the course taken due to the high degree of autonomous study expected. This flexibility should be seen as an opportunity to explore new areas of interest and to acquire new and often unexpected skills. Assessment: 1.Project Arrangement form (no mark but compulsory submission); 2.Project Progression Report (5%); 3.Interim report (10%) 4.Final project report Comprising: i.Technical quality (literature review and understanding of the necessary background, results & outcomes, analysis, evaluation of the findings, quality of abstract and conclusions) 45% ii.Quality of referencing 5% iii.Report presentation (structure and organisation, standard of English, quality of diagrams and graphs) 10%  iv. Evidence and quality of project planning and management  5%  v. logbook 10%; 5. Project oral presentation and demonstration with questions 10%.


Assessment is through examinations and also practical work and assignments using logbooks and formal reports.


In  successfully completing the Beng Top-up programme you'll have gained all of the following skills to enhance your career and open up your career opportunities:

Intellectual skills:

  • Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key engineering processes
  • Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques
  • Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer based engineering tools, in order to solve both familiar and unfamiliar engineering problems
    B4: Understanding of and ability to apply a systems approach to engineering problems.

Practical skills:

  • Understanding of contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied (e.g. operations and management, technology development, etc)
  • Extensive knowledge of characteristics of particular materials, equipment, processes, or products
  • Workshop and laboratory skills including ability to Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Understanding use of technical literature and other information sources
  • Awareness of nature of intellectual property and contractual issues
  • Understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
  • Awareness of quality issues
  • Ability to work with technical uncertainty.

Transferable skills:

  • Investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations, health and safety and risk assessment issues
  • Ensure fitness for purpose for all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal
  • Identify and manage cost drivers; Manage the design process and evaluate outcomes. Work individually and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of management techniques, which may be used to achieve engineering objectives within that context
  • Awareness of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety, and risk (including environmental risk) issues.

What to expect from your career

With such a varied list of career prospects, you can be sure that life as a Mechanical Engineer will never be dull. The kinds of projects involved will depend on the sector you choose to work in. You could find yourself designing a mechanical heart to prolong human life or be asked to improve the production process on an oil refinery. It really is that diverse.

Mechanical Engineers work on projects from the initial brief through to the final manufacture and implementation. They generally work as part of a team with engineers from other disciplines. You'll be involved in the early planning of a project, testing and evaluating theories and working with others to solve complex problems, as well as ensuring that your solutions can be made again reliably, and will work efficiently in the environment it is destined to be operated in.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.



James Barnham

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Design and Practice

James works as part of the Nathi Puri Institute team within LSBU and is a passionate product designer with interests in many technical areas and markets.

Alessio Corso

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alessio has lectured in Higher Education since 2010 and has worked in industry as a Product Design Engineer, specialising in medical products.

Dr Sandra Dudley

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Director of Research and Enterprise

Sandra specialises in the areas of radio and optical communication system design, assistive living and sensor systems and is a member of the School Academic Standards Committee.

Dr Ben Lishman

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Dr Ben Lishman teaches solid mechanics, finite element analysis, and engineering principles. As a researcher, he is interested in the material properties and solid mechanics of ice, in the Arctic and elsewhere.

Barney Townsend

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer and Course Director BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design

Barney Townsend's teaches on Design Methods, CAD, and Prototyping, and his research explores novel CAD interfaces and future applications for additive manufacturing technologies.


  • Virtual Engineering lab

    Virtual Engineering lab

    Our virtual engineering laboratory allows engineering students to walk around their designs and view them in 3-D, as well as experiment and improve on them in real-time.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching staff have a great amount of experience. Whether they're teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy for industry they have the skills to make a difference to you. You'll learn in a modern, well-equipped environment complete with sophisticated technology.

Existing engineering programmes have been developed over many years and deploy a diverse range of learning, teaching and assessment methods to enhance and reinforce the student learning experience. The methods of delivery and the design of the curriculum are updated on a regular basis in response to generic and subject-specific developments, taking into account educational research, changes in national policy, industrial practice and the needs of employers.

Approach to learning

You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award. We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Hands-on engineering

You'll have opportunities to take on 'design-make-test' projects. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solve real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career. This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis. Engineers look for practical ways of making things better, more efficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient, quicker, more integrated and more effective. Our engineering courses will teach you first-hand how to develop these crucial skills and traits.

Prepared for modern engineering practice

In reality most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules are about understanding the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice and problem-solving. Guest lecturers from world-renowned companies, such as Rolls Royce, have lectured on these modules.

Entry requirements

2017 entry

  • Higher National Diploma with at least 60 credits at Merit in second year modules, or
  • other equivalent Higher Education qualification in a relevant area

The course director will ensure that all applicants meet and exceed the required pre-requisites on a case by case basis where a pre-inspection of the L5 or equivalent curriculum has not been performed.

  • We welcome applicants with qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0, TOFEL-550 (print-based), TOFEL-80 (internet-based), Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
Start date
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5095Session code: 1FS00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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