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MEng (Hons) Power Engineering (Mechanical)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

Design and sustainability

This course aims to produce graduates capable of pursuing professional careers in the power industry. You'll develop into the role of an engineer, problem solving and applying technical know-how within economic, legal and ethical constraints.

Design, sustainability and environmental considerations form coherent themes throughout the course.

We aim to produce engineers who meet the educational needs for full Incorporated Engineer status. Our course satisfies the requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Why Power Engineering (Mechanical) at LSBU?

No. 1 London modern university overall for Mechanical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2018).
This course is pending accreditation by the IET.
Make use of our virtual engineering lab and 3D printing.

Ranked 3rd for satisfaction with course in London (Guardian League Tables 2020).

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Modules covered include dynamics, thermofluids, mechanics of solids, and design of rotating machines  underpinned by understanding of relevant science and engineering topics such as mathematics, statics, materials science, computing and control systems.

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Modelling module that you'll take in the second year.
  • Introduction to mechanical engineering
    This module will give you a broad introduction to the properties and limitations of engineering materials and an understanding of the fundamental structural characteristics governing these properties. The module will also introduce you to the fundamental concepts of engineering mechanics, particularly statics at BEng Level 4. The module will emphasise the relationship between theory and real engineering systems, and will involve a set of appropriate practical laboratory experiments. 
  • Thermofluids and Dynamics
    This module provides a first study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and dynamics.  Introduce fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and dynamics in order to be able to analyse simple engineering systems and processes.
  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering
    This module will cover the essential material relevant to the fundamentals of both electrical and electronic engineering. Starting with basic circuit elements, Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law, the first half of the module will introduce basic and more advanced circuit analysis techniques such as Node Voltage and Mesh Current methods, progressing onto Source Transformation techniques and the basics of semiconductors (Diodes, BJTs and Op-Amps). Then, the electrical part will cover DC responses of RC, RL and RLC circuits and finally AC sinusoidal circuit theory and power systems and three phase circuits.
  • Design and Practice
    This module will cover material design activities, team work, creative problem-solving, project management, sustainable development principles, personal development planning, report writing communication, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), employability and transferable skills. It's also a work-based module for part-time students, utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide supporting teaching material and assessments.
  • Engineering Computing
    This is an introductory module that will address the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in engineering, and so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use.

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module covers undergraduate advanced engineering mathematics to enable you to consider and model a variety of relevant engineering problems (e.g. electrical, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, computer, civil).
  • Engineering design
    Theory: this section of the module is intended to extend the students’ understanding of engineering design, and their ability to design. Students will learn to apply design theory, alongside product development and prototyping techniques, to produce comprehensive solutions to engineering problems.

    Applied engineering design: this section of the module develops the students’ ability to communicate design intent, manufacturing information and relevant design documentation to appropriate audiences. 3D modelling in Inventor is used as a tool to undertake investigation of design at a pre-manufacturing stage. Software modelling is conceptually linked to physical modelling through, for example, analogies of additive and subtractive manufacturing. FEA is reinforced as an essential tool for evaluation and validation of design ideas.
  • Solid mechanics and FEA
    This module will provide new concepts in the deformation of materials under different loading conditions and extend the application of fundamental principles of solid mechanics to more advanced systems, building on knowledge gained through Engineering and mechanical Principles. The module will provide basic concepts and the principles of the finite element analysis (FEA) techniques and the application of FEA in structural and stress analysis.
  • Dynamics and control
    This module builds on the platform established at Level 4. The module covers dynamics and classical theory. You'll extend your treatment of dynamics from point masses rigid bodies, and cover a wider scope of applications of the principles of mechanics. You'll apply a variety of mathematical techniques to the study of dynamics and feedback problems. Additionally, you'll study various methods of classical control theory such as Bode, Nyquist and Root Locus.
  • Thermofluids and sustainable energy
    This module provides a second study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, exploring more theory to allow industrial level analysis of processes. The scope includes an appreciation of fuels/combustion, power-producing cycles, internal/external fluid flows and further heat transfer.
  • Electrical machines and power electronics
    This module adopts a modern approach to the study of electrical machines, 3-phase transformers and power electronic converters. The treatment emphasises the features common to all types of electrical machines and power electronic converters and then develops basic performance equations and equivalent circuits and applies them to common electrical machines and power converters in current use. The associated laboratory workshop features work on typical electrical machines and power converters.

Year 3

  • Dynamics and systems modelling
    This module will introduce you to advanced dynamical systems theory. This involves mathematical modelling of engineering systems using both Newtonian and Lagrangian approaches. The module will include investigative work into mechanical systems using computer software and laboratory experiments.
  • Industry and environment
    This module examines the Environmental considerations that must be taken into account when infrastructure improvements are planned within Power, Rail and other Safety-critical industries.  It introduces a systems methodology for analysing current situations and planned changes, with particular reference to understanding relationships and identifying unwanted consequences. Guest speakers and case studies help students to examine examples in detail and evaluate situations.
  • Electrical energy converters and drives
    This module provides a broad understanding of the theory and application of power electronic circuits in the areas of power conversion and electrical machine drives. The material covered is particularly relevant to students in the area of electrical building services, where a significant proportion of electrical plant and drives will have power electronics and microprocessor control components. It's suitable for students who work in organisations that specify, design, commission, operate and maintain all types of electrical power infrastructure and/or who wish to pursue further study afterwards at Masters level or above. You'll be equipped with the essential theory and practice, enabling you to assess modern trends in the subject and maintain and update your knowledge.
  • Innovation and enterprise
    This module gives students the experience of innovation processes in business and enterprise and to explore factors which contribute towards successful planning, project management and execution of business concepts.
  • Individual project
    The individual major project requires students to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to their degree discipline. In this regard it provides students 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.

Year 4

  • Technical research and professional skills
    This module enables students to carry out research and project work in a professional way and to communicate their technical proposals effectively. Additionally, the students are given the support to enhance their technical and analytical background that will enable them to manage complex technical projects.
  • Structures for power engineering
    The module starts with general understanding of the construction and design of static mechanical installations and structures for energy equipment, aiming for the trial-and-error concept using heuristics for preliminary design. The module is very much focus with structural integrity and design work oriented, organized as projects in small groups of students. A study visit to a thermal or mechanical energy power sector is included to reinforce the professional aspect of installations and structural design work and visualize power producing equipment’s and their production.
  • Rotating machines design and dynamics
    The methods of analysis, theory and practical applications will enable students to design and mathematically model a wide range of components and rotating machine assemblies. Students will be exposed to a variety of engineering problems. This module also develops the understanding of the basic rotor dynamics fundamentals with the help of simple rotor models and subsequently the modern analysis methods of rotor system including transverse and torsional vibration analysis.
  • Power systems engineering
    This module covers the analysis and operation of power transmission and distribution networks at 11kV and above forming the ‘supply’ side of electrical power networks, under both steady state and transient conditions. It provides a broad understanding of the elements of power systems and their application in the areas of power conversion, power transmission, fault analysis and protection integrated into the supply network.
  • Group project
    This module is designed to provide you with the experience of working in an asset team to solve a real world problem using industrial data for the development of a specific asset. You'll be grouped into teams of 3-4 members and you'll undertake a specific role in respect of the design calculations and analysis. You'll work full-time on this project under time constraint, using donated field data. The project results will be presented orally to an expert panel and the group will submit a report detailing their investigation and recommendations for development of the field..

Employability

Students who complete the course successfully can find jobs with DNO’s (Distribution Network Operators such as UK Power Networks etc), National Grid, power producing industries such as gas and steam power plants, power utility companies etc.

This course was developed to meet the core knowledge required for the Integrated Power Engineer Apprentice standard L7 and differs very much from a standard undergraduate degree. Any student doing this course, outside the apprentice standard, will have the advantage of specific and specialist skills, putting them in a good position to secure relevant employment.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

The course is developed to meet the core requirements of the Integrated Power Engineering Apprentice standard appropriate to L7.

Several teaching staff have industry links and are actively engaged in research within the relevant industries.

We also have an Industrial Advisory board, membership of which is drawn from industries who have been employers of our students and are major employers in the south-east of England.

Placements

Students can take a sandwich year, which involves a one-year placement away from the School between the second and third years of academic study and is offered only on the full-time programme. The placement year is not compulsory and is not assessed. However, students who undertake a placement with a relevant company/industry are required to maintain a portfolio, and an academic staff member will visit during the year.

Students are expected to lead on finding the placement, but the university will provide all possible support. It is sometimes possible to undertake a short placement during the summer break, in which case there is no need to inform the university, but it is recommended to inform your course director for future reference as it can be useful when seeking a reference later on for employment or further study.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught using a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, computing and laboratory workshops. Students will also be undertaking group work and will do presentations as part of coursework.

Modules are assessed by a combination of logbooks, formal reports, open and closed book examinations, laboratory and computing workshop tests.

Each student on the course is allocated a personal tutor in their first week. Students remain with the same personal tutor for the duration of their stay at the university, however, we do realise that the students get more associated with the course director as they progress to the final year of the course and project supervisors.

Staff

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:

  • A Level AAB including Mathematics (136 UCAS points) or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD, including Level 3 Mathematics (144 UCAS points) or;
  • EAL Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies, D, including: Further Engineering Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering Principles; and other options relevant to Mechanical Engineering or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions and 6 Merits, with at least half the course in Mathematics and Physical Science subjects (134 UCAS points) or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 UCAS points and including Mathematics

and

  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or;
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C, and a Mathematics qualification equivalent to reformed GCSE grade 4 or above, as assessed by UK NARIC

Accredited Prior Learning/Transfer Credit

Applicants may be considered for entry to the second year of the course with the following qualifications.  Applicants will normally be interviewed and may be required to sit a Mathematics test to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.

Full-time/part-time students

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or a closely-related subject or;
  • DipHE in a directly-relevant subject or;
  • Transfer of 120 Level 4 credits from a directly-equivalent degree course and with the approval of the director of that course or;
  • An overseas qualification assessed by UK NARIC as equivalent to at least BTEC HND in a closely-related subject and an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Applicants may be considered for entry to the third year of the part-time course with the following qualifications and will be interviewed to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.

Part-time students

  • Foundation Degree (FdEng) in a directly-related subject, or;
  • Exceptional performance on the part-time HND in Mechanical Engineering with the recommendation of its course director

Applicants may be considered for entry to the final year of the full-time course only under the following circumstances and will be interviewed to ensure their preparedness for direct entry.

Full-time students

  • Transfer from another IET-accredited course with the approval of the director of that course

Direct entry to the final year of the part-time course is not possible.

Accredited Prior Experiential Learning

APEL may be taken into account in determining the entry requirements for candidates with relevant work experience, but cannot replace the requirement for formal qualifications in Mathematics.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. ATAS certificate is a requirement for enrolment at the University, you will need one if you are an international student applying to study for a postgraduate qualification in the UK and it is now a requirement for every Visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.

You can find more information about whether you will require this via the FCO website and in our MyLSBU guide to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.

The CAH code for this course is CAH10-01-02.

How to apply

International students

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
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
TBC
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 years
Start date
September
Application code
5177
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 544 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Accommodation

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.

Finance

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 a postgraduate student.

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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.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

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

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 143 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

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

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.