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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (2+2/1+2/3+0/4+0)

Course outline

Mechanical Engineering apply their scientific knowledge to solve problems and design machines that help us to enjoy a better lifestyle. They work in every sector of industry, in areas such as design, development, research, consultancy, manufacture or marketing, combining technical and managerial expertise. Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines and graduates find employment in every sector of industry. The course provides an excellent foundation in engineering science and design and also offers opportunities to develop specialist knowledge in areas such automotive and aerospace engineering.

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three of four year programme depending on your entry qualification. Students have the option to study the whole course in China (3+0 or 4+0) or spend their last two years at The University of Nottingham, UK (1+2 or 2+2).


Year One (Preliminary year - Ningbo) N.B. This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

In this foundation year, the focus is on a special programme and English for academic purposes. Designed by highly-experienced staff at the Univsity’s Centre for English Language Education, this programme prepares students fully for their degree courses. Common modules of study across all degrees include:

  • written and oral communication and study skills
  • sciences such as physics and chemistry maths for engineering and computer science
  • engineering communication and IT skills. This module will have a hands-on approach to ensure competency in: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Additionally, the module involves the use of a software environment (eg MATLAB) to help solve engineering and mathematical problems related concepts and methods studied during the year while introducing programming technical material in drawing, schematic and graphical format.

Students work in small groups to develop their academic English language skills.

Year Two (Qualifying Year-Ningbo)

 Common modules of study covered in the first part of the year include:

  • Professional engineering skills
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Engineering solid mechanics
  • Fluid mechanics & hydraulics
  • Introduction to electrical & electronic engineering

Specialised modules include:

  • Materials & materials forming
  • Design and manufacture
  • Thermodynamics
  • Introduction to Electromechanical System

Year Three (Part I-Nottingham or Ningbo)

 Modules include:

  • Engineering design (including materials and manufacture)
  • Engineering science (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mechanics of solids, dynamics)
  • Mathematics
  • Computer programming
  • Management

Year Four (Part II-Nottingham or Ningbo)

 Modules include:

  • Computer modelling techniques
  • Management
  • A major individual project

Optional modules will allow students to follow specific themes and to develop areas of expertise and interest