Course details

A Levels AAB-BBC Other entry requirements
UCAS code H301
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Mechanical Engineering Engineering

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Rebekah Newey
Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 114 222 7870

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Top 10 in the UK for mechanical engineering
The Times Good University Guide 2018

Course description

If you don't have the usual scientific or mathematical background for an engineering degree, a foundation year is for you. After completing the foundation, which has modules in chemistry, mathematics and physics, you'll proceed to one of our three-year BEng or four-year MEng degrees.

You'll study mathematics, applied dynamics, mechanics of fluids, mechanics of solids, applied thermodynamics, mechanical behaviour of materials, and electrical and electronic engineering. Other topics include computer-controlled systems and mechatronics, and the role of engineering in business and management.

Optional modules and an extended individual project mean you can specialise in what interests you most. You may be able to switch between our courses at the end of the first year.

All our students also take the Global Engineering Challenge. Working with students from other engineering courses, you'll have to find creative solutions to problems. The project looks at challenges faced by communities throughout the world. It's designed to develop you as a professional engineer and get you thinking about sustainable solutions.

Modules: what you study and when

Foundation years explained

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB-BBC dependent on subjects studied. A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted
International Baccalaureate 34-31 dependent on subjects studied
BTEC QCF:DDD in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units or DDD in Applied Science. RCF:DDD in Engineering including Distinction in UNIT 1:Engineering Principles and Unit 7:Calculus
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 - M2 M2 M3 dependent on subjects studied
Scottish Highers AAAAB - ABBBB dependent on subjects studied
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA - B+BC dependent on subjects studied
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • An additional Maths test is required for BTEC Extended Diploma and Access to HE Diploma applicants. Contact the Department for more information
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B (Linked pair methods in Mathematics BB also acceptable). Science grade 6 or grade B (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Core Science, Additional Science, Dual Science (BC), Triple Science (BCC) all acceptable)
  • If we think you're likely to succeed on the full degree course, rather than the foundation year, we might make you a Change Of Course offer for direct entry. On results day, if you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry, you might still be suitable for the foundation year you originally applied for
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics
Introduction to Engineering
Foundations of Physics
Further Foundation Mathematics

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Diamond

About us
Our courses cover all aspects of engineering - from design and innovation, to manufacturing - as well as the fundamental scientific principles underpinning them. We'll also help you to develop the additional skills you'll need to become a successful mechanical engineer. This includes team-working and effective communication, as well as problem-solving, which you will also develop during our faculty projects weeks; Global Engineering Challenge, and Engineering: You're Hired!

Get involved
Our students are involved in a huge range of extra-curricular activities, from building single-seat racing cars to designing and manufacturing miniature locomotives, drones, energy efficient vehicles and rockets.

All our courses give you the chance to work on real engineering projects with our partners in industry.

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

What our graduates do

A number of our graduates go into industry - particularly manufacturing, transport and power generation - with many finding employment with prestigious companies such as Rolls-Royce, Arup, Jaguar Land Rover and Network Rail. Others have gone on to work for engineering consultancies, in both technical and managerial roles. Outside of engineering, our graduates have transferred their skills. For example, some have become teachers and charity workers, while others have started their own business.

Student profile

"What I liked about mechanical engineering was the fact that it incorporated the maths and physics as well design so I get to be really creative which is really good fun."

Charis Lestrange
Mechanical Engineering

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