Course details

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

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Laura Hogg
Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 7836

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-BBB dependent on subjects studied
International Baccalaureate 34-32 dependent on subjects studied
BTEC DDD in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units or DDD in Applied Science
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 with no more than one of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Scottish Highers AAABB with no more than one of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB with no more than one of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • An additional Maths test and interview are required for BTEC Extended Diploma and Access to HE Diploma applicants. Please contact the department for more information
  • A Level General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted
  • GCSE Maths grade 6 or grade B Science grade 6 or grade B
  • 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

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

We will give you a thorough grounding in mechanical engineering. You'll develop the skills and qualities employers look for, like problem solving, initiative and the ability to adapt to new technologies.

You'll also have the chance to get involved in extra-curricular activities. For example, Formula Student - an annual engineering competition - sees student teams from around the world design, build, test and race a single-seat racing car.

Department of Mechanical Engineering website

What our graduates do

Graduates from our courses have followed careers in manufacturing, transport, power generation or engineering consultancies.

Many have found work with prestigious companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Atkins, Siemens, Arup, Jaguar Land Rover, Interfleet Technology, Network Rail and Transport for London.

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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