Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H3H9
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Nuclear Technology Mechanical Engineering Engineering

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Caroline Brown
Recruitment and Employability Officer
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7801

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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

Course description

As low carbon electricity becomes increasingly important, there's a growing demand for skilled nuclear engineers. This degree has been designed in consultation with the nuclear industry to meet this need.

You'll gain a broad understanding of mechanical engineering by following the MEng Mechanical Engineering in the first two years. In years three and five, you'll have the opportunity to specialise in nuclear engineering through taught modules and an individual and group design project on nuclear technology.

Year four is your placement in industry with one of our partners.

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

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 AAA including Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
BTEC DDD in Engineering + A Level Maths grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Maths and at least one of Physics or Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in Maths and either Physics or Chemistry
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • If you are not taking Physics or Chemistry A level but are passionate about studying Mechanical Engineering, find out about our pre-sessional Faculty of Engineering Physics Pathway programme We would still require AAA from your A levels which must include Maths For more information about the Pathway programme please see or contact the department for more details Please note that this is only available to applicants who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
  • 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.

Course information on Department of Mechanical Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Engineering Mechanics
Essential Mathematical Skills & Techniques
Matter, Flow and Energy
Design Skills
Design and Manufacturing
Laboratory Skills for Mechanical Engineers
Materials Under Stress
Engineering Applications
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Optional modules:

Engineering Techniques and Manufacturing Technology

Second year

Core modules:

Computational and Numerical Methods
Design of Engineering Components
Design of Structures, Machines and Systems
Dynamics of Structures and Machines
Electric Circuits
Finance and Law for Engineers
Fluids Engineering
Heat Transfer
Materials Processing
Mathematics for Engineering Modelling
Mechanics of Deformable Solids
Project Management and HRM for Engineers
Engineering - You're Hired

Third year

Core modules:

Group Design Project
Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles
Control Engineering for Mechanical Engineers
Integrated Design Skills
Integrity of Materials and Components
Nuclear Science, Engineering and Technology
Structural Vibration

Optional modules:

Advanced Mechanics of Solids
Aero Propulsion
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Design Innovation Toolbox
Energy: Properties and Optimisation
Finite Element Techniques
Mathematics (Computational Methods)
Renewable Energy
Robotic Systems

Fourth year

Core modules:

Year in Industry

Fifth year

Core modules:

Individual Project
Advanced Nuclear Systems
Nuclear Reactor Engineering
Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics and Heat Transfer
Nuclear Waste Immobilisation and Disposal
The Professional Responsibility of Engineers

Optional modules:

Additive Manufacturing - Principles and Applications
Advanced Aero Propulsion
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Advanced Structural Vibrations
Aerodynamic Design
Experimental Stress Analysis
Industrial Marketing: Basics and Cases
Introduction to Biomedical Imaging Sciences
Mechanical Engineering of Railways
Reciprocating Engines
Theory and Application of Turbulence
Tribology of Machine Elements

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

"I found the teachers are very engaging and are very hands on, especially with their research in terms of their students. Every lecturer teaches what they research personally so it's always very in depth."

Matthew McNicholl
Department of French

All our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. A four-year MEng meets all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. If you take the three-year BEng, you'll have to complete some further learning to meet the requirements.

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