With huge technological advances taking place in areas of transport, energy, healthcare and robotics, studying mechanical engineering can put you in a position to influence the future of global industries.
To meet the challenges of the engineering world, you'll study the design, development, modelling and operation of engineered products and systems. To establish your expertise in engineering, you'll get to specialise in subjects such as sustainable development, computer-aided engineering and computational fluid dynamics.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including engineering analysis, optimisation and design
- Work on a project proposal sponsored by an external company – previous students have worked on a heat loss optimisation with Rolls Royce, fire alarms with Apollo Fire Detectors and wind turbine blade production with Vestas
- Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students to be judged and raced at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix
Work experience and career planning
Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
Taking an optional placement year gives you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You could work in a paid role in a professional organisation or set up your own business, giving you the change to grow your professional network and enhance your CV.
We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.
Previous students have been successful in roles such as:
- mechanical project engineer
- intern design engineer
- sustainability engineer
- mechatronic systems engineer
- junior aerospace engineer
They've worked at exciting companies, including:
- SMR Automotive
- Baker Hughes
- BAE Systems
- NDS Engineering
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
You’ll be assessed through:
- Written examinations
- Practical tests
- Project work
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you're assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- Year one students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
- Year two students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
- Year three students: 60% by written exams and 40% by coursework
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Tutorials (personal and academic)
- Laboratory and project work
- Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
- Open access study
This mechanical engineering degree course will give you the skills and experience you need to work in any industry that depends on mechanical systems, from transport and construction to the armed forces and energy.
And your skills will be in demand when you graduate – all mechanical engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list'. This is backed up by the fact that 90% of our MEng graduates are in work and/or further study 15 months after they graduate, with 80% of those in highly skilled work. 5 years after graduation, students on our mechanical engineering courses are earning an average of £35,000 a year.
Our graduates have worked for national and global companies such as:
- Babcock International
- Pall Corporation
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
- Bosch Thermotechnology
Roles you could go onto include:
- mechanical engineer
- design engineer
- test engineer
- project manager
- energy storage analyst
- mechanical design engineer
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.