This is a five-year accredited course. It has been designed to be relevant to the needs of modern industry and to produce graduates who have the personal and intellectual qualities to be successful in their chosen careers. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to play leading roles in a professional capacity in both industry and academia, and thus able to deal with issues at the forefront of our discipline.
The programme is organised into integrated modules covering core mechanical engineering subjects that are designed to develop your learning progressively. You will consider the movement of mechanisms, the strength of the individual parts, the efficiency and environmental impact of your designs, and the methods that can be employed to make your product profitably.
The opportunity is also open to you to get involved in work on UBRacing – our own Formula Student racing team, which competes throughout the world.
First and second years
All Mechanical Engineering programmes share the first two years, which are designed to help students orientate themselves towards professional engineering. A wide range of lectures, laboratories and projects consolidate relevant areas of A level Mathematics and Physics in relation to mechanical design, mechanical power, manufacturing and analytical methods. It also aims to develop laboratory and practical skills and to encourage the formation of a professional outlook. The breadth of this background permits students to change Mechanical Engineering specialism at the end of the second year, should they wish to do so.
In the years 3 and 4, these fundamentals of engineering are used to explore advanced engineering topic areas, with a more problem solving based focus, within the context of a broadly based programme of study. A group design study project is undertaken in year 3, exploring the associated commercial, legal and safety aspects of developing a new product. In year 4 students are also given options to pursue their personal engineering interests providing the opportunity to develop deep understanding and competence in their chosen specialism. Strong links are formed with our research programmes, through the range of options available, to ensure that students benefit from developments at the leading edge of their chosen field. You will be given the opportunity to choose from options including Advanced Mechanics, CAE Integration, R&D in Manufacturing Processes and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems; amongst others.
You have the option to spend a year in industry at the end of your second or third year. We have strong links with a large number of companies including Jaguar/ Land Rover, BP, Johnson Matthey, Rolls Royce, Perkins Engines, Yamazaki Mazak , Aston Martin, Shell, QinetiQ, Ford, Airbus and BAE systems as well as with smaller to medium enterprises.
Typically you will have to pass the interview process run by the company with which you are seeking a placement. The industrial placement gives you experience of working in the mechanical engineering field which will enhance your CV and allow you to acquire further knowledge and employability skills. Our industrial liaison tutor and dedicated internships officer will be able to advise you about the application procedures and a series of industrial lectures, given by a range of employers throughout the year will provide networking opportunities.
It should be noted that it is your responsibility to find a placement. If you cannot find a placement or are unsuccessful during the recruitment process then you will revert to the MEng Mechanical Engineering programme (H300). Learn more about the industrial year
For all programmes
In your final year you work with engineers based in one of the Mechanical Engineering research centres on a major individual project linked to your chosen field of specialisation.
For the first two years of the degree, all of our undergraduates follow an integrated BEng or MEng route. Once you’ve finished your second year, you’ll then choose whether to complete a BEng or MEng degree. Progression onto an MEng degree is dependent upon excellent end of year examination results.
For a list of modules and their credit values, see ‘Modules’ below.