BEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
Bristol, United Kingdom
3 - 6 years
Full time, Part time
GBP 15,250 / per year *
Earliest start date
* home students per year: £9250 | international students per year: £15250
Get industry-ready with this IMechE-accredited degree that consistently achieves high graduate employment rates and can be studied on a day-release basis.
Why study mechanical engineering?
Engineers constantly ask questions and explore new ideas. They play a vital role in developing the world around us from the initial design and manufacture of products to their development, management or marketing.
A degree in Mechanical Engineering will challenge you and transform the way you learn. Develop your understanding of stress analysis, dynamics, heat transfer, mechatronics, materials and manufacture, and maths.
You'll build core skills that you'll take with you through your career, such as innovation, teamwork and creativity. Join us in using the power of engineering to explore, take risks and find ways to change the world for the better.
Why UWE Bristol?
Our new inclusive, problem-based curriculum aims to broaden our engineering audience. To date, we're the first university in the UK to transform our curriculum alongside constructing a new engineering building.
You'll be taught in our new state-of-the-art School of Engineering designed to revolutionise the way engineering is taught. Featuring engine test cells, dedicated collaborative learning spaces and all of the latest high-tech equipment, it's purpose-built to support a wide range of engineering disciplines.
Where can it take me?
As a student engineer, you'll start your professional journey towards becoming an incorporated or chartered engineer from day one. You'll learn by doing, applying and revisiting your early skills through embedded project weeks and the development of digital and physical prototypes, as you would in practice.
Mechanical engineers are sought after for traditional engineering jobs and the product development process. They are also highly regarded in the world of financial business. You'll also be in demand to help maximise usage of high capital plants and operations such as power stations, oil refineries and hospitals.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought-after graduate.
If you choose the four-year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
Placements are available with our partner employers, as well as organisations across the region.
Past students have worked for the German Space Agency, Rolls Royce, Airbus and smaller regional consultancies. Many of these employers were so impressed with the calibre of our students that they employed them on graduation.
Get help to find your placement and support from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
You'll have an opportunity to see engineering in action at a range of facilities.
On factory visits, you'll receive a guided tour of the shop floor and attend a presentation from the host organisation.
Past visits have included Jaguar Land Rover, the National Composite Centre, Airbus and GKN.
Our BEng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering will enable students from a wider range of backgrounds to pursue a career in engineering. You'll gain valuable transferable skills that you'll be able to use in any sector you wish.
This course is developed alongside our partner employers to make sure you're industry ready when you graduate. They also provide you with placement opportunities, as well as advice on CV writing, interview techniques and industry issues.
Your combined understanding of maths, science, technology, business and management can lead to a broad range of careers all over the world. If you're interested in business or commerce, a mechanical engineering degree is highly regarded in finance, IT and management.
You'll also have the skillset needed for consulting and contracting jobs in the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery. Apply your skills to industries such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, energy and water.
Throughout the course, you'll choose your modules in a way that allows you to specialise with your chosen career in mind. Gain an inside track on the profession through factory visits and professional briefings with industry-leading organisations across the UK.
You'll share modules with aerospace and automotive engineering students in your first year, enabling you to transfer onto one of these courses if your focus changes. Depending on your second-year results, you may also be able to extend your studies by a year to graduate with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Engineering Practice 1
- Solid Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing
- Dynamics Modelling and Simulation
- Applied Electrical Technology.
You will study:
- Engineering Practice 2
- Engineering Research
- Structural Mechanics
- Applied Thermofluids
- Systems Design.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four-year sandwich course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
Year three (Final Year for BEng)
You will study:
- Professionalism for Engineers*
- Engineering Project
- Group Design and Integration Project.
*You will not study this module if you have completed the placement year.
Plus, four optional modules from:
- Composite Engineering or Materials and Structures for Special Applications
- Thermofluid Systems or Advanced Heat Transfer
- Vibrational Dynamics or Vehicle Dynamics
- Control Engineering.or Integrated Electro-Mechanical Systems
- Advanced Manufacturing Technology or Mechanics of Materials
- Engineering and Society
- Emerging Automotive Technology 1.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Scholarships and Funding
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four-year course and then transfer to the three-year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.