Engineering and the Environment

H300 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (3 yrs)

Our three-year BEng Mechanical Engineering course covers all the traditional core subjects of Mechanical Engineering. You will have the opportunity to customise your course to include modules that particularly interest you, from orthopaedic biomechanics to automobile systems.

Programme Overview

The first two years of the course will focus on the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and give you the confidence to apply them.  The content during these years is identical to the MEng course.

Design is an essential theme that runs throughout our Mechanical Engineering courses. We inspire our students to address the real needs of society. During this course, you will work on a series of individual and group projects in our new design workshops and studios. In your year 1 induction, you will have the opportunity to take apart and reconstruct a 4-stroke engine and design and build a fully functioning 3D printer in year 2. In your final year, you will undertake an individual design or research project. This project will arise from a real engineering need and may be sponsored by industry.

During your studies, you also have the opportunity to do an industrial work placement by taking a year out to spend in industry.

View the specification document for this course

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for the BEng Mechanical Engineering should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu on this page for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.


  • Engineering Council

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Key facts

    • Number 4 in Guardian University Guide 2016
    • We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).
Students building robots for the Eurobot competition

Students building robots for the Eurobot competition

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:

A*AA (Including A* in Mathematics or Physics. General Studies not accepted)


38 points, 18 at higher level to include 6 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics; standard level 5 English


English Language, at Grade C or above

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.

Equivalent Qualifications


Qualification Entry criteria
Scottish Highers Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
Scottish Advanced Highers AAA including Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels Pass in Core, A*A in Mathematics and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U D2D3D3 including Mathematics and Physics
D*DD overall and distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
European Baccalaureate 85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate AAAAA including Mathematics and Physics
French Baccalaureate 15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics



Selection process:

Intake: 120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
Average applicants per place: 9

While the average level entry onto our degree courses is among the highest in the UK, we always look carefully at each individual application. In addition to your examination grades, we also take into account your personal statement and references. These give us an indication of your personal attributes and your enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The course may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


Typical course content

On the BEng Mechanical Engineering degree you will study a number of core subjects during the first two years. These provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree. you will concentrate on the fundamentals of engineering and gain the skills and understanding required to use information technology in an engineering context. Modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline are available in Years 1 and 2.

In Year 3 of this degree in Mechanical Engineering you will have the opportunity to specialise or retain a broad-based study path through a wide selection of subject modules. You will also undertake an individual project that usually takes the form of a design or research exercise, and involves the production of a formal report.

Special Requirements - All Courses

Visits to industry and research establishments are organised for Part I and Part II candidates in the summer term. Candidates are required to attend the Part I Workshop Training Course unless exemption is given by the School.

Candidates are required to attend the Part II course in Library Search Techniques. This is normally held after the Semester 2 examinations. Assignments set in this course will be formally assessed as part of their examination requirements

Year 1

The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising mechanical engineering aspects. We have an award winning induction programme during which teams of new students work together to design and build projects. This exciting introduction provides the opportunity to get to know fellow students and gain hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to take apart and put back together a 4 stroke engine and also test your skills in bioengineering through stabilising fractures in bones.

You will earn a total of 120 credits in your first year. All modules are compulsory.

Year 2

The second year covers the main mechanical engineering subjects with modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline.

You will earn a total of 120 credits in your first year. All modules are compulsory.

Year 3

In the third (final) year the course includes an individual project. You can tailor this year to suit your interests through your selection of option modules.

Learning and assessment

Teaching and learning

At Southampton, our students gain knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group projects. You will broaden your formal learning by becoming an active student member of a professional institution and our student Engineering Society (SUES). We will also enhance your transferable skills such as written and oral communication, in order to become an effective professional engineer.

A practical approach

Practical experience is a strong theme on our course. You will attend site visits, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in research laboratories and get involved in real-life project work. Analysis and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets and small group exercises by your lecturers. Individual feedback is provided on all work submitted. Practical learning is also enhanced by site visits and visiting lectures, to give you the wider competencies for today’s professional engineer.

Ground-breaking research

Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning and development.

Assessment and examinations

Assessment is conducted through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

Student support

Every student on our range of MEng Mechanical Engineering courses is assigned a personal academic tutor from the start of their degree, in addition to a senior tutor.

Course Director

Dr Julian Wharton

Career Opportunities

6 months after graduation

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2013

6 months after graduation

Our Mechanical Engineering graduate now hold a variety of positions in a range of industries - Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Royal Naval Officer, Helicopter Engineer and Marine Engineer to name a few. Our undergraduates have gone on to work for a number of respected companies, including Balfour Beatty, GE Aviation, Johnson Matthey, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QinetiQ, Dyson, BAE Systems, BP and Jaguar.

Our Employability team have a dedicated Employment Officer for each discipline to help you build your skills and experience and point you in the right direction. They also have connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers Destination Service.

Do you want a career in the armed forces?

Southampton is part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme that provides sponsored places to students on BEng Mechanical Engineering courses and has active Army, Navy and Air Force units.