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 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.
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All undergraduate applications for the BEng Mechanical Engineering should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.
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.
- A top 10 university for Mechanical Engineering, Guardian University Guide 2017
- We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
- 92% of our students were in professional jobs or further study six months after graduation (DLHE, 2013/14)
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above|
A*AA (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical)
GCE A-level and EPQ A*AB (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification
|International Baccalaureate||38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics|
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 programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.
Scottish Advanced Highers - AAA including Mathematics and Physics Or Scottish Advanced Highers – AA (Mathematics and Physics) and Scottish Highers AA (non-compulsory subjects)
|Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels
||Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, A*A in GCE A Levels, Mathematics and Physics with a pass in physics practical
||D2D3D3 with D2D3 in either Mathematics or Physics and D3 in third subject
||Distinctions overall with distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
|Access to HE Diploma
||Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
||85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
|Irish Leaving Certificate
||AAAAA including A in Mathematics and Physics
||15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.
A typical contextual offer is AAB (AA in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in the Physics practical) from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
If you want to study for a degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Geophysics but you did not choose mathematics and physics at A level, our Foundation Year may be of interest to you. The Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course. Find out more about the Foundation Year.
- 120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
- Average applications per place:
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
View the full list of course fees
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
|Equipment||Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.|
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Design equipment and materials: Standard construction / modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile.
For customisation of designs / models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.|
|Equipment||Field equipment and materials: Where appropriate a number of essential items will be provided to you e.g.: field notebook(s); compass-clinometer; geological hammer; steel tape measure; map case; pocket lens (x 10); safety helmet; safety goggles; bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid. However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler; a pair of compasses; set squares; protractor; pencils (including coloured); eraser; calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.|
|Clothing||Field course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.|
|Printing and copying||In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile. Students are responsible for the printing of their poster for the Poster Presentation Day. This may range from £5-£20.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.