The University of Southampton
Engineering and the EnvironmentUndergraduate study

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.

Introducing your course

The BEng Mechanical Engineering degree course will provide you with a solid foundation to build a successful career. It is ideal if you wish to complete your studies in three years.

Overview

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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.

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).

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.

Accreditation

Engineering CouncilEUR-ACE

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

  • A top 10 university for Mechanical Engineering, Guardian University Guide 2017
  • We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
  • 90% enter graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation, Guardian University Guide 2017
Thumbnail photo of Henry Barnard

“From an early age, I loved to design and build. In a way I think I was bound to study engineering, there is no path I would rather be on.”

Henry Barnard - Mechanical Engineering, second year
Mechanical Engineering students in induction week
Students taking on the lawnmower challenge in induction week
Students building robots for the Eurobot competition
Students building robots for the Eurobot competition

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

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

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate38 points, 18 at higher level to include 6 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics; standard level 5 English
GCSE

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 standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

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
BTEC
HND
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
Contextual offers

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 from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Intake:
120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
Average applications 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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

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.

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 or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. 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.

Explore funding opportunities

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 University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentDesign 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.
EquipmentField 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.
ClothingField 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 copyingIn 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.

Career Opportunities

Our Mechanical Engineering graduates are highly sought after with 96% entering graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation (Guardian University Guide, 2016). Our Mechanical Engineering graduates 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 and Employability 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.

Learning & 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

Study Locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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