Our degree courses are driven by the demands of industry. In your first year, you will learn the essential principles of mechanical engineering, including law and management, systems design, modelling and computing, to give you the practical and professional skills required for the workplace.
At the end of year two, you can follow an interdisciplinary course or dictate your own learning by selecting from a number of specialist themes, including automotive engineering and biomedical engineering.
In the third and fourth year, you will study modules specific to your chosen theme while mastering your design, problem solving and project management skills through individual and group design projects.
During your studies, you will have the opportunity to spend time on placement in industry. You can either spend one semester or one year on placement. We can propose a range of companies that will allow you to spend time in industry. There are also opportunities to undertake work experience in the summer holidays of your second and third years.
You can also take the Industrial Placement Year, which is an additional year-long module that allows you to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The successful placement will be recognised on your Degree Certificate.
View the specification document for this course
All undergraduate applications for the MEng 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.
Visit the Industrial Placement Year webpage to find the placement year-specific UCAS codes.
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 a Chartered Engineer.
- A top 10 university for Mechanical Engineering, Guardian University Guide 2017
- 92% of our students were in professional jobs or further study six months after graduation (DLHE, 2013/14)
- We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
- Also available with the new Industrial Placement Year
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
||Distinction 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.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about
entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Years 1 and 2 are compulsory for all Mechanical Engineering themes and provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree.
In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise taking modules designed for your theme. 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.
In Year 4, MEng students participate in a Group Design Project (GDP). These projects are often linked to current research activities or topics that have practical relevance to industry and represent a significant part of your Mechanical Engineering masters studies.
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.
The second year covers the main mechanical engineering subjects with modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline.
In the third year the course includes an Individual Project. In addition to the modules below, students can choose further optional modules to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from the wide list of options available for this course. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year three of Mechanical Engineering courses.
In the fourth year the course includes a Group Design Project. In addition to the modules below, students can choose further optional modules to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from the wide list of options available for this course.Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year four of Mechanical Engineering courses.
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||For FEEG1002 Mechanics, Structures and Materials it may be useful to purchase Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction by W.D. Callister, cost circa £60, but a large number are available in the library.
For FEEG2001 System Design and Computing it may be useful to purchase the Arduino Cookbook by M. Margolis, cost circa £20
For FEEG2003 Fluid Mechanics it will be useful, but not necessary, to purchase the core text book Fluid Mechanics. 7th edition, by F.M. White, 2011. McGraw-Hill. These currently (17th Sept 2015) retail for £45.89 from www.amazon.co.uk. This will need to be purchased by the student although there are a limited number of these in the Hartley library.
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.|
|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: Students are expected to purchase a laboratory note book in which to record laboratory observations which form part of the assessment. These can be purchased for £1.20 (thin softback) or £4.75 (thick hardback), depending on student choice (FEEG2004).
A range of standard construction materials are provided to support the design projects within this module, however, students may wish to customise their designs and choose alternative materials at their own cost. (FEEG2001).
Students are required to source and purchase their own batteries for the Odometry Exercise in week 6 and should be prepared to spend up to £50 per group of their own money. Receipts should be retained as expenditure may be subject to auditing (FEEG2001).
Students should be prepared to spend up to £100 per group of their own money in relation to the purchase of components for the Part II Semester 2 Group Design Project. Receipts should be retained as expenditure may be subject to auditing (FEEG2001).|
|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.|
|Placements||FEEG3009 Industrial Placement year. You will need to find your own accommodation near to your place of work. You are responsible for travel and subsistence costs.|
|Printing and copying||Students are responsible for the printing of their poster for the Poster Presentation Day. This may range from £5-£20.
Students are expected to cover the costs associated with the printing and binding of reports and the printing of drawings and graphic presentations. These are typically expected to be of the order of £100 per group, also depending on the quality of printing and binding chosen. Note that funds from the project's budget cannot be used for this purpose (FEEG6013 MEng Only).
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 and can be found in Appendix 2.
The costs associated with the printing and binding of reports are to be covered by each student group (FEEG2006).
In addition to the experimental, computational and workshop resources available, reasonable expenses for travel and materials of up to £100 may be reclaimed through the Faculty Student Office (FEEG3003 BEng).|
|Other||Optional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.|
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.