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.
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.
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.
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- 95% of our students were satisfied with the quality of learning resources available to them (NSS, 2015)
- 93% enter graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation (Guardian University Guide, 2016)
- We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
Typical entry requirements
A*AA (Including A* in Mathematics or Physics). General Studies not accepted
|International Baccalaureate||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.
||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
||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
|International Baccalaureate Diploma
||38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
||85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
|Irish Leaving Certificate
||AAAAA including 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 from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
- 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 equivalent 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 or website).
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:
|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.|
|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.