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HH34 MEng Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace (4 years)

A four-year course, designed to develop expertise in aerospace systems whilst maintaining the broad based engineering background associated with Mechanical Engineering. Students can also take the Industrial Placement Year, providing the opportunity for a year-long placement with an engineering-based organisation.

Introducing your degree

Our four-year MEng course in Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace focuses on aircraft aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics and structural design. Having offered aerospace degrees for over 80 years, we pride ourselves on the quality and astounding achievements of our graduates, with many going on to work in the space industry or defence sector.


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The University of Southampton has an international reputation in aerospace engineering and has been offering aeronautics and aerospace degree courses since the 1930s.

This course allows you to develop an expertise in aerospace systems while maintaining the broad based engineering background associated with Mechanical Engineering. In particular the course will focus on aircraft aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics and structural design.

The first two years of the degree will build on your core understanding of mechanical engineering topics, following the same content as the MEng Mechanical Engineering. At the end of year two, you have the opportunity to specialise through a broad variety of optional modules.

In year three, you will carry out an individual research or design project, which will arise from a real need and may be sponsored by industry.

In your fourth year, you will undertake a major group design project with students from across the engineering disciplines. Previous projects include the designing and building an unmanned air vehicle.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to spend time building experience and working in industry.  You can choose to spend one semester, or one year on an industrial placement. You can also work on placement during 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

To Apply

All undergraduate applications 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.


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 a Chartered Engineer.

Key Facts

  • 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
Students can test their designs using our flight simulator
Students can test their designs using our flight simulator
MEng Mechanical Engineering is also taught at our Malaysia campus
MEng Mechanical Engineering is also taught at our Malaysia campus

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEEnglish Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
A Levels:
GCE A-level

A*AA (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical)


International Baccalaureate38 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.

Equivalent qualifications
Entry criteria
Scottish Advanced Highers/ Highers

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
Cambridge Pre-U
D2D3D3 with D2D3 in either Mathematics or Physics and D3 in third subject
D*D*D 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 (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.



Selection process:
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.

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.

Year 2

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

Year 3

In the third year the course includes a 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 the Aerospace theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year 3 of Mechanical Engineering courses.

Year 4

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 the Aerospace theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year 4 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).

Fees & funding

Tuition 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 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.

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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:

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.
OtherOptional 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

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). A dedicated Employment Officer will be on hand for each discipline to help you build your skills profile and realise your ambitions. We also have connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers and Employability Service.

Graduates of our MEng Mechanical Engineering degree are working in a variety of roles including: junior aerodynamicist, aerospace design engineer and HM Forces Officer. Our list of graduate employers include UK Ministry of Defence, Royal Air Force and Sahara Force India F1 Team.

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 who are at the forefront of their respective fields. 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 MEng Mechanical Engineering degree course 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

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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