Engineering and the Environment

HH34 MEng Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace (4 yrs)

A four-year course, designed to develop expertise in aerospace systems whilst maintaining the broad based engineering background associated with Mechanical Engineering.

Programme Overview

The University of Southampton has an international reputation in aerospace engineering and has been offering aeronautics or 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.

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu on this page for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.


  • Engineering Council

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

    • 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2016
    • 95% of our students were satisfied with the quality of learning resources available to them (NSS, 2015)
    • We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
Students can test their designs using our flight simulator

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




A Levels:

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



38 points, 18 at higher level to include 6 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics; standard level 5 English

GCSE requirements

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.

Equivalent Qualifications

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
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
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

Selection process:

Intake: 120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
Average applicants 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.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


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.

Learning and 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

Career Opportunities


Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013


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 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.