A four-year course, designed to develop expertise in aerospace systems whilst maintaining the broad based engineering background associated with Mechanical Engineering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4th in Guardian University Guide 2016
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.