Engineering and the Environment

HH35 MEng Mechanical Engineering / Naval Engineering (4 yrs)

This four-year course has been developed in conjunction with the Royal Navy to provide a detailed understanding of marine systems engineering balanced with a broad-based training in the key principles of mechanical engineering.

Programme Overview

Naval engineering is both craft and science. It requires the steady design, build and maintenance of marine systems. You will gain a detailed understanding of marine engineering. We will also teach you the fundamentals of ship science and marine craft concept design.

The first two years of this degree are common with the MEng Mechanical Engineering, you will have a solid foundation in mechanical engineering.

In year three, you will learn to apply your engineering knowledge to a marine environment with specialised modules. You will also complete an individual project.  In your final year, you can choose from a range of specialist naval engineering modules, as well as completing an interdisciplinary group design project.

During your studies you also have the opportunity to go on a work placement in industry. You can go on placement for one semester, one year or during the summer holidays of your second and third years. It can help boost your academic performance and prepare you for your career.

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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.



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)
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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.

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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.

Special Requirements - All Courses

Visits to industry and research establishments are organised for Part I, Part II and Part IV candidates. Candidates are required to attend the Part I Workshop Training Course unless exemption is given.

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.

Semester One

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1


Semester Two

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1


Year 2

The second year covers the main mechanical engineering subjects with modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline. A total of 120 credits across two semesters. At the end of year two you have the opportunity to select from the wide list of options available for this theme.

Semester One

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2


Semester Two

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2


Year 3

In the third year the course includes an individual project. There are no optional modules for the Naval Engineering theme in year 3.

Year 4

In the fourth year the course includes a Group Design Project (FEEG6013), which is compulsory for this theme and totals 45 credit points at level M. Students can choose a further 45 credits to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from the wide list of options available for the Naval Engineering theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available in year four of Mechanical Engineering degrees.

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