About this course
Discover how automobiles are designed, built and tested. Learn the specialist science and engineering behind the industry, then design and create your own. You'll have the chance to specialise in areas that interest you, from race cars to vehicle electronics. This degree will prepare you for a career as an engineer in the automotive sector.
This course provides a solid foundation in mechanical engineering and you'll learn the core principles of:
Then you can specialise in subjects, including composite engineering.
As part of this course you can:
use our range of engineering facilities and gain practical experience with our design workshops and studios.
get a solid introduction to relevant subjects such as mathematics and mechanics
take a work placement to boost your academic performance and career prospects
showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show
study management modules to explore a variety of career paths
go on site visits to experience engineering in practice
You can also join our Formula Student team. You'll help design, build and race a car in competitions.
You can take this course with an additional year-long, paid placement. Apply with UCAS code H3H3 for the Industrial Placement Year option.
We're a designated university for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).
This course is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and offers a route to chartered status.
If you’d prefer a more general approach, or you’d like to focus on a different specialism, you can choose from our other pathways.
- Mechanical Engineering
- This 4-year degree puts you on the route to becoming a chartered engineer. Gain specialist knowledge and work experience with a year-long industry placement.
- Mechanical Engineering / Acoustical Engineering
- Study mechanical engineering and the positive and negative factors of acoustical engineering, from reducing aircraft noise to optimising sound for music venues.
- Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace Engineering
- Southampton has offered aerospace degrees since the 1930s. Join our many graduates who have secured successful careers in the space industry or defence sector.
- Mechanical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering
- Biomedical engineering is a fast-developing field. Explore human factors in engineering, alongside the biological and medical aspects of healthcare technology.
- Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Management
- Gain technical skills, and learn how to manage process, people and finances. This degree will prepare you for a career in the engineering sector and beyond.
- Mechanical Engineering / Materials
- The 4-year integrated MEng degree will prepare you to become a chartered engineer. Explore material design and manufacture and gain industry work experience.
- Mechanical Engineering / Mechatronics
- Learn how to integrate electrical and mechanical systems into innovative products, from autonomous robots to self-driving cars. Gain skills that are in demand.
- Mechanical Engineering / Naval Engineering
- Learn and apply your engineering knowledge to the marine environment. Design cutting-edge ships and other maritime craft for the Royal Navy and private sector.
- Mechanical Engineering / Sustainable Energy Systems
- Gain in-depth training in emerging energy technologies such as wind turbines, solar cells, batteries and fuel cells. Graduate with strong engineering skills.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.