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Mechanical Engineering / Materials (MEng)

Master of Engineering
4 years
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
UCAS Course code

About this course

We've changed some parts of this course for the 2020 to 2021 academic year due to coronavirus (COVID-19). These changes may affect how we'll teach you and which modules you'll take.

Choosing the correct materials is crucial to the success or failure of an engineering project. On this 4-year, integrated master's, you'll explore the properties and uses of common and new mechanical engineering materials. You'll develop the skills to design materials and surfaces, from the atomic level up to their application. This advanced course will help you find a rewarding career as a Chartered Engineer.

This course focuses on mechanics, structures and materials, and how they are managed. It will inspire you to use your knowledge and skills to address real mechanical and material engineering needs in society, in areas like:

  • transport
  • housing
  • recreation
  • food processing
  • medicine

You'll explore material use, including their design and manufacture, and you'll study how they behave throughout their service.

As part of this course you can:

  • showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show
  • choose from a range of optional modules, including microstructural and surface characterisation, and aircraft structures
  • put your skills into practice with an individual project and final year group design project
  • work with students from other engineering specialisms

The course draws on research from the Engineering Materials Research Group, which is actively involved in a broad range of activities in the advanced materials field.

We're a designated university for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).

Year in industry

Enhance your employability by taking this course with a paid industrial placement year.

Apply using:

  • Course name: Mechanical Engineering / Materials with Industrial Placement Year
  • UCAS code: H3H7

You'll spend this extra year at an engineering firm, applying the skills and knowledge you've learned so far.

The fee is 20% of the standard annual tuition fee.


This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement, in full, for Chartered Engineer registration.

This course is accredited by:

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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