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H301 MEng Mechanical Engineering (4 years)

The four-year integrated MEng Mechanical Engineering degree course will put you on the route to becoming a chartered engineer, with the option to select specialist themes and gain industry work experience. Students can also take the Industrial Placement Year, providing the opportunity for a year-long placement with an engineering-based organisation.

Introducing your degree

The four-year MEng Mechanical Engineering degree course will provide you with a solid foundation to build a successful career. It will enhance your knowledge of mechanics, structures and materials, whilst studying design and computing; all vital to establishing a career in this industry.

MEng Mechanical Engineering


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Our degree courses are driven by the demands of industry. In your first year, you will learn the essential principles of mechanical engineering, including law and management, systems design, modelling and computing, to give you the practical and professional skills required for the workplace.

At the end of year two, you can follow an interdisciplinary course or dictate your own learning by selecting from a number of specialist themes, including automotive engineering and biomedical engineering.

In the third and fourth year, you will study modules specific to your chosen theme while mastering your design, problem solving and project management skills through individual and group design projects.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to spend time on placement in industry. You can either spend one semester or one year on placement. We can propose a range of companies that will allow you to spend time in industry. There are also opportunities to undertake work experience in the summer holidays of your second and third years.

You can also take the Industrial Placement Year, which is an additional year-long module that allows you to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The successful placement will be recognised on your Degree Certificate.

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications for the MEng Mechanical Engineering 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.

Visit the Industrial Placement Year webpage to find the placement year-specific UCAS codes.


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

  • A top 10 university for Mechanical Engineering, Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2017
  • We are part of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)
  • Also available with the new Industrial Placement Year
Thumbnail photo of Elisavet Hadjiodysseos

“From a young age I enjoyed the physics behind how things worked, spent hours disassembling things to find out more about their mechanisms, and tried to build and repair new things. Mechanical engineering was the choice that suited my interests best due to its subject broadness and technical application of physics and maths.”

Elisavet Hadjiodysseos - MEng Mechanical Engineering, current student
Students working on the lawnmower challenge during induction week
Students working on the lawnmower challenge during induction week
Students bring designs to life using our rapid prototyping facilities
Students bring designs to life using our rapid prototyping facilities
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

GCSEEnglish Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
A Levels:
GCE A-level

A*AA (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical)

GCE A-level and EPQ A*AB (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification


International Baccalaureate38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
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 programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.

Equivalent qualifications
Qualification Entry criteria
Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers - AAA including Mathematics and Physics Or Scottish Advanced Highers – AA (Mathematics and Physics) and Scottish Highers AA (non-compulsory subjects)

Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, A*A in GCE A Levels, Mathematics and Physics with a pass in physics practical
Cambridge Pre-U D2D3D3 with D2D3 in either Mathematics or Physics and D3 in third subject
HND Distinction overall with distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
European Baccalaureate 85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate AAAAA including A in Mathematics and Physics
French Baccalaureate 15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics
Contextual offers

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 (AA in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in the Physics practical) from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Foundation Year

If you want to study for a degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Geophysics but you did not choose mathematics and physics at A level, our Foundation Year may be of interest to you. The Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

Selection process:
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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


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.

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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
FEEG1003Credit: 15
FEEG1001Credit: 30
SESM1016Credit: 15
Semester Two
FEEG1003Credit: 15
FEEG1001Credit: 30
SESM1016Credit: 15

Year 2

The second year covers the main mechanical engineering subjects with modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline.

Semester One
FEEG2001Credit: 15
SESM2017Credit: 15
Semester Two
FEEG2001Credit: 15
FEEG2003Credit: 15
FEEG2005Credit: 15

Year 3

In the third year the course includes an 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 this course. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year three of Mechanical Engineering courses.

Semester One
SESG3024Credit: 15
FEEG3003Credit: 30
Semester Two

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 this course.Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year four of Mechanical Engineering courses.

Semester One
FEEG6013Credit: 45
Semester Two
FEEG6013Credit: 45

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
MEng Mechanical Engineering2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

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:

EquipmentApproved 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksFor FEEG1002 Mechanics, Structures and Materials it may be useful to purchase Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction by W.D. Callister, cost circa £60, but a large number are available in the library. For FEEG2001 System Design and Computing it may be useful to purchase the Arduino Cookbook by M. Margolis, cost circa £20 For FEEG2003 Fluid Mechanics it will be useful, but not necessary, to purchase the core text book Fluid Mechanics. 7th edition, by F.M. White, 2011. McGraw-Hill. These currently (17th Sept 2015) retail for £45.89 from This will need to be purchased by the student although there are a limited number of these in the Hartley library. 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.
EquipmentDesign 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.
EquipmentField equipment and materials: Students are expected to purchase a laboratory note book in which to record laboratory observations which form part of the assessment. These can be purchased for £1.20 (thin softback) or £4.75 (thick hardback), depending on student choice (FEEG2004). A range of standard construction materials are provided to support the design projects within this module, however, students may wish to customise their designs and choose alternative materials at their own cost. (FEEG2001). Students are required to source and purchase their own batteries for the Odometry Exercise in week 6 and should be prepared to spend up to £50 per group of their own money. Receipts should be retained as expenditure may be subject to auditing (FEEG2001). Students should be prepared to spend up to £100 per group of their own money in relation to the purchase of components for the Part II Semester 2 Group Design Project. Receipts should be retained as expenditure may be subject to auditing (FEEG2001).
ClothingField 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.
PlacementsFEEG3009 Industrial Placement year. You will need to find your own accommodation near to your place of work. You are responsible for travel and subsistence costs.
Printing and copyingStudents are responsible for the printing of their poster for the Poster Presentation Day. This may range from £5-£20. Students are expected to cover the costs associated with the printing and binding of reports and the printing of drawings and graphic presentations. These are typically expected to be of the order of £100 per group, also depending on the quality of printing and binding chosen. Note that funds from the project's budget cannot be used for this purpose (FEEG6013 MEng Only). 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 and can be found in Appendix 2. The costs associated with the printing and binding of reports are to be covered by each student group (FEEG2006). In addition to the experimental, computational and workshop resources available, reasonable expenses for travel and materials of up to £100 may be reclaimed through the Faculty Student Office (FEEG3003 BEng).
OtherOptional 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

Career Opportunities

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“Southampton came out on top, especially as there were so many opportunities for projects and other practical work during my degree. Some of the other universities seemed far more theoretical and I wanted to do real life engineering”

Andreas Zimmerman - MEng Mechanical Engineering

Our Mechanical Engineering graduates are highly sought after with 87% in professional jobs or further studies within 6 months of graduation (Guardian University Guide, 2018). Our graduates have entered careers including: graduate mechanical engineer, Royal Naval officer, associate (chartered accountant), helicopter engineer, applications engineer, consultant, graduate design engineer, research consultant, associate (management consultant), and development engineer.

If you are considering a career in the armed forces after the MEng in Mechanical Engineering, Southampton is one of the universities designated for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme, which provides sponsored places to students on specific courses, and has active Army, Navy and Air Force units.

Among the organisations employing our Mechanical Engineering graduates are: WS Atkins, AWE, IAC Aviation, GE Aviation, Johnson Matthey, Lloyds TSB, PricewaterhouseCoopers, QinetiQ, Royal Navy, Dysons, BAE Systems, BP, Dstl, Fluor Daniel, Jaguar and Schlumberger.

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 application is integral to our courses, providing students with hands-on engineering experience in our world-class facilities.

You will attend site visits to experience engineering in practice, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in our laboratories and undertake project work to develop your management, communication and team working skills. Your analytical and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets, individual and small group exercises.

Design projects in each year offer the opportunity for you to develop unique engineering solutions. Visit the Design Show blog to see examples of our students’ design work.

Design Show

Our annual Design Show celebrates the innovative and ambitious design projects produced by our undergraduate students during the academic year.

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Engineering workshop skills

First-year students also take part in a two-day intensive engineering skills training course offsite, learning practical engineering workshop skills

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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

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study34%27%19%20%
Independent study66%73%81%80%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment41%56%51%30%
Practical exam assessment23%14%8%42%
Coursework assessment36%30%41%28%

Study Locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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