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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Course Overview

If you wish to develop a high degree of competence in mechanical engineering, this is the course for you.

You will be introduced to elements of manufacturing, management, CAD/CAM software, design and materials. There is an emphasis on gaining industrial and commercial insight and giving you the confidence to take on modern engineering challenges. You may opt to spend a placement year in industry. This will significantly enhance your engineering skills and your CV.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as partially meeting the educational requirements for chartered engineer status.

The five main areas of competence defined in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, UK-SPEC, published by the Engineering Council UK, ECUK, have been used to inform the content and curriculum of the programme. These areas of competence are: 1. Use of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding 2. Application of appropriate theoretical and practical methods 3. Technical and commercial leadership and management 4. Effective interpersonal and communication skills 5. Commitment to professional standards and recognition of obligations to society and environment.

Key information

    Course name

    BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BEng with Honours

    Awarding body

    University of Brighton

    Professional recognition

    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) & the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom & Laboratory based


    3 years or 4 years with placement year

    Tuition fees

    £13,800 per year



    Work placement


    Course location

    Moulsecoomb campus, Brighton

Academic entry requirements

BBC including maths and a physical science.


International Baccalaureate
28 points, specified subjects including maths and a physical science at higher level.

Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. Level 3 units in maths and a physical science required. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.

GCSE (minimum grade C)
at least five subjects including English language, maths and a physical science.

Foundation course with maths and a physical science, with an average of at least 55 per cent.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Progression route

Further academic study of MEng, MSc, MPhil, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates will have career opportunities in a range of industries from aerospace to manufacturing.


Year 1

First year modules will provide you with a broad introduction to mechanical engineering. You will study the engineering behind aircraft and automotive systems.


  • Design and Applications Project (20 credits)
  • Aircraft and Automotive Systems (20 credits)
  • Computer-aided Engineering and Design (20 credits)
  • Materials and Manufacture I (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Engineering Concepts (20 credits)


Year 2

In your second year, you will explore various aspects of mechanical engineering in more depth. You will also gain skills in computer aided design.


  • Thermofluids (20 credits)
  • Materials (10 credits)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (10 credits)
  • Computer-aided Engineering (10 credits)
  • Dynamics (10 credits)
  • Automotive Instrumentation and Testing (20 credits)
  • Mathematics and Control (20 credits)
  • Engineering Design and Management (20 credits)


Placement year

You have the option to spend a year in industry on a placement year we will help you to arrange. On placement, you will learn important engineering skills on the job. The placement year will significantly enhance your CV and boost your employability. You may even secure a job offer which you will be able to accept upon graduation.


Year 3

In your final year, you will consolidate your existing knowledge and embark on an individual project. The individual project gives you the chance to explore the areas of the course that interest you the most. 


  • Manufacturing Systems (20 credits)
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics (10 credits)
  • Control Systems (10 credits)
  • Product Innovation and Management (20 credits)
  • Project (40 credits)


Options include

  • Radio and Navigation Systems (10 credits)
  • Materials Engineering (10 credits)
  • Engineering Simulation (10 credits)
  • Power Train Engineering (10 credits)
  • Industrial Placement (20 credits)


Assessment methods

Tests, online tests, written examinations, logbooks, presentations, reports, performance test of product, laboratory tests, Dragons Den and viva-voce.


Learning facilities available

Throughout the course you will have access to specialist laboratories and custom-built workshops, all equipped with professional-standard equipment and developed in partnership with industry experts. The equipment meets professional engineering standards so that our students are fully prepared to apply their knowledge to the workplace.

Engineering facilities

  • General purpose electronics laboratories
  • Hydraulics laboratory
  • Thermal dynamics and avionics laboratory
  • Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories
  • Hybrid vehicle experimentation laboratory
  • Socata Rallye TB9 flight simulator, with three projections giving aeronautical engineering students an unrestricted view of the landscape and scenery
  • Brighton Product Lab
  • Drawing studio 
  • Woodwork and modelling shop
  • Advanced machine tool facility


Main learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate scientific principles and mathematical methods to analyse practical problems and develop engineering solutions for these problems
  • Evaluate unfamiliar problems, solve them by selecting and applying appropriate computer based engineering tools, and critically assess the solution with reference to the underlying limitations of the selected tool
  • Integrate knowledge of design principles, codes of practice, safety, engineering materials and components to enable appropriate design solutions within unfamiliar situations
  • Demonstrate understanding of management and business practices within legal, professional and ethical constraints
  • Integrate the knowledge from a diverse range of subject areas, such as thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, into a coherent body of knowledge which can be later developed by independent study for a variety of specific needs
  • Demonstrate a flexibility of outlook so that the demands of rapid development and change can be met with confidence
  • Apply a realistic and pragmatic approach to operating in a range of commercial, human and political environments
  • Design and conduct laboratory experiments and critically evaluate the outcome in terms of the measurement system employed and underlying scientific principles
  • Design, manufacture and test a functional mechanical product
  • Evaluate technical and business risks within the requirements of commercial and industrial constraints
  • Plan and manage a programme of work
  • Recommend well-justified proposals based on appropriate decision making processes and effectively communicate within a business and social context
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, and independently develop knowledge and skills in related disciplines