Program Overview

With huge technological advances taking place in areas of transport, energy, healthcare and robotics, studying mechanical engineering can put you in a position to influence the future of global industries.


To meet the challenges of the engineering world, you'll study the design, development, modelling and operation of engineered products and systems. To establish your expertise in engineering, you'll get to specialise in subjects such as sustainable development, computer-aided engineering and computational fluid dynamics.


Course highlights

  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including engineering analysis, optimisation and design
  • Work on a project proposal sponsored by an external company – previous students have worked on a heat loss optimisation with Rolls Royce, fire alarms with Apollo Fire Detectors and wind turbine blade production with Vestas
  • Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students to be judged and raced at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix

PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 18,300




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​What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.




Year 1


Core modules

Electrical and Electronic Principles – 20 credits
An introduction to electronic and electrical principles, and concepts to mechanical engineering.


Introduction to Design – 20 credits
Gain a detailed understanding of engineering design and drawing practice. 


Introduction to Materials and Manufacture – 20 credits
Get an understanding of the principles and fundamentals involved in materials and manufacturing technology.


Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics – 20 credits
An introduction to the fundamental principles of engineering mechanics (such as statics and dynamics) and stress analysis.


Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics – 20 credits
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of fluid mechanics, as well as the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and their applications in mechanical engineering.


Mathematical Principles – 20 credits
Gain a foundation in algebra, trigonometry and calculus of a real variable required for engineering analysis. 


Year 2


Core modules

Computer Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture – 20 credits
Develop your skills in computer-based sessions on solid modelling, finite element analysis (FEA) and manufacturing.


Engineering Design – 20 credits
Develop your understanding of engineering design rationale, multiple criteria design and the design of machine elements.


Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis – 20 credits
Build on the methods of engineering mathematics introduced in your first year.


Solid Mechanics And Dynamics - 20 credits
Focus on significant amount of stress and dynamic analyses of engineering structures and components in a science and engineering context.


Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics - 20 credits
Examine the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.


Optional modules

Engineering Programming – 20 credits
An introduction to the theory and practice of writing computer programs.


Materials and Manufacture – 20 credits
Learn about performances and attributes of different materials as well as manufacturing techniques.


Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) – 20 credits
Study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.


Robotics and Automation – 20 credits


Year 3


Core modules

Design for Quality – 20 credits
Develop your knowledge and understanding of design issues related to quality so that you can effectively contribute in a production environment by making better decisions.


Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics – 20 credits
Examine the theory of the finite element method for solid mechanics. You’ll also explore the applications to relevant engineering problems involving solid mechanics.


Individual Project – 40 credits
You'll complete an independent piece of work based on knowledge gained in all other course modules.


Sustainable Development And Environmental Management - 20 credits
You'll look at the duty to optimise the use of energy, materials and products in the context of sustainable development and global environmental management.


Optional modules

Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics – 20 credits
Further develop your study of applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.


Big Data Applications – 20 credits


Year 4 (Meng)


Energy Systems – 20 credits
Study the techniques and principles of operation and integration of heat transfer and combustion systems.


Multidisciplinary Group Project – 20 credits
This prepares you for professional situations, by getting you to work in an interdisciplinary group, like you would in industry.  


Structural Application of Finite Elements – 20 credits
Get hands-on experience of a commercial standard software for finite element analysis.


Structural Integrity – 20 credits
Explore structural integrity design and safety assessment for engineering structures and components within an engineering science context.


Optional modules

Computational Fluid Dynamics – 20 credits
Get an introduction to the capability of CFD software to solve complex problems in the area of thermofluid mechanics.


Control Systems – 20 credits
Get an in-depth understanding of the requirements of control systems and develop the advanced skills required to design control systems to achieve required systems' performance specification.


Renewable Energy Management – 20 credits
Study the concepts and principles of operation of renewable and alternative energy systems.

Typical offers

  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include 32 points from an A level in Mathematics, plus a relevant subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 26


English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition fees (2022 start)


  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

This mechanical engineering degree course will give you the skills and experience you need to work in any industry that depends on mechanical systems, from transport and construction to the armed forces and energy. 


And your skills will be in demand when you graduate – all mechanical engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list'. This is backed up by the fact that 90% of our MEng graduates are in work and/or further study 15 months after they graduate, with 80% of those in highly skilled work. 5 years after graduation, students on our mechanical engineering courses are earning an average of £35,000 a year.


Graduate destinations
Our graduates have worked for national and global companies such as:


  • Babcock International
  • Pall Corporation
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Bosch Thermotechnology
  • Wärtsilä
  • Mercedes-AMG

What jobs can you do with a mechanical engineering degree?

Roles you could go onto include:

  • mechanical engineer 
  • design engineer
  • test engineer
  • project manager
  • energy storage analyst
  • mechanical design engineer


Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.


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