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Mechanical Engineering (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Maryam Atoofi
Key fact:
Get on track for our Mechanical Engineering degree by completing a Foundation year. If you are committed to an engineering future and have a less conventional background, this is the course for you.

Page last updated 29 September 2017


Why study BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineers play an important role in many of the products in the world around us. This involvement can range from design, manufacture and development, through to the management or marketing of products. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, you will have the opportunity to use your skills in whatever sector you wish.

Why study our course?

The early years of this BEng Mechanical Engineering course at UWE Bristol share elements with the aerospace and automotive engineering degrees. So, after developing a strong grounding in the fundamentals of engineering, you will have the option to transfer onto one of these. As you progress, you will increase your understanding of stress analysis, dynamics, heat transfer, mechatronics, materials and manufacture, together with learning industry standard software before you specialise in your final year.

Throughout the course, you will gain lots of hands-on experience, testing theories in our well-equipped laboratories.

Real world experience

To make sure you're industry ready when you graduate, the course is developed alongside our partner employers. These provide placement opportunities as well as advice on CV-writing, interview techniques and industry issues. You will also get an inside track of the profession through scheduled factory visits and professional briefings with industry leading organisations across the UK.

Where it can take you

In addition to traditional engineering jobs, mechanical engineers are sought after for the product development process and are highly regarded in the world of financial business. They are in demand to help maximise usage of high capital plants and operations such as power stations, oil refineries and hospitals.

You may have the opportunity to progress onto the MEng Mechanical Engineering award if your performance in Year two meets progression criteria.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The early years of your course will provide you with a basic grounding in the fundamentals of engineering, including mathematics, design, manufacturing, electronics and mechanics.

Year three looks at analytical subjects, including maths, in more depth, and covers such areas as stress analysis, dynamics and heat transfer, using a wide range of specialist laboratories.

In your final year, you will find a significant amount of choice within the course, allowing you to specialise, perhaps with your chosen career in mind.

Foundation year (Year zero)

  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Maths, Algebra and Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechatronics.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Engineering and Maths courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following modules:

  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Design, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy and Thermodynamics.

Year two

You will study the following modules:

  • Design and Electromechanical Systems
  • Heat Transfer, Power and the Environment
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Dynamics
  • Stress Analysis
  • Project Management.

Year three

You will study the following modules:

  • Control Engineering
  • Vibrational Dynamics
  • Computational Methods
  • Individual Project BEng.

You will also choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Composite Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials and Structures for Special Applications.

In addition to the above, you will choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Thermofluid Systems
  • Energy Technologies.

Finally, Year three will also include one of the following modules:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement.

You will be able to exit after Year three with BEng or, depending on your second year results, complete Year four and gain an MEng Mechanical Engineering.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

As well as a concentrated programme of lectures and tutorials, you will undertake experimental laboratory work, engineering fabrication, drawing and design, computing and application-based mini-projects. You will use a wide range of experimental facilities, including stress analysis, testing and materials selection, dynamics and vibration, thermofluids, energy conservation and control, aerodynamics (high speed and low speed wind tunnels), electronics and computing, manufacture, advanced manufacture and robotics.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check


All material is normally assessed through either assignments or examinations. In the final year, individual and group project reports and their presentation form part of the assessment.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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Professional accreditation

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has awarded accreditation to this course. If you complete an IMechE accredited degree you will be deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer, putting you in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry.

This BEng(Hons) will meet, in part, the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It will also automatically meet the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).


Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Placements are available with our partner employers, as well as organisations across the region. Past students have worked for the German Space Agency, Rolls Royce, Airbus and smaller regional consultancies. Many of these employers have been so impressed with the calibre of our placement students that they have employed them on graduation.


Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to see engineering in action at a range of facilities. On these factory visits, you will typically receive a guided tour of the shop floor and a presentation from the host organisations. Past visits have included Jaguar Land Rover, the National Composite Centre, Airbus and GKN.

Study facilities

You will be able to test your theories and develop engineering skills in our well-equipped laboratories. You will:

  • carry out stress analysis experimentation in our statics lab or consider moving based problems in our dynamics lab
  • experiment with industry ready electro-mechanical machines
  • investigate heat transfer and engine performance, using specialist equipment
  • develop practical skills in our rapid prototyping facility and machine shop
  • learn how to undertake Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) on our workstations equipped with industry standard software.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

International community

This Mechanical Engineering course enjoys a multi-national culture with students from all over the world, to whom we provide comprehensive support within the University and Faculty.

Learn from industry

To give you the inside track on industry challenges and opportunities, we organise regular presentations from visiting professionals.

Network with industry

We arrange Careers Fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events to help you find work as soon as you graduate. We also arrange workshops with our partner employers, providing advice on careers, CV-writing and interview techniques.

Showcase your work

Engineering students regularly showcase work at UWE Bristol's annual plan + make degree show. Take a look at recent examples of our students work on our Pinterest Board.

Boost your skills

We encourage students to get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost their skills and experience. Some volunteer their skills to help develop the infrastructure in third world countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders. Others have achieved success on the teams representing UWE Bristol in the Formula Student competition.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, your combined understanding of maths, science, technology, business and management could lead to a broad range of careers all over the world.

Consulting and contracting jobs are available in the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery. These are in industries such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, energy and water. If you are interested in business or commerce, a mechanical engineering degree is also highly regarded in finance, IT and management.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Read about placements students have undertaken with partner employers.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in mechanical engineering

Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the Foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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