BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (with Foundation Year)
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Page last updated 5 July 2021
Get on track for our BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree by completing a foundation year. If you're committed to an engineering future and have a less conventional background, this is the course for you.
Why study mechanical engineering?
Engineers constantly ask questions and explore new ideas. They play an important role in developing the world around us - whether that's through the initial design and manufacture of products, or through their development, management or marketing. A degree in Mechanical Engineering will challenge you and transform the way you learn, giving you the opportunity to use your skills in any sector you wish.
Why UWE Bristol?
Develop your understanding of stress analysis, dynamics, heat transfer, mechatronics, materials and manufacture, and maths.
You'll be taught in our new state-of-the-art School of Engineering designed to revolutionise the way engineering is taught. Featuring engine test cells, dedicated collaborative learning spaces and all of the latest high-tech equipment, it's purpose-built to support a wide range of engineering disciplines.
Choose your modules in a way that allows you to specialise with your chosen career in mind. Gain an inside track on the profession through factory visits and professional briefings with industry-leading organisations across the UK.
This course is developed alongside our partner employers to make sure you're industry ready when you graduate. They also provide you with placement opportunities, as well as advice on CV-writing, interview techniques and industry issues.
You'll share modules with aerospace and automotive engineering students in your first year. This means that you can transfer onto one of these courses if your focus changes.
Depending on your second year results, you may also be able to extend your studies by a year to graduate with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering.
Join us in using the power of engineering to explore, take risks and find ways to change the world for the better.
Where can it take me?
Mechanical engineers are sought after for traditional engineering jobs and the product development process. They are also highly regarded in the world of financial business.
You'll also be in demand to help maximise usage of high capital plants and operations such as power stations, oil refineries and hospitals.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- Engineering Experimentation
- Foundation Group Project
- Foundation Mechanics
- Foundation Mathematics: Algebra and Calculus
- Introduction to Mechatronics.
You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.
You will study:
- Engineering Practice 1
- Solid Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing
- Dynamics Modelling and Simulation
- Applied Electrical Technology.
You will study:
- Engineering Practice 2
- Engineering Research
- Structural Mechanics
- Applied Thermofluids
- Systems Design.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year sandwich course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
Year three (Final Year for BEng)
You will study:
- Professionalism for Engineers*
- Engineering Project
- Group Design and Integration Project.
*You will not study this module if you have completed the placement year)
Plus, four optional modules from:
- Composite Engineering or Materials and Structures for Special Applications
- Thermofluid Systems or Advanced Heat Transfer
- Vibrational Dynamics or Vehicle Dynamics
- Control Engineering.or Integrated Electro-Mechanical Systems
- Advanced Manufacturing Technology or Mechanics of Materials
- Engineering and Society
- Emerging Automotive Technologies 1.
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
Learn through a mix of lectures and tutorials, experimental laboratory work, engineering fabrication, drawing and design, computing and application-based mini projects.
Make use of facilities including stress analysis, testing and materials selection, dynamics and vibration and thermofluids.
Experiment with energy conservation and control, aerodynamics (high speed and low speed wind tunnels), electronics and computing, manufacture, advanced manufacture and robotics.
Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals
to give you the inside track on industry challenges and opportunities. Visit our careers fairs and engineer 'speed dating' events that help you find work as soon as you graduate.
Get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost your skills and experience. Some students volunteer their skills to help develop infrastructure in developing countries, through initiatives like Engineers without Borders. Others have had success with UWE Bristol teams in the Formula Student competition.
Showcase your work to employers and the public at our annual Environment and Technology degree show.
Take a look at recent students' work on our Pinterest board.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year
You can study this course full-time over four (BEng) or five (MEng) years, or part-time on a day release basis.
Modules are structured to allow you to attend all your lectures and tutorial sessions on a single day each week, minimising the time you spend away from the workplace.
Dependent on entry qualifications, you'll generally complete the course within six years. A large proportion of our part-time students are supported by their employer.
A benefit of studying part-time is you'll be able to put your learning into practice and potentially use work-related problems in projects.
You'll be assessed through a mix of examinations, assignments and group projects. An individual project is a key assessment in your final year.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
If you choose the six year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.
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 were so impressed with the calibre of our students that they employed them on graduation.
Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
You'll have an opportunity to see engineering in action at a range of facilities.
On factory visits, you'll receive a guided tour of the shop floor and attend a presentation from the host organisation.
Past visits have included Jaguar Land Rover, the National Composite Centre, Airbus and GKN.
Our new engineering building is designed to inspire the engineers of the future. Built for hands-on investigation, with engine test cells, wind tunnels and collaborative learning spaces. An ideal environment for encouraging you to explore, take risks and discover ways to change the world for the better.
Test your theories and develop engineering skills in our well-equipped laboratories.
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 and 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.
A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take onessential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
Your combined understanding of maths, science, technology, business and management can 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're interested in business or commerce, a mechanical engineering degree is also highly regarded in finance, IT and management.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full-time; sandwich course
Indicative Additional Costs
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the six year course and then transfer to the five year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 80
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement:
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit English language requirements.
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: No specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
- Irish Highers: no specific subjects required.
If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering.
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.