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Build a career in the design, engineering and manufacturing sectors

The BEng Mechanical Engineering degree focuses on industry-relevant topics to reflect the needs of today’s employers, giving you the opportunity to build a successful career in the design, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

You will gain knowledge of scientific and engineering principles and take a flexible approach towards new ideas and developments. You will hone your practical skills by using our industry-standard equipment, making you attractive to prospective employers and enabling you to work effectively as part of a team.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. 

Placement Opportunities

Paid placement is possible at the end of years 1, 2 and 3. In recent years students have undertaken placements with organisations such as Spirit AeroSystems, Doosan Babcock and Rolls Royce.

During years 2 and 3, academic study may be supplemented by periods of paid work experience gained within industry. In order to achieve the BEng Honours sandwich degree, students must gain a minimum of thirty six weeks’ work experience.

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Engineering at UWS

UWS has over 100 years’ experience in training engineers. Our courses are professionally accredited and designed to anticipate industry demand. Their delivery is supported by excellent on-campus facilities.

Our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to succeed in engineering.

Learn more about the School of Engineering & Computing at UWS.

 

100%

of BEng Mechanical Engineering graduates in work and/or study 6 months after graduating

90%

overall satisfaction from BEng Mechanical Engineering students

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
 
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
 
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including Maths and Physics or BBBC including Higher Maths at B grade and National 5 Physics at B grade (102 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CCD including Maths and Physics (88 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths and Physics
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL) 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Engineering practice (with a pass in the unit Maths for Engineering 1) or Mechanical Engineering (with a pass in the unit Maths for Engineering 1) or Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (with a pass in the units Maths for Engineering 1) or Engineering and Mechanics or Engineering Science or other relevant discipline
  • Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to STEM BBB 

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Maths and Physics (112 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: BCC including Maths and Physics (104 UCAS Tariff points)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Mechanical Engineering (with an A in the Graded Unit) 
  • SQA HND: Mechanical Engineering 
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Mechanical Engineering (with a pass in the unit Maths for Engineering 3 and a B in the Graded Unit)
  • Students of the Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT) in France may apply for Year 3 entry and applications will be considered on an individual basis

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Course details

The first two years of the BEng Mechanical Engineering will give you an overview of all the main branches of the subject. In the third and fourth years, you will have the chance to study a selection of topics in more depth, with the option to tailor your programme of study to suit your own aptitudes and interests. 

Guest speakers from industry also form part of the course to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Representatives from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Babcock International have recently delivered lectures to students.

Year 1

Applied mechanics, materials and mathematics provide a foundation to engineering design. Professional and industrial studies are introduced alongside skills development in communications and IT technology.

Year 2

Topics include strength of materials, thermofluid mechanics, materials and manufacturing technology. The formal engineering design process and how it relates to engineering practice is introduced; as well as computer-aided technology, IT-related techniques and engineering management.

Year 3

Skills in design and applied mechanics are enhanced. Thermodynamics, rapid prototyping and experimental testing techniques; intelligent systems and control technologies; and advanced computer-based analysis and simulation techniques are introduced, along with project management skills.

Year 4 (Honours)

Applied mechanics in areas including plasticity, fracture and vibrations, build on previous studies. Composite structures and renewable energy systems and sustainability are introduced. Computer-aided engineering design is explored further and computational fluid dynamics introduced. You will undertake a major individual project.

Career Prospects

Jobs

Careers in the automotive, aerospace, offshore, energy, railways and shipbuilding sectors are possible for Mechanical Engineers in roles within stress, vibration, performance, service, design and development engineering and project management. Graduates work for industry heavyweights including Rolls-Royce, ABB Alstom Power, Intel, Hoover, Candy and Biosil.

Further study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to an MSc, PhD or teaching qualification. See list of courses available.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,800 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
 
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
 
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

 
The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
 
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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Dr Bob Bailey

Engineering and Computing

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