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Mechanical Engineering (with placement year)

Entry 2017: Call us now - 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: H306
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines. A degree in this subject, with a placement year in industry, will place you at the heart of industries including:

  • power generation
  • food processing
  • automotive and rail
  • aerospace

You’ll combine physics, materials science and computational methods to create complex systems which are economic, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

This 5-year MEng programme includes four years of study, and a placement year in industry. The placement enables you to build industry contacts while developing your skills and professional confidence.

On graduation you will be industry ready, with a working knowledge of:

  • the core analytical and scientific principles which underpin mechanical engineering
  • computer-aided design and manufacturing (CADCAM)
  • computer-aided engineering (CAE) techniques

There is a high demand for mechanical engineers, and you’ll have a wide range of career opportunities as a graduate. The programme fulfils the formal educational requirements required to present yourself for CEng registration.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

These courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) accreditation. This course is recognised by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).


"My Nissan placement helped me understand where my knowledge and experience as a student fits into a global company. Sometimes the most elegant engineering solutions won't work in a competitive market, and there's nothing more competitive than the automotive industry right now. It gives you an appreciation of those problems and how to solve them."

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Why Bradford?

We offer you:

  • teaching informed by close links with industry and research active academics working at the leading edge in their specialism
  • practical and project work in each year of your programme of study
  • teaching within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, including our new £1.5m multidisciplinary engineering lab, a braking research lab and an automotive lab

We are the only UK University with access to the Ford Lommel test track in Belgium, and we have well established links to leading engineering companies, such as Rolls Royce, Balfour Beatty, Cummins, Ford, and Nissan. This means you'll gain hands-on practical industry experience on placements, building industry contacts while developing your skills and professional confidence.

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225

A levels:

To include A-level Maths.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

Must be an Engineering subject including Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM. Must be an Engineering subject - Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module at minimum Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Module name Type
Year 1
Computer-Aided Engineeringcore
Engineering Mathematicscore
Fluid Mechanics 1core
Machines Mechanics & Mechatronicscore
Materials & Structural Mechanicscore
Skills for Engineeringcore
Thermodynamics 1core
Year 2
Control Engineeringcore
Engineering Statics & Dynamicscore
Financial & Project Managementcore
Fluid Mechanics 2core
Further Engineering Mathematics and Statisticscore
Material Engineering & Designcore
Thermodynamics 2core
Year 4
Advanced Engineering Designcore
Materials Failure Analysiscore
Six Sigma for Business Excellencecore
Advanced Fluid Mechanics with Aerodynamicsoption
Manufacturing Systems Engineeringoption
Reliability & Safety Engineeringoption
Sensors & Instrumentationoption
Year 5
Choose from a wide range of option modules.
Advanced Solid Mechanicscore
Design Optimisationcore
Engineering Vibrationcore
Interdisciplinary Competitive Designcore
Aerospace Manufacturing & Managementoption
Engineering Computational Methodsoption
Environmental Computational Fluid Dynamicsoption
Materials & Manufacturing Processesoption
Polymer Engineeringoption
Risk Managementoption
Supply Chain Managementoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Your learning experiences are varied – a mixture of:

  • formal lectures
  • practical lab sessions
  • tutorials and seminars
  • group work

Independent study is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide you with clear direction, while regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the programme provide all the support you may need.


The 5-year MEng Mechanical Engineering  programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional engineer.

During the second year we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned to your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final two years of the programme. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

90% of our 2016 graduates in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Our graduates pursue careers in all areas of engineering, automotive and manufacturing industry, but also in wider fields such as marketing, business management and public service work.

Our recent graduates went on to work for employers such as Ford, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and Toyota, in roles including graduate engineer, design engineer, process engineer, and CAD engineer.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Mechanical Engineering MEng graduates was £26,875.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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