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Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BEng (Hons)
UCAS code: H300
Placement: Placement year not 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 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.

On graduation you will be ready for industry, 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. Depending on your level of progress, transfer to our MEng programme is possible at the end of either the first or second year.

The MEng programme comprises an extra fourth academic year of more in-depth study, and provides all the formal educational requirements necessary to present yourself for CEng registration.

Both the BEng and MEng courses can be taken with an additional placement year spent in industry to improve employability.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.


"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

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:


BTEC Level 3 (2010-2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Unit 28) at minimum Distinction.

BTEC Nationals Level 3 (from 2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include ‘Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems’ (Unit 7) and ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’ (Unit 8) at minimum Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The programme is intended to produce graduates who possess the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to be creative and competitive.

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics (20 credits) - core
    To develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills in fundamental topics of mathematics so that students can later build on these to describe, model, analyse and evaluate engineering problems using a range of mathematical techniques and appropriate software for calculations.
  • Computer Aided Engineering (20 credits) - core
    To provide an appreciation of computer aided design, analysis and simulation methods over a range of engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Medical) and to provide experience of the use of industry standard CAE tools through design, modelling, simulation, analysis of structures, processes, systems or components.
  • Materials Technology & Structural Mechanics (20 credits) - core
    Provides an introduction to engineering materials and their properties, with particular reference to their manufacturing technology, selection and different industrial applications.
  • Skills for Engineering (20 credits) - core
    The module is designed to provide a project based hands on team based module with integrates the learning from other modules during the first year.
  • Machines Mechanics and Mechatronics (20 credits) – core
    To develop an understanding of basic electrical and electronic circuits, mechanical power transmission and components and the laws which govern their behaviours.
  • Fluid Mechanics 1 (10 credits) - core
    To understand the basic concepts that describes the mechanical behaviour of fluids.
  • Thermodynamics 1 (10 credits) - core
    In this module you will the fundamental concepts of energy and how it relates to work, power and efficiency will be explained.

At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Year 2

  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits) - core
    To establish an appreciation and working knowledge of the premise that analytical (deterministic) and statistical tools are components of a larger integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
  • Material Engineering and Design (20 credits) – core
    The aim of this module is to develop core technical knowledge and understanding of the intimate relationship between mechanical engineering design (form and function), manufacturing methods and materials selection.
  • Engineering Statics & Dynamics (20 credits) – core
    To evaluate the concepts of a general three-dimensional stress and strain state and to relate these concepts to the behaviour of actual materials and structural elements.
  • Control Engineering (20 credits) – core
    This module provides a solid theoretical foundation for understanding feedback control system analysis and design in both the time and frequency domains
  • Financial and Project Management (20 credits) - core
    Enable students to acquire a sound understanding of the financial and accounting principles, and apply these principles for decision making and control purposes in a commercial business environment.
  • Fluid Mechanics 2 (10 credits) – core
    To examine the principles of fluid flow, with an emphasis on the analysis of flows that are common in engineering fields.
  • Thermodynamics 2 (10 credits) – core
    To review Thermodynamics as the science of energy conversion; to apply the subject to the analysis of simple processes; to introduce heat transfer.

At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Final year

  • Project (30 credits) - core
  • Six Sigma for Business Excellence (10 credits) - core
    The students will be able to acquire a deep understanding of the theories and practices of six sigma and associated quality assurance and management principles, and directly apply them to a variety of product and service industries.
  • Advanced Engineering Design (20 credits) – core
    The aim of this module is to develop both technical deepening and critical understanding of mechanical engineering design within a holistic sustainable product development context.
  • Materials Failure Analysis (20 credits) – core
    This module aims to provide the integrated knowledge and skills to recognise the important failure mechanisms which lead to catastrophic structural failure under static & cyclic loading.
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics with Aerodynamics (20 credits) – optional
    Examines the principles of fluid flow relevant to a wide range of industries. To qualify and quantify the effects of these internal and external flows upon the flight of airplanes, the performance of ground vehicles and industrially engineering machinery.
  • Reliability & Safety Engineering (20 credits) – optional
    The students will be able to develop a detailed knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of reliability and safety engineering and apply these principles in the design, operation and maintenance of complex systems.
  • Sensors & Instrumentation (20 credits) – optional
    To provide knowledge of a wide range of sensors and actuators for general use and the analytical skills and knowledge to specify and design simple sensor and actuator applications.
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (20 credits) – optional
    To study the concepts of PUSH/ PULL (JIT/lean) methods of planning & control of manufacturing systems.

Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

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.

Study Abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad, with two semesters at an international partner institution.

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*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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