Mechanical and Automotive Engineering (with placement year)

Entry requirements: ABB / 320 UCAS points
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MEng
UCAS code: H393
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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This course follows similar modules to Mechanical Engineering, but with an emphasis on automotive engineering and design.

It focuses on mechanics, design and computing, but in the final year applies this to the understanding of complex automotive systems necessary to optimise performance, handling, emissions and economy in modern vehicles.

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

94% of our 2014 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating


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).

Why Bradford?

The School of Engineering has recently invested £1.5m into a multidisciplinary Engineering lab. The lab is a flexible and open space to engage students’ learning in bringing theory to practice.

Both programmes can be taken with an additional placement year spent in industry to improve employability.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 320 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or Operations and Maintenance, to include the Further Maths unit at Distinction. (Electrical/Electronic Engineering acceptable if both Further Maths an

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering, to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, of which 15 must be Maths credits.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.


Module name Type
Year 1
Computer-Aided Engineeringcore
Engineering Analysis (Mechanical)core
Fluid Mechanics 1core
Machines, Mechanics and Mechatronicscore
Materials and Structural Mechanicscore
Skills for Engineeringcore
Year 2
Engineering Dynamicscore
Financial and Project Managementcore
Fluid Mechanics 2core
Further Engineering Analysis (Mechanical)core
Material Engineering and Designcore
Thermodynamics 2core
Year 4
Automotive Powertrain and Combustion Engineeringcore
Six Sigma for Business Excellencecore
Vehicle Dynamics and Controlcore
Advanced Engineering Designoption
Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamicsoption
Manufacturing Systems Engineeringoption
Reliability and Safety Engineeringoption
Sensors and Instrumentationoption
Year 5
Automotive Chassis and Driveline Engineeringcore
Engineering Vibrationcore
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Engineeringcore
Interdisciplinary Competitive Designcore
Vehicle Sound and Vibrationcore
Advanced Manufacturing Technologyoption
Computational Fluid Dynamicsoption
Design Optimisationoption
Engineering Computational Methodsoption
Polymer Engineeringoption
Risk Managementoption
Supply Chain Managementoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

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 2014 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering graduates was £21,182.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • Home/EU: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £900
  • International: £15,420 per year
  • International: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £1,550


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • Home/EU: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £900
  • International: £14,410 per year
  • International: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £1,440

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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